Toyota announced its fourth-generation pickup truck, the 2024 Tacoma.
It will go on sale later this year, with i-FORCE MAX models arriving in early 2024. Features include:
- Multi-link coil rear suspension that improves ride and handling.
- Two turbocharged four-cylinder powertrains, including an i-FORCE MAX hybrid producing 326 horsepower and a massive 465 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Toyota’s all-new Trailhunter grade is a purpose-built overlanding rig.
2024 Tacoma’s New Construction and Capabilities
The new Tacoma will share Toyota’s TNGA-F global truck platform with the all-new Tundra and Sequoia. Other capabilities include:
- The roof is equipped with integrated attachment holes that allow the ability to easily add roof rack rails on all models combined with a roof channel sealer to ensure a watertight seal.
- A new front cross-member was constructed for the steering gearbox, which adds rigidity via additional cross-member support while enhancing steering input for the driver and handling dynamics.
- A new high lift jack point is also integrated into the rear frame end.
- New multi-link rear suspension.
- Four-wheel disc brakes.
Towing and Backup Features for Help on the Job
Maximum towing capacity for Tacoma is rated at 6,500 lbs. on SR5 i-FORCE and TRD PreRunner XtraCab grades, and maximum payload increases to 1,709 lbs. on TRD Off-Road.
Tacoma has supporting features including:
- Trailer Back-Up Guidance aids in the overall maneuvering of trailers, while the available Straight Path Assist feature is designed to help your truck and trailer back up in a straight line.
- The available 360-degree cameras create a top-down view to aid overall visibility, including tough-to-see areas around the truck and trailer.
- When operating with Toyota’s integrated trailer brake controller, the Blind Spot Monitor is designed to recognize blind spots for the truck and certain trailers as well.
- There is also a 7% increase in bed volume.
Taking Tacoma to the MAX With Powertrains
Tacoma will offer two powertrains using a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
For entry-level SR grades, this engine produces 228 horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque.
For all other grades, output increases to 278 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque when paired with the new 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence.
A 6-speed intelligent manual transmission with automatic rev-matching and anti-stall technology is available. Manual transmission models produce 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
Available on TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and standard on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter halo models, i-FORCE MAX pairs the 2.4-liter engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated into the 8-speed transmission feeding off a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack that creates a total system output of 326 horsepower and a whopping 465 lb.-ft. of torque, nearly doubling the torque output of the current-gen truck with the V-6 engine.
When equipped with i-FORCE MAX, Tacoma can ascend an 8% interstate grade without the need to downshift.
For Jobs That Are Off Road
Tacoma’s off-road capabilities are:
- Front stabilizer bar disconnect increases flex at the push of a button.
- Tacoma has up to 33.8-degree approach, 23.5-degree breakover, and 25.7-degree departure angles on TRD Pro without the tow package.
- Running ground clearance maxes out at 11 inches on TRD Pro.
- TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter drivers can view potential obstacles that are looming on the trail via the Multi-Terrain Monitor that can display crisply on the available 14-inch touchscreen.
- Tacoma offers standard front and optional rear recovery hooks and underbody protection.
- Multi-Terrain Select, now functional in both 4WD-High and 4WD-Low, offers adjustable settings to help control wheel spin on various terrains.
- CRAWL Control function that acts as a low-speed, off-road cruise control that allows the driver to focus on steering while the system maintains one of five selectable speeds.
- The available electronically activated locking rear differential can help split power 50/50 to the rear wheels.
- Downhill Assist Control is another off-road feature that helps the driver navigate descents by limiting the vehicle's speed.
- Manual-equipped Tacomas get a standard clutch start cancel that allows the truck to start in gear, which means the driver doesn’t have to press the clutch when facing challenging off-road driving scenes when starting.
Tacoma’s Latest Tech
The new Tacoma will have a cab of updated tech such as:
- A new 8-inch or available 14-inch multimedia touchscreen.
- A USB-C data and charging port is integrated on the right side of the display, and dual USB-C charging ports are included in the front row and available for the rear passengers.
- A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with four different styles is standard on higher grades while a 7-inch gauge cluster is standard on lower grades.
- Digital Key connects with compatible smartphones to allow vehicle entry, tailgate access, and vehicle starting (4G network dependent).
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 Standard on All Tacomas
All 2024 Tacoma models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, Toyota’s suite of active safety and convenience systems.
New-to-Tacoma TSS enhancements are made possible by system sensors with improved detection capability. This suite of features includes:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection.
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.
- Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
- Lane Tracing Assist.
- Road Sign Assist.
- Automatic High Beams.
- Proactive Driving Assist.