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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.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

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

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

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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Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.


The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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