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First Reviews 2024 Toyota Tacoma First Drive Review: No One Will Miss the V6

2024 Toyota Tacoma First Drive Review: No One Will Miss the V6

For 2024, Toyota is introducing a new generation of its midsize pickup: the Tacoma.


  • The V6 engine is replaced by a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

  • A hybrid version will be available later next year.

  • The Tacoma 2024 starts at $46,950.


A few years ago, many predicted the death of the midsize pickup segment. Manufacturers weren’t giving them much love, and they were priced too close to full-size pickups, making them unappealing to consumers. Suddenly, the tide turned and the segment came back to life. In 2023, Chevrolet and GMC renewed their Colorado and Canyon respectively. For 2024, Ford will launch a new generation of the Ranger, and so has Toyota with its Tacoma. In two years, the Nissan Frontier has gone from being the segment’s newest and most modern product to its oldest. In the blink of an eye, it’s in fact aged quite a bit.

 

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

 

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma will arrive in dealerships early next year. Motor Illustrated was recently given privileged access to a pre-production unit that we tested in the suburbs of Toronto. Here’s the full report on our first impressions of the Toyota Tacoma 2024.

 


Goodbye, V6 engine!

 

Mechanically, Toyota has wiped the slate clean with the Tacoma. Forget the old V6 engine as the new generation of its midsize pickup will now be powered by a turbocharged 2.4 L four-cylinder engine. It delivers 278 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It was precisely this version, with the TRD Off-Road package, that we drove. The engine is powerful, with generous amounts of torque. Admittedly, we were a little apprehensive about a four-cylinder engine in a truck of this size. As the kilometres went by, we were able to see that this engine was much more interesting, efficient and pleasant than the one offered by General Motors. What’s more, the sound is better. In short, our conclusion is quite simple: you won’t miss the V6 engine. Rudimentary and archaic, it was certainly foolproof. But evolving never hurts.

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

The Tacoma is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox. Purists will be delighted, although only a handful of buyers opted for this transmission with the previous-generation model.

 

The arrival of the new-generation Tacoma also marks the introduction of hybrid technology. This is a first in the midsize pickup segment. We’ll have to wait until next spring to see the first units arrive on our market. Essentially, the same four-cylinder turbocharged engine is used. Added to it is a small electric motor and a 1.87 kWh battery. Together, they deliver 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. The output numbers are extremely interesting. Not only is the Tacoma the sole hybrid offering in its segment, it’s also the only one to offer a manual gearbox. The art of standing out. And it works.

 

At the end of a 100-kilometre test drive in the 2024 Toyota Tacoma, the on-board computer showed fuel consumption of 11.8 L/100 km. For its part, Natural Resources Canada has not yet released official ratings however the manufacturer has announced a rating of 11.8 L/100 km for a TRD Off-Road version in combined driving. For an SR5 version, the rating drops to 11.2 L/100 km. Ratings for the hybrid version are not yet available.

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer


Double cab, 5 or 6 feet

 

For the Canadian market, Toyota offers only the SuperCab configuration. It’s certainly the most practical and popular. That said, consumers can choose between a 5- or 6-foot-long bed.

 

It’s worth noting that the 2024’s Tacoma towing capacity is capped at 6,400 lbs, which is slightly less than that offered by the competition. That said, if you really need to tow a 7000-lb. load, it seems obvious to us that you’d be better served by a full-size pickup. It will certainly do the job more easily. It’s not uncommon for Tacoma users to be outdoor enthusiasts, for example, so when it comes to towing a trailer or a small watercraft, it’s sure to get the job done.

 

The 2024 Toyota Tacoma starts at $46,950 for an entry-level SR5 version. For a TRD Off-Road Premium version, you’ll pay $58,350.

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer


Onboard

 

The old Tacoma’s cabin was, in a word, old. It was poorly soundproofed, which became unpleasant the longer you drove. What’s more, the driving position was far from optimal; it was as if you were sitting on the floor of the cab. Technically and mechanically, the Tacoma has leapt forward 25 years. The same goes for the cabin. The seats are much more comfortable and the cabin is better soundproofed, making journeys far less arduous.

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Introduced in 2015, the Toyota Tacoma shined for its durability and reliability. Unfortunately, some ergonomic shortcomings made it less interesting. One thing is certain: with the fourth generation of this model, Toyota has done a great job. The turbocharged powertrain’s performance is appreciable, and, the hybrid version looks promising. With a better insulated cab and a much more suitable driving position, the new Tacoma is very convincing. Unfortunately, it won’t be any less attractive to thieves, with whom it will undoubtedly remain very popular.

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer
Toyota Tacoma 2024 | Crédit: Germain Goyer

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