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It’s Taco Time

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter
Image via Toyota

After nearly two decades as the mid-size pickup truck champion, the Toyota Tacoma is finally ready for its next chapter. The go-anywhere truck is entirely new for 2024 with epic adventures in mind, improving upon every winning aspect that has made it a stalwart for truck buyers for years, along with Toyota’s legendary quality, durability, reliability, and much more.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Engines And Transmission: Details

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma will offer two variations of a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For entry-level SR grades, this engine produces 228 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. For all other trims, output increases to 278 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque when paired with the eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Enthusiasts of the manual can rejoice, as a six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT2) with automatic rev-matching and anti-stall technology is available. Manual transmission models produce 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

If you want more power, check out the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain, the most powerful powertrain ever offered on Tacoma. Available on TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and standard on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter halo models, i-Force Max pairs the 2.4-liter engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission feeding off a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack that creates a total system output of 326 horsepower and a whopping 465 lb-ft of torque, nearly doubling the torque of the current-gen truck with the V6 engine. The torque figure is also top of the class, while the integration of the electric motor will likely return best in class fuel economy, as well.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter. Image via Toyota.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter: Details

New to the Toyota Tacoma lineup is the Trailhunter trim, which enables enthusiasts to purchase an Overlander straight from the factory. To help bring the Trailhunter to life, Toyota worked with renowned Australian-based ARB to co-develop Old Man Emu (OME) position-sensitive 2.5-inch forged monotube shocks with rear external piggyback style remote reservoirs, a steel rear bumper, robust rear recovery points, and a bed utility bar with removable MOLLE panels. ARB engineering even worked on-site at Toyota alongside the project development team to co-develop Trailhunter. With either 5- or 6-foot bed Double Cab configurations available, serious overlanders can take their Trailhunters to the next level with available light- or heavy-duty versions of a full ARB bed rack to support additional gear like rooftop tents, canopies, or a camp shower.

The OME shocks and the 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory R/T tires boost Trailhunter an additional two inches in the front and one and a half inches in the rear. A high-clearance trail exhaust tip is also standard, along with a low-profile high-mount Trailhunter Air Intake routed up the passenger-side A-pillar to source cleaner air to the i-Force Max. Trailhunter protection includes rock rails and hot-stamped high-strength steel skid plates for serious off-the-grid-adventure capabilities straight from the factory. The trim even has a 20-inch LED light bar integrated into the grille.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Interior
The new Tacoma SR interior sees a splash of color, while a manual transmission is standard.

Technology and Configurations

As for tech, the all-new Tacoma is loaded with the latest technology and information screens that bring significant updates to the cabin. A new 8-inch or available 14-inch multimedia touchscreen display. The system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and pairs well with the available Qi wireless charging pad with enhanced power output. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with four different styles is standard for higher grades, while a 7-inch gauge cluster is standard for lower trims.

Taking a piece out of Ford’s book, Toyota has placed a QR code into a hidden side pocket on the driver’s side dashboard that directs owners to the Toyota website for dimensions to design and 3D print their accessories such as a lantern, multitool, or toolkit. As for configurations, Tacoma will be offered two cab styles with either a 5- or 6-foot bed: a four-door Double Cab and a new two-door XtraCab with clever storage features behind the front two seats. XtraCab, available in SR, SR5, and TRD PreRunner grades, is all about maximum utility and comes exclusively with seating for two and a functional rear cabin storage area.

The new Tacoma is the only midsized truck in America that will offer an extended cab configuration, and the only midsized truck in America that will offer a six-foot bed at the moment, as well. Moreover, the tailgate is power lift and lower, and you can close it by touching with your knees.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but we will cover that once more information is revealed.

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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