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Ranked: Most dependable cars on the road in 2020

Research firm J.D. Power has been producing its annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study for more than 30 years — a study that automakers take seriously and consumers recognize and value. The 2020 study examines problems experienced in the last 12 months by original owners of 2017 model-year vehicles, with overall dependability determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles — also known as PP100. A lower score indicates higher dependability.

This year J.D. Power reports that overall dependability improved 1.5 percent compared to 2019 — however, the level of improvement is down compared to last year.

The 2020 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study is based on responses from more than 36,000 original owners of 2017 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. J.D. Power conducted the study from July through November 2019.

Challenges of Technology

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"Despite the increased adoption of complex vehicle technology, dependability continues to improve," said Dave Sargent, vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power. "There's no question that three-year-old vehicles today are better built and more dependable than same-age vehicles were in previous years. However, the rapid introduction of technology is putting increased pressure on dependability, so it would not be surprising to see problem levels plateau, or even increase, over the next few years," Sargent cautioned.

In-Vehicle Technology

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The in-vehicle technology category — which includes audio, communications, entertainment and navigation systems — still accounts for more problems than any other category in the study; however, the 2020 study results also reveal it as the most improved category. "Many owners complain about these systems early in the ownership experience and, three years later, they're still frustrated with them," Sargent said. "We're seeing improvement, but automakers still have a long way to go to before they can declare victory in this area," Sargent also noted.

Highest Ranked Nameplate: Genesis

2020 Genesis G90

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In its first year of inclusion in the annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Genesis ranks highest in overall dependability with a score of 89 PP100. Hyundai's high-scoring luxury brand bumped Lexus to second place, after Toyota's luxury brand held the top spot for the past six years. Buick, Porsche and Toyota round out the top five brands.

Most Dependable Vehicle Overall — Lexus ES

2020 Lexus ES

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Lexus may no longer be the top brand overall, but the Lexus ES ranks highest of all vehicles in the study. The ES earned a score of a mere 52 PP100, which is the best score ever recorded in the study's 31-year history.

Most Dependable Small Car - Honda Fit

2019 Honda Fit

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The Honda Fit excels at space management — the perfect example of a car that's small on the outside yet large on the inside. The unique rear seats can be configured in multiple ways to allow cargo storage of all shapes and sizes. The 2017 Honda Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter engine producing 130 horsepower, and it achieves up to 36 mpg on the highway with its standard 6-speed manual transmission.

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning with air filtration, power windows and door locks, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity with audio streaming and a number of active safety features.

Most Dependable Small Premium Car - BMW 2-Series

2020 BMW 2-Series

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BMW's small entry-luxury model for the U.S. market, the 2 Series joined the lineup as a 2014 model to replace the 1 Series. The 2 Series is a modern example of the type of sporty, agile, fun-to-drive car on which BMW built its reputation in the 1960s. For 2017 the 2 Series received the latest generation of BMW's TwinPower Turbo engine that offers increased horsepower and torque versus the outgoing version, as well as improved fuel economy.

The high-performance M2 joined the lineup a year earlier, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that produces 365 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque in overboost mode.

Most Dependable Compact Car - Nissan Leaf

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

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The Nissan LEAF is the first fully-electric vehicle to earn a top segment score in the Most Dependable study. By 2017 more than 100,000 LEAFs had been sold in America, making it by far the best-selling electric car of the time. The 30-kWh battery pack became a standard feature for the 2017 model year, extending the driving range to 107 miles — a 27 percent increase over the previous model.

The 2017 LEAF is powered by an 80-kW electric motor producing 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. The battery can be quick-charged to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, and a full charge takes 6 hours with a Level 2 240-volt system.

Most Dependable Compact Sporty Car - Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The most successful convertible of all time, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata went on sale in summer 2015. In 2017 Mazda introduced the MX-5 RF — a retractable fastback with a power-folding hardtop that opens and closes in 13 seconds. The 2017 MX-5 incorporated SKYACTIV technology for improved performance and more efficiency; it also adopted the KODO—Soul of Motion design to bring a modern look to the classic roadster.

