2018 Toyota Tacoma

Original MSRP Range
$25,400 - $43,720
Available Style(s)
Truck
MPG
17 - 20 MPG City / 20 - 24 MPG Hwy
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2018 Toyota Tacoma

What We Like

Legendary durability; more rugged and off-road ready than other midsize trucks; simple controls; reasonable pricing; standard accident avoidance tech

What We Don't

Awkward driving position with no height adjustment; sluggish base engine; rough ride

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

For 2018, every Tacoma comes standard with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. To say this is rare for pickup trucks is an understatement, though prices do go up accordingly for 2018. One other minor change is that the base 4-cylinder engine is no longer available with a 5-speed manual transmission.See the 2018 Toyota Tacoma models for sale near you

Which Tacoma is the Best?

If you have no intention of getting your truck dirty, the Tacoma probably isn't the truck for you. If you do have that intention, absolutely get one of the TRD models. The TRD Off-Road is probably your best bet, since it comes with virtually every rough-and-ready enhancement available in the Taco's tool box without the styling and feature frivolities of the pricey TRD Pro.

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How Much Does a 2018 Toyota Tacoma Cost?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is offered in six trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited and the off-road-oriented TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims. Most models (SR, SR5 and the TRD models) offer an extended cab (Access Cab) or crew cab (Double Cab) variant, though the Limited is only offered in Double Cab guise.

The base-level SR ($25,200) comes with 16-inch steel wheels, power accessories, a composite bed liner, bed tie-down points, air conditioning, a backup camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a GoPro mount, one USB port and a 6-in touchscreen interface. The SR comes standard with the 4-cylinder engine, but it can be upgraded to the V6.

Next up is the midlevel SR5 ($27,000), which adds improved exterior trim, rear tinted windows, keyless entry, cruise control, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with phone and audio controls, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free for Apple iPhones and a smartphone app-based navigation system.

From there, drivers can upgrade to the TRD Sport ($31,900), which boasts proximity entry and push-button start, an off-road suspension, Toyota's Crawl Control system (a sort of slow-speed off-road cruise control), an electronic locking rear differential, LED daytime running lights, 17-in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror, a wireless phone charger, a 7-in touchscreen including Toyota's Entune App Suite and an integrated navigation system. Crew cabs include a power rear window. TRD Sport models also come standard with the V6.

Drivers looking to get even further off the pavement can choose the TRD Off-Road ($33,200), which boasts off-road-oriented wheels and tires, further enhanced suspension, skid plates, the deletion of the front air dam for a better approach angle, a locking rear differential, an off-road-oriented traction-enhancement system (includes various terrain-specific settings) and revised styling.

The less rugged Limited ($37,100) is only offered with the Double Cab. It sheds most of the TRD models' off-road equipment, but adds 18-in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic warning system.

The TRD Pro ($41,500) is also Double Cab only and essentially adds to the TRD Off-Road special styling, upgraded shocks, extra ground clearance and the Limited's more luxury-oriented extras.

When it comes to options, many Tacoma models offer available equipment that's standard on higher trim levels. For instance, many of the Tacoma Limited's features are available on TRD models, many TRD features can be had on the SR5 and many SR5 features are optional on the SR. Note that the availability of options and model combinations can depend on where you live.

Tacoma Trims

TruckOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Tacoma Limited Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$37,340 / $34,5926 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma Limited Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$40,415 / $37,4406 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (Natl)$25,400 / $23,8134 Cylinder15920 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x4 AT (Natl)$28,475 / $26,6964 Cylinder15919 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR Double Cab 5' Bed I4 4x2 AT (Natl)$26,230 / $24,2994 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder15920 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$31,665 / $29,3344 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (Natl)$27,175 / $25,4784 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder15920 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x4 AT (Natl)$30,250 / $28,3604 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder15919 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$30,320 / $28,4034 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$33,495 / $31,4014 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 5' Bed I4 4x2 AT (Natl)$28,065 / $25,9984 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder15920 / 236-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$31,465 / $29,1494 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$34,540 / $31,9814 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$31,965 / $29,6124 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$35,040 / $32,4614 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Off Road Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$35,380 / $33,1496 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$33,350 / $30,8966 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$36,315 / $33,6416 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 MT (Natl)$34,685 / $32,1326 Cylinder278N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$36,925 / $34,2086 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$43,720 / $40,5146 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 MT (Natl)$41,720 / $38,6636 Cylinder278N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$32,095 / $30,0886 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$35,380 / $33,1506 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 MT (Natl)$34,010 / $31,8846 Cylinder278N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$33,350 / $30,8976 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$36,315 / $33,6426 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 MT (Natl)$34,685 / $32,1336 Cylinder278N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT (Natl)$33,850 / $31,3606 Cylinder27819 / 246-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT (Natl)$36,925 / $34,2096 Cylinder27818 / 226-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Toyota Tacoma Safety

Is the 2018 Toyota Tacoma a Safe Car?

No other midsize pickup can match the Tacoma's standard safety equipment. Every truck comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, side-curtain airbags, driver- and passenger-knee airbags, a backup camera, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems are optional on the TRD Sport and Off-Road models and standard on the Tacoma Limited and TRD Pro.

The government gave the Tacoma Double Cab a 4-star overall crash rating along with 4-star frontal, 5-star side and 4-star rollover ratings. The Access Cab was not tested, but the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave both cab styles the best possible rating of Good in all crash tests.

Rollover Rating
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Lane Departure Warning System

Competition

2018 Toyota Tacoma vs the competition

2018 Chevrolet Colorado -- The Tacoma's closest rival is the Chevy Colorado and its GMC Canyon mechanical twin. Both offer similarly appealing styling, ride comfort and interior quality. Both are more akin to a miniature half-ton truck than the more specialized Tacoma. The one exception would be the new Colorado ZR2, which goes far beyond the capabilities of its more pedestrian siblings.

2018 Nissan Frontier -- Nissan's midsize Frontier pickup soldiers on without an update in the face of much newer rivals. While the Frontier is tough, so are the new Tacoma and Colorado. Only consider it if you can find a great deal.

2018 Honda Ridgeline -- When it comes to midsize trucks, think of the Ridgeline as the polar opposite to the Tacoma. It's every bit as comfortable, refined and versatile as the Tacoma is rough, rugged and single-minded.

Used RAM 1500 Rebel -- If you want a serious off-roading truck, but would rather it be bigger and burlier, it's hard to beat the RAM 1500 Rebel (or even better, the mighty RAM 2500 Power Wagon). Prices are steep, though, so you may have to consider a used model.

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