There are no significant changes to the new Toyota Tacoma for 2013, with the single exception of a new Limited grade package, just like the one offered on the Tundra. Small changes include the fact that all engine and body configurations will carry daytime running lights, all body types will have a new display screen when equipped with the Toyota-exclusive Entune package, and all models with the Entune system will get added steering-wheel switches.
The Limited package includes SofTex-trimmed heated front sport seats (with four-way adjustable driver’s seat), 18-inch chrome alloy wheels with P265/60R18 tires, chrome grille surrounds and rear bumper, color-keyed front bumper and overfenders, chrome fog lamp housings, chrome door handles, chrome and power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators underneath, fog lamps, variable speed wipers, metallic tone instrument-panel trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, leather-trimmed shifter, dual sun visors with extenders (with lighted mirrors), auto-dimming rearview mirror with monitor and outside temperature gauge and HomeLink, a universal transceiver, and chrome Limited badging.
We don't have the exact pricing on the new grade or the complete lineup of 2013 models, but that should be coming soon. We expect the new Limited package to be exclusively offered on a specific powertrain and cab configuration, but there was no word from Toyota as to what that will be. If we had to guess, we'd expect both Access Cab and Double Cab V-6 models, in both short- and long-bed versions.
Clearly, the 2013 model has no significant changes from the 2012 model, with the few exceptions listed above; however, as we noted in earlier stories, the 2012 model was a pretty good-sized change for Toyota, stylistically speaking, both inside and out. We assume this kind of "step back" is likely to be the strategy the 2013 Tundra will also use when the info for the full-size half-ton is made available next month. No doubt saving money and resources for these models was a high priority, but we're assuming they understand this strategy cannot continue for 2014. We'll have more as it comes in.