The 2017 MX-5 is approximately 150 pounds lighter than its predecessor, making it lightweight, nimble and fun to drive. The 2017 MX-5 sports a 155-horsepower SKYACTIV- G 2.0-liter engine combined with a standard SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission.

Most Dependable Compact Premium Car - Lexus ES

2020 Lexus ES F-Sport

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One of the best-selling luxury cars in America during the 2017 model year, the ES was the entry-level Lexus sedan that came with many of the comfort and convenience features found in more expensive models. Updated with a bold new grille the previous year, the 2017 ES 350 is powered by a 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine driving the front wheels.

At the time it may have been the entry-level sedan in the Lexus lineup, but the ES still offers plenty of standard luxury amenities expected in a Lexus. Leather trim was standard, as were a power moonroof, automatic climate control, a high-end audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Most Dependable Midsize Car - Buick Regal

2017 Buick Regal AWD

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The 2017 Buick Regal represented the end of the fifth generation of this long-lived nameplate, and it was the last Regal sedan offered by Buick (In 2018 it was replaced by the Regal Sportback). The midsize sedan was available in a range of trim levels and could be obtained with front- or all-wheel drive. Buick offered the Regal with a premium interior and a long list of standard features that included heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and signature ice-blue ambient lighting. For 2017, Buick added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car - Ford Mustang

2020 Ford Mustang

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The current-generation Mustang debuted a few years ago with a lower, wider stance; a lower roof height; wider rear fenders and a wider track. Available as either a coupe or a convertible, the 2017 Mustang was offered with three different engine choices — a standard V6 and two performance options: a turbocharged EcoBoost four cylinder or a 5.0-liter V8, the latter producing 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque in the Mustang GT. For those in need of extreme performance, Ford also offered the Shelby GT350 boasting 526 horsepower.

Most Dependable Midsize Premium Car - Genesis G80

2017 Genesis G80

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The Genesis G80 was an all-new model for 2017, one of two introductory vehicles of Hyundai's premium brand when it launched that year. Previously sold as the Hyundai Genesis, the 2017 Genesis G80 featured a premium interior with high-grade materials such as genuine aluminum and matte-finish wood. Available with rear or AWD, at that time the G80 could be equipped with either a 3.8-liter V6 or a 5.0-liter V8 engine generating 420 horsepower.

Most Dependable Large Car - Toyota Avalon

2016 Toyota Avalon

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Flagship of the Toyota lineup, Avalon feels like a high-end luxury sedan, especially in the Limited trim. Refreshed one year earlier, the 2017 Avalon offered a quiet, roomy cabin and was available with either a 268-horsepower V6 engine or very efficient hybrid system. For 2017 Toyota upgraded the Avalon with standard Toyota Safety Sense-P for all trim levels. This included dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beam headlights.

Most Dependable Small SUV - Buick Encore

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The 2017 Encore was the smallest vehicle in the Buick lineup, and with a starting price of around $25,000 it was a great entry into the luxury crossover segment. The 2017 Encore came well equipped with such features as a power driver's seat, 7-inch color display with backup camera and built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. The Encore Sport Touring trim became part of the lineup a year earlier, powered by a 153-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with direct injection and start/stop technology combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Most Dependable Small Premium SUV - Mercedes-Benz GLA

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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The smallest model of the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, the GLA debuted as a 2015 model aimed directly at the BMW X1. The 2017 GLA250 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive was standard but at the time the GLA could be had with 4Matic all-wheel drive.

