2018 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP $25,400 - $33,495

Ranked #6 in Pickup-truck

6.2

Overall Rating

2018 Toyota Tacoma Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is for those who prioritize utility and off-road ability. Starting at a price of $25,400, the two-door Access cab version of Tacoma is available with two powertrain options with rear-wheel or an all-wheel-drive. There are a wealth of available configurations that means there's likely a Tacoma that fits your needs. The TRD Sport and TRD off-road trims with their knobby tires, upgraded suspension, and off-road driving aids are rich.

Tacoma has some notable competition which is better in some ways. The GMC Canyon offers a superior engine lineup while the Nisan Frontier offers all the practicality. Overall, though, we think Tacoma has the right mix of things that the most midsize pickup shoppers are looking for.

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Pros

Rugged off-road qualities

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Composite truck bed has movable tie-down cleats and power outlet

Higher payload than most class rivals

Excellent predicted reliability rating

Cons

Below average fuel economy

Android Auto and Apple Car Play still omitted from features list

What's New?

Five-speed manual option has been discontinued on the SR and SR5 trim

New color: Cement exterior color

Toyota Safety Connect coming in now standard in all variants


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25400

bodystyle

4dr Access Cab

passenger capacity

4

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

164 cu.in.

horsepower

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

180 lb.-ft. @ 3800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

127.4 in.

length

212.3 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

3980 lbs.

ground clearance

9.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1620 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

23.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.1

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

180 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/21/23 mpg

highway range

527.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SR$25,400 onwards

SR5$27,175 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Toyota Tacoma in Blazing Blue Pearl color
Blazing Blue Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

6.1

Exterior

6.0

Safety

5.0

6.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.2

Overall Rating


The 2018 Toyota Tacoma has a solid list of strengths and offers a good choice for buyers looking for off-roading as well. For daily driving, it's a good pickup with easy-to-use infotainment and lots of driver assistance features. A used 2018 Tacoma is a good option to buy as for 2019 model year adds just a bit more features to the TRD Pro trim.

However, some other pickup trucks have better-towing capacity and return better gas mileage. The alternatives include the 2018 GMC Canyon or the 2018 Chevy Colorado. The 2018 Tacoma’s five-year costs of ownership are estimated at around $24,865, which includes costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.


7.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.1/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

5.0/10
Safety


2018 Toyota Tacoma Features

7.0/10

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is offered in a total of 4 trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Sport, and TRD Off-Road. The entry-level SR starts at an MSRP of $25,400 and is the basic work truck. Toyota offers Tacoma with two engine options, and two drivetrains including a manual or automatic gearbox available with both 2WD and 4WD options. The more popular in the 2018 Tacoma lineup is the SR5 offering more desired equipment and more choices.

Starting from $32,095, you can have the TRD versions of the Tacoma, including two configurations TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road. These two trims are mostly identical on the inside, but mechanical equipment differs. The top-range TRD Off-Road is a more capable off-road truck in the Access cab configuration.

Trims

SR

SR5

TRD Sport

TRD Off-Road

MSRP(2WD)

$25,400

$27,175

$32,095

-

MSRP(4WD)

$26,100

$30,250

$34,010

$35,380

Features

Toyota Safety Sense

Adds/Upgrades these to SR

Adds/Upgrades these to SR5

Adds/Upgrades these to TRD Sport

Integrated Backup Camera

Keyless Entry with Engine Immobilizer

App Suite with Entune Audio System

Multi-Terrain Select

Entune Audio System

4.2” TFT Multi Information Display

LED Daytime Running Lamps

Crawl Control

Fabric Trimmed Seats

Navigation System with Audio

Smart Key with Push Button Start

Electronically Locking Rear Differential

We Recommend:

The most value Tacoma Access cab with four seats is the SR5 with the V6 engine. The Tacoma SR5 comes with a generous number of standard features, including a chrome exterior accents, 16-inch steel wheels, Remote keyless entry, a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, and the enhanced Entune audio system.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Engine and Performance

6.0/10

“The 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s optional V-6 engine provides decent performance and towing muscle, but the base four-cylinder is weak-kneed and best avoided. We also advise steering clear of the persnickety six-speed automatic transmission with either powerplant” – Car and Driver.com

2018 Tacoma Engine and Transmission

Toyota offers the 2018 Tacoma with a base 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine standard and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The standard four-cylinder engine has enough grunt for daily driving but you will need the available 278-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine for towing or off-roading. The V6 Tacoma can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims but isn't the smoothest out there. The standard is rear-wheel-drive while four-wheel drive in Access Cab models is available. The inline-4’s main appeal is its price but it's not frugal with fuel than the V-6.

