The New Toyota Tacoma Is Fixing Frustrating Issues

We have good news for Toyota Tacoma fans who have been waiting on crucial upgrades to drop. We’ve been asked why it’s still the same old truck, when it will get modern brakes, and more. Thanks to the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma teasers, we can finally provide a few answers. 

2024 Toyota Tacoma: What’s new? 

the 2024 Toyota Tacoma will be bigger
2024 Toyota Tacoma teaser | Toyota

The new Toyota Tacoma is getting a little bigger. It will likely ride on the TNGA-F platform, like the larger Toyota Tundra. This should relieve complaints about the current model being too small. Drivers will appreciate extra headspace and legroom in the front. 

Taller folks complain about the seats sitting too close to the floor, causing their knees to sit too high. Plus, the passenger seat has limited adjustment controls. This could be improved with more cabin space to work with. 

Plus, who can even fit in the back seat of the Tacoma? It’s pretty tight and can make installing child seats a hassle. The under-seat storage is hard to access and use. It’s safe to expect more room in the rear with modern storage solutions. 

While storage space for smaller items is abundant, the glove box is a little tight. But it can also feature a lockable safe, and we aren’t sure if we’re ready to say goodbye to that unique feature. 

Will the next-generation Tacoma have more power? 

Yes, the new Toyota Tacoma is expected to have more power. The underpowered standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque should be dropped. The future of the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque is unclear. 

But rivals like the 2023 Nissan Frontier have more standard power. Plus, the Tacoma can only tow up to 6,800 lbs, while the Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 7,700 lbs. The Tacoma has lagged behind rivals for a while. 

Teasers confirm that the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid is on the way thanks to a visible i-Force MAX badge. According to MotorTrend, it could gain the hybrid 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine from the Lexus NX350 with 275 hp. 

But we would like to see a little more muscle. The hybrid powertrain in the Toyota Crown cranks out 366 hp. Also, the TRD Pro is expected to have more power than the other trim levels, indicating that multiple engine options are on the way. 

Currently, the Tacoma gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 23 mpg on the highway. Hybrid power might help the 2024 Tacoma save more fuel. 

Also, the dated six-speed automatic transmission could be replaced by a 10-speed automatic transmission. This will provide smoother transmission shifts and cut down on delays. 

Could the 2024 Tacoma have new tech? 

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid has more power
2024 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid teaser | Toyota

Yes, the new Toyota Tacoma should offer advanced tech. For example, a new steering wheel with more controls will be refreshing. Plus, it could get a larger infotainment screen and digital gauge cluster with enhanced resolutions. 

It’s safe to expect new cameras with clearer feeds and new camera views for off-roading and towing. It’s possible that we will see a new head-up display, enhanced built-in navigation system, and interior ambient lighting.

Most excitingly, we should be able to shift 4×4 modes on the fly instead of putting the truck in neutral, taking our foot off the brake, and selecting the right driving mode in time. 

Every Taco Tuesday, we get new clues about the next-generation Toyota Tacoma. We now know that it will have a hybrid powertrain, a beefier TRD Pro model, and a new Trailhunter trim. Stay tuned for the latest updates.