After what seemed like an eternity of waiting for Toyota to redesign the legendary mid-sized truck, we finally have a new from-the-ground-up Tacoma!
At first glance, the 2024 Tacoma keeps true to its roots with its hexagonal grille and narrow body. New styling cues include Tundra-like headlights and functional air vents, a cab and bed spoiler and large fender flares on the Trail Hunter & TRD Pro models.
Engine choices are abundant in the new Toyota, even though they all are based on a 2.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder. The base engine puts out 228HP / 243 LB-FT of torque but move up to the higher-end trims and you can get 326HP and a massive 465 LB-FT of torque by way of the iForce Max turbo hybrid motor. That’s more torque than the upcoming Ranger Raptor!
All in all there are 8 trim levels available for the 2024 Tacoma, but the real stars of the show are the top-of-the-line TRD Pro and the new Trail Hunter. Both models boast a 3” wider track width than all other trims and even those are 3” wider than the previous generation. That means the 2024 TRD Pro will be essentially 6” wider than the last generation! Both models get a 2” lift, billet upper control arms and sit on 33” Goodyear Territory R/T tires. They also get a new 5-link rear suspension setup consisting of 4 trailing arms and a panhard bar. TRD Pro gets 2.5 Adjustable Fox Shocks all around and hydraulic bump stops inside the new rear coil-springs, while Trail Hunter gets ARB Old Man Emu shocks.
Thankfully the upgrades and improvements extend to the inside of the truck with an all-new interior featuring up to a 14” touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 12.3” digital display cluster. Toyota has also addressed a long-standing complaint of previous year Tacomas by raising the seat height by 1 inch but also raising the roof so as to not sacrifice head room.
One thing we must talk about is the new “Iso-dynamic” seats in the TRD Pro. These segment-first front seats have large shock absorbers of their own with adjustment knobs for vertical and lateral compression to aid in comfort and reduce bobbing around while off-roading.Other creature comforts include a power opening and closing tailgate, a myriad of exterior cameras, and even power running boards on some trim levels.
With all these improvements and updates, it’s safe to say the Tacoma will remain a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the mid-size truck segment for years to come!