For those looking for more performance, Mercedes also offered the AMG GLA45, powered by a hand-built 2.0-liter AMG engine that produces 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with standard AMG 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Most Dependable Compact SUV - Chevrolet Equinox

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

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One of the most popular crossovers in America, in 2017 the Equinox was Chevrolet's smallest SUV with a roomy interior and seating for up to five occupants. Equinox received a number of design and feature updates a year earlier that included a new front fascia, projector-beam headlights and new wheel designs. Offered in a range of trim levels with front or all-wheel drive, the 2017 Equinox could be equipped with a choice of engines, including a 301-horsepower V6. The interior is quite spacious and offers increased flexibility with its MultiFlex sliding rear seat that provides more legroom for rear-seat passengers or, when needed, more cargo space.

Most Dependable Compact Premium SUV - Porsche Macan

2020 Porsche Macan

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The compact-premium SUV market continues to grow, but the Macan certainly stood out from said crowd in 2017. The fifth vehicle in the Porsche lineup at the time, Macan was styled after the larger Cayenne and still embodied all qualities expected from the iconic German sports car brand. Macan was available with full-time all-wheel drive, and could be equipped with various powertrains ranging from a 2.0-liter 252-horsepower 4-cylinder engine to a 440-horsepower V6 in the Macan Turbo with Performance Package.

Most Dependable Midsize Pickup - Nissan Frontier

2020 Nissan Fro

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The Frontier is Nissan's entry in the midsize pickup truck market and it hasn't really changed much in the last 10 years. Available as a King Cab or Crew Cab, the 2017 Frontier could be had with rear- or 4-wheel drive as well as with long or short truck beds. Two engines were available: a 2.5-liter 152-horsepower 4-cylinder unit or a 4.0-liter V6 producing a more respectable 261 horsepower. Frontier could be equipped with a variety of features including a heavy-duty suspension, available off-road-tuned Bilstein high-pressure performance gas shock absorbers, skidplates (PRO-4X grade), and an innovative Utili-track Channel System for easy cargo securing.

Most Dependable Midsize SUV - Toyota 4Runner

2020 Toyota 4Runner

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As one of the few remaining truck-based SUVs on the market, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner offered capability that couldn't be found in most car-based crossovers. With a 270-horsepower V6 engine that could tow up to 5,000 pounds, 4Runner boasted a number of high-tech features in addition to its full-time 4WD system, making it one of the most capable SUVs available. For 2017 Toyota added the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium trims to the 4Runner lineup, offering excellent off-road capability while maintaining a luxurious, comfortable interior.

Most Dependable Midsize Premium SUV - Lexus GX

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By the middle of the first decade of the new millennium, the SUV trend had moved toward luxury crossovers that were more at home on pavement than on dirt, although the 2017 Lexus GX still retained its impressive off-road prowess. Based on the Toyota 4Runner, the GX had full-time 4WD and all the equipment needed to do some serious off-roading.

Utilizing a trucklike body-on-frame construction, the 2017 GX460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque with advanced dynamic control systems and a 6,500-pound towing capacity. Despite exceptional off-road capability, the 2017 GX460 features luxurious amenities inside, while the standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System delivers a smooth, comfortable ride.

Most Dependable Minivan - Toyota Sienna

2020 Toyota Sienna

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As one of the top-selling minivans on the U.S. market, the 2017 Sienna came well equipped with features that included 3-zone climate control and Toyota's Entune audio system with applications such as Yelp, iHeartRadio, OpenTable and Pandora. Although other minivans have offered all-wheel drive over the years, Sienna was the only AWD minivan on the market that year — perhaps making it even more appealing to those desiring a crossover. For 2017 the Sienna also received a power boost: a new 3.5-liter V6 engine generating 296 horsepower.

Most Dependable Large SUV - Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

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There aren't many vehicles on the road that can compete with the Chevrolet Tahoe. With seating for up to nine occupants, plenty of cargo capacity, the capability to tow more than 8,500 pounds, and 9 inches of ground clearance for off-road adventures, the Tahoe is still one of the most capable SUVs on the road. Available with 2WD or 4WD, the 2017 Tahoe could be equipped with a suite of safety features as well as 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless phone charging, power-folding second- and third-row seats, an 8-inch color touchscreen and multiple USB ports.

