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2018 Toyota Tacoma at Thompson Toyota

This truck can either be 4x2 or 4x4, can have either a 4-seat Access Cab or a 5-seat Double Cab, and has a choice between two powerful engines. It currently installs the highest number of standard active safety features in its class! There is no longer a 5-speed manual transmission with the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, but there exists a choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic. 2018 also brings in some new colors, like the 'Cavalry Blue' on the TRD Pro and 'Cement' with the TRD Off-Road, TRD Sport, and Limited models. With sturdy, straightforward materials inside and out, great visibility, and contemporary technologies-- it's easy to be impressed by the 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. This is certainly a great truck to consider, let's explore what it's bringing in 2018 for you!

Engine Performance

  • 3.5-liter V6 with 278-hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
  • Either 6-speed automatic or manual

Safety Features

  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense P - all models
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • On Double Cab, Child-protector rear door locks

Vehicle Design

  • 4x2 or 4x4
  • Access Cab or a Double Cab
  • Class IV Towing Receiver Hitch Standard

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What powers the Toyota Tacoma in 2018?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma has either a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder with VVT-i that gets 159-hp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, or it can have a 3.5-liter V6 with 278-hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. Depending on engine and drivetrain setup, the transmission can be either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic ECT for either engine. The rear suspension will have a leaf spring suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shocks (except the TRD Pro), while on the front end, drivers will enjoy a coil-spring double wishbone setup with a stabilizer bar as standard. The TRD Pro model substitutes instead with a comprehensive TRD-tuned off-road suspension with 2.5-inch FOX Internal Bypass coil-overs and rear remote reservoir shocks. Needless to say, all of these suspension systems make it quite capable for both towing and off-roading functions with this hefty pickup. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma can tow, with the optional Tow Prep Package, from 3,500-lbs to up to 6,800-lbs, depending on 4x2/4x4 configuration and whether the engine is the I-4 or the V-6. It posts payload numbers between 1120- and 1620-pounds, with the same criteria applied. An Automatic Limited Slip Differential also assists in the abilities of this truck, but let's explore some of the other excellent aspects as well.

Can you discuss the functional features of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

The Tacoma is gettable in six model levels, the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and the TRD Pro. Interestingly, Toyota gave even the plush, more city-oriented trims a decidedly off-road lifted height. The SR model comes in swinging with a composite bed (6.1- or a 5-foot), a USB port, a dark grille, a sliding rear window, driver-side lumbar adjustment, and a Bluetooth-capable Entune stereo. Moving to the SR5 model gets you the option for a long-wheelbase that fits with the Double Cab as well as the 6.1-foot bed, plus a ton of great features like Remote keyless entry, Siri Eyes Free voice control, Satellite radio, and privacy glass. The engine ramps up to the V6 with the TRD Sport, and the hood scoop boasts this fact. The TRD Sport incorporates items such as a power rear-window (in Double Cab), a 400-watt power outlet in the bed, and full navigation within the Entune deluxe audio system's touchscreen that increases to 7-inches. The Limited model is not to be missed, however, with its body-colored rear bumper, 18-inch wheels, and a bunch of standard items that are only options on other trims. The 4WD-only TRD Pro is sold only as a Double Cab with a short bed, is an inch wider and higher than the other models, and the V6 engine powers it. Look for a black retro grille and unique Fox internal bypass shocks on this model. The TRD Off-Road flashes a chrome rear bumper, then continues adding things like all-terrain tires, Bilstein monotube shocks, additional skid plates, advanced traction control, and a locking rear differential.

Can you tell me which models have what Entune Audio system?

Simple volume and tuning knobs physically are found within the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, a welcome thing for those of us still in working gloves but trying to catch a phone call without the radio blaring. The 'Entune Audio' system is advanced and comes with an AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity/control, advanced voice recognition, phone book access & music streaming (using Bluetooth wireless), Siri Eyes Free, hands-free phone capability, and an integrated backup camera display-- all on the SR as standard. The SR5 gets the 'Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App' with HD radio traffic/weather as standard, while the TRD Sport, TRD, Off-Road, and TRD Pro models have, as standard, the 'Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite'. This is available as part of a Package on the SR5 as well and includes a 7" high-resolution touchscreen with a split display capability, an HD predictive traffic & doppler weather overlay, and also the Entune App Suite. Finally, the 'Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite' comes standard on the Limited model and as part of an optional Package for the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road models. This version has six JBL-brand speakers and a subwoofer, as well as everything found in the other versions.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma

For 2018, all Tacoma models gain Toyota Safety Sense P. This full-spectrum array of safety features consists of a pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking (also has Pedestrian Detection), automatic high beams, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and adaptive cruise control. The safety continues with a comprehensive set of airbags, Side-impact door beams, Hill-Start assist, a tire pressure monitor, and the LATCH system for child-seats. Also look into the Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Smart Stop Technology (SST), and Brake Assist. Available on certain models as well are both Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), so Toyota has certainly got you covered in the safety category! Why not check out a 2018 Toyota Tacoma with us today?

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