Everything You'll Love About the 2024 Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma has been on the market for several decades, but it's making a huge splash for the 2024 model year with the release of an all-new generation. When looking for Toyota trucks for sale, the fresh-faced Tacoma stands out as a top option for a vast array of drivers. There have been a lot of changes to the Tacoma, and they're all welcome.
Sure, some folks say the 2023 Toyota Tacoma was past its prime, but Tacoma lovers are too busy crawling over rocks and kicking up dust to rebut. However, the overhauled 2024 Tacoma is causing Tacoma lovers and newcomers alike to pause and take notice. Not only does it give you a tricked-out line-topping off-roading trim called the Trailhunter, but there's also a hybrid powertrain available as part of the i-FORCE engine options designed for this new generation.
Don't wait on this pickup; join us for a look at everything you'll love about the revamped 2024 Toyota Tacoma.
May the i-FORCE Be With You
Built off of the same platform as the Toyota Tundra, the midsize Tacoma is powered by a standard 2.4L turbocharged engine on the base SR trim, netting the Tacoma 228 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. But it's the three upgraded engines that are attracting the attention of buyers and reviewers alike.
These engines are known as the i-FORCE engines, and 'force' is definitely something that these engines deliver. The turbocharged 2.4L i-FORCE with the manual transmission generates a maximum power output of 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, marking quite the power upgrade over the base engine. The turbocharged 2.4L i-FORCE, matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivers 278 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque—an amount that feels more than enough for getting the Tacoma up and off in a timely fashion.
A big 'first' for the 2024 Tacoma is the introduction of a hybrid powertrain. The automatic i-FORCE gets paired with hybrid components (a 288-volt, 1.9-kWh nickel-metal hydride battery) to serve up a combined 326 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. Toyota dubs this engine the i-FORCE MAX, and, yes, it's the shining star of the lineup. The Tacoma has never seen numbers like these before, and it's akin to the twin-turbo V6 found on the Sequoia and Tundra. It is exceptionally powerful while still providing truck owners with a fuel-efficient alternative to straight gasoline consumption.
The New Trailhunter Leads the Pack
New to the Tacoma lineup this year is the totally rad Trailhunter trim. Sliding in at the top of the pack, this trim goes all-out on off-roading features. It's powered by the i-FORCE MAX, so it gets ample power for all sorts of off-roading adventures. Also, as is the case for all Tacomas now, all four wheels have disc brakes. The Trailhunter, however, gets bigger brake packages for the front and rear, which are perfect for traveling across rough terrain.
Simply push a button to get more articulation from the front wheels with the front stabilizer bar disconnect and electronic rear locking differential. Safeguarding your front, rear, and transmission are some beefed-up hot-stamped steel skid plates; body damage is further reduced by the frame-mounted rock rails, and the exhaust tips are placed higher than usual so as to avoid getting dinged up while off-roading. Your air intake is likewise placed high, so you can more easily ford water.
The Trailhunter shares its high-clearance ARB steel rear bumper with the TRD Pro, and it also features some eye-catching red recovery hooks that will come in handy when you need them most. What's more, the Trailhunter's rear end frame comes with a high-lift jack point built into it. This trim hits the 'utility' nail right on the head!
Seven Other Awesome Trims
The Trailhunter is an awesome trim level, but it might not be for everyone. That's perfectly fine, as there are seven other trim levels below the Trailhunter to choose from. The base SR comes as a Double Cab or XtraCab, and it's designed with a leaf-spring rear suspension and twin-tube shocks. A 7.0-inch gauge cluster and an 8.0-inch center multimedia display bring information and entertainment to the cabin, which can be accessed via your Smart Key.
Up a level from that is the SR5, which can only be powered by the upgraded 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder matched to the eight-speed automatic transmission. The Double Cab models get a multilink rear suspension, while the leaf-spring rear suspension is relegated to the XtraCab models.
Absent from the lineup since 2015, the TRD PreRunner is back! It has the same powertrain as the SR5, but it gets a front lift and a 4x2 design with an electronically activated rear locking differential. It only comes as the XtraCab, meaning you get the leaf-spring suspension for the rear. All-terrain tires give the extra grip you need for some moderate off-roading adventures.
The Double Cab-only TRD Sport lets you opt for a manual transmission and can optionally be powered by the iForce Max. It stands out with a hood scoop, 18-inch black TRD Sport wheels, red TRD sport-tuned twin-tube shocks, and door handles and overfenders done in the chosen body color. Inside the cabin, you'll find a larger 12.3-inch gauge cluster paired with an 8.0-inch multimedia display. Aluminum pedals are standard, and you can opt for a powerful, portable JBL speaker that can charge from its home on the top of the dashboard.
Up from there is the TRD Pro, a Double Cab-only trim with numerous off-road upgrades. It gains Bilstein monotube remote reservoir shocks and an available front stabilizer bar disconnect to help with the off-roading experience. Its huge 33-inch tires are fit for going off the beaten track, and its composite skid plates offer plenty of protection.
The Limited—available only as a Double Cab—is powered by the standard 2.4L i-FORCE turbocharged engine but lets you upgrade to the i-FORCE MAX; if you do get the MAX, it comes with a full-time 4x4. More chrome accents are added to the exterior of the Limited, and chrome also gets incorporated into the 18-inch wheel design. Heated and ventilated front seats and a head-up display come standard for extra convenience inside the cabin.
Right above the Limited and below the Trailhunter is the TRD Pro. A popular choice for buyers in the past, the all-new TRD Pro is now solely powered by the i-FORCE MAX. It also comes with 2.5-inch FOX internal bypass manual modal Quick Switch 3 (QS3) shocks that include FOX IFP bump stops and piggyback-style remote reservoirs for the rear. The IsoDynamic Performance Seat setup is a standard issue, as is a distinctive two-toned roof. A 2,400-watt AC inverter, auxiliary DC switches, and a 14.0-inch multimedia display round out the list of tech upgrades. Only the Trailhunter bests the TRD Pro with its high-output air compressor and additional USB-C charging ports inside the cabin.
Shake Things Up With the 2024 Tacoma
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is seriously shaking things up in the midsize pickup segment. Toyota is going all-out on giving the Tacoma mass appeal with its numerous configurations. The i-FORCE engines are a major highlight, and the additions to this trim lineup give you more choices than ever before.
You really can't go wrong with the all-new Tacoma, as it is built to endure anything you put it through. It's bound to delight drivers and is already making massive waves with Toyota fans. Ride these waves today with us here at Haley Toyota of Richmond!