Toyota 2018 Tacoma Review and Specs

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The 2018 Toyota Tacoma gets the Toyota Safety Sense-P safety suite as standard. The five-speed manual option has been discontinued on the SR and SR5 trim. TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited trims are now available with the Cement exterior color. TRD Pro models get the Cavalry Blue exterior color, which replaces Cement. Midnight Black replaces Black in all trims. All trims except for the TRD Pro get a revised grille.

Vehicle Summary

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The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize truck that slots below the larger, full-size Tundra and is available in rear- or four-wheel drive configurations. Two bed lengths and three cab variants are available.


The 2018 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7-liter I-4 with 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s also an optional 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 hp and 268 lb-ft that can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

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EPA ratings for the base four-cylinder are 19/23 mpg city/highway for rear-drive models and 19/22 mpg with four-wheel drive. Opting for the V-6 doesn’t come at the cost of fuel economy with the automatic-equipped rear-drive Tacoma rated at 19/24 mpg and the four-wheel drive version coming in at 18/23 mpg. The least efficient Tacoma is the TRD Pro, which is rated at 18/21 mpg with the manual and 17/20 mpg with the automatic.

Four-cylinder variants can tow up to 3,500 pounds of payload when properly equipped. With the available V-6 Tow Prep package, the V-6-powered Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds in the rear-drive Access Cab configuration with the standard bed or 6,500 pounds with four-wheel drive. Double cab models with the V-6 can tow up to 6,700 pounds in rear-drive guise and 6,400 pounds with four-wheel drive. Opting for the long bed drops the rear-drive double cab’s towing capacity down to 6,600 pounds.

Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, Toyota’s Entune multimedia system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rearview camera. Options include a larger 7.0-inch touchscreen, a JBL premium audio system, a 4.2-inch multi-information display, keyless entry/start, a wireless phone charger, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a moonroof, alloy wheels up to 18 inches in diameter, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and parking sensors.

The Tacoma TRD Pro is distinguished with its standard Fox shocks, Rigid Industries LED fog lights, a unique grille with a heritage-inspired Toyota badge, a TRD Pro skid plate, a TRD exhaust, a hood scoop, and TRD Pro 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.

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