The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Could Be the Most Efficient Midsize Truck
The Toyota Tacoma sheds the yoke of its oppressors with new powertrains and traditional qualities. While other midsize trucks reduce the number of powertrains, options, and features, Toyota provides a midsize truck that maintains its widespread appeal. The new Tacoma can still come with a manual transmission; you won’t find that in many other midsize trucks. The biggest changes for the Taco truck make it the most efficient truck in the class.
Will Canadian results translate to the EPA figures?
Canadian and American methods are similar, unlike European methods of measuring fuel mileage and electric driving range. The Drive found fuel mileage figures for the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma on Natural Resources Canada. Only the 4WD models of the new Tacoma are listed, but it gives us a good starting point to set some fuel efficiency expectations.
The new Tacoma with the turbocharged engine, automatic transmission, and 4WD is rated at 19 city/25 hwy mpg. Switch to the manual transmission and the truck returns 18 city/23 hwy mpg. These figures match the expected numbers on window stickers of U.S. models, giving us a better idea of exactly how efficient the new Toyota Tacoma should be.
How do these fuel mileage numbers compare to other midsize trucks?
The 4WD, automatic Tacoma is slightly more efficient on the highway than any other midsize truck. The Chevy Colorado and Nissan Frontier are rated at 18 city/23 hwy mpg, and the Ford Ranger achieves 20 city/24 hwy mpg. This makes the Ranger more efficient than the Tacoma in town. The Toyota pickup has the edge on the highway. The Ranger’s edge could be using a 10-speed automatic transmission in the Ranger compared to the 8-speed automatic in the Tacoma.
It’s good to note that these figures aren’t for the most extreme off-road versions of these trucks. Also, the RWD versions will get better mileage.
Is the new Toyota Tacoma more efficient than the previous model?
The new Tacoma is much more efficient than the outgoing model. The 3.5-liter V6 achieved 20 mpg combined, and the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine only reached 22 mpg on the highway. This new model has a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and hybrid assist to return 21 mpg combined and 25 mpg on the highway when equipped with 4WD. That’s pretty impressive.
Is the new i-Force Max Hybrid Tacoma more efficient?
The new i-Force Max turbocharged hybrid powertrain is the most powerful Toyota Tacoma ever. This powertrain delivers 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain upgrade provides the Tacoma with 6000 pounds of towing capacity and 1,709 pounds of payload. The nonhybrid Tacoma tows more at 6,500 pounds.
The EPA hasn’t listed fuel economy figures for the 2024 Toyota Tacoma yet, but the i-Force Max Hybrid version should be more efficient than the regular turbo-four models. If that’s the case, the Toyota Tacoma will easily be the most fuel-efficient midsize truck available.