Model

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 GMC Canyon

2018 Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$35,380

$35,515

$34,025

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

4 Liter V6

Transmission

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

5 Speed Automatic

Power

278hp @ 6000RPM

308hp @ 6800RPM

261hp @ 5600RPM

Torque

265lb-ft @ 4600RPM

275lb-ft @ 4000RPM

281lb-ft @ 4000RPM

Among the rivals, the 2018 GMC Canyon offers the most power but the Nissan Frontier is the torquiest pickup truck. This makes the Frontier good at towing. The Toyota's 278 horsepower feels enough to pull the truck and any added weight.

2018 Tacoma 0-60 mph Acceleration

The 3.5-liter V6 is a preferred option over the four-cylinder. The V6 powered Tacoma is unremarkable and accelerated to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is adequate but not class-leading. The Tacoma offers a Towing capacity of 6400lbs which is very much comparable to the segment.

Models

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 GMC Canyon

2018 Nissan Frontier

0-60 MPH

8.1 seconds

6.3 seconds

7.3 seconds

Quarter

Mile

16.0 seconds

14.9 seconds

15.8 seconds

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

4 Liter V6

The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab is decent but the competition is better at 0-60 mph time. The Nissan Frontier and GMC Canyon post 7.3 seconds and 6.3 seconds 0-60 time Also, the rivals offer better power and mileage than the Tacoma.

2018 Tacoma Braking Performance

The 2018 Tacoma is dependable and predictable. In an emergency braking test, the Tacoma will stop from 60 mph to 124 feet. This is a good feat for Toyota's TRD access cab with off-road tires. Otherwise, the brakes are a bit touchy and get over eager at times.

Model

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 GMC Canyon

2018 Nissan Frontier

Brake pads Front (in)

10

12

11.7

Brake pads Rear (in)

10

12.75

11.3

Curb weight (lbs)

4305

4547

4570

60-0 MPH

124 ft

122 ft

135 ft

The Low Weight of the Tacoma adds to its braking effectiveness and helps it. By comparison, only the GMC Canyon needed 122 feet to stop from 60 mph.

2018 Tacoma Ride and Handling

The 2018 Tacoma offers a smoother and less busy ride than the previous generation. The steering is also reassuring, with smooth and progressive effort. Handling the Tacoma around the corners is easy and the body roll is gradual which doesn't act as an impediment. Tacoma's steering feels steady and connected which imparts a good sense of overall competence.

The Tacoma comes equipped with Bilstein shocks and 16-inch tires with tall sidewalls. The combination works efficiently to filter out road imperfections and works better than the top trim's 18-inch tires. For off-roading enthusiasts, the Tacoma does pretty well in the dirt. The TRD off-road must be credited for its class-leading combination of suspension, tires, and abundant clearance. The locking differential, terrain selection, and crawl control systems are real advantages.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Tacoma delivers good fuel economy in the city rated at 20 mpg, but on the highway, the four-cylinder returns 23 mpg which is below the class average. With the four-wheel-drive option, the fuel economy ratings are 19/22 mpg. The V6 powered drops the EPA ratings to 19/24 mpg with the rear-wheel-drive and the four-wheel-drive version coming in at 18/23 mpg. 

Model

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 GMC Canyon

2018 Nissan Frontier

MPG (City)

20

17

15

MPG (Highway)

23

24

21

MPG (Combined)

21

19

17

In comparison to the rivals, the Tacoma delivers decent fuel economy figures but some full size pickup trucks without V8 offers similar ratings.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Interior

6.1/10

The Tacoma’s high floor produces a legs-out driving posture that is more carlike than you might expect. Taller drivers tend to notice this because the telescoping steering wheel doesn’t have enough adjustment range, forcing them to scoot closer with knees bent more than they would otherwise” – Edmunds

2018 Tacoma Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Tacoma's interior is nicely laid out and boasts a high build quality and space. The Access Cab model offers seating for four. The cabin offers plenty of space up front, but tall adults might have to adjust. Both front and rear seats are comfortable and supportive seats. The Access Cab's rear seats are more suitable for children.

The crew cab's rear seat isn't as roomy as rivals. The Toyota offers solid materials and construction inside without any squeaks or rattles. However, the biggest downside of the interior is the relatively tall step-in height and an odd driving position.

Models

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 GMC Canyon

2018 Nissan Frontier

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/ Shoulder /Leg) (In.)

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45

39.9/58.3/42.4

Second(Head/ Shoulder /Leg)(In.)

