Menu options in the compact pickup truck market are scarcer than ever, leaving Toyota to an essentially uncontested lead with its Tacoma pickup truck which will be offered in a high-end “Limited” trim in 2013.
While there are still a few others left, none really stack up to the Tacoma’s rock-solid reputation and sturdy build, but for the first time the automaker is recognizing the vehicles potential for a softer side.
A trend that is growing steadily more popular among domestic workhorses, the idea packaging luxury and a truck bed in one is finally seeping into Toyota’s small truck line.
Among the more immediately noticeable changes, 18-inch chrome wheels will now set it apart. There will also be extra bits to compliment the wheels like a chrome rear bumper, door handles and grille border.
Inside, the truck gets luxurious features like variably speed windshield wipers, a leather wrapped steering wheel, SofTex-trimmed heated front sport seats, a four way adjustable drivers seat and more. With such posh appointments, it’s hard to imagine how the truck could feel any more premium. If only there was an automaker capable of breaking that glass ceiling, what potential there could be.
Pricing for the package hasn’t been announced, but that information is almost as irrelevant as Toyota’s take on luxury trimmed trucks. At least it adds a backup camera, which is a nice feature, but hardly a luxurious one.
Apart from the practically regal Limited trim, there will still be peon-worthy versions as well as the TRD Off-Road package which legitimately lives up to its name.