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Tim Charlet
Automotive Editor - January 10, 2018

2018 Toyota Tacoma OVERVIEW

The latest Toyota Tacoma stands out in the crowded midsize truck segment. Starting at $26,195 (which includes a $995 destination charge), the 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s six grades are available in 30 configurations. An impressive towing capacity, multiple package upgrades along with better than average standard safety and technology features allow consumers to customize a Tacoma to fit their needs, budget, and style with relative ease.

What's New for 2018

The Tacoma received a needed exterior redesign three years ago that remains mainly unchanged for 2018. An important update is the addition of multiple safety systems, such as emergency automated braking assist, a forward collision warning system, and adaptive cruise control on its base SR trim. Toyota has replaced the five-speed manual with a six-speed version, while several trims include a fresh color pallet, and minor grille upgrades.

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Choosing Your Toyota Tacoma

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. An optional 3.5-liter, V6 engine that boasts 278 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque is also available in the base SR for an additional $6,495 (that includes stepping up from the base Access Cab to the four-door Double Cab, which is itself a $1,060 upgrade). For trims that offer rear-wheel drive standard, four-wheel drive can be added for an additional $3,075.

The V6 engine comes with a towing package that includes a Class IV towing hitch, transmission and engine oil cooler, and a 6,800-pound tow rating. Each powertrain combo is paired with a six-speed automatic, while some TRD upgrades are available with a six-speed manual that trims $1,630 off the base price. The four-cylinder engine in the rear-wheel drive configuration returns an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city and 23 mpg highway. The four-wheel drive option maintains the same estimated city mpg, but drops highway mileage slightly to 22 mpg. Surprisingly, the V6, which nearly doubles power output over the four-cylinder does not compromise fuel economy, returning 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with rear wheel drive, and 18/23 mpg for the four-wheel drive model. TRD grades with manual transmission reduce highway mileage to 21 mpg.

The six grades for 2018 include the base SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro.


The SR base grade for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is available with an access cab that seats four (barely) and includes a six-foot bed. A double cab (or four-door) with a five-foot, short bed and seating for five for an additional $1,060 is also an option. Interior cargo space is maximized with the access cab, which includes fold-up rear seats, while the double cab includes 60/40-split rear seating, with under-seat storage and adjustable headrests. Standard features on the SR include 16-inch wheels, a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rear-view camera.

The SR includes multiple packages that can configure this base quite impressively. For those looking for a work truck with additional cargo space, the Utility Package will remove the Access Cab's rear seats, and adds black exterior styling features, while shaving $1,715 off the price tag. A $230 SR Convenience package adds cruise control and remote keyless entry to either body style.


The SR5 begins at $27,970 and includes the same standard features as the base, with more flexibility with cab/bed/powertrain options. Consumers can select between the access cab with the six-foot bed or choose the double cab with either the short (for $890 additional) or long bed (for an extra $1,500). The SR5 is standard with the 3.5-liter V6 with the six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota’s SR5 has eight exterior colors to choose from and three-interior fabric patterns. This trim also includes standard a navigation app, fog lights, a power-sliding rear window, a chrome rear bumper, and the SR Convenience package.

The SR5 can be improved with $775 Parking Sonar and Navigation Package which adds alloy wheels, a premium audio system, and rear parking sonar assist.

TRD Sport

The TRD Sport begins to improve the off-road stance and appearance of the Tacoma. Starting at $32,890, the TRD Sport stands on 17-inch wheels, and includes a composite bed liner that also has a 120-volt power outlet. There are three body style options on the TRD Sport. The Access Cab with a six-foot bed is standard, while the Double Cab with the five-foot bed is $1,255 more, and the Double Cab with the six-foot bed is an additional $1,755. Interior upgrades beyond the SR5 include additional infotainment apps, a smart key system with push-button start, a tilt/slide moonroof, and a Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging system. The 3.5-liter V6 is standard, however, consumers choosing the four-wheel drive configuration can add the optional six-speed manual transmission and save $1,630.

The Premium Package, which is available only on the TRD Sport double cab is a $1,920 upgrade that includes leather-trimmed heated seating, a JBL audio system with an integrated navigation system, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and a moonroof.

TRD Off-Road

Starting at $37,110, the TRD Off-Road is an aggressive appearing grade that is packed with standard options that allow consumers to comfortably take this Tacoma on roads less traveled. Like the Sport, the TRD Off-Road is available with the same three cabin/bed options, however the Double Cab, short bed package is $935 additional, while the Double Cab, long bed can be added for $1,545. The key difference between the Sport and Off-Road is the four-wheel drive control system that allows drivers to select between different suspension and driveline settings for multiple terrains. The TRD Off-Road includes an electronically locking rear differential, 16-inch wheels, black overfenders, and a chrome rear bumper. A lane-departure warning system with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection are also a standard feature of the TRD Off-Road.

The TRD Off-Road has multiple package options to choose from, beginning with a $770 Technology Package that adds blind spot monitoring, a rear parking assist sonar system, and rear-cross traffic alert. The Premium Package available with the TRD Sport is bundled with the Technology Package at a premium of $2,690. Consumers can combine the Premium and Technology packages with a tonneau cover for $3,340.


Considered the posh grade of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, the Limited places an emphasis on interior comforts. With a starting price of $38,135, the Limited adds a power moonroof, includes 18-inch wheels, and leather-trimmed seats.

This grade is only available with the double cab/short bed configuration, and consumers are limited to the six-speed automatic/V6 powertrain combo but can choose between rear-wheel and four-wheel drive. The Limited adds the JBL audio system, but removes the TRD Off-Road performance packages. This Limited grade includes the technology and premium package from the TRD Off-Road, however, the $650 tonneau along with a plethora of dealer added accessories can be added.


The Tacoma TRD Pro starts at $42,515. The Pro picks up where the TRD Off-Road ends, but like the Limited is only available in the double cab/short bed.

Enhanced TRD badging on the exterior and interior, along with a front skid plate, performance shocks, and exhaust system lead the TRD Pro enhancements. It’s available with the six-speed automatic or manual, but only in four-wheel drive. Consumers are restricted to only three exterior colors, and the TRD black leather interior with red accent stitching.

CarsDirect Tip

If driving a manual transmission is not a problem, consider the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport. It’s packed with options, and with the six-speed manual transmission and V6 engine, the Tacoma is a fun to drive mid-sized pickup. Even by selecting the automatic transmission, consumers can add the Premium Package and tonneau cover and keep the base price under the TRD Off-Road.

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