34.9/56.5/24.6

38.3/56.2/28.6

38.6/58.3/25.4

Standard and Available interior features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats
  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • lumbar support for the driver

2018 Tacoma Infotainment

The standard Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen is responsive and within easy reach of the driver. The higher trims feature a bigger 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, smartphone navigation, wireless smartphone charging, and more 

There are physical knobs and buttons to further add to the convenience. This Toyota also comes with a GoPro camera mount to help you capture all your off-road excursions. Tacoma has only one USB port and a 12-volt outlet in the cabin, where other competitors offer at least two. Some other standard and optional infotainment related features include:

  • AUX Input
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Bluetooth Phone
  • Navigation (Optional)
  • Real-Time Traffic (Optional)
  • Real-Time Weather (Optional)
  • USB ports
  • Voice Command

2018 Toyota Tacoma Exterior

6.0/10

The Tacoma has been around for a long time, so it’s no surprise that its exterior styling is instantly identifiable and the most trucklike in its class. Its brawny, squared-off design boasts a hexagonal grille, narrow headlights, and bulging fenders –Caranddriver.com

2018 Tacoma Dimensions and Design

The current 2018 Tacoma received the exterior update more than two years ago. This generation of the Tacoma has hood and belt lines higher, and the big fender flares are still around. The overall appearance of the pickup is big and sturdy. Around the back, a “Tacoma” badge on the tailgate falls in line with the bigger, full-size Tundra. 

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is available in extended and double cab configurations. The Extended or Access Cab versions come only with the shorter bed (5-foot), and if you want a long (6-foot) beds hen opt for the four-door, double-cab models. The bed is 19.1 inches deep, and 41.5 inches wide between the wheel wells or 53.4 inches wide at the tailgate.

Models

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Nissan Frontier

Curb weight (lbs)

4305

4547

4570

Length (in)

212.3

224.6

205.5

Width (in) (w/o mirror)

75.2

74.3

72.8

Height (in)

70.6

70.5

70.1

Ground clearance (in)

9.4

8.1

8.9

Wheelbase (in)

127.4

128.3

125.9

Track width (in) F/R

NA

NA

NA

The TRD spec versions of Tacoma come with 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colored fender flares, and rear bumper, turn signals in the mirror housings and, a hood scoop. The TRD off-road offers more visual differences from the TRD Sport, including a chrome rear bumper, textured black fender flares, and the absence of the Sport's hood scoop. 

2018 Tacoma Payload Capacity

The Tacoma Access cab comes with a standard 60-inch short bed which offers a payload capacity of 1,620 lbs, which is excellent among compact pickup trucks. The step-in height is a bit uncomfortable as compared to competitors like Canyon, which offer a step for easy climbing.

Model

2018 Nissan Frontier

2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 GMC Canyon

capacity (lbs)

1496

1620

1316

The Access Cab uses a 60” Bed which is useful for keeping quite a lot of stuff in the bed of the cab. The bed at the back of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma has some cool features, including,

  • Damped tailgate
  • 120V AC power outlet
  • LED box lighting
  • Adjustable tie-down cleats
  • A fully integrated bed liner.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Safety

5.0/10

The IIHS gave the 2018 Tacoma Access cab the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The pickup received the second-worst rating of Marginal for the headlights and a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The NHTSA gave the 018 Tacoma a four-star overall safety rating out of a possible five.

The 2018 Tacoma comes with a standard Toyota Safety Sense-P suite of advanced safety features. It offers standard forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning. The blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is available only on the TRD Sport and higher trims.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Competition

2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Nissan Frontier

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma outshines the 2018 Nissan Frontier in more than one way. Starting with the overall performance, Tacoma's engine options generate more power than the Nissan/ Also, Toyota is admired for its superb durability and standard safety features. The 2018 Tacoma access cab has more advanced safety features than any of the rivals, thus e can consider its slightly higher MSRP. We do however miss the addition of some modern features like Android Auto and Apple Car Play, which are offered by Nissan.

2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 GMC Canyon

The 2018 GMC Canyon is one of the top-ranking pickups trucks and is an identical twin of the Chevy Colorado. The GMC offers class-leading performance and better towing ability than the Toyota Tacoma. The Toyota, however, offers rugged durability, a better off-road experience, and a better resale value. We do feel that 10 years down the line, the Toyota will be the Truck that will have most of its parts in place, unlike the GMC which has a less durable feel to it.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Final Verdict

It is easy to recommend buying the 2018 Toyota Tacoma for anyone who prioritizes off-roading. The daily drivability is average while some other rivals can tow more and go farther on a tank of gas. This pickup truck outshines for its outstanding predicted reliability rating, high payload capacity, and lots of standard driver assistance features.

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