The Toyota Tacoma has long been the class-leading option when it comes to the mid-size pickup truck segment. Thanks to its outstanding reliability and versatility, this truck currently outsells its competitors by a wide margin. However, the latest iterations of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon have started to threaten the Tacoma’s dominance. After the recent 2016 redesign, Toyota’s popular pickup truck boasts a fresh styling and improved engine range. As of the 2017 model year, the Tacoma can once again be had in the TRD Pro trim. Now, the upcoming 2018 model will get only subtle changes in the form of additional safety systems and enhanced convenience features. Moreover, expect it to receive new body paints as well as new wheel designs. As for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma release date, it’s likely to hit the market in the third quarter of 2017.
2018 Toyota Tacoma Redesign
Although the new Tacoma retains familiar proportions of the previous model, it offers a slew of modern styling cues. It boasts a bolder design, especially in TRD Off Road and TRD Pro trims. For instance, the latter offers LED driving lamps, black alloy wheels and large TOYOTA lettering across the grille. When it comes to the side profile, the current Tacoma is almost identical to its predecessor. Its composite-lined bed features high walls and two useful storage bins, increasing the cargo capacity substantially.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s overall exterior design relies heavily on the company’s rich off-road credentials.
Inside, the Tacoma benefits greatly from high-quality materials and excellent assembly quality. It comes with such features as push-button start, a multi-information display between the main gauges, and a moonroof. The new Tacoma also offers an improved version of Entune infotainment system and Qi wireless charging. Now, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma will be the first model to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Expect also upper trim levels to be available with power seats.
Just like the ongoing model, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma will have two options in its engine range. The base 2.7-liter four-cylinder generates 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The more potent unit is a 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of twist. Both engines come with standard six-speed automatic transmission on 2WD models. As for the 4WD versions, the four-cylinder gets optional five-speed manual, while the V6 offers a six-speed manual gearbox.
Rumor has it that the 2018 Toyota Tacoma might hit the showrooms with a slight price increase. The current model starts just under $25,000 for the entry-level version, whereas the Tacoma 4WD TRD Pro begins around $43,700.