The wait is finally over! After waiting for months, Toyota has finally officially unveiled the all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma. Literally everything is new, including its platform, engines, styling and a much improved interior.
As we expected the 2024 Tacoma looks a lot like its bigger brother the Tundra. It’s also based on the same TNGA-F global truck platform as the Tundra and Sequoia.
On the outside, the 2024 Tacoma has a bolder more macho look than its predecessor. The 2024 Tacoma will be offered in two body styles with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. There’s the four-door Double Cab or the two-door XtraCab. The Tacoma is available in SR, SR5, TRD PreRunner, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, Limited, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter trim levels.
“Our primary design goal for the all-new Tacoma was to be authentic to the way our customers use their trucks for rugged outdoor fun,” says Kevin Hunter, President, CALTY Design Research. “We looked at our truck DNA and the Toyota Baja race trucks for inspiration to capture the extreme spirit of offroad adventure. High lift, big tires, slim body, and a powerful athletic stance define the iconic Tacoma look, referred to as ‘Tacoma-ness’.”
Toyota says that the 2024 Tacoma’s narrow body and wide upper grille are a nod to the original HiLux. Other signature design elements include the high-mount headlamps, side functional air intakes, hexagonal grille motif, as well as integrated roof and tailgate spoilers.
Under the hood there are two powertrains to choose from. As we expected the old V6 is gone and now the standard engine is the i-Force turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The entry-level SR trim level has 228 horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque, while higher trims have 278 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. Those specs are for the engine when it’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The good news is that a six-speed manual transmission is available, but it has slightly less power at 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
If you want more power, there’s the hybrid i-Force Max powertrain that mates the 2.4-liter four-cylinder to a 48 hp electric motor to generate a combined 326 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque.
Rear-wheel drive models feature an automatic limited-slip differential, and four-wheel-drive models have an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case with high/low range along with Active Traction Control and an automatic limited-slip differential. An electronic locking rear differential is standard on TRD PreRunner, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter trim levels. The Limited trim now features a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a center locking differential on i-Force Max models.
Maximum towing capacity for Tacoma is rated at 6,500 pounds on SR5 i-Force and TRD PreRunner XtraCab models, and maximum payload increases to 1,709 lbs. on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road. To help make towing easier the Tacoma is available with a trailer brake controller, trailer backup guide, and digital display mirror. 360-degree cameras are also available.
The suspension has also received some big upgrades with an available multi-link rear suspension, instead of leaf springs. The leaf springs are standard on the SR, SR5 XtraCab, and TRD PreRunner trim levels. Stopping power is now provided by four-wheel disc brakes.
Based on each version, there are also different shocks. TThe RD Sport has red TRD sport-tuned shocks. The TRD Off-Road grade is equipped with monotube Bilstein remote reservoir shocks with an end stop control valve. TRD Pro comes fitted with FOX’s new QS3 three-way adjustable internal bypass shocks with remote reservoirs and FOX Internal Floating Piston rear bump stops. The Tacoma Trailhunter has a new Old Man Emu 4×4 Suspension by ARB. The Limited trim features a new adaptive suspension system.
Inside the 2024 Tacoma has received a major glow up with a more modern interior. An eight-inch touchscreen is standard, while a 14-inch screen is available. Both systems run Toyota’s latest infotainment system, which is a major upgrade from the last generation system. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard on higher trim levels while a 7-inch gauge cluster is standard on lower trims.
The Tacoma is available with a new digital key that lets you unlock and start the Tacoma using your key. A Smart Card key is available, which is a credit card-sized smart key that’s easier to carry than a physical key.
The 2024 Tacoma is available with a ten speaker JBL audio system with a new externally coupled subwoofer and a JBL FLEX portable speaker.
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma will arrive later this year starting with the turbocharged 2.0-liter models. The Tacoma hybrid will arrive in spring 2024.