2018 Toyota Tacoma review

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Toyota Tacoma highlights

Customer rating


  • Great off-road truck
  • Straightforward interior controls
  • Power outlet and moveable tie-down cleats in the composite truck bed
  • Optional six-speed manual transmission with the V6 engine


  • Driving position isn't ideal for tall drivers
  • Tall step-up height due to off-road focus
  • Economy-focused transmission can feel sluggish

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 20 highway, 18 combined

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All Toyota Tacoma years

What is new for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

  • Tacoma trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment this year.
  • The SR5 trim now comes with Tow Hitch as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Tow Hitch as standard equipment.
  • The TRD Off Road trim now comes with Tow Hitch as standard equipment.
  • The TRD Sport trim now comes with Tow Hitch as standard equipment.
  • The SR trim now comes with Tow Hitch as standard equipment.

2018 Toyota Tacoma trims

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  • 159-hp, 180-lb-ft of torque 2.7L
  • 278-hp, 265-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • 2.7L
  • 3.5L
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control


  • Includes all features available on the SR
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Alloy Wheels

TRD Sport:

  • Includes all features available on the SR5
  • Smart Key
  • Navigation System

TRD Off Road:

  • Includes all features available on the TRD Sport
  • No significant upgrades found on the TRD Off Road


  • Includes all features available on the TRD Off Road
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Sunroofs
  • JBL Sound System

TRD Pro:

  • Includes all features available on the Limited
  • No significant upgrades found on the TRD Pro

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Toyota Tacoma

1. Rugged utility

The 2018 Tacoma is built to tackle your biggest jobs, whether you need to haul, tow, or a combination of both. When properly equipped, the 2018 Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds.

Meanwhile, its maximum payload is 1,620 pounds—so this truck is capable of hauling heavy equipment, tools, and much more. Its standard composite truck is also tough enough to negate the need for an aftermarket bed liner.

2. Trim options galore

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is available in six trim configurations, so you can find the option that's best for your needs. There's the base SR, the SR5, the TRD Sport, the TRD Off-Road, the Limited, and the range-topping TRD Pro. Don't need a lot of bells and whistles? The SR5 offers the basics, including cloth seats, a sliding rear window with privacy glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Looking for something decked out and ready for adventure? The TRD Pro is equipped with upgraded shocks for greater off-road capabilities, as well as extras like standard four-wheel drive and special interior/exterior styling.

3. Four-wheel drive availability

If you do a lot of off-roading or commute in adverse road conditions, then a midsize truck with four-wheel drive can give you some much needed traction and control behind the wheel. The 2018 Tacoma is available with part- and full-time four-wheel drive systems on many of its trims. The range-topping TRD Pro trim even comes standard with four-wheel drive, although rear-wheel drive options are available on most trim configurations.

4. Available V6 engine

Although a 2.7L four-cylinder engine is standard on many of the 2018 Tacoma's trims, a more powerful V6 engine is also available if you're looking for a midsize truck with a little more zip under the hood. Specifically, the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro are offered with a 3.5L V6 engine at 278 hp. This engine is paired with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission—depending on whether you opt for a rear- or four-wheel drive model.

5. Standard driver-assistance features

The 2018 Tacoma is ahead of its time when it comes to driver-assistance technology, with many features coming standard even on its base SR model. This includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure alert.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a truck that customers like for its great mileage and easy to upgrade for not a lot of money. Customers also like the truck's beauty. The Tacoma is also good for driving around town or on light duty work sites.

RepairPal gave the Toyota Tacoma an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Tacoma 1st out of 8 among Midsize Trucks.

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Toyota Tacoma features and specs

SR 2WD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Entune
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Bed Cover
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.9"/R 32.6"

Head room

F 39.7"/R 38.3"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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