Most Dependable Large Light-Duty Pickup (tie)  - Toyota Tundra

2021 Toyota Tundra Trail

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The full-size truck market is one of the hardest for a non-domestic brand to crack. Although the Tundra had improvements in sales over the years, it still makes up a small percentage of overall truck sales. Just two years after getting a complete redesign, the 2017 Tundra carried through with a variety of cab styles and bed lengths as well as rear- or 4-wheel drive. Two V8 engines were available, with the higher trims getting a 5.7-liter V8 that produced 381 horsepower, allowing the big truck to tow more than 10,000 pounds.

Most Dependable Large Light-Duty Pickup (tie) - Ford F-150

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

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The 2017 Ford F-150 was the most technologically advanced F-Series to date. New technology included an available 360-degree camera view, available trailer-hitch-assist rear camera view, available remote tailgate with hands-free opening, and an available next-generation tailgate step. That year Ford also brought back the F-150 Raptor — a high-performance off-road truck with a competition-proven chassis, powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine producing 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Most Dependable Large Heavy-Duty Pickup - Chevrolet Silverado HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

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When consumers climb into the heavy-duty truck market, their choices narrow considerably. The 2017 Silverado HD combines impressive capability with a comfortable cabin and driving ease. The latter was further improved with Chevrolet's New Digital Steering Assist power steering — designed to make hauling and trailering more manageable via electronic controls that enhance road holding and stability on the highway. The 2017 Silverado HD can tow as much as 23,300 pounds when properly equipped.

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Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


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Updated vehicle lineup

Toyota is going more places in 2022 and beyond

Toyota is giving its spunky 86 sports car a makeover for 2022.

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"Let's Go Places", Toyota's tagline adopted nearly a decade ago, speaks to the automaker's goal of "evolution and commitment to leading through innovation, enriching lives and connecting with customers in new ways they define". Today, Toyota has sold more than 15 million vehicles and is continuing to innovate with connected technologies and alternative powertrains and is global leader of hybrid electric vehicles.

Toyota plans to offer approximately 70 electrified models globally by 2025, in a lineup that will feature 15 dedicated battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), including seven in the new the "bZ" (Beyond Zero) brand and also plans to bring electrification to its truck lineup.

The Japanese manufacturer recently invited a cadre of journalists to its U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas, to learn more about the company's latest developments and goals, as well as to hear about new and concept vehicles from both Toyota and luxury stablemate Lexus, during a three-day event that was akin to a Toyota-centric auto show. There were ride and drive opportunities in Plano and at the nearby Eagle Canyon Raceway, with a high-speed track and off-road course and even a "secret reveal" of the all-new Tundra. The breadth of new offerings includes models from every segment of the auto market, ranging from BEV to truck and high-performance.


Toyota bZ4X Concept The bZ4X shows Toyota's vision for its bZ (Beyond Zero) electric sub-brand.Toyota


Of the nearly two dozen vehicles on the roster, we selected the following models to highlight:

**The Toyota bZ4X Concept is Toyota's vision for the first of a global series of battery-electric vehicles sold under the "Toyota bZ" (Beyond Zero) brand. Jointly developed with Subaru, the sleek SUV is close in size to the RAV4 and will have a 300-mile range; the AWD model has stunning and chiseled looks, 20-inch wheels and showcases the new e-TNGA BEV-dedicated platform. Notable is the long wheelbase with short overhangs and open-concept interior, with a "bridge" style center console, a large infotainment screen and a unique digital gauge for instrumentation.

Heralded as the vehicle that revived Toyota's sportscar lineage, the all-new 2022 GR 86 hit the track with pro drivers before meriting its Gazoo Racing badge. The lightweight 2+2 rear-drive sports coupe has been engineered with more rigidity, and a horsepower bump from 205 to 228. Added torque moves the needle from 156 to 184 lb.-ft. from its naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four boxer engine, when set up with a manual transmission; peak torque is lower in the rpm range to bring a more linear driving feel. Zero to 60 times have dropped from 7 to 6.1 seconds for the manual and moved from 8 to 6.6 seconds for the automatic.

