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2024 Toyota Tacoma: 5 things to know


It is finally here! The 2024 Toyota Tacoma has been revealed, and there is a lot to talk about with this midsize truck. Here are my top five things to know about the new Tacoma.

There’s a lot to unpack, and there’s a lot of exciting features, changes and, well, just badass design that we saw from the leaked image for this truck.

Exterior and interior changes

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and in this case, it is very true. Check out our photo gallery below and you can literally see how much the 2024 Toyota Tacoma has been completely redone. There should be none of the “well it is just a refresh discussion.”

The key thing to know is each trim is dramatically different and built for different customers. There are design elements from the Tundra and Sequoia infused into the design, and the interior is completely redone.

Each 2024 Toyota Tacoma will also come with TSS 3.0 advanced safety system. Higher trims gets an available 14-inch touchscreen, a portable Bluetooth speaker when you opt for the JBL package and power running boards for the Limited trim — among a host of other changes.

Colors will include: Supersonic Red, Blue Crush Metallic, Underground, Wind Chill Pearl, Solar Octane, Celestial Silver Metallic, Black, Ice Cap, and Bronze Oxide. A new TRD Pro-exclusive color for the 2024 model year will be announced this summer.

2024 Toyota Tacoma

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport trim

New cab, bed configurations and trims

Let’s start with the basics. The 2024 Tacoma is offered in eight trims, two cab lengths (crew/double cab and extended/access cab) and with either a 5- or 6-foot bed. Oh and yes, you can get a double cab with 6-foot bed. A big request item for many potential buyers.

The new XtraCab setup, available on SR, SR5, and TRD PreRunner grades, is all about maximum utility and comes exclusively with seating for two, a functional rear cabin storage area and a 6-foot bed. This configuration has no rear doors and no rear seat but makes the most of its cabin with all kinds of additional storage options. Lockable storage on the rear floor is useful for storing things like small packs and toolboxes, and lockable storage on the back panel can store things like shovels and fishing poles. Quick access to rear storage is aided by a long-slide driver’s seat with slide memory. Additionally, the passenger seat can fold flat and can be used as a workspace and includes a water bottle holder.

The Tacoma is available in SR, SR5, TRD PreRunner, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road, Limited, TRD Pro and Trailhunter. IMHO, the most exciting trim is the return of the TRD PreRunner with the XtraCab configuration and two-wheel drive. It has a lifted front suspension, larger-diameter BFGoodrich all-terrain tires and an electronically locking rear differential.

The TRD Sport gets black 18-inch TRD wheels, color-keyed door handles and overfenders, hood scoop, black exterior badging and aluminum pedals. The TRD Off-Road grade is more capable than ever thanks to new Bilstein remote reservoir monotube shocks for better heat dissipation and the available front stabilizer bar disconnect system.

Limited grades have a luxurious interior and standard tech including power retractable sidesteps, head-up display, 14-inch touchscreen, JBL audio, digital rearview mirror and a power moonroof. There is also a better ride with an adaptive variable suspension and full-time four-wheel drive on i-Force Max-equipped models.

The Trailhunter is also all-new for 2024 and offers a well-equipped overlanding rig right from the dealer.

Finally, the TRD Pro is even more focused on the off-road crowd and includes some impressive features like the seats. These segment-first IsoDynamic Performance Seats are something you have to see to believe.

Powertrains get revamped

On the big changes for the truck are the powertrains. The chief complaint with the prior generation was lackluster acceleration and Toyota really stepped it up here.

There are two powertrain options. The first, standard with the SR trim, is a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing up to 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. This is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is available with rev matching and anti-stall technology, however, horsepower drops to 270 and torque drops to 310 pound-feet.

Next, there is an available i-Force Max turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain produces 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. This engine is available on the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited, and it’s standard on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter models.

The engine is considered a “mild hybrid,” pairing 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. This means the overall power is improved off the line using the hybrid system, but there is no electric-only driving, which is similar to the Ford F-150 PowerBoost system and the Ram 1500 eTorque engine.

Like usual, MPG estimates won’t be available until closer to launch while the EPA does their certification process.

