Since the Toyota Tacoma was released back in 1995 in its first generation, it has come quite a long ways.
Originally, you could get two four cylinder engines and a V6. The options were a 2.4 L four banger and 2.7 L. For the V6, you could get a 3.4 L coupled with a four speed automatic or five speed manual. Obviously you didn’t get much freedom back in the late 90’s.
After the Toyota Tacoma’s debut, the second generation came in 2005. This second generation got rid of the 2.4 L four cylinder and a 4.0 L V6 replaced the 3.7 L. A number of changes and additions were made as well. All this combined to make one of the best trucks on sale that year, when the Toyota Tacoma won Truck of the Year from Motortrend.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma won’t see a major redesign, but there will be some updates. The Tacoma has a reputation for being durable and reliable, which should be enough to entice buyers.
While there is no diesel option, the small truck makes a strong case for itself elsewhere.
For 2018, Toyota is investing upwards of $150 million in their Mexico plant to boost production for the Tacoma. This will help push more trucks off the lot, and keep up with demand.
As for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma itself, there are some familiar aspects and some updates.
The Exterior-2018 Toyota Tacoma:
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma has a relatively small face compared to other trucks. The look really accentuates the Tacoma’s meaty under-body, which is a great look.
It seems like grilles on vehicles all look the same these days, and that is apparent on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma. The trapezoid shape is a concept that seems to work in one way or another on any car, truck or SUV.
The rest of the front end is very boxy. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma kind of looks like it was built with those big Lego blocks I played with when I was younger.
Anyways, the snout really makes up most of what we see from the front. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a smaller truck, but still retains a bold presence.
Form the side and rear, the design is well composed. The rugged appeal and capable look continues through the 2018 Toyota Tacoma making for a very sharp truck.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s strong points lye in its stance and ride height. The clearance between the tire and the wheel arch is very large, which adds to the off-road visual effect. I can tell why so many people buy 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s.
Toyota Tacoma’s look fantastic and have the durability and reliability to back it up. I’m genuinely impressed.
The Interior-2018 Toyota Tacoma:
While I’m always pretty picky with my interiors, I do enjoy the 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s interior.
Part of the dashboard does look a bit awkward. The location of the infotainment screen does line up nicely, but the outline where it is located along with the air vents throws the balance off a bit. Am I being too harsh?
Outside of that, the interior is great. The leather strip on the passenger accents the otherwise rugged dashboard well.
The interior isn’t incredibly luxurious or beautiful, but there’s something about truck interiors that make them all look rugged and abrasive. I love it.
Inside the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, you can control things like crawl control. Crawl Control allows you to turn a dial which tells the engine and other internals that you need to…crawl uphill.
Another cool feature in the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is the GoPro mount on the windshield. Yes, Toyota fitted a GoPro mount into the truck. How cool is that?
Past that, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma doesn’t really feature any ground-breaking technology. You can get blind spot and cross traffic warning assist, along with wireless phone charging, but Toyota makes it clear what the Tacoma is made for. Fun.
The Performance-2018 Toyota Tacoma:
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma features five different low-speed crawl modes. These modes modulate the throttle and brakes so that you can get over pretty much anything.
You can also get terrain selection that makes the Tacoma even more potent in difficult terrain. If that’s not enough, Toyota offers hill-assist control to back you up so you don’t roll down a hill on accident and kill someone.
Every 2018 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 278 horsepower 3.6 L V6 engine with direct injection. An ample 265 pound feet of torque accompany the engine as well.
The standard transmission is a six speed automatic that can be specced along with Toyota’s “Intelligence” technology. Usually when automakers add in the word “intelligent”, it’s usually the opposite.
All-wheel-drive comes standard on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, which is a good thing.
Some options can also come with TRD tuned suspension for either a sportier ride, or a =n off-road tuned experience. Regardless, you’re good to go.
Overall, the performance and capabilities of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma are the reasons why so many people get them. They’re relatively inexpensive for what you get, and Tacoma’s are bulletproof.
The Specs-2018 Toyota Tacoma:
|Vehicle Type:||Mid size Truck|
|Power Plant:||3.6 L V6|
|Gearbox:||6 speed auto/6 speed manual|
|MPG:||Up to 24 Highway/19 City|
|Top Speed:||Not Available|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||Not Available|
|Base Price:||$24,000 (est).|
Sum It Up:
While the 2018 Toyota Tacoma may be a lot like the current generation, there is still some unknown facts out there.
The release date for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma will be known later on this year. The truck should sell great, as it has done for years. This is one strong and capable little truck.