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Toyota’s Tacoma is Tough But Kind and Rugged But Detailed


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Available in 30 models based on two cab types, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in a Tacoma.

It’s said that the truck got its name from the Native American word for Mount Rainier. Although smaller than some, the truck named after a mountain is more than capable of moving some mountains of your own.

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The 2018 Toyota Tacoma features a 2.7-L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT-i that produces 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. If you need more power, opt for the Atkinson-cycle 3.5-L V6 with Toyota’s innovative VVT-iW technology. Using Toyota’s D-4S injection system, incorporating direct injection and port fuel injection, this engine gives 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Tow up to 6,800 lbs with the tow package, standard on all V6 models.

The Tacoma is built with a high-strength steel frame and ultra-high strength steel in the body, granting a tough foundation for a hard day’s work. All Tacoma models come with double wishbone coil-spring front suspension and leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shocks.


The Tacoma is a tough truck, but it’s kind to owners. All models feature adjustable lumbar support for drivers and four-way adjustable front passenger seats.

Premium features are available, like Qi wireless charging, smart key with push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, power tilt/slide moonroof, touchscreen audio, and blind-spot monitor.


The Tacoma is available in 30 models based on two cab types—the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab. The Access Cab comes with fold-up rear seats and under-seat storage. The Double Cab also features under-seat storage and its rear seats feature a 60/40 split with adjustable headrests.

The Access Cab rolls on a 127.4-inch wheelbase and has a 73.7-inch bed. The Double Cab comes in two versions: the 127.4-inch wheelbase with a 60.5-inch bed or 140.6-inch wheelbase with a 73.7-inch bed. The inner bed of both styles is made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and walls that are 10 percent lighter than steel, ensuring a bed made for work. An integrated deck-rail utility system with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats and a two-tier loading deck keeps your truck in working shape.

The deck rail system on the Tacoma is compatible with Genuine Toyota Accessories, including a cargo divider. A 120V/400W power point is also available.


For those whose business often takes them on roads less traveled, the Tacoma TRD has enough power to get you there. The Off-Road grade gives the driver more control over unruly ground. A Multi-Terrain Select system allows the driver to choose between settings for different types of terrain, and each input regulates wheel spin to provide maximum traction on almost any terrain. The model also features a larger rear axle for added durability.

The Tacoma TRD includes Locking Rear Differential, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Active Traction Control, and CRAWL Control, which automatically modulates the throttle and brake settings so the driver can focus on the road (or lack of one).


The Star Safety System in the Tacoma includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, an Anti-Locking Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop brake override technology. Active headrests on the front seats move up and forward in the event of severe rear-end collisions, reducing the distance between the driver’s head and the headrest.

A new feature of the 2018 Tacoma is the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), equipping the truck with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.


Sometimes the small things are what decide the purchase of a truck.

Choose your media options depending on the grade of Tacoma you have. In the Tacoma SR grade, the base Entune Audio system features many options including a touchscreen display, AM/FM CD player, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, hands-free phone capability, and integrated backup camera display.

In addition to media options, the Tacoma is offered in a wide variety of packages. The Utility Package creates a work truck configuration by removing rear seats and cup holders for added utility space. Among other options are the Convenience Package and Premium and Technology Packages.

With multiple configurations, every need you have—be it mountainous or minute—is sure to be met by the Tacoma.


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