The Toyota Tacoma is one of the most popular car models in the pickup truck segment. It has also been one of the highest selling cars in the United States with prior models making record sales in recent years. Enthusiasts will be looking forward to the release of the next model, 2018 Toyota Tacoma.
The company plans to revitalize this car to give a competitive edge over its competitors. The revamping will focus on power, efficiency, safety, and speed. However, given that buyers of previous models have been quite happy with this vehicle, not much is expected to change with the 2018 Tacoma. So what changes should customers expect with this new model?
2018 Toyota Tacoma changes
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is expected to maintain its rugged design. It will come with a 4-cylinder engine which will make it more powerful than the 2016 model. It will have installed more expensive base trims. The 16-inch wheels will be maintained. The TRD Pro Tacoma will also be available. This will be better equipped for off-road driving and a more attractive design. This kind of sophistication doesn’t, however, come cheap. It will be more expensive and suitable for heavy-duty applications.
2018 Toyota Tacoma engine
Regarding the powertrain, Toyota has sought to increase the power of this machine. With 159HP and 2.7L base version, the 4-cylinder engine offers greater power, making it a beast off the road. The engine has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds and more than 180-pound-feet of torque. This powerful engine is supplemented by the 6-gear automated transmission system. The AWD version, however, comes with a manual 5-gear system. Whichever version one chooses, it will come with enough power to make the ride worthy. All versions of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma are all-wheel drive, which can be engaged when one is driving off the road.
2018 Toyota Tacoma mpg
When it comes to fuel efficiency, Toyota has improved this model and made it very fuel economical. Although more powerful than the previous model, it has the same fuel consumption level as its predecessor. The all-wheel versions offer a fuel economy of 19/21 mpg while the automatic transmission has a fuel economy of 19/22 mpg. Therefore, although not as fuel economy as some of the competing models, this vehicle is definitely fuel efficient.
2018 Toyota Tacoma interior
Nothing much is expected to change with the interior design. The interior is designed to give the driver the feeling that they are still in a hard body pickup. So, not a lot has been added to the cabin. There are set of controls, and the controls are large enough to be used comfortably even when the driver is wearing gloves. The color hasn’t changed at all. Overall, the interior is designed to make everyone in the vehicle to have lots of comfort while experiencing the full power and capability of this vehicle.
2018 Toyota Tacoma safety
Moreover, the new truck will have installed a new set of safety features. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is however yet to undergo a complete IIHS testing. Tests on side crash and front overlap have already been done, it received good ratings. Compared to other more personalized Toyota models such as the Corolla, this vehicle has relatively more simple safety features. It does not have the Toyota Safety Sense which has now become a common feature with other Toyota models. This means that the car doesn’t have adaptive cruise capability and neither does it give a warning on probable forward collision. All in all, given its functionality and since it’s not designed for speed on the track, it is a safe vehicle to drive in by all standards.
2018 Toyota Tacoma price and release date
With all these enhancements and new features, probably the question that would come to the mind of enthusiasts is when will this car be released and what will be the price. Good question. Production of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is expected to begin in September 2017 and sales will likely start in November the same year. It is a pricey vehicle given its high demand and relatively little availability. Deals on this car are rare, so it makes it a pretty expensive vehicle.
The base model will retail at a price of $25,000. More powerful off-road versions will retail as high as $39,300. However, for recent graduates and members of the military, they stand to enjoy a discount of up to $500. Relative to its competitors, such as the Nissan Frontier or the Chevrolet Colorado, this car is relatively expensive. The question for enthusiasts and potential buyers remains whether given its functionality and capability, is it worth the price?