2018 Toyota Tacoma Review and Changes


When we talk about 2018 Toyota Tacoma, we can imagine a punk-rock band that comes with sophisticated styling and beast on the stage. Yes, Tacoma is the iconic car from Toyota that can defeat any road with its off-road tires and body. For you information, this off-roader is special because it has a pickup-truck features inside and outside. The buyers are able to choose their favorite engine options and packages. The cabin also offers standard active features, automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Although the manufacturer doesn’t show off much produces for over the years, Tacoma is under the radar completely. Only thorough people can detect practicality and ability of this off-roader.

Pros and Cons

The car enthusiasts just love the style and rugged design of 2018 Tacoma. It is one of the best off-roaders that Toyota has had so far. Inside the cabin, the touchscreen infotainment comes as standard on all models. However, people don’t see any premium options because of these standards option. Moreover, the automatic transmission needs more details. A crew cab may feel cramped especially when they have done some test drives.


After all, we look for what’s new for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma. Unfortunately, the 2018 model is nearly the same with the previous model year. We found one major change for the newest model. This mid-size pickup car provides an active safety features. It includes the Toyota Safety Sense-P, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, lane-departure warning, and many more. Gone is the five-speed manual transmission. Some experts claim that the new model has gotten minor grille updates on the front as well as paint colors.

Under the Hood

We have to discuss about the engine of 2018 Toyota Tacoma. You need to know that this pickup has an optional engine option of V6 engine. Luckily, this engine satisfies the car enthusiasts with its performance ad towing power. However, the base engine doesn’t provide powerful horsepower instead. It is a four-cylinder engine. Thus, the best option is to choose V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission. Basically, the 2018 model year doesn’t change the engine options for Tacoma. The change happens only on the five-speed manual removal here. Thanks to the six-speed manual transmission that brings enjoyable driving for the drivers.

When we discuss about the 2018 engine, we talk the same engine options found in the 2017 model year. The standard is a 2.7 L inline-four engine. It delivers 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Of course, this power won’t impress the buyers so much because it is lower than the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon as the main rival of 2018 Toyota Tacoma. This engine can be paired with the automatic and RWD or AWD system. In the same way, the optional 3.5 L V6 engine boasts 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque can be the best alternative for the buyers. It can be paired with automatic gearbox. However, the six-speed manual can only be paired with four-wheel drive engine. The power is quicker than we thought before. The Tacoma will stay under our radar with these engines.