The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Raises The Standard on Quality & Price For Midsize Trucks
When it comes to well-rounded midsize pickup trucks, the Toyota Tacoma has been a force to be reckoned with. Now the stakes are even higher with the all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma. Fully redesigned and reimagined, this truck aims to fulfill every kind of passionate driver. It is eager and excited to take on ambitious off-roading adventures, function as a work truck, incorporate the latest in automotive technology, and everything else under the sun in supreme comfort.
“Our engineers outdid themselves with this next-generation Tacoma,” says Dave Christ, Toyota group vice president and general manager in a press release. “This truck offers customers more of everything, including technology, style and capability, all with an attractive starting MSRP. This is a segment Toyota has carried for years, and we feel this next iteration of Tacoma only raises the bar.”
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is built on the TNGA-F global truck platform also used by the Tundra, Sequoia, and Land Cruiser, and has been specifically designed and engineered for the U.S. market. Housed on a high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame, this new Tacoma is expected to be one of the most durable midsize trucks available.
New Powertrain Options for the 2024 Toyota Tacoma
One big update to the new Tacoma is its powertrain choices. One is the turbocharged i-FORCE 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces up to 278 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque that comes on most of the truck’s grades. This engine option also comes with a new eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).
It should be noted that the base model SR powertrain will be able to produce up to 228 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque with an average fuel economy of 26 MPG (Highway). There will also be a six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) available that comes with rev-matching and stall-avoidance technology. The manual 2024 Tacoma is capable of generating 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, and a new clutch start cancel feature will be included, which allows the truck to start while in gear while on an incline or during technical off-road trail sections.
The other is the mighty i-FORCE MAX hybrid engine, which is the most powerful drivetrain ever available on a Tacoma, capable of generating up to 326 horsepower and a massive 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain is available as an option on the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited grades, and will be standard on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter models.
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma will feature improved disc brakes that will be able to handle the power output of both of these powertrain options. TRD models and higher grades will feature an even greater front brake package, and those equipped with the i-FORCE MAX hybrid engine will come with a larger rear braking system as well.
Smart Towing & Hauling
Because the 2024 Toyota Tacoma aims to be the most well-rounded midsize truck that can perform under any kind of environment, basic truck functions like towing and hauling will also be a breeze. With a max towing capacity of 6,500 lbs on the SR5 i-FORCE and TRD PreRunner and XtraCab grades, the max payload on this next-gen truck has increased up to 1,710 lbs for i-FORCE MAX models.
In addition, these work-ready numbers are supported by new towing features like the trailer brake controller, and a special Tow/Haul drive mode that boosts the truck’s throttle response as well as adjust transmission shift points. When the truck’s integrated trailer brake controller is in use, it also utilizes its Blind Spot Monitor to detect any blind spots around both the truck and the trailer.
Another useful feature onn the 2024 Toyota Tacoma is Trailer Back-Up Guidance, which comes in handy when reversing with an attached trailer. Then there is the Straight Path Assist feature which is a hands-free function that perfectly lines up the truck to the trailer while backing up, supported by its rear-view camera and built-in hitch lamps.
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma also comes with a Panoramic View Monitor that provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the truck to aid in overall visibility, especially for some of those more hidden parts around the truck.
Improved Safety Features
All 2024 Toyota Tacoma models will come equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which is Toyota’s package of active safety and convenience systems, as standard gear. This collection of safety features includes:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Lane Tracing Assist
- Road Sign Assist
- Automatic High Beams
- Proactive Driving Assist
Proactive Driving Assist is the newest addition to Toyota Safety Sense. When the system’s operating conditions are met, this feature is designed to provide gentle braking into curves or manage the distance between a preceding vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist.
More Room For Adventure
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma wouldn’t be complete without an urge to explore the great outdoors. With this in mind, the Toyota design team took its customers into account by adding a new front stabilizer bar disconnect system that increases suspension flex at the single press of a button. When disconnected, the Tacoma’s articulation is significantly increased when compared to the previous generation. For customers interested in giving their new Tacomas some extra clearance, the electronic stabilizer bar disconnect will also be compatible with Toyota-approved lift kits.
The i-FORCE Tacoma’s will now have an approach up to 34.4 degrees, a 26.1-degree breakover, and 26.1-degree departure angles. Running ground clearance on this truck is measured at 11.5 inches on the TRD Off-Road. WIth the large amount of cameras located throughout the exterior of the new Tacoma, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter, drivers will be able spot potential obstacles from all angles via the Multi-Terrain Monitor that displays sharp video on the available 14-inch touchscreen. And for those tricky situations, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma offers standard front and optional rear recovery hooks and underbody protection.
Multi-Terrain Select, which is a feature available in both 4WD High and 4WD Low, offers the driver many adjustable settings to help control wheel spin on multiple kinds of terrain such as Mud, Dirt and Sand. The 2024 Tacoma also includes a new, significantly quieter CRAWL Control function that acts as a low-speed, off-road cruise control that allows the driver to focus on steering while the system maintains one of five selectable speeds. Downhill Assist Control is another off-road feature available and helps the driver navigate descents by limiting the speed of the vehicle.
For drivers that take having fun in the mud seriously, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro come with available skid plates for the engine, transfer case, fuel tank, and rear differential. In other words, these trucks come with off-road armor. These trucks also come with an additional front frame cross member for greater strength and resistance from damage. Even the Trailhunter grade includes standard rock rails to protect it against damage to the bottom edge of the cab.
2024 Toyota Tacoma MSRP and Release Date
The 2024 Toyota Tacomas with the i-FORCE drivetrains are expected to arrive at Toyota dealerships in December 2023, while those with the i-FORCE MAX hybrid drivetrains are scheduled to arrive in the spring of 2024.
In addition to the multitude of features and functions that this truck provides, Toyota has set its MSRP starting at $31,500. The MSRP for the i-FORCE MAX Tacomas will be revealed closer to the release date in 2024.