The 2021 Toyota Tacoma: Special Editions & More Standard Features

September 29th, 2020 by

Now in its third generation, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma is adding more standard features and getting an exclusive new color, among other exciting updates for the 2021 model year. The Toyota Tacoma, affectionally dubbed The Taco by its dedicated fans, has earned its loyal following by listening to what its drivers want, making it a best seller over its 15-year existence*. Let’s see what’s new for the 2021 model year.

Expanded Standard Features

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma will now include dual-zone climate control on all V6 models. SR5 models and higher will now come with a first aid kit, while the TRD Sport and Off-Road models get upgraded audio systems and allow for Remote Services. Plus, all trims of the new Toyota Tacoma come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) that includes:

  • High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert

More Special Editions

For the 2021 model year, the Toyota Tacoma now has the option of a Tacoma Trail Special Edition. This Limited Edition adds unique styling, extra storage and added conveniences like a lockable trunk bed storage fitted with insulation and a drain plug to double as a cooler. Plus, you’ll find a 120-volt power outlet in a nearly indestructible composite bed. All-weather floor mats now come standard. You will also get stylish extras including 16-inch TRD wheels with Kevlar all-terrain tires, black exterior badging, black seating with tan stitching and a Tacoma Limited front grille. There will only be 7,000 copies made, so this is a very limited Special Edition, indeed.

Also available in 2021 is the Tacoma Nightshade Edition. This trim is built upon the luxury Limited grade model and includes:

  • Black leather-trim seats
  • Dark Smoke 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Choice of 2WD or 4WD
  • “Sinister” exterior color in either Midnight Black Metallic or Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Black exhaust tip and fog light bezels
  • Darkened-chrome grille insert design
  • Opt for Windchill Pearl exterior color for an extra cost


The TRD Pro version of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma also offers the brand new Lunar Rock color, exclusive to the Toyota TRD lineup. It is a unique galactic color that is sure to turn heads. TRD Pro models are made to tackle the harshest off-road conditions with specially engineered parts and accessories. Some TRD Off-Road features include:

  • Crawl Control
  • Bilstein® shocks
  • Multi-Terrain Select
  • Hill Start Assist Control
  • Multi-Terrain Monitor
  • TRD Pro skid plate
  • TRD-tuned FOX® Internal Bypass shocks

Improved Capability & Technology

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size truck that boasts a 6,800-lb towing capacity with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and rear-wheel drive and can carry a payload up to 1,440 lbs. Opt for the available 6-speed manual transmission to gain total control when towing or maneuvering off-road.

Technology updates include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, Amazon Alexa capability, Smart Key System with Push Button Start, 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display and a Panoramic View Monitor to give you a 360-degree view of your surroundings.

Design Updates

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma features a few new upgraded to its exterior and interior design. In addition to new colors with the Special Editions, you’ll see an embossed tailgate with grade-specific taillights, available LED headlights and a redesigned front grille that gives this new Tacoma a more formidable, aggressive look. Perfect for tackling rough terrain and make it through traffic in the urban jungle.

Inside, you’ll find a more comfortable interior with leather-trimmed seat options, a power-rear window, two USB charging ports, available power-adjustable seats with lumbar support and a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on trim. Also available are a Qi-compatible wireless charging dock, leather-trimmed heated seats, Wi-Fi connect (with subscription), Destination Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and a backup camera with rear parking sonar.

With 33 possible configurations, you can tailor your new 2021 Toyota Tacoma to have everything you want and nothing you don’t need. If you’re quick, you can snag one of the very limited Tacoma Trail Special Edition or opt for the TRD Off-Road Crew Cab to get everything you need to head off-road. You’ll also save about $10,000 compared to the TRD Pro edition, which is the top-tier trim for the Tacoma.

Consider the long-running fan-favorite Toyota Tacoma for a capable mid-size truck that will get the job done without breaking the bank. Visit City Toyota in South San Franciso, California, to learn more about the available features and options and to take one for a spin. At City Toyota, you will find a large selection of new and used Toyotas, as well as a team of expert Service Technicians to help ensure your current Toyota stays safe and reliable.

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