If that utility and off-road capabilities are your top priority, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma should be on your list. Rich in configuration means there is a possibility of Tacoma that suits your needs, and among them provides an impressive level of towing ability.
In addition to special off-road capabilities with tires, enhanced suspension and off-road driving aids, there is also a street-oriented version of Tacoma. Even the more luxurious trim share features with their siblings. This creates a step-high entry and a slightly unusual sitting position, and also means every the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is ready to adventure.
There are some strong competitors for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma. The Honda Ridgeline does not have a rugged look like Tacoma, but offers practicality plus innovative storage options, more carlike ride quality and a more spacious interior. The Chevrolet Colorado that feels like a full-size truck Chevy Silverado has superior engine options. Overall, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma offers what midsize pickup buyers are looking for.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma truck is available in six trim levels: the base SR, SR5, TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road, Limited and high-performance TRD Pro.
The base SR available in extended cab with a 6.1-foot bed or a crew cab with a 5-foot bed. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, dark grille, automatic high beams, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, tilts and telescopes steering wheel, a sliding rear window, a tough composite bed, a movable cleat tie-down system, a backup camera, the four-way-adjustable driver seat with lumbar adjustment, cloth seats, the basic Entune stereo, Bluetooth and a USB interface.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR5 also offers a long-wheelbase version that pairs the crew cab with the 6.1-foot bed. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, a chrome rear bumper, foglights, remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sliding rear window with privacy glass, a 4.2-inch information screen, enhanced Entune audio system with Siri Eyes Free voice control, smartphone-enabled navigation via the Scout GPS app, and satellite radio.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport offers the same cab and bed configurations as the SR5, but it also adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a hood scoop, body-colored fender flares and rear bumper, a push-button start and smart entry (automatic only), a power-actuated sliding rear window, a 400-watt power outlet, the Entune premium audio system with 7-inch touchscreen and a navigation system.
The TRD Off-Road offers the same configuration as the TRD Sport. It also adds 16-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, Bilstein monotube shocks, a lockable rear differential, extra skid plates, an advanced off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and crawls control.
There are several option packages for both the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road crew-cab models. Its include parking sensors, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, heated seats, and a JBL speaker upgrade and a subwoofer. The stereo upgrade is not available on models with the manual transmission.
The Limited is only offered as a crew cab with the short bed. It has body-colored flares and rear bumper, 18-inch wheels. It lacks the TRD Off-Road upgrades and is instead upgraded with just about all of the Off-Road and Sport optional features as standard equipment.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro only as a crew cab with a short bed and equipped like the TRD Off-Road but sets itself apart with special styling details. It also has special Fox internal bypass shocks that give it more off-road capability and tougher stance that an inch broader and an inch taller.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is powered by either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine (SR and SR5 only) or a 3.5 liter V6. Rear-wheel-drive (4×2) and four-wheel-drive (4×4) configurations are available.
All 4×2 Tacomas get a six-speed automatic transmission, while 4×4 models can be had with the automatic or manual transmissions (five speeds for the four-cylinder engine and six speeds for the V6).
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4x4s also features with low-range gearing. The manual TRD Off-Road models get a special mode that allows the truck to be started in gear without depressing the clutch, thus eliminating clutch slippage and rollback while stalled going uphill.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy at 21 mpg combined (20 city/23 highway) for the 4×2 automatic, (20/19/22) for the 4×4 automatic and (20/19/21) for the 4×4 manual.
The V6 engine generates output 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates fuel economy at 21 mpg combined (19/24) for a 4×2 automatic, (20/18/22) for the 4×4 automatic and (18/17/21) for the 4×4 manual and (18/17/20) for the 4×4 manual Double Cab.
In performance testing, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Double Cab V6 models with the automatic accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. A TRD Sport Double Cab V6 hit 60 in 8.2 seconds. Four-cylinder Tacomas can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds, while V6 models up to 6,800 pounds.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is expected to arrive at the dealership this fall. It will compete with the Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline.
official price starts at $25,200 for the base SR and $27,970 for the SR5. TRD Sport starting at $32,890, while the TRD Off-Road at $37,110. The Limited starting price of $38,135 and TRD Pro starts at $42,515. For trims that offer rear-wheel drive standard, four-wheel drive can be added for an additional $3,075.