2018 Toyota Tacoma: Mid-Size Pickup Powers Through Its Third Decade

















The Toyota Tacoma pickup truck has been manufactured in the US since its debut for the 1995 model year. It started out smaller, and its first generation model was classified as a compact truck during its production run through 2004. The second generation of the Tacoma, which ran from the 2005 to 2015 model years, was larger and more powerful. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is the third model year of the third generation, first introduced for the 2016 model year.

The Toyota Tacoma has been America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for 11 years in a row. Until recently, the Tacoma had little competition. The arrival of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline, and the soon-to-arrive Ford Ranger has made the segment much more competitive.

What’s New On The 2018 Tacoma

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma receives a major advance in safety technology: the entire line gets Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment. Toyota Safety Sense P is a suite of driver assistance technologies that includes these systems:

  • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection

  • High-speed dynamic radar cruise control

  • Lane departure alert with sway warning system

  • Automatic high beams

Other updates for 2018 include design and material changes to the grilles on some models, and a new black leather interior on the Limited model.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Models And Pricing

The 2018 Tacoma is available in six different model grades: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. This expands to 30 models based on two cab types, the Access Cab and the Double Cab. Each is available as a 4x2 or a 4x4. While the Access Cab models come with a 73.7” long bed, the Double Cab models are available with either a 60.5” or a 73.7” bed.

Pricing starts at $25,130 for the SR Access Cab 4x2, and maxes out at $44,240 for the TRD Pro Double Cab 4x4 with automatic transmission.

2018 Tacoma Engine And Drive System Lineup

The 2.7L DOHC four-cylinder engine produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. For more power, you can choose the mid-size pickup segment’s first Atkinson-cycle 3.5L V6. This features Toyota’s D-4S injection system, which incorporates both direct injection and port fuel injection. V6 engine output is 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both engines can be teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 can also be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The optional V6 tow package lets the Tacoma pull up to 6,800 lbs.

All 2018 Tacoma 4x4 models are equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD, with an electronically-controlled transfer case and automatic limited slip differential This is an electronic system that functions like a mechanical limited slip differential when activated at low speeds.

Off-Road Tacoma Models From Mild To Wild

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport models come with sport-tuned shocks. TRD Off-Road models include an off-road tuned suspension featuring Bilstein shocks. The top-rated TRD Pro gives you serious off-road upgrades like Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires on 16” TRD black alloy wheels, TRD-tuned front springs with a 1” lift, TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf springs, FOX 2.5” Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD, and a ¼” thick aluminum front skid plate. That’s one serious off-road truck!

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Is Ready For Action

Whether you need a basic mid-size work truck, something luxurious to cruise around in, or an all-out desert-ready stormer, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma has a model that’s right for you. The Tacoma is proven, reliable, and ready to perform for you. The Tacoma is a mid-size truck that comes with something none of its competition has – a continuous heritage and a long track record.

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Stephen Fogel

Stephen follows the global automotive industry on a daily basis, including new model announcements, new technologies, sales trends, and the latest in "green" cars.