Toyota simply pulled the sheet off a wheels-up redesign of its Tacoma midsize truck, and your selections have solely expanded.
Toyota has not introduced pricing for the 2024 Tacoma. The 2023 model begins at $28,250. We anticipate a worth improve to account for brand spanking new gear and inflation. However, with Toyota’s apparent respect for the totally different wants of many consumers, there’ll in all probability nonetheless be a base mannequin not far above the $30,000 line.
Sketching a brand new Tacoma can’t be a straightforward activity. Designers needed to make it apparent this was a brand new mannequin whereas respecting that the lineup’s lean look has labored for a lot of consumers. Early teasers had us frightened they’d bulk it up an excessive amount of. We’re glad to say they didn’t.
The 2024 Tacoma borrows a few of its large brother Tundra’s new boxiness. However the look isn’t overdone. The 6-sided grille hasn’t grown a lot. The brand new headlamps kick up on the outdoors corners like cat-eye eyeliner.
There’s one off-note within the look — an enormous plastic air dam hanging low like a chin beard. It’s certain to get scraped off on a excessive curb ultimately and enhance the look.
Greater, blockier fender flares had been inevitable, given truck design traits. However holding them physique shade helps maintain them from wanting foolish.
Inside Will get New Fashion, Greater Screens
Inside, the blocky truck theme continues. However it’s not cartoonish. Base fashions get a 7-inch driver’s show display and an 8-inch central touchscreen, however neither seems to be comically small as a result of they’re properly built-in into the sprint.
Greater trims get a 12.3-inch driver’s display and a distinguished 14-inch central touchscreen. They’re built-in with rather less subtlety — passersby will word, “Dang, that’s a giant display” from a number of ft away.
There are nonetheless easy buttons and knobs for local weather and audio, large enough to deal with with gloves.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are normal, with an elective wi-fi charger.
The enjoyable half is an elective JBL sound system. It has a subwoofer and 10 audio system, one in all which is removable. It slots into the highest of the sprint and acts as the middle channel when hooked up. Indifferent, it’s a conveyable Bluetooth speaker.
Two Cabs, Two Beds
Toyota, fortunately, didn’t go down that route.
The 2024 Tacoma can be provided in an prolonged cab configuration with a 6-foot mattress. Unusually, it has misplaced its rear seats – the realm behind the entrance seats is now all lockable storage.
Different configurations get a quad cab. Consumers can choose both a 5- or 6-foot mattress with the 4-door.
Alternative of Powertrain, Handbook Nonetheless Obtainable
Toyota is aware of loads of truck customers are traditionalists and simply need a dependable gasoline engine. For them, there’s a turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder referred to as the i-Pressure. It makes 278 horsepower when paired with an 8-speed automated transmission.
It’s obtainable, although, with an old-school stick shift. Paired with the 6-speed, the engine makes 270 horsepower.
The gas-powered model will get the tow ranking you’ll see in commercials — it’ll pull 6,500 kilos or can carry 1,709 kilos within the mattress.
Toyota, nevertheless, is the hybrid firm. It’ll be the primary to construct a hybrid midsize truck. The obtainable i-Pressure Max hybrid pairs the identical turbocharged 4-cylinder with a 48-volt electrical motor. Collectively, they’re good for 326 horsepower.
The hybrid system additionally offers you 2.4 kW of onboard energy to plug instruments and equipment into shops within the mattress.
Curiously, Toyota has not introduced gas financial system numbers. So we don’t know if the hybrid does what hybrids are supposed to do.
Eight Trims, Three for the Bush
The Tacoma will as soon as once more be probably the most customizable midsize truck. Toyota will supply a outstanding eight trims. The bottom SE and midlevel SR5, TRD PreRunner, and TRD Sport will in all probability meet most drivers’ wants. However there’s additionally a well-equipped Restricted for these in search of a near-luxury truck. TRD Off-Street fashions add extra path functionality because of Bilstein shocks with distant reservoirs.
The 2 worthy of their very own discussions are the ultra-capable TRD Professional and the brand new Trailhunter — a mannequin designed to be modified for overlanding.
TRD Professional With Seats by Tony Stark
The TRD Professional will get extra floor clearance, sitting 2 inches larger within the entrance and 1.5 inches larger within the rear. It rides on chunky 33-inch Goodyear tires and will get an aluminum entrance skid plate in case you misjudge what you’ll be able to clear. Up entrance, 2.5-inch Fox shocks get 3-mode handbook adjustability. A multilink setup springs the rear.
The TRD Professional comes solely with the hybrid engine setup.
The headline on the Professional, although, is the seats. Sure, the seats. They appear to be robotic exoskeletons.
Toyota says the ball joints and air-over-oil shock absorbers constructed into the seats ought to cut back fatigue when off-roading. They are often locked while you don’t need your seat to maneuver with you. The added shock absorption on your again does imply the seats don’t recline.
They could possibly be a profit or a gimmick, however we are able to’t assist however level out that it’s been accomplished earlier than. Jeff Glucker at our sister website, Autotrader, noticed them and instantly famous that his 1991 Mitsubishi Montero has one thing comparable. If it had been a game-changing know-how, it could have made it out of the ’90s.
Trailhunter Able to Customise
The opposite off-road trim is one thing new. The Trailhunter is a devoted overlanding mannequin, with some off-road tenting modifications in-built and pre-done wiring and mounts for others.
It will get the identical 33-inch tires because the TRD Professional. The identical suspension elevate, too, however right here it comes, because of Previous Man Emu shocks. This mannequin, in spite of everything, was constructed with assist from Australian clothes shop ARB.
Within the mattress, you’ll discover an onboard air compressor. A snorkel up the A-pillar is normal and properly built-in in order that it’s nearly hidden. There’s a 2,400-watt AC inverter, pre-wired for equipment, with three toggle switches on the sprint.
An ordinary sport bar, rook rack, and obtainable rear mattress rack allow you to configure the dwelling preparations up excessive.
We’re ready on the value to see simply how type Toyota has been to overlanders. However on first blush, we’re impressed. It seems to be like an excellent platform for a subculture of drivers used to creating do.
Altering the Market by Not Altering its Method
We’ll should get behind the wheel to know for sure. However it seems to be like Toyota has given customers an extended listing of selections that may allow them to choose a succesful truck that meets their wants. It may be a tough employee, a snug commuter, an off-road beast, a near-luxury journey, or perhaps a roving campground. It might seat two or 5 and have sufficient mattress house for weekend tasks or worksite use.
That shouldn’t be outstanding. You could possibly say nearly that a lot about most midsize vans only a few years in the past.
However different truckmakers have put all their focus into constructing full-size vans with plenty of versatile choices and, if we’re telling the reality, simply phoned into the midsize section just lately.
Ford at the very least gave the world an thrilling new Ranger Raptor final week. However the brand new Ranger will get only one cab and mattress configuration as properly. The Jeep Gladiator is exclusive sufficient to solely get half a seat on this dialogue. However if you’d like an open-air truck, you’d higher like 4 doorways and a brief mattress.
Toyota has given the world two cab choices, two mattress choices, two engine choices, two transmission choices, and eight trim ranges, two of that are extremely specialised. Let’s have a good time that whereas we await pricing information.