Many small trucks have come and gone over the years. But one that has stayed the course is the Toyota Tacoma. Dominating segment sales for nearly two decades, an all-new fourth-generation Tacoma has arrived for 2024 with some of the biggest changes in its history. So, let’s see what this new taco truck has to offer.

In the truck world, the all-new mid-size 2024 Toyota Tacoma is a really big deal. Completely redesigned, it’s now built on Tundra’s full-size high-strength steel frame. There’s also an available coil spring multi-link rear suspension, all turbocharged engine lineup, new XtraCab two-seater that does away with the Access Cab’s rear doors, improved comfort, and of course, new tech.

Now, we agree with many of you on how ridiculous the truck and SUV market has become with all the off-road packages, so for this test we ordered up an SR5, just one step up from base. It came equipped with Toyota’s 2.4-liter I4 turbo, which outputs 278 horsepower and a stout 317 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the eight-speed automatic. You can still get a six-speed manual, though the engine is slightly detuned to 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. And just to muddy things up further, the base SR gets an even more de-tuned version with 228 horsepower and 243 lb-ft.

2024 Toyota Tacoma 3/4 Front
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2024 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Badge
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If you need more power than all of that, reinforcements are on the way with Toyota’s i-FORCE MAX hybrid with an electric motor integrated into the transmission for a combined output of 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, 200 more than the old V6.

Most Tacomas will be four-door DoubleCabs which get either a 5- or 6-foot bed; two-door XtraCabs come with just the six-footer. Bed walls are slightly taller than before, and a power tailgate is now available. Max towing is 6,500-lbs.

At our Mason Dixon test track, our automatic SR5 didn’t feel overly powerful, but with a slight chirp of the tires, it was off to 60 mph in a quick 6.2-seconds. Shifts were very smooth, and though working hard, this turbo-four is much quieter than the V6.

Shifts were very smooth, and though working hard, this turbo-four is much quieter than the V6.

It felt plenty stable as speeds increased, but with the standard leaf spring suspension, that “big truck” feel was evident in our slalom course as well. There was quite a bit of body roll, and the very soft feel of a lifted truck, that had us backing off early and the truck just slowly lumbering its way through the exercise. There was good steering feel, and the truck did whatever we asked, it just wasn’t in a hurry to do it. If you’re looking for a sportier car-like experience, you might want to look elsewhere in the segment, as the Tacoma feels more like a Tundra than a Rav4, which of course is what many truck buyers want.

In panic braking runs, the ABS was working overtime and there was a lot of nosedive. But, with short stops from 60 of just 108 feet, we were not surprised or alarmed.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Dashboard
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2024 Toyota Tacoma Front Seat Detail
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Even with fresh styling, it remains easily recognizable as a Tacoma. Just a little more chiseled in some places, smoother in others. Ground clearance is up a tiny bit, with a max of 9.5 inches allowing for 33-inch tires. The biggest visual changes are inside, where the Tacoma has finally joined the 21st Century. Standard infotainment touchscreen is 8 inches, paired with a 7-inch gauge cluster. Higher trims get a 14-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge display. Seats feel great up front, although it doesn’t feel any roomier than before. Rear seat legroom is still tight for adults, but there is more storage underneath the seats.

Government Fuel Economy Ratings for an SR5 4X4 automatic are 20-City, 23-Highway, and 21-Combined; we averaged 21.3 mpg of Regular. For a slightly worse than average Energy Impact Score; 14.2-barrels of annual oil consumption, with 6.9-tons of CO2 emissions.

Pricing starts with SR at $32,995 and our SR5 coming in at $37,695; from there it works through several TRD levels to arrive at top Limited at $53,595. Four-wheel drive is standard on Limited and most TRD trims, available in all other trims except for the TRD PreRunner, which is rear-wheel drive only.

Pickup trucks of all sizes continue to be incredibly popular here in the U.S., and we’ve certainly seen a resurgence of compact and midsize trucks recently. Tacoma fans will be happy to know that their midsize 2024 Tacoma hasn’t gone soft. It’s more rugged than ever. Designed here, with American buyers in mind, the new Tacoma is the modernized version of their beloved pickup that Toyota fans have been waiting for. So, Happy Taco trucking!


As Tested

  • Engine: 2.4-liter I4 turbo
  • Horsepower: 228
  • 0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
  • 60-0 Braking: 108 feet (avg)
  • MW Fuel Economy: 21.3 mpg (Regular)
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Torque: 243 lb-ft.
  • 1/4 Mile: Track Under Maintenance
  • EPA: 20 City | 23 Highway | 21 Combined