What This Country Needs: The 2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab Trail Edition


2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail front 3/4 view

About that headline. It's been the start of many sentences in American history, ending in such lines as "a good five-cent cigar". But really, what this country needs is a reasonably-sized pickup truck that you can buy and get change back from your $50,000 bill.


2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail rear 3/4 view

And it's been right under our noses---largely unchanged---for seven years. The Toyota Tacoma may be a bit larger than some folks think mid-sized trucks really should be---but there's one difference between the Tacoma and the other trucks. The Tacoma sells.


2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail hood up

2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail engine

Under the hood for 4X4 Tacomas, it's the tried and true 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. She's got Toyota's 4WDemand system---part-time 4X4 with a two-speed electronically-controlled transfer case and an automatic limited-slip differential. A tow hitch, trailer sway control and an engine oil cooler are all standard on the SR5 4X4 Double Cab. Speedy? Um, more than adequate is probably a better term. 0-60 in 7.7 seconds (the 4X2 models with a four-cylinder take more than ten). EPA fuel economy average? 18 city/22 highway.


2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab locking bed box

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab locking bed box

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab power outlet

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab rear seat

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab front seats

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab front seat detail

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab instrument panel

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab ignition key


In the context of $70,000 pickup trucks, the Tacoma can look a bit spartan---but that's because the starting price is---sit down---$35,655. And that comes with Toyota's Safety Sense P active safety suite, a power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and 16----yes, 16---inch styled steel wheels.

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab center stack

No---those aren't the stock wheels on our tester. This truck had extra-cost options, starting with the $3,765 Trail Edition, which sticks with 16s, but makes them bronze with a Toyota center cap. There's also a heritage grille with "TOYOTA" bronze lettering, a "Trail" badge, locking rear differential, front and rear suspension upgrades, a skid plate, lockable bed storage with insulation on the driver's side (it can double as a cooler), black fabric seats with tan stitching, a 120V outlet in the bed and all-weather floor liners.


There's also Parking sonar bundled with a premium audio system and navigation for $1,710, the Technology Package (blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert) for $600, a door edge guard for $140 and a door sill protector for $79.


Even with $1,215 delivery, processing and handling fee, the as-tested price rings in at a thoroughly reasonable $43,164.


2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab front view

2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4X4 Double Cab side view

A reasonably-sized pickup truck for under $50,000. Just what this country needs.

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