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The battle is on between the classic 2023 Toyota Tacoma and the brand-new 2024 Tacoma models. Is it better to go with the outgoing generation or wait for the start of the new era? There are a few good reasons to wait for the 2024 Toyota Tacoma that you need to consider. 

Is the 2024 Toyota Tacoma worth waiting for?

Yes, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma is worth waiting for because it brings an ancient favorite into the modern world with an updated exterior, interior, and advanced technology. 

However, the current waiting time for the 2024 Tacoma is unknown. Models with the gas-powered engine are expected to reach dealerships by the end of the year, while models with the i-FORCE max hybrid engine could take until the beginning of next year. 

Luckily, the Tacoma production isn’t impacted by the ongoing United Auto Workers (UAW) strike. But other supply chain constraints could lead to delays.

You could enjoy the 2023 Tacoma in the meantime as we eagerly wait for the next-gen model to go on sale later this summer. The Tacoma has a great resale value, so you could get a return on your investment while you wait. 

However, one significant reason to upgrade involves the brakes. The 2023 Tacoma still uses drum brakes, which are pretty dated. The braking time in the older Tacoma models is a little long, especially while traversing sandy or muddy conditions. 

We can’t wait to get behind the wheel to test the modern disc brakes. Plus, the new Tacoma could be more comfortable. It rides on the TNGA-F platform like the new Tundra and Sequoia. The available multi-link rear suspension could be better at dampening impacts. 

It has a box frame with high-strength steel that includes blanking with laser welds to increase rigidity. Aluminum is used on the upper body to reduce weight. It sounds durable and reliable, but only time will tell. It could be less reliable than the current Tacoma.

What engines does the 2024 Tacoma have? 

Torque News says some fans think the 2024 Tacoma makes the 2023 Tacoma look weak. The 2024 Toyota Tacoma starts with a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 228 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with the SR trim. 

With higher trims and the six-speed manual transmission, this engine cranks out 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Pair it with the new eight-speed automatic transmission for 278 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. 

The i-FORCE Max engine pairs the same engine with a battery pack and an electric motor to generate 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The official fuel economy estimates haven’t been released for the 2024 engines.

With the standard 2023 Tacoma, you get a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the 3.5-liter V6 for 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The 2023 Tacoma gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and up to 21 mpg on the highway.

Does the 2024 Tacoma have a better interior? 

The interior of the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Sport
2024 Toyota Tacoma interior | Toyota

Yes, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma has a much-improved interior. Some people may want to stick with the 2023 model because it’s simple, and they can just focus on driving. However, the 2024 Tacoma has numerous perks. 

For example, it has innovative storage solutions with three times as much space under the rear seats. The rear seat space can be difficult to access in older models. Also, the TRD Pro model has shock absorbers in the front seats to keep drivers from bouncing. 

We’re excited to see the updated tech with better graphics and improved camera resolutions. The off-roading stats on the available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 14.0-inch touchscreen are additional features to look forward to. 

Waiting for the 2024 Tacoma will provide more power, space, comfort, practicality, and tech. But it’s hard to go wrong with the outgoing generation too. Either way, we are looking forward to updates on all-new Tacoma pricing and other information that’s still under wraps.