Body style: Truck
Segment: Midsize Pickup
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay Android Auto
Production years: 2023
The Toyota Tacoma burst into the market in 1995 as a compact pickup truck. Throughout the next two generations, the Japanese carmaker shifted toward a more extensive body for the car, classifying it as a mid-size pickup truck.
The 2024 model marks the start of the fourth Tacoma generation, and it is meant to continue the legacy of one of the most renowned pickup trucks in the North American market in the past couple of decades. It will be available in multiple grades, namely: SR, SR5, TRD PreRunner, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, Limited, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter.
While inheriting the "Tacoma-ness" from its predecessors, the new version is the first one built on the TNGA-F global truck platform, being also resketched from the ground up. The boxier stance gives the car a more modern off-road look, underlining its off-road capability. A new multi-link rear suspension replaces the old leaf springs, helping increase the handling and stability of the truck, while the TRD Off-Road grade will be equipped with Bilstein remote reservoir monotube shocks to improve heat dissipation.
Improving the power of the car to match the handling abilities was a must, and Toyota did that by adding the option of the iForce MAX hybrid powertrain, which can develop 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque to help overcome even the biggest obstacles in an off-road adventure. If there is a need the electronically activated locking rear differential can do a 50/50 power split to the rear wheels.
Toyota also offers a six-speed intelligent manual transmission with automatic rev-matching and anti-stall technology for people who want a more in-depth feeling of their truck when they are off the road. To improve overall driving on all sorts of terrain the TRD Pro grade is equipped with an IsoDynamic Performance Seat which allows for simultaneous vertical and lateral movements that aim to reduce the vibrations and shocks transferred to the driver, for a smoother and less tiring drive.
The Trailhunter grade is meant to be an overlanding rig that requires no further modifications for offering one of the best experiences on the market. It comes with an Adaptive Variable Suspension, an integrated high-output air compressor, and a heavy-duty version of the bed rack that can support additional weight from a tent or any other type of camping necessity.
For a complete experience, the 2024 Tacoma has, besides a 14-inch high-quality touchscreen, a premium JBL 10 speakers' system, paired with a JBL Bluetooth speaker that acts like a center speaker when it's docked in the car and can also be undocked and used for up to six hours to entertain tailgate parties, off-road camping adventures and many more scenarios where the truck becomes the center of a social gatherings.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.4L i-FORCE MAX 8AT AWD (330 HP)
|Electrical motor power:||35.3 kw (48 hp)|
|Total maximum power:||242.7 kw (330 hp)|
|Total maximum torque:||465 lb-ft (630 Nm)|
|Fuel System:||Direct Injection|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|