2018 Toyota Tacoma Review

The Mid-Sized Truck with the Full-Size Heritage

At a Glance - Succeeding a legend like the rugged Hilux (a.k.a. Toyota Pickup in the United States) is never easy, but Tacoma has been on – and off – the roads for over two decades now. With six trim levels ranging from the workman-like SR to the Baja-bred TRD Pro, Tacoma is meant to not only be a fully-capable mid-sized truck, but one that’s refined enough for drivers to enjoy on a daily basis. That’s a big reason why, according to Edmunds, over 75 percent of all Tacoma’s traded in are traded in for another Tacoma.

New for 2018 - Tacoma adds a trio of new colors to its 2018 lineup (Cavalry Blue, Cement and Midnight Black Metallic), but the big news is the addition of the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) suite of advanced driver safety systems. Now standard on every Tacoma, TSS-P gives drivers an extra sense of safety, with its Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The Bottom Line - Tacoma remains a leader in its class for good reason. Dozens of different models available — each now boasting the advanced safety measures of Toyota Safety Sense™ P — ensures there’s no shortage of choice, regardless of a shopper’s needs. Whether it’s an inexpensive work truck, a comfortable daily driver or a dirt-blasting adventure-mobile, Tacoma is uniquely positioned as a popular choice with tremendous heritage in the mid-sized truck segment.



Key Features

  • TSS-P suite of advanced safety technologies
  • Backup camera with integrated display
  • Entune™ Audio with 6.1-in. touch-screen display and 6 speakers

SR may be the least expensive of all Tacoma’s, but its bountiful features mask its workmanlike purpose, with a six-speaker sound system, backup camera and a host of advanced safety technologies not found on many trucks at much higher prices.


Key Features

  • Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • 4.2-in. color Multi-Information Display

Step up to SR5, and Tacoma picks up modern conveniences like navigation that pairs with a smart phone, a 4.2-in. color Multi-Information Display mounted in the instrument panel, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

TRD Sport

Key Features

  • Sporty trim, including hood scoop and color-keyed mirrors and door handles
  • Available power sliding moon roof
  • Power sliding rear window with privacy glass (Double Cab)

TRD Sport stands out from the crowd, providing an upscale visual experience — starting in front with its distinguishing hood scoop — while offering luxuries to go with it, including a power sliding rear window with privacy glass and an available power sliding moon roof.

TRD Off-Road

Key Features

  • Rear locking differential
  • Crawl Control and Multi-terrain Select
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

With a rear locking differential for added traction in precisely the environment from which TRD Off-Road takes its name, plus advanced driver aids like Crawl Control and Multi-terrain Select to help maintain control in treacherous conditions, TRD Off-Road is where the fun really starts./p>


Key Features

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Entune™ Premium Audio with JBL®

Tacoma’s top-of-the-line Limited trim brings full-sized luxury features to the midsized truck, with leather-trimmed seats, dual-zone climate control, premium JBL® audio, and items like a power moon roof as standard equipment.


Key Features

  • Fox 2.5 Internal Bypass off-road shocks
  • Quarter-inch aluminum TRD skid plate
  • TRD Pro “cat-back” exhaust

TRD Pro brings professional-caliber off-roading capabilities to the table. Built for blasting across the open desert, its heavy-duty suspension and beefed-up skid plate to protect its underside provide both the confidence and durability to maximize Tacoma’s fun factor.

Competitive Comparison

A Truckload of Value
Many features come standard on Tacoma that, on the competition, are only available at an additional cost — if they’re even available at all. From standard TSS-P across all trim levels to Tacoma Limited’s leather-trimmed seats, Tacoma boasts more items that don’t run up the price tag than the competition. It’s value you can see, touch, and enjoy without seeing dollar signs every time you do so.

Keeping You Even More Safe
Regardless of trim level, Tacoma wins big in the safety department. Tacoma is the only body-on-frame mid-sized truck with the advanced safety functionality afforded by TSS-P, and that’s just the beginning. Front knee airbags — standard on Tacoma — aren’t available on some of the trucks in its class, and the same can be said about Brake Assist (which is part of the STAR Safety System™).

Convenient, Isn’t It?
Tacoma offers a Smart Key System that rivals Colorado and Frontier don’t match, meaning you never even have to press a button to unlock the door. Every V6 model now comes with the V6 towing package as standard equipment, which includes easy-to-use 4- and 7-pin connectors and Trailer-Sway Control. The also-standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System sends an alert if a tire is low, and available rear parking assist sonar adds even more big-time convenience to this mid-sized truck.

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2017 Tacoma was named a Best Overall Value of the year winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Access Cab was named a Lowest Ownership Costs winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Access Cab was named a Lowest Maintenance Costs winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Access Cab was named a Lowest Repair Costs winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Double Cab was named an Excellent Value winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Double Cab was named a Lowest Ownership Costs winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Double Cab was named a Lowest Repair Costs winner by IntelliChoice.

2017 Tacoma Double Cab was named a Highest Retained Value winner by IntelliChoice.