Today a new, fourth-generation Toyota Tacoma has debuted. Since its launch in 1997, it has become the brand’s most popular pickup truck. Thus, customer expectations of the model were high, and the company had to work hard to meet them. Will the next-gen truck disappoint the public? – Looks like no.
Toyota’s reputation as a maker of reliable, easy-handling, and inexpensive-to-fix products has positively impacted Tacoma’s reputation. The vehicle was and continues to be a sought-after model due to its incredible versatility.
It is both nice as a work truck and a weekend off-roader. No matter where you go – in the city or on rugged terrain – the Toyota Tacoma delivers a comfy, smooth ride, and it only gets better with every new generation.
What the Toyota Tacoma’s new generation brings
1. The truck is a hybrid now for the first time. The entry-level model is equipped with the i-FORCE turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine making 228 hp and 243 lb-ft on an entry-level Tacoma and 278 hp and 317 lb-ft on higher levels.
The i-FORCE MAX system is available on TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro and Trailhunter models. The total output is 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain pairs the 2.4-liter engine with a 48-hp electric motor to feed a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack.
Transmission choices include a new 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) or a 6-speed intelligent manual one (iMT2). The Tacoma models with the manual transmission produce 270 hp and 310 lb-ft.
2. The Baja-inspired TRD Pro version debuts the segment-first IsoDynamic Performance Seat.
3. A new XtraCab long bed configuration is added.
4. Toyota adds an all-new Trailhunter version – a factory-developed overlanding rig:
The Tacoma Trailhunter integrates the latest off-road equipment from RIGID, ARB, and Old Man Emu:
features 14-inch touchscreen displays and the latest Toyota Audio Multimedia system. Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is standard for all grades.
Do you know that
- The name “Tacoma” derives from the name of Coast Salish people for Mount Rainier in the U.S. state of Washington.
- The Toyota Tacoma attracted young buyers to the brand when was first introduced.
- American Special Forces use this pickup truck.
- The 2022 Tacoma got the marginal (minor) safety score from IIHS for Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use and Seat belt reminders.
- A TRD (Toyota Racing Development) supercharger was compatible with all 2005-2015 model year Tacomas. The supercharger increased the truck’s power output and torque from the original and produced about 6 psi of boost pressure.
- In October 2015, Toyota and Universal Pictures celebrated the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future with a Tacoma Concept inspired by the original Toyota Pickup. The latter was created for the original film. Toyota modified a 2016 Tacoma 4WD to resemble the 1985 original vehicle. In the movie, Marty McFly was gifted a black Toyota (Hilux) Pickup SR5 XtraCab 4×4 when he returned to 1985.
- The 2024 Toyota Tacoma, just like the new Tundra and Sequoia before, was created by the team from the CALTY Design Center located in Newport Beach, California, and Ann Arbor. The designers focused on the theme of a “Badass Adventure Machine” when they worked on the new Tacoma.