The 2024 Toyota Tacoma finally looks like it has the goods to go toe to toe with modernized mid-size rivals such as the
Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado. Not only does the all-new Taco have brawny bodywork, but also its interior finally qualifies as contemporary, with an attractive aesthetic supplemented by crisp digital displays. The Tacoma lineup is also more diverse than most alternatives, offering two cab and bed configurations. Power comes from a new turbocharged four-cylinder with different output levels, the mightiest of which is the hybrid iForce Max that makes 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque—more than any competitor. That setup is standard on the new overland-oriented Trailhunter trim and the top off-roader, the widened TRD Pro. Most models also trade the archaic leaf-spring rear suspension for more sophisticated coil springs, yet another example of the Tacoma’s newfound competitiveness.
What’s New for 2024?
The Tacoma is fully redesigned for the 2024 model year, which marks the mid-size pickup truck’s fourth generation. Along with inheriting a variant of the body-on-frame TNGA-F platform shared with the recently redesigned Toyota Tundra, the new Taco receives updated powertrains, more modern features, and a wider selection of trim levels, which includes the newly introduced Trailhunter that’s geared towards people who enjoy overlanding.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Toyota hasn’t yet released pricing details on the 2024 Tacoma lineup, and that information isn’t expected to be available until later this year, closer to the fourth quarter when the trucks go on sale. Folks interested in the Trailhunter and TRD Pro will have to wait even longer, as those top-spec trim levels won’t reach dealerships until next spring due to the late availability of the hybrid powertrain.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2024 Tacoma swaps out its previous V-6 engine for an entirely four-cylinder lineup. The nonhybrid version of the turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four, called iForce, comes in three versions: with 228 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque in the base model, an upgraded version with 278 hp and 317 pound-feet in the upper trims, and a slightly tweaked version with 270 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque if you opt for the six-speed manual transmission. Otherwise, the Tacoma comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The top engine option is a hybrid setup called i-Force Max. It combines the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine with an electric motor and produces a total of 326 hp and 465 pound-feet of torque.
Towing and Payload Capacity
Toyota hasn’t revealed max tow ratings and payload capacities for all Tacoma configurations, but the automatic-equipped iForce powertrain is rated to pull up to 6500 pounds. Meanwhile, the hybrid iForce Max is capped at a 6000-pound tow rating and can carry a payload of up to 1709 pounds.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the redesigned Tacoma makes big strides in both design and packaging. The dashboard boasts nicer materials along with high-resolution screens and traditional switchgear. While most Tacos have a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster, TRD Off-Road models and up feature a larger 12.3-inch all-digital unit. A head-up display comes standard on the Limited and above, with those models also packing heated and cooled front seats. Speaking of seats, the TRD Pro offers an IsoDynamic seat with an air-over-oil system that’s designed to better control body movement on uneven surfaces. Every model also benefits from a raised seating position with similarly added headroom, meaning the driver no longer feels like they’re sitting on the floor. A more adjustable steering column should make the truck more comfortable to more people. Like its predecessor, the 2024 Tacoma is offered with extended-cab (called XtraCab) and crew-cab (called Double Cab) body styles. The XtraCab only pairs with a six-foot cargo bed, but the Double Cab is offered with either the longer box or a shorter five-foot version.
Infotainment and Connectivity
An 8.0-inch touchscreen is the standard infotainment system on most Tacomas. The Limited model is when the bigger 14.0-inch touchscreen gets involved, and it’s also the centerpiece on the Trailhunter and TRD Pro. Every model includes standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A wireless charging pad is optional, as is a JBL audio system. The latter even includes a Bluetooth speaker that can be detached from the top of the dashboard.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Every 2024 Tacoma has a host of standard driver-assistance technology, which includes automatic high-beams. While it costs extra, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also available. For more information about the Tacoma’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Tacoma’s warranty coverage aligns with most rivals, and Toyota offers the best complimentary scheduled maintenance plan in its class.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG