Does the 2023 Toyota Tacoma continue the tradition that started in 1995? We look at powertrain, trim levels, and more. Find out our thoughts here.

2023 Toyota Tacoma –

On sale since 1995, a history we cover here, the 2023 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck continues to offer loads of capability and a well-earned reputation for reliability. The third-generation model was introduced in 2015, so we’re getting long in the tooth however, Toyota continues to add content as always.

Compared to the 2022 Tacoma, the 2023 Tacoma is improved with a new blacked-out SX or shiny Chrome package on the V-6 powered SR5 grade trucks, and Toyota’s Smart Key system is now standard on V6-powered SR5 models. Those who like to be seen will appreciate the new ocular-searing Solar Octane paint job available on TRD Pro Tacos.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $28,585



RWD or 4WD


Fuel Economy

20 City / 23 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats


Seats 4 or 5

The Breakdown

Bulletproof reputation

Plenty of standard driver aids

Manual transmission

Weak base motor

Getting old

Unimpressive safety ratings

Dependable as ever

2023 Tacoma Specs

Trims & Pricing

SR - $28,585
SR5 - $30,375
TRD Sport - $35,495
TRD Off-Road - $36,775
Limited - $41,340
Trail Special Edition - $41,805
TRD Pro - $48,020

2023 Toyota Tacoma Powertrain

2023 Toyota Tacoma 3.5L V6 - Ben Hardy on
2023 Toyota Tacoma 3.5L V6 - Ben Hardy on

Toyota has made it clear they’re in no big rush to electrify their lineup, as we look at here, and that is evident when looking over the two legacy engines available with the 2023 Tacoma. SR and SR5 grades come with a naturally aspirated 2.7L inline-4 making a wheezy 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque that mates with a 6-speed automatic to spin the rear wheels.

For an extra $2,500, you can step up to a 3.5L V6 rated for 278 horses and 265 torques, or buy one of the other five trim levels that come standard with this engine. It works with the same automatic transmission, though a 6-speed manual can be had with the V6 on TRD-branded models.

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Four-wheel-drive is a $3,000 add-on that comes standard on the TRD Pro model. It works with an electronically-controlled dual-range transfer case and limited-slip differential. All 2023 Toyota Tacomas are fitted with a double-wishbone front suspension and leaf-sprung rear, which aids in utility but is not going to offer a cushy ride. Of course, this is a pickup truck, one that sits on 9.4-inches of ground clearance, and it is designed for capability over comfort.  

If your needs lean to rough-road work, the Trail Special Edition and TRD Pro models both feature a lifted suspension and all-terrain tires. However, it is the TRD Pro that will get you further with its beefy front skid plate, internal bypass dampers from Fox, strengthened suspension components, Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select with five driving modes to choose from.

Towing & Payload

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The base 2023 Toyota Tacoma can tow 3,500 pounds so be sure to add the towing package if you need more capacity. It includes coolers for the engine oil, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid, along with a beefed-up alternator and Trailer Sway Control. All of which allows for 6,800 pounds of towing when paired with four-wheel-drive. Max payload capacity is 1,685 pounds for 2.7L-equipped models, a figure that drops as low as 1,155 for V6-powered models.

2023 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy & MPG

A RWD 2023 Tacoma with the four-cylinder is rated for 20 mpg in city driving and 23 on the highway. Adding 4WD brings each of these figures down by one. The V6 is thirstier with RWD models rated for 19/24 mpg in city/highway driving or 18/22 mpg when equipped with 4WD. Adding the manual transmission means more visits to the gas station with a 17-mpg rating in the city and just 20 on the highway. 

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

A 2023 Tacoma can be ordered with the Access Cab that features half-sized rear doors and small rear seats or the full four-door Double Cab that bumps occupancy from four to five passengers. However, if you’re looking at a midsize pickup for its passenger space, look elsewhere. The Tacoma has 25 inches of rear legroom with the access cab or 33 with the double cab. Ford’s Ranger is rated for 30 and 35 inches in this metric, for their comparable cab options.

