Available in no less than 33 configurations, the Tacoma enters the 2021 model year as the top-selling model for 15 consecutive years in the highly competitive mid-size pickup segment in America. In an attempt to push those sales numbers even higher, Toyota is spicing up its hobbyhorse with the Trail Special Edition. Initially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February, the open-air variant costs $ 34,005 in 4×2 and $ 37,080 if you upgrade to the 4×4 version.
This is not the only special edition introduced with the change of model year as Nightshade also joins the family in 4×2 and 4×4 flavors. Featuring a variety of dark accents inside and out, the sleeker Tacoma costs $ 39,905 or $ 42,980 if you want the all-round setup. These two special editions are not limited to the Tacoma, as other Toyota models receive the same treatments for the 2021 model year.
With the pickup going through a pinch for the 2020 model year, the 2021MY soldiers operate without any significant changes. However, Toyota is adding dual-zone AC power as standard on all V6-powered models, along with an upgraded audio system as well as a first aid kit starting with the SR5 version. The top-of-the-line TRD Pro is removing army green from its color scheme to make room for Lunar Rock.
If you’d rather wait patiently for the next-gen truck, a Toyota insider told us a few months ago that it could arrive for the 2024 model year. That would mean an on-sale date sometime in 2023 and the pickup could be unified with the Hilux to cut costs and speed up development, although nothing is official at this point.
For more details on the awards, see the press release section below. All prices mentioned in the article and price sheet exclude the additional $ 1175 for destination and handling.