Toyota Truck Buying Guide

truck buying guide

Bell Road Toyota offers so many different vehicles that there’s something to fill practically any need Phoenix drivers are likely to encounter. That includes those of you who work, and play, a bit harder than the rest. New Toyota trucks offer exceptional value precisely because they offer exceptional power, versatility, and dependability. The Toyota brand should be near the top of your list if you’re looking for a new truck around Phoenix.

2019 Toyota Tacoma

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma isn’t just American-made. It’s also the most popular midsize truck in the United States. Two engines are on offer, and we suggest the more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine over the smaller four-cylinder engine. There’s 120 more horsepower on offer, with roughly the same fuel economy as the smaller engine, for only a modest bump in price. What’s more, the V6 also offers the choice of manual or automatic transmission (both of which are six-speeds).

There’s a configuration for nearly every need and taste, from the bread-and-butter base trim to the TRD Pro trim that’s great for off-roading (especially with the new TRD Pro Desert Air Intake, specifically designed for dusty and sandy environments). Tech features aren’t quite as advanced as you’d find on a Toyota RAV4, but there’s still TSS-P active safety, Qi wireless charging, a GoPro camera mount, and Entune infotainment on select trims. Four-wheel drive is available, and you’ll also find generous payload (1,620 pounds) and towing (6,800 pounds) capacity.

2019 Toyota Tundra

The 2019 Toyota Tundra offers many of the same strengths as its little brother in a full-sized package. Maximum cargo and towing capacities step up to 1,730 and 10,200 pounds, respectively. Like the Toyota Tacoma, the Toyota Tundra offers multiple cab and box configurations, plus multiple trim levels for easy customization. As KBB notes, “If reliability has to be paramount to you, the Tundra has an incredible reputation in this regard. A model from the previous generation covered 1,000,000 miles (with regular servicing).” What’s more, it offers Toyota Safety Sense safety features standard, and a new TRD Pro off-road trim for 2019.

Toyota trucks don’t have the same mindshare as certain other companies we could name, but don’t let that fool you. They’re capable of going toe-to-toe with the competition, and they’re full of surprises. Whether you’re buying one as your everyday drive, a work truck, or something to take far off the beaten path, they’re versatile enough to be both fun and useful. To see what they — and we — have to offer, visit Bell Road Toyota at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ for a test drive today.