The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is lastly right here, and it’s being supplied with so many various options and configurations. However even with all of the variations via this pickup truck’s lineup, there may be one factor that is constant: It is a new truck, not only a warmed over previous-generation mannequin. There’s quite a bit to cowl, so we’ll break issues down into sections to simply discover the juicy particulars. Hold scrolling to examine all of it out.
Physique and chassis
The Tacoma is constructed on the identical TNGA-F body-on-frame platform utilized by the Tundra, Sequoia and Land Cruiser. All of these are notably bigger than a Tacoma. Shrinking it down principally boils right down to shortening the body and wheelbase, which resulted in dropping a crossmember towards the entrance, and a means shorter entrance overhang in comparison with the larger vehicles. A few of the different crossmembers and mounting factors have been tweaked as effectively, and a few sections of these members have barely thinner gauge metal for price and weight financial savings, because the Tacoma will not be as giant or in want of such heavy-duty functionality because the bigger automobiles.
The brand new physique, which seems like a scaled-down Tundra with some hints of the previous Tacoma, is usually high-strength metal, with a little bit of aluminum within the higher part and for the tailgate. Considerably surprisingly, Toyota will proceed to supply each an prolonged cab and a quad cab. The prolonged cab comes solely with the 6-foot mattress whereas the quad cab can have both the usual 5-foot mattress or the choice of the 6-foot unit. Apparently, the prolonged cab solely has two seats now, leaving the world behind fully devoted to storage with lockable bins.
As for suspension, the entrance of each Tacoma makes use of a double-wishbone, coil-spring design. However the rear varies. The bottom SR, SR5 and TRD PreRunner fashions nonetheless use a stay axle with leaf springs. That is the one TNGA-F car to make use of them. Larger trims get a brand new multi-link strong axle design with coil springs. And there are even suspension variations in terms of shocks, since there are distinctive variations for the TRD Sport, TRD Off Street, Restricted, TRD Professional and Trailhunter. The Sport has stiffer shocks for street use, the Off Street has distant reservoir Bilsteins for, effectively, off-road use, Restricted has electronically adjustable shocks, the Professional has manually adjustable remote-reservoir Fox off-road shocks (plus upgraded entrance higher management arms), and the Trailhunter has Previous-Man Emu remote-reservoir shocks. These latter two additionally sit 2 inches larger on the entrance and 1.5 inches larger on the rear than different equal Tacomas. They’re additionally accessible with digital anti-roll bar disconnect for the entrance suspension to extend articulation by a claimed 10%.
Brakes are additionally upgraded in comparison with the earlier Tacoma, since all of them now have four-wheel disc brakes. TRD variations get bigger entrance brake rotors, and hybrid fashions add bigger rears. Steering additionally will get a change with electrical energy help.
As for capacities, the Tacoma has a most tow score of 6,500 kilos and a most payload of 1,709 kilos. These drop relying on the powertrain, cab and trim configurations. Toyota additionally boasts about 7% extra mattress quantity and 300% extra cupboard space underneath the rear seats on the quad cab.
Engines and transmissions
The bottom Tacoma engine is a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. It is just about the identical throughout all fashions so far as the engine itself, however there are a number of outputs. The SR will get the least-powerful model at 228 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That is primarily as a result of, so as to get the worth down, Toyota eliminated some cooling tools and mounts for vibration that have been solely obligatory for the higher-output variations. That larger output is 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque with the eight-speed computerized, or 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque with the six-speed handbook. Each transmissions can be found with both two- or four-wheel drive.
The opposite engine on provide can be a turbo 2.4-liter four-cylinder — however with a battery and an electrical motor. The electrical motor makes 48 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and it is fed by a 1.87-kWh nickel metal-hydride battery pack. Mixed output with the gasoline engine is 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Apart from the large quantity of energy and torque, the hybrid additionally provides 2.4-kW of onboard energy for all number of equipment and instruments. This hybrid is just accessible with the eight-speed computerized transmission. Sadly, Toyota has not introduced gas economic system numbers for this engine or the entry-level ones.