The Gazoo team put their mark on front and rear frame reinforcements; weight-shaving components, such as aluminum roof panels and fenders; new aerodynamic body elements, a functional MATRIX "G" Mesh grille and exterior air vents. The refashioned interior gets race-inspired touches and Alcantara-trimmed front buckets. Onboard are a host of updated technologies and audio/communications features; it comes in two grades, GR 86 and GR 86 Premium.


2022 Toyota Supra A91-CF Toyota will offer just 600 Carbon Fiber Edition Supras when it goes on sale in fall 2021.Toyota


The GR Supra A91-CF (Carbon Fiber) Edition goes on sale in the fall; only 600 will be available in North America. Exterior design features include numerous carbon fiber elements; a functional aero kit; duckbill rear spoiler; special edition forged 19-inch matte-black wheels with red calipers and a Toyota Supra logo; and new colors. Inside the red-and-black themed cabin with Alcantara-and-leather and carbon-fiber trim are heated sport seats and a collection of top standard features. A turbocharged three-liter inline-six with an eight-speed transmission has paddle shifters and brings zero-to-60 in 3.9 seconds. Performance parts include adaptive Variable Sport suspension, an active rear sport differential, and front Brembo brakes with red calipers.

Both cars offer complimentary one-year memberships to the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) comes with instruction from experts and the opportunity to participate in a High-Performance Driving Event.

Two new Tacomas add choices, capability and other new features to Toyota's mid-sized truck lineup.

The 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro bumps up off-road performance with a 1.5-inch front/.05 rear lift; TRD-tuned 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks, and new suspension components, using machine-forged aluminum construction on the pickup's control arms. Toyota Racing Development's upgrades bring improvements that aid in obstacle clearance with a 36.4-degree approach, 24.7-degree departure, and 26.6-degree breakover angles. New black TRD wheels make a wider track width than stock versions, while new Goodyear Territory all-terrain tires have an aggressive sidewall design. A new exclusive Electric Lime Metallic color is added to the mix. New hood graphics are available that complement the blacked-out hood scoop. A color-keyed rear bumper, door handles and power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators will trim the dual-color styling theme, along with black overfenders and new badging. An aluminum front skid plate with red TRD lettering provides additional trail protection. Unique LED headlights with sequential turn signals feature TRD Pro inserts, while Rigid Industries LED fog lights help illuminate the road and trails ahead.


2022 Toyota Tacoma The Tacoma gets even more off-road goodies for the 2022 model year.Toyota


Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab short-bed model, the TRD Pro is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and is available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto. Nifty features include a Multi Terrain Monitor that displays front-, rear- and side-camera views on the 8-inch multimedia touchscreen; the instrument panel's 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display has an inclinometer and tilt gauge. Inside are TRD-themed black leather-trimmed heated front seats, TRD shift knob, and TRD Pro all-weather floor mats., plus a standard moonroof and Toyota's Safety Star System, along with a broad array of technologies.

The 2022 Tacoma Trail Edition, built on the Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab, upgrades off-road performance. It is1.1 inches higher in front and boasts an approach angle of 34 degrees; the rear is lifted 0.5 inches for a departure angle of 23.6 degrees; breakover angle is improved at 26.4 degrees. Unique styling comes with four exterior color choices, black badging accents and a new Trail Edition badge on the rear tailgate. Rear bumpers are now color-keyed to match the exterior grille with new unique bronze-colored lettering and new bronze-finished wheels that offer a 0.5-inch wider track width both front and rear and are fitted with new Goodyear all-terrain tires with an aggressive sidewall tread pattern. New is lockable bed storage while the driver's side storage includes insulation and can double as a cooler. It's also equipped with a 120V power outlet in the bed. Standard is a 3.5-liter V6 engine (278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque) and locking rear differential, as well as the Tacoma Tow Package, with a maximum towing capacity of 6,400 pounds.

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