2018 Toyota Tacoma might not be too different from its previous model since this car series has already get a huge remodel back in 2016 model year. You might think that the complete remodeling has already done three years ago, however in reality this is the first remodeling that ever been done to the Toyota Tacoma series ever since its move to midsize pickup line long time ago. Before 2005 model year this car series from the Japanese manufacturer is competing in compact pickup line.
Seeing from the remodeling history, it is more likely that there is no other huge remodeling in the near future after what Toyota has done to 2016 model year. It seems that this 2018 model year will still have similar rough appearance which would not make you forget that you are riding a truck. The best changes that you could expect from the 2018 model in some changes in the safety feature. It is better for Toyota to increase their rating in the crash test. Of course, this means that the price would be slightly higher than the previous model year but we could also expect Toyota would give better color selection for their customer option.
2018 Toyota Tacoma Exterior
For the exterior, we could expect similar trim and style in the 2018 model year. Especially since there was already huge styling remodel back in 2016 model year which make it look fresh and still stylish even to this year. Moreover the TDR Pro Tacoma already get some style changes for its 2017 model year which makes it very similar to the Toyota 4Runner SUV as well as the Toyota Tundra. That makes Toyota uninterested in giving other changes for this car series.
You could expect that this model year would still carries Tacoma’s roof styled in square off design as well as its higher beltline which is very truck style. So the basic SR trim would be much likely carries the same appearance and feature as the one we already have in 2016 and 2017 model year to continue the series such as Toyota’s signature grille, highlight with projector beam, black bezel on the taillight, steel wheel in 16 inches, 17 inches or 18 inches size options, and many others. Nevertheless we could expect more features in higher trim level; however you could not expect Tacoma to become more polished pickup like other branded pickup.
2018 Toyota Tacoma Interior
The interior would pretty much still the same as in 2016 and 2017 model year. You will get leather covered steering wheel and leather seats which are comfortable enough. Six or seven inches size touch screen control panel equipped with Enture Interface from Toyota will be given according to the trim level that you choose. And of course, you will also have option for power sunroof and climate control for the air conditioning.
As we know Tacoma does not have large cabin size and some of you who are taller might also want more headspace especially if you get the trim which equipped with sunroof. It has adequate legroom for the front seat while the rear seat has tight legroom. Especially if you get the access cab one, but the double cab one gives more legroom although we could not say that it is spacious. Still this car could accommodate around 4 to 5 persons depends on your cab choice. The towing capacity also varies around 3,500 to 6800 lbs.
2018 Toyota Tacoma Engine
On the powertrain area, you could also expect the same engine used in this 2018 model year. And of course you will still get two engine options where 2.7 liter 4 cylinders would be the first option which could generate 159 HP and 244 Nm torque. The second engine option would be the 3.5 liter capacity V6 engine which could generate 278 HP and 359 Nm torque.
For the first engine option you will get rear wheel drive layout which carries automatic transmission with 6 speeds as the base trim. However you can also opt for the four wheel drive layout which carries either the automatic transmission with 6 speeds or the manual transmission with 5 speeds if you want to.
The majority layout used in the second engine option is the rear wheel drive layout and automatic transmission with 6 speeds. However you will also get option for four wheel drive layout and manual transmission with 6 speeds for the TRD Sport trim. The TDR Pro trim will get four wheel drive layout as its standard layout which makes it stand out for off road usage especially since it has aggressive look and extreme hardware usage.
For the economy rating carries by the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, you should not expect many changes since gas mileage is not Tacoma primary feature especially because it has vigorous build which make this series seen as one of the heavier pickup in its class.
For the first engine option with rear wheel drive layout it will have 19 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. But if you get the four wheel drive layout it will have 19 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for the manual transmission or it will have 19 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for the automatic transmission.
For the second engine option with rear wheel drive layout it will have 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. But if you get the four wheel drive layout it will have 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined for the manual transmission Access Cab or it will have 17 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined for the manual transmission Double Cab. And it will have 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for the four wheel drive layout with automatic transmission.
2018 Toyota Tacoma Price, Release Date and Conclusion
You can expect this car to be release at fall 2017 with price ranging from $25,060 to $43,700 for the highest trim level. Nevertheless this car is one of the cars that you should wait this year.