2018 Toyota Tacoma Review, Specs and Design

Engine and Transmission

The Tacoma is similar to a punk-rock band–an edgy option to more complex, grown-up mid-size rivals. Its iconic off-road cred is showed by definitive trail-ready trims and packages featuring tough equipment and impressive capacity. The Tacoma has typical pickup-truck flexibility with multiple powertrains and body configurations. It also provides the most standard lively security features in the category, including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Although Toyota isn’t as completely convincing as the competition, it gets the pedigree and practicality that are perfect for an exciting personality.

2018 Toyota Tacoma is mainly exactly like previous year’s model, except for one major update. The mid-size pickup now has a host of standard lively safety features with the help of Toyota Protection Sense-P. The list includes forward-collision caution, automated disaster braking, lane-departure warning, computerized high-beams, and adaptive cruise trip control. In any other case, the five-speed manual transmitting has been discontinued, and several trims receive small grille improvements and reshuffled coloring colors.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Specs

The Tacoma’s optional V-6 engine unit provides decent performance and towing muscle, however the bottom four-cylinder is weak-kneed and best avoided. We also suggest avoiding the persnickety six-speed computerized transmission with either powerplant; stick with the six-speed manual and the V-6.

Toyota didn’t fiddle with the “2018 Toyota Tacoma” motors for 2018, but it ditched the five-speed manual transmission, that was available with the four-cylinder. Luckily, not all is lost. The enjoyable six-speed manual gearbox lives on. The base engine unit is a 2.7-liter inline-four which makes a paltry 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. It’s significantly less powerful than those in the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. The Tacoma’s four-cylinder can be matched with the automatic and either rear end- or four-wheel drive. A five-speed manual is offered, too, but only with four-wheel drive. Also, the 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with 265 lb-ft of torque is obtainable with the automatic and either drivetrain; a six-speed manual can and should be chosen and only clubs with four-wheel drive. The six-speed manual not only puts the driver responsible for gear choices, however in our evaluation, it was also quicker from zero to 60 mph.

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At its brawniest, the Tacoma can tow up to 6800 pounds with the V-6 Tow package and rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive variants can draw 6500 pounds. The GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado both have an extraordinary maximum capacity of 7700 pounds, but that’s with their class-exclusive (and pricier) turbo-diesel machines.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

Its brawny, squared-off design boasts a hexagonal grille, slim headlights, and bulging fenders. The 2018 Tacoma has slight cosmetic updates depending on cut. The SR and SR5 have a mildly restyled grille, the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road have a darker mesh grille, and the Small has a new satin-chrome grille. In the paint division, Midnight African american replaces Black colored on all models, and Cement is now available on the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Small trims; it’s substituted by Cavalry Blue on the TRD Pro.


As with almost all other mid-size pickups (excluding the Honda Ridgeline), the 2018 Toyota Tacoma has multiple cab-and-cargo-bed configurations. Since a crew cab with a standard bed is the most frequent combination in this section, it’s the best point of comparison.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Interior

Cramped quarters are a staple of the Tacoma. The Double Cab’s rear seating is where passengers in the Tacoma must squash, as legroom is an abysmal 32.6 inches.

“Conservative” and “traditional” are the kindest ways to spell it out the 2018 Toyota Tacoma interior. “Unimpressive” is another. The TRD Pro we tested acquired black leather-trimmed car seats that included red stitching as standard; the Limited features hickory leather. All Tacomas have a driver’s couch with flexible lumbar support and four-way-adjustable front-passenger car seats. Power adjustments aren’t on any models, an oversight in a car that can surpass $40,000.

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2018 Toyota Tacoma Prices

The Tacoma is at its best when it’s outfitted for taking the really dirty, really beaten way. We’d choose the TRD Off-Road model, which starts at $33,190. Available with either a five- or six-foot foundation, the TRD Off-Road can only just be had with the Double Cab, that provides rear-seat space for taking up to four of friends and family on an experience. The lone engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 that clubs with a six-speed automatic as standard or a six-speed manual as a choice. The manual gearbox requires four-wheel drive, but it’s better than the finicky intelligent. Choosing the manual means no selectable drive methods. Other standard equipment on the TRD Off-Road lean includes:

  • Tuned suspension outfitted with off-road shocks
  • 7.0-in . touchscreen infotainment system
  • Electronically locking differential

2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road with the six-speed manual and four-wheel drive cost $35,175; the only option was the V-6 Tow package deal ($650), which includes a Class IV truck hitch.