Slideshow: 2020 Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma gets a new face, safety upgrades

The Toyota Tacoma has been significantly upgraded for the 2020 model year.

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The Toyota Tacoma has undergone a mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year, ahead of its alleged 2023 model year generational redesign. Most trim levels sport a new grille, there's bigger differentiation between the trim levels, the infotainment touch screen is bigger, and there's a long list of new safety equipment.

The 2020 Tacoma is available in 32 models, with two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab. Each is available in 4×2 or 4×4 configurations in a variety of grades.

This slideshow details many of those changes and covers the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Limited, 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road, and 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro models.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Limited

2020 Toyota Tacoma Limited profile side

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The Tacoma Limited not only gets a new grille, it gets new 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and headlamps, LED fog lamps, and chrome tailpipe inserts.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road side profile

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Tacoma TRD Off-Road models feature an off-road tuned suspension that uses Bilstein shocks.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro woods off-roading snorkel

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The new Tacoma TRD Pro is expected to be priced about the same as the 2019 model.

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is made in Texas and goes on sale later this year.

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New minivan

Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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