Chicago Auto Show 2020

Toyota gets trail-ready with new Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner models

Toyota is making a limited number of new Trail edition models.

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Building on the success of its off-road ready TRD Pro line of trucks and SUVs,Toyota now will give its trucks and the 4Runner a lighter Trial Special Edition treatment. The automaker introduced the Tacoma Trail, the Tundra Trail and the 4Runner Trail at the Chicago Auto Show Thursday.

All include upgrades that make them more attractive to owners who participate in outdoor activities like camping, fishing, and hiking. Toyota is packing the vehicles with extra storage and dirt warrior styling features.

The three trail editions start with Toyota's SR5 grade models. Buyers have a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. They get black exterior badging and black seating with tan stitching. To help deal with mud and dirt, the Trail models havestandard all-weather floor liners.

Here's how the Trail Editions break down:

2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail

2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail

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Built on the SR5 Double Cab, the 2021 Tacoma Trail has dark gray 18-inch TRD Off-Road wheels with Kevlar All-Terrain tires. It has a custom grille with bolder horizontal venting compared to the mesh of a regular Tacoma. Toyota equipped the bed with a 115-volt power outlet for tools and equipment. The lockable bed storage includes insulation on the driver side so that it can double as a cooler for fishing trips, camping or tailgating. The Tacoma is already the top selling mid-size pickup truck in the U.S.

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail

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The 2021 Tundra Trail is built on the SR5 Crew Max with Toyota's SR5 Upgrade Package. That gives the full-size truck a larger fuel tank, front bucket seats with driver's power lumbar support, front center console, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, three front cupholders, and an anti-theft system with alarm and engine immobilizer.

The Trail package gives it the chrome grille from the top-of-line Tundra 1794 Edition. It also has special-edition wheels. Like the Tacoma Trail, the Tundra version has lockable bed storage that can be uses as a cooler.

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail

2021 Toyota 4Runner Trail

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Toyota is packing the 4Runner Trail with equipment to make it an ideal camping vehicle. It gets dark gray TRD Off-Road wheels to navigate dirt roads. To add extra storage, the 4Runner gets a Yakima LoadWarrior rooftop cargo basket. The SUV also comes with a custom, lockable 40-quart cooler and sliding cargo tray.

The cooler has a Freezer-grade gasket to provide an air-tight seal and keep ice frozen for up to seven days. Toyota added tie-down straps and special brackets to safely secure the cooler while driving over bumpy terrain. It has two heavy-duty latches with integrated bottle openers. There's a built-in drain plug with lanyard. And the cooler has a flat top so it can be hauled out of the SUV and used as a table.

Toyota will sell the models with color choices that include Army Green, Cement, Midnight Black, and Super White. It's keeping the volume low, planning to offer just 7,000 Tacomas, 5,000 Tundras and 4,000 4Runners as Trail Editions. The automaker recently confirmed that Tacoma production is moving from Texas to Mexico.

All of three vehicles go on sale this summer. Toyota hasn't said what the upcharge will be to get a Trail Edition model. It has a similar "Adventure" treatment for the compact RAV4 crossover.

Based on that pricing and where the TRD versions of the vehicles fall, expect the Tacoma Trail Edition to be in the mid-$30,000 range and both the Tundra Tail Edition and the 4Runner Trail Edition to slot in around $40,000.

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Three of our favorite three-row SUVs for 2022

The Grand Cherokee L is available with two different powertrain choices.

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There are more three-row SUVs on sale than ever before, so it can be tough to make a choice between them. You need to balance space, performance, safety, and tech to make your decision, and doing your homework is important. To help you get started down the right path, we've selected three of our favorite three-row family haulers. These are SUVs that bring the latest features and excellent design features to help keep you and your family rolling. Let's get started.

2023 Toyota SequoiaThe Sequoia is all-new for the 2023 model year, and finally stands on level ground with its rivals.Toyota

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota gave the Sequoia a much-needed overhaul for the 2023 model year that brought it up to speed with its competitors. The thirsty V8 and outdated styling are gone, and in their place, Toyota installed a twin-turbo V6 with a hybrid system that produces 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive are available.

The Sequoia’s update brought a new infotainment system with a much more intuitive, fluid interface. It runs on a standard 8-inch or an optional 14-inch touchscreen. Toyota’s new software offers voice controls, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and much more.

Inside, the Sequioa’s interior feels much more upscale and modern than before, and there’s plenty of room for the entire family and all their gear across its three spacious rows. Starting with the Limited trim, Toyota gives luxurious standard features, including heated and ventilated front seats, a larger touchscreen, a hands-free liftgate, and a heated steering wheel.

2023 Kia TellurideKia updated the ultra-popular Telluride for 2023 with refreshed styling and features.Kia

Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is easily one of the best family vehicles from the last ten years, and it offers great value on top of its functional characteristics. Kia updated the SUV for 2022 with a new 10.25-inch infotainment system and a highway driving assistance system.

The Telluride comes with a 3.8-liter V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The SUV’s engine may not be the most powerful or thrilling, but it gets the job done and offers refined, smooth operation.

Kia equips the base Telluride with seating for eight, but the optional second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven. Interior fit and finish, materials, and styling are all far more upscale than the Telluride’s price tag would suggest, making the SUV an excellent family companion for longer road trips.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee LThe Grand Cherokee got a third row for the first time with the new L.Jeep

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep completely overhauled the Grand Cherokee for 2021 and added a new three-row “L” model shortly after. The new Grand Cherokee L features boxy, muscular styling that works with its stretched profile. Even with a new shape, the SUV is immediately recognizable as a Grand Cherokee.

Jeep offers two engines in the 2022 Grand Cherokee L. The base mill is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available that produces 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the V8 comes standard with four-wheel drive.

The L is more premium inside than most likely expect from a Jeep, but at the top end of the model line it’s deep into luxury territory, both on price and design. The Jeep is just shy of its competitors on interior space, but there’s still plenty of room for up to seven people. Top trims get luxury finishes like leather and woodgrain, and available tech like a rear-seat entertainment system helps keep everyone happy for the long haul.

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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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