two 2021 Toyota Tacoma models in a field

Compare the 2021 Tacoma vs the 2020 Tacoma

Differences Between the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and 2020 Toyota Tacoma

Pickup trucks are an American favorite, and it’s clear that they offer a great deal for drivers everywhere. One such pickup truck is the popular midsize Toyota Tacoma. As we roll toward the new model year, we want to compare the most recent iterations by looking at the differences between the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and 2020 Toyota Tacoma. 

2021 Toyota Tacoma vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma 

2021 Toyota Tacomavs2020 Toyota Tacoma
2.7-Liter DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with VVT-i; 159 HP, 180 lb.-ft. TorqueBase Engine2.7-Liter DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with VVT-i; 159 HP, 180 lb.-ft. Torque
6,800 PoundsMaximum Towing Capacity6,800 Pounds
StandardApple CarPlay® & Android Auto™Standard
Access Cab (4 Seats), Double Cab (5 Seats)Cab StylesAccess Cab (4 Seats), Double Cab (5 Seats)
AvailableTrail Special EditionNot Available

By and large, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is a refresh of the 2020 version. The difference you will find is that there is a slick new Trail Special Edition model available for 2021. The Trail Special Edition is built for even more rugged off-roading, as its name suggests. That being said, with any model of the Tacoma, you will have some capacity to traverse the roads less traveled.  

2021 Toyota Tacoma available features 

While the standard engine in the 2020 and 2021 Toyota Tacoma hammers out 159 horsepower, there is an available 3.5-Liter V6 Direct-Injection Atkinson Cycle engine that dishes out 278 horsepower, as well as an available 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve Direct-Injection Atkinson Cycle engine equipped with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wider Intake) and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Exhaust), both of which can generate 278 horsepower. 

2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition driving in the woods
2021 Toyota Tacoma Nightshade Edition rear quarter view

Other notable features in the 2021 Toyota Tacoma include the available Multi-Terrain Monitor, available Panoramic View Monitor, an available 4.2-inch customizable Multi-Information Display, an available Smart Key System, a standard deck rail system, and various hidden storage compartments. 


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When you’re comparing the 2021 Tacoma vs the 2020 Tacoma, you’ll see that both options are great for your everyday practical driving as well as being your trusty steed on adventurous vacations. If you are in the St. Cloud area, contact us to find out how you can get behind the wheel of a new Tacoma today.