The Tacoma pickup truck is a very popular truck in the market courtesy of its high towing capacity. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck which slots under its bigger brother, the Tundra was first introduced in 1995. Since its introduction in the market, the model quickly rose to be one of the best models in its segment. Considering the model was recently upgraded for the 2016 model year; as such, we don’t expect many changes this time around.
2018 Toyota Tacoma Exterior
The exterior of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is impressive as it is currently enabling the model to perform well both in on- and off-road terrains. The changes are minimal since as said earlier, the model underwent a more comprehensive overhaul in 2016. Among the few new features is a new front bumper. The headlights have also been revamped and come standard with LED headlights.
The front grille has also been redesigned; the fog lights too have been redesigned. The pickup truck will still ride on a set of 16-inch wheels. Similarly, the rear also features a minimal revamp; the bumper and the rear taillights which feature LED lighting have also been revised. That is all about the new changes for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.
Changes are minimal inside as well. Being a working truck, the cabin offers generous space and is devoid of the many niceties common in cars or more premium pickup trucks. One of the few new additions in the cabin is the upgrade of the model’s safety system. The Tacoma has been hooked up with Toyota’s Safety Sense (TSS), a suite of safety and driver assist systems. The system adds safety systems such as forward collision system and adaptive cruise control among others.
Like the outgoing model, the new Tacoma will feature as standard, a rear-view camera, a GPS navigation system and the Entune infotainment system while higher trims including the SR5 and TRD trims add Smartphone connectivity. Further, the TRD adds a Wi-Fi hotspot. For extra comfort, higher trims feature front heated seats, a 2-zone air conditioning system, a sunroof as well as a JBL sound system for those audiophiles who can’t do without a premium sound system in their trucks. There is also a GoPro camera mounted at the windscreen.
Engine and performance
In terms of power-trains, the current units will carry over to the new model. They include the base mill, a 2.7 L, unit that is rated at 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox. The mill is offered in RWD as standard but AWD is also available. This engine returns 19 mpg in city and 23 mpg on combined drives on models with RWD and 19 mpg and 21 mpg on city and highway roads respectively on models with AWD. This mill has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs.
The most powerful engine is the 3.5 L, V-6 that produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Similarly, the mill is paired with a 6-speed manual/automatic transmission. This mill is offered with AWD as standard. The V-6 is EPA rated at 18 mpg on city and 23 mpg on combined drives. This mill can tow as much as 6,800 lbs.
The AWD is however not a permanent system but one that kicks in when you take the Tacoma into rugged terrains.
Price and release date
According to our credible sources, Toyota will commence production of the Tacoma pickup trucks this August with sales set to commence later in November. Toyota is yet to set official prices of the Tacoma but we don’t expect the prices to stray from the current model’s prices. Currently, the base Tacoma has a starting price of $25,060 with the top trim going for $39,735.