38 MPG for the Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Sounds Wild

You aren’t alone because we can’t wait to see the new Toyota Tacoma either. It’s on the list for a total redesign and interior revamp. Plus, there are plenty of solid clues indicating that the Toyota Tacoma Hybrid is on the way, and it could be insanely fuel efficient. 

How much range does the Toyota Tacoma Hybrid have? 

A white Toyota Tacoma Electric pickup truck.
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Electric pickup truck | Toyota

Everything about the potential 2024 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid is being kept under wraps. But we do have a few interesting clues to speculate about. For example, it could follow in its big brother’s footsteps. 

The 2022 Toyota Tundra I-FORCE MAX powertrain pairs a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine with an electric motor to crank out 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 24 mpg on the highway. 

Pickup Truck Talk speculates that the Toyota Tacoma Hybrid could be more fuel efficient with up to 38 mpg. It could also have an electric range of about 40 miles if it’s a PHEV or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. But how would it achieve these numbers? 

How much power does the Tacoma Hybrid have? 

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid could borrow the powertrain setup from the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Toyota Sienna Hybrid, or the Toyota Crown. The engine from the Toyota Tundra would be nice, but it could be too large for the Tacoma. 

Anyways, the RAV4 Prime has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that combine to generate 302 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Toyota Sienna Hybrid provides 245 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 38 mpg. 

The Toyota Crown Hybrid could have up to 340 hp and get about 28 mpg. The official numbers haven’t been released. 

These are mostly enticing options because the Toyota Tacoma currently has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. We wouldn’t mind if the Tacoma got more power. 

Also, it gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 23 mpg in the city, so it would be nice to save a little more on fuel. 

However, these systems are paired with a unibody design. The new Tacoma will ride on the new TNGA-F body-on-frame platform. 

Also, the truck could weigh more than the RAV4 Prime or Crown, which could impact its power and fuel economy. 

What to expect with the new Tacoma 

This Toyota Tacoma Electric Rendering is possibly what this midsize truck will look like
Toyota Tacoma Electric Rendering | Toyota

Rumors suggest that a Toyota Tacoma Hybrid and Tacoma EV variant are on the way. The truck is expected to have new powertrain options that could have more power. The current Tacoma only tows up to 6,800 lbs, but the Chevy Colorado can tow up to 7,700 lbs. 

The Tacoma could ditch its six-speed automatic transmission for a more modern system. Also, the rear leaf-spring suspension could be replaced by a coil-spring setup to improve its ride and handling. 

The interior could have higher-quality materials and innovative storage solutions. Plus, modern tech will bring it into the 21st century. It’s safe to expect a larger infotainment screen and an updated digital gauge cluster. 

But unfortunately, we have to wait to learn more. Perhaps the new Toyota 4Runner will provide more clues to go on. 

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