If, on the other hand, cargo and hauling are what you’re after, the 2023 Tacoma comes through with its fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite bed in 5- or 6-foot lengths. A damped tailgate, two-tier loading ability, and integrated deck rail system with four tie-down cleats are all standard fare.

As for creature comforts, dual-zone automatic climate control is included on all V6-powered models and leather upholstery with heated front seats can be found on upper-level trims. Though no one will mistake the Tacoma for a luxury cruiser, it does offer niceties like a sunroof, power-sliding rear window, and power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Entertainment & Technology

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A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen comes on the base SR Tacoma with every other model receiving an 8-inch version. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard as is a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, and three USB ports. From the TRD Sport on up, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and wireless phone charger are included.

The pricey TRD Pro is fairly loaded with built-in navigation, a JBL Audio stereo system, and app-based remote vehicle connectivity. Or you can select one of the many packages, like the TRD Off-Road Premium bundle, that brings all those features plus the Multi-Terrain Monitor and rear parking sonar.

Safety Features

While the 2023 Tacoma only earns a 4-star overall rating from NHTSA, it does come with advanced driver-aids including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams. A blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are widely available with a package, as are rear parking sensors and a panoramic view monitor.

2023 Toyota Tacoma Trims & Pricing  

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SR – $28,585

Base Tacoma SR grade comes with 16-inch steelies, sliding rear glass, cloth seating, and power windows. A 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is included as is Wi-Fi capability, and three USB ports.

2023 Toyota Tacoma SR5 -
2023 Toyota Tacoma SR5 -

SR5 – $30,375

SR5 trim includes Toyota’s Smart Key system for ease of access and engine start as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 8-inch touchscreen display.

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TRD Sport – $35,495

Oriented for urban driving, the TRD Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and wireless phone charging pad.

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2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road -

TRD Off-Road – $36,775

As its name implies, TRD Off-Road trim is ready to get dirty with all-terrain tires, an inclinometer display in the gauge cluster, and the option to add the Multi-Terrain Monitor.

2023 Toyota Tacoma Limited -
2023 Toyota Tacoma Limited -

Limited – $41,340

With polished 18-inch rims, the choice of black or brown leather upholstery, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, Limited models are the poshest of Tacomas.

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2023 Toyota Tacoma Trail Special Edition -

Trail Special Edition – $41,805

Sweet bronze accents, a mild suspension lift, and TRD front skid plate add capability and visual zest to the Trail Special Edition that also sports insulated bins integrated into the cargo bed.

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2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro -

TRD Pro – $48,020

The Tacoma TRD Pro is a serious off-roader with special Fox dampers, 1 ½-inch lift, 4WD-only drivetrain, and meaty rubber. It also has heated side mirrors, a moonroof, and the full complement of Toyota vehicle connectivity. All of which ratchets up the cost so don’t miss our latest new vehicle incentives article.


Toyota’s 3-year/36,000-mile term basic vehicle warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty is industry average. Fortunately, they also include two years or 25,000 miles of complimentary maintenance. And given the strong resale value of the Tacoma, this perk makes it worth considering a new Tacoma over a used model.

What we think

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The 2023 Toyota Tacoma may be getting long in the tooth and seem dated in comparison to shinier new options like a Honda Ridgeline. That being said, thanks to perennially high resale values, strong reliability, and the ability to do all the traditional pickup duties well, the Tacoma is worth looking at. Skip the wimpy four-cylinder and go for the V6 with a manual transmission in TRD Off-Road form to enjoy amenities like wireless charging and the 8-inch infotainment display.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his 1990 Cherokee and 1989 Starion, so it’s not surprising that he would put his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire to use in the car world as a vehicle dynamics engineer. Now engineering sentence structures, his writing infuses his auto experience with his time in marketing and his sales experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he focuses on some of the more technical mechanical systems that are found under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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