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2024 Toyota Tacoma: What's It Like to Live With?

We're putting the redesigned 2024 Toyota Tacoma to a 20,000-mile test

Toyota Tacoma 2024
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Latest Highlights

  • The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is fully redesigned
  • And it's now the third (gas-powered) midsize pickup in our fleet
  • Comparisons are sure to follow
  • Can Toyota keep its grip on the midsize truck market?

What We Got And Why

by Nick Yekikian, Senior News Editor

Our test vehicle: 2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
Base MSRP: $43,295
MSRP as tested: $55,240

A new Tacoma is so rare that when Toyota finally gets around to redesigning its perennial midsize pickup it's loaded up with as much expectation as its payload rating. The 2024 Tacoma was met with plenty of fanfare, but our initial impressions left us with a few questions — questions we now have an entire year and thousands of miles to help us answer.

But first, let's talk about what we're testing here. Our new long-term Tacoma is a 2024 TRD Off-Road without the optional hybrid powertrain. While we like to buy our long-termers, Toyota lent us this bright orange beastie for an entire year. Even though the TRD Off-Road is now available with the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain — which makes 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque — Toyota told us we'd have to wait a while for that. In the end we went with the standard turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 278 hp and 317 lb-ft.

Not only are we impatient, we also wanted something that would compare more fairly to the two other midsize trucks (neither of which is hybridized) we have in our fleet for the next year. That's right, the Tacoma is the last in a new triumvirate — we have the all-new Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado with us for the same amount of time. Over the course of the next year, we'll be testing all three to determine which is the best to live with.

Back to our Taco. The TRD Off-Road comes with a wide variety of optional extras that vary from off-road specific to comfort-specific. Our truck has all of them. A heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated seats, and a 360-degree view camera should help make the truck more livable on the day-to-day. When we're off the beaten path, a disconnecting stabilizer bar, locking rear differential, crawl control, and a plethora of off-road driving modes should make it more capable when the going gets dirty.

All that comes at a hefty price, though. Our Tacoma costs a whopping $55,240. That makes it considerably more expensive than both the Colorado and the Ranger in our fleet — and puts it right in line with far more competitive versions of those trucks, the ZR1 and the Raptor. Not only that, but this very same Tacoma has already lost out big to the other two in our ratings and rankings. In a small class of just six pickups — when you consider the Frontier, Gladiator and Ridgeline — the Tacoma sits near the bottom.

So will a year with the Tacoma change our already-made-up minds? Is it going to prove worth the extra cash? Will it be the most deft off-road? The most reliable? We can't say for sure yet. We have 12 months and a lot of miles to cover to find out for sure. Stay tuned.

Toyota loaned Edmunds this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.

2024 Toyota Tacoma: Real-World Fuel Economy

It's still early, but the fuel economy on our Tacoma has been a bit disappointing

Average lifetime mpg: 18.0
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined ( 20 city / 23 highway )
Best fill mpg: 22.4
Best range (miles): 353.3
Current odometer: 2,564

Early returns on the Tacoma's fuel economy

"The EPA-estimated 21 mpg always seemed a little optimistic, but we've been disappointed by the midsize pickup's fuel economy in the first 2,000 miles. Our best fill beat that rating (22.4 mpg) but we're averaging a meager 18.0 mpg so far. It's early days, but the Tacoma is unlikely to arrest this slide and become a fuel economy standout." — Jake Sundstrom, editor

2024 Toyota Tacoma: Performance

How robust is the Tacoma's performance?

Smooth, easy power

"We've got the turbocharged four-cylinder engine in our Tacoma, and I found the power delivery very smooth throughout the range of gears. I gave the Tacoma a lot of throttle while going up a steep incline and the engine still didn't sound whiny or exhausted. It started breathing heavy, no doubt, but it still managed its way up the hill without significant hesitation. I'm really digging this truck so far." — Jake Sundstrom, editor

2024 Toyota Tacoma: Miscellaneous

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, it goes here

What do we think of the Tacoma's looks?

"I'm trying to be nice when I say the redesigned Toyota Tacoma with this orange paint is absolutely hideous. Its identity is now so fused with the Tundra that it has lost some of the charm and personality that defined the previous-generation Tacoma. Mix that in with a paint color that screams something like 'TRAFFIC CONE' and 'TOY TRUCK' and you have ... well, a truck with unappealing styling." — Jake Sundstrom, editor

2024 Toyota Tacoma: Comfort

How's the Tacoma in on-road comfort?

Early returns on the Tacoma's comfort

"I was very pleasantly surprised by how comfortable I found the Tacoma on a 400-mile road trip. The driver's seat, and the front row at large, feels quite roomy for a midsize truck. And while these aren't the most comfortable seats I've ever planted my butt in, they're an upgrade over the previous generation and more comfortable than our Ford Ranger." — Jake Sundstrom, editor