Two-wheel drive is the usual drivetrain possibility with conventional four-wheel-drive with a low-range switch case accessible. All of them include a limited-slip differential as commonplace. However an digital locking rear differential is on the market on four-wheel-drive fashions and comes commonplace on the TRD PreRunner, the off-road-oriented two-wheel-drive mannequin. The Restricted trim is on the market with full-time four-wheel drive, however solely with the hybrid engine.
Toyota additionally notes that the CRAWL Management off-road cruise management system ought to work extra quietly now. Hill-descent management continues to be accessible, and the handbook transmission fashions get a clutch begin cancel button like previous Tacomas.
TRD Professional and Trailhunter
Two of the Tacoma trims deserve particular consideration, particularly as certainly one of them, the Trailhunter, is totally new. We’ll get to that one, however first we have to discuss in regards to the TRD Professional. It is essentially the most performance-oriented off-road model of the Tacoma. It solely comes with the hybrid engine, it will get the aforementioned adjustable Fox shocks, sway bar disconnect and suspension elevate. It options an off-road-designed entrance bumper, vast fender flares and ARB metal rear bumper and restoration hooks. These fenders cowl 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T off-road tires. Toyota additionally offers method, breakover and departure angle numbers for the TRD Professional, that are 33.8, 23.5 and 25.7 levels respectively. There are many cameras for serving to with maneuvering off street, in addition to hooking up trailers.
However the actual present piece of the TRD Professional is the pair of bucket seats. These aren’t peculiar seats. These seats have suspension. Particularly, it has a set of ball joints and vertical and lateral air-over-oil shock absorbers. The air strain may be adjusted for private choice and weight. And the concept is that these seats will assist preserve the driving force and passenger from being tossed round. This may assist cut back fatigue and enhance visibility and confidence for high-speed off-road working. They may also be locked in place for if you’re again on street and would really like a bit of extra direct suggestions from the truck. And unsurprisingly, they have been crash examined, they’re fully appropriate with all manufacturing facility security tools, however additionally they retain heating and air flow options, plus many of the energy changes. The one factor misplaced is energy recline attributable to an absence of area with the suspension parts.
Now we come to the brand new addition, the Trailhunter. It shares a lot in widespread with the TRD Professional, such because the bumpers and fender flares. It has the identical tires, too, although wrapped round distinctive bronze wheels. These bronze accents lengthen to the vintage-style grille and inside accents. The suspension elevate is identical, although it makes use of Previous Man Emu shocks as a substitute. It additionally picks up a utility bar within the mattress with MOLLE mounting factors to strap quite a lot of tools to. Within the mattress, the Trailhunter has an on-board air compressor for refilling tires or different objects.
Inside and different options
The Tacoma’s cabin has been absolutely redesigned, nevertheless it nonetheless feels very rugged with chiseled panels and rubbery grips and knobs throughout. Normal tools features a 7-inch instrument cluster display and an 8-inch infotainment contact display. These may be upgraded to 12.3- and 14-inch screens respectively. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace with wi-fi system charging as an possibility.
Toyota added a pair different nifty options inside. With the upgraded JBL sound system, there is a heart speaker within the dashboard that may be eliminated and used as a transportable Bluetooth speaker. And on the driving force’s aspect of the cabin, there is a QR code hidden away. This code will take homeowners to a website with 3D-printer plans for every kind of equipment reminiscent of a lantern or device equipment.
The Tacoma comes with good security and comfort options as commonplace, too. It has computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping, adaptive cruise management and computerized high-beam headlights.
The primary 2024 Toyota Tacomas will go on sale later this 12 months. Solely the non-hybrid variations can be accessible at first. The hybrid will go on sale in early 2024. Pricing has not but been introduced. Keep tuned for that in addition to another particulars reminiscent of gas economic system within the coming months.