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2021 Toyota Tacoma gets new special edition, fresh paint option, slight price bump

The Tacoma Nightshade edition is just one new addition to the Toyota truck lineup for 2021.

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The 2021 Toyota Tacoma will get a new special editions, a fresh paint option, a new trim level, more standard equipment and an increase in price. Altogether, the third-generation Tacoma will be available in 33 different configurations for the 2021 model year.

All Tacoma models powered by the company's available V6 engine receive standard dual-zone air conditioning. An upgraded audio system, which allows for Remote Services integration, will come on Tacoma TRD Pro and Off-Road models. Tacoma SR5 trucks get a standard first aid kit.

2021 Toyota TRD Pro Lineup: Tacoma Toyota has added the Lunar Rock paint job for certain 2021 Tacoma models.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Toyota is giving each Tacoma it's Toyota Safety Sense P suite of safety and driver assist technology. The tech roster includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.

The 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro will be available with a new exterior paint color - Lunar Rock. The color replaces Army Green in the TRD Pro color pallet. Other color options include Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic.

New Tacoma Trail special edition models will be arriving on dealer lots soon. Based on the Tacoma SR5, these editions are available with two- and four-wheel drive, and in a variety of exterior colors including Army Green, Cement, Midnight Black, and Super White. Each new Tacoma Trail has black exterior accents and black upholstery with tan accents, as well as a number of other unique features.

2021 Toyota Tacoma Nightshade

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The 2021 Tacoma Nightshade follows the design mantra of other Nightshade models in the Toyota lineup. It's built o the Tacoma Limited grade and features leather-trimmed seating and black exterior details. It's only available inn Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or Windchill Pearl exterior paint colors.

Toyota is pricing the 2021 Tacoma to start at $26,150 - just $100 more than the 2020 edition. The Tacoma Trail starts at $34,005 while the Tacoma Nightshade has a sticker price of $39,905 in its cheapest form. The most expensive truck in the lineup is the Tacoma TRD Pro 4x4 with a double cab, which starts at $46,780.

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The concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.


Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.

GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC

Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors

Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.

GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC

As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.

2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.

2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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