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For rabid fans of the Toyota Tacoma, the holidays came early. News leaked out hours before the official reveal of the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma. Once Toyota released its official statement, that early news was confirmed. The new generation of the venerable Toyota Tacoma is here; what does it bring to the party?

Is the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma as rugged and tough as the previous model?

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro on a Wilderness Trail
2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota

Toyota redesigned this new Toyota midsize truck from the ground up. The ruggedness and toughness incorporated in this impressive pickup come from the shared TNGA- platform. This familiar platform is shared with the full-size Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV.

Toyota tells us this platform gives the new Tacoma a high-strength, boxed, steel-ladder frame and delivers several features off-roaders can enjoy when out on the trails.

“With even more off-road capability and the quality, durability, and reliability that our customers expect, along with a host of options for every owner, we’re confident that Tacoma will remain the top choice for midsize pickup buyers when it arrives later this year.” – Dave Christ, Toyota group vice president, and general manager

What powertrains does the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma offer?

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro i-Force Max Engine
2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro i-Force Max Engine | Toyota

Two powertrains make it under the hood of this new midsize Toyota truck. The base system is a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that provides 228 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque in the SR trim level. Higher trims levels utilizing this i-Force powertrain receive a power increase to 278 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque.

This base system routes power to the wheels through either an 8-speed automatic transmission or (Tacoma enthusiasts, this is where you cheer the loudest) a 6-speed manual transmission with automatic rev-matching. Models equipped with the manual transmission produce 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

The Tacoma’s max towing capacity is 6,500 pounds, found in the SR5 and TRD PreRunner XtraCab trims with the base i-Force powertrain. The TRD Off-Road trim reaches the max payload of 1,709 pounds.

The second powertrain is the new i-Force Max hybrid system, the most powerful system ever offered in a Tacoma. This powertrain arrives for the TRD models, Limited, and new Trailhunter trims. This new system uses the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and adds a 48-horsepower electric motor integrated into the 8-speed transmission. The result is a midsize truck with 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.

When will i-Force Max models of this new Toyota truck be available?

The i-Force models will arrive later this year to provide maximum towing power and payload numbers. The new i-Force Max versions of the Tacoma should arrive in early 2024 to add the new hybrid powertrain to this venerable Toyota pickup truck.

Which new Tacoma trims receive the multi-link rear suspension?

All trims above the TRD PreRunner receive a new multi-link rear suspension. The SR, SR5 XtraCab, and TRD PreRunner trims still utilize leave springs. The new multi-link suspension system is specifically tuned for each trim. The TRD Sport includes a set of sport-tuned shocks to feel more responsive, while the TRD Off-Road has monotube Bilstein remote shocks to offer more wheel travel and heat dissipation. Turn to the TRD Pro, and you’ve got the new FOX QS3 adjustable internal bypass shocks with remote reservoirs. These shocks are made for high-speed off-road performance.

Is the Tacoma Trailhunter the overlanding version of this Toyota truck?

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter Posed in the mud - this is the overlanding version of this new Tacoma
2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter | Toyota

The Tacoma has been a top choice for overlanding adventurers for many years. Now, Toyota adds the new Trailhunter trim to offer a production model made for long-distance off-road adventures. This new trim, developed with ARB, gives Tacoma owners everything they want in a truck that becomes their home in the wilderness.

Has Toyota added anything to make this truck more adventurous?

One of the coolest new features of the 2024 Toyota Tacoma is the front stabilizer bar disconnect. At the push of a button, the Tacoma receives a 10% increase in wheel articulation compared to the previous generation truck. This new feature is compatible with Toyota-approved lift kits, making it useful for pickups with more ground clearance than production models.

The off-road angles for the new Tacoma TRD Pro are:

  • Approach angle – 33.8 degrees
  • Breakover angle – 23.5 degrees
  • Departure angle – 25.7 degrees

The TRD Pro sits 11 inches off the ground, giving you the desired clearance when tackling tough trails.

The fourth-generation Tacoma is here! This new Toyota truck brings more fun and tech to the wilderness. Learn more about the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma in the video below:

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