2024 Toyota Tacoma

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter targets off-road market

Tacoma introduces the all-new Trailhunter grade to the lineup and now enthusiasts can get a factory-developed overlander straight from Toyota. 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, overlanders can add 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 along with the 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires boost up Trailhunter an additional 2 inches in the front and 1.5 inches in the rear. A high-clearance trail exhaust tip is also standard along with a low-profile high-mount Trailhunter Air Intake that is routed up the passenger-side A pillar to source cleaner air to the i-FORCE MAX. Trailhunter protection includes rock rails and a multitude of hot-stamped high strength steel skid plates for serious off-the-grid-adventure capabilities straight from the factory.

Trailhunter is also equipped with a bronze-colored “TOYOTA” heritage-inspired grille with an integrated 20-inch LED light bar that’s complemented by white/yellow color switching RIGID LED fog lamps. Lighting in the Trailhunter’s bed is triangulated to help avoid dark spots, and integrated bed side scene lights help illuminate the area surrounding the bed for setting up camp at night. A powerful 2400W AC inverter provides juice to two locations in the cabin and the rear deck where both 12V and USBs can also be found to power other devices such as an ARB Fridge Freezer. Trailhunter also comes pre-wired for accessories with three auxiliary toggle switches on the dashboard.

In addition to Toyota Genuine parts and accessories, additional accessories are available through the recently announced Associated Accessory Products program (AAP) for customers to customize their Tacoma Trailhunter straight from Toyota’s participating dealerships.

Tacoma TRD PRO wows

While Trailhunter is specifically developed for off-the-grid overlanding adventures, Tacoma TRD Pro elevates its proven go-fast, desert running attributes for its newest generation. Red aluminum front TRD upper control arms optimize front geometry and reduce unsprung weight, while Fox internal bypass 2.5-inch manual modal Quick Switch 3 (QS3) shocks can be adjusted to three different settings via dials on the shock bodies to tune compression damping. Built around the new multilink rear suspension, FOX Internal Floating Piston (IFP) bump stops can help knock the edge off some of the gnarliest terrain.

For a more menacing stance than ever before, TRD Pro sits two inches higher in the front and an inch and a half in the rear and is three inches wider than a Tacoma SR5. Black flow-formed TRD wheels are wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires. TRD Pro’s standard i-FORCE MAX engine breathes more efficiently courtesy of a TRD performance air intake and TRD cat-back dual tipped exhaust. A new integrated LED light bar works in conjunction with the LED headlights to optimize beam pattern aiming for balanced light output with significant range, and a set of RIGID white LED fog lamps increase visibility during inclement weather. TRD Pro also gets a high-clearance ARB rear metal bumper with red recovery hooks and an aluminum TRD front skid plate.

Debuting exclusively on the new TRD Pro is a segment-first IsoDynamic Performance Seat that helps provide a smooth, confidence-inspiring ride for those in the driver and front passenger seats. The goal of this patent-pending feature is to stabilize the driver’s field of vision to improve focus, comfort, and reduce fatigue while on rugged trails. The IsoDynamic Performance Seat uses an air-over-oil shock absorber system allowing for vertical and lateral seat movement simultaneously to dampen body movement and stabilize the head and neck to keep alignment with the spine. This dampening effect is tunable based on body mass and occupant preference and can be bypassed, if desired, via levers on the seatbacks.

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma will go on sale later this summer with gas models coming first followed by hybrid models next year.

The bottom line

This is the most complete redesign of the Tacoma I’ve ever seen and they simply nailed it. After seeing them in person, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and, well, frankly, I’ll be thinking to pick one up as our next long-term loaner.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Jared May 19, 2023

    So by yours and other videos I have seen it seems they improved the front seating position but the rear seat didn’t really get any improvements ass far as room. I really like the truck but need to be able to have adults sit in the back…a big miss for me.

  2. alec granath May 22, 2023

    Does it come with 4wd “AUTO” like new GM/Chevy?

    1. Tim Esterdahl May 24, 2023


  3. Cesar Herrera May 29, 2023

    So did Toyota delete “Cement” as a 2024 color option? I think a Cement TRD Pro, with the black wheel well trim would have looked cool.


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