The next major milestone that changed the course of Tacomas and Toyota forever was the financial collapse of 2008. After such, GM’s joint venture with Toyota ended, meaning that the Tacoma would undergo some pretty serious and demonstrative changes. Call it changes in technology or the industry, but these changes were reflected in the almost entirely redesigned 2009 Tacoma and X-Runner models.
In terms of technology and amenities, the 2009 Tacoma came with standard auxiliary input channels, a rear backup camera, and two new ceiling mounted speakers (access/double cab only).
In terms of trim, the 2009 Tacoma offered brand new redesigned interior door panels and a new LCD interactive technology panel. Power doors and power windows soon became standard on Access and Double Cab models, as well as a bluetooth hands-free phone system on Double Cab models.
Best of all, Tacomas also featured a redesigned audio panel featuring a brand new JBL audio system with Aux inputs and MP3/WMA media playbacks now standard options on factory radio panels.
The biggest changes to the 2009 model, was the introduction of a wide range of safety features. Earning a 2009 IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, the Tacoma came with standard seat-mounted and curtain side panel airbags. The slip differential on the braking system now used the “Auto-LSD” function to make the drive a little smoother and more comfortable for Tacoma owners.
Aside from the option to access satellite radio systems from the Tacoma’s JBL audio system, the 2010-2011 Tacomas didn’t see any major upgrades in their interior.