2018 Toyota Tacoma review – The next generation of Tacoma will come this year with small updates in technology features. However, with same price tag as current Tacoma standard features for all trims of 2018-year model will get active safety features. Exterior colors will be same as before, but what is the most important there are some rumors about diesel engine.
The Toyota Tacoma has been around for about two decades in one form or another and the current model is set for a facelift in early 2018. First debut Toyota’s most selling pickup had in 1995, as a compact pickup truck. Since then, it evolved into mid-size segment and it now comes in three different body styles.
The most direct competitor to the Toyota Tacoma is the Chevrolet Colorado. With the current models, it’s difficult to choose an outright winner since they both have defining areas where they outpace each other. However, the new Tacoma is set to have less weight and possibly a more efficient engine. Current Tacoma sales are not as high as expected and this is mostly because of the lack of a diesel option. For that reason, we suspect to see a diesel being added to the line-up. Thus far, very little is confirmed on the 2018-year model but there are several rumors that should give some idea of what’s in the pipeline.
What changes will 2018 Toyota Tacoma get?
The upcoming Tacoma should look very similar to the current model which borrows queues from other models in Toyota’s arsenal including the Hilux, Tundra and FJ Cruiser. The new model is said to keep the hexagonal design and LED lights with only slight revisions in the design. It is available in six trim levels (SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Limited) with two cab variants: Access Cab and Double Cab.
Other areas that should remain similar include the color range (Barcelona Red Metallic, Black, Blazing Blue Pearl, Cement (TRD Pro only), Inferno, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Quicksand, Silver Sky Metallic and Super White), 16″ wheels and optional equipment. However, one new feature that is rumored to be included is some specially designed inserts to keep dirt out of the cabin when going off road.
|Length||212.3 in. (5,393 mm)|
225.5 in. (5,728 mm) – Long Bed
|Width||74.4 in. (1,890 mm)|
|Height||70.6 in. (1,794 mm)|
|Wheelbase||127.4 in. (3,236 mm)|
140.6 in. (3,571 mm) – Long Bed
|Ground clearance||9.4 in. (239 mm)|
|Trim levels||SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Limited|
|Colors||Barcelona Red Metallic, Black, Blazing Blue Pearl, Cement (TRD Pro only), Inferno, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Quicksand, Silver Sky Metallic and Super White|
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma puts a lot of emphasis on comfort therefore the interior of the current model is already rated as being of higher quality than the competition. As such chances are that things should remain the same, barring some tweaks here and there. The new interior might not rival those found in luxury SUV’s but the use of high quality plastics on the dashboard and soft cloth materials elsewhere should create a very comfy cockpit. As an added bonus to those who like taking their trucks off road, waterproof mats should soon be the standard.
As far as luxury is concerned, the new model should include a brand new infotainment system including Entune Audio with 6 speakers and 6.1-inch touchscreen display and with USB and Bluetooth functionality. Higher trim levels additionally get Entune App Suite, HD predictive traffic, HD radio, and integrated backup camera display. There should also be options to have heated leather seats, automatic climate control and satellite navigation.
When it comes to safety, beside passive safety systems (such as airbags and seatbelts), standard equipment for all models is Star Safety System. This system integrates some other features, such as ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), Brake Assist, TRAC (Traction Control), VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) and SST (Smart Stop Technology). Beside this there are some optional features available with higher models: BSM (Blind Spot Monitor), RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic Alert), HAC (Hill Start Assist Control) and TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor System).
2018 Toyota Tacoma Diesel engine and drivetrain specs
The current Tacoma Model only comes in 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 petrol variants with no option for a diesel as mentioned before. The base 2.7L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, comes with SR and SR5 trims and right now it produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Paired with 5-speed manual transmission it has fuel economy rated around 20 mpg while with 6-speed automatic it gets some improvement on highway, when it has fuel economy around 23 mpg.
Second 3.5-liter V6 engine is optional for SR and SR5 and standard for other models. It delivers 278 horses and 265 lb-ft of torque. All models with this engine are equipped with either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. With manual transmission fuel economy figures around 18 mpg while automatic improves these numbers up to 20 mpg of combined drive. All models, except TRD models, are available with 2-wheel drive system while 4-wheel drive system is optional.
|2018 TOYOTA TACOMA SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||2.7 liter inline-4||3.5-liter V6|
|Horsepower||159 HP @ 5,200 rpm||278 HP @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||180 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm||265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm|
|Transmission type||5-speed manual|
|19/21/20 5MT 4×4|
19/23/21 6AT 4×2
19/22/20 6AT 4×4
|17/21/18 6MT 4X4|
19/22/20 6AT 4×2
18/23/20 6AT 4X4 TRD Pro
To improve sales, Tacoma Diesel must become reality
There are some rumors that the new model will include larger petrol engines in the form of a 4.6L V6 and a 5.7L V6 as well as the inclusion of a diesel. While this is merely speculative, the current 2.8-liter turbo diesel used in the Hilux could find its way to the Tacoma, although it will need an overhaul to meet the emissions standards in the US. This will likely result in the power being lowered from 177 horsepower to 170 although it should receive about 20 lb-ft of additional torque, resulting in 350. A diesel model should also include either a hood scoop or larger bumper to add space for the larger intercooler needed. As far as drivetrain and transmissions are concerned, the current all-wheel drive system and 6 speed automatic transmission from the current model should make its way into the facelift.
2018 Toyota Tacoma price and release date
No exact pricing is currently available, but data suggests that the new Tacoma range should start around $26,000. Most prices are in range from $29,000 to $33,000 depending on chosen model and additional equipment. The top Tacoma 4×4 TRD Pro with Double Cab and 6-speed automatic transmission will be around $43,000. Tacoma with the diesel powerplant, if that becomes a reality, should be closer to around $35,000. While they tend to be a little pricier than the counterparts from Chevrolet, the Toyota models do tend to have better resale value.
Its main competitors on the pickup truck car market are Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline. However, its main rival could another car that is still in faze of rumors – Ford Ranger for USA market. There are some information and rumors inside the Ford about that, but this is theme for another article.