With a base MSRP of $35,380, the Tacoma TRD Access Cab offers a lot of off-road capability. The 3.5 Liter V6 engine can produce a maximum of 278hp and 265lb-ft of torque which is enough to get the Tacoma out of difficult offroading situations. And for all of the old-school people, Toyota offers the Tacoma TRD with manual transmission as well.
The main competition for the Tacoma include the GMC Canyon and the Nissan Frontier. The Toyota Tacoma already has an established brand name and it comes with the Toyota reliability.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Features
The 2018 Tacoma TRD Access Cab is offered in two trims - TRD Sport and TRD Off Road. The TRD Sport adds some sporty touches on the interior and on the exterior. The TRD off road adds some serious off-road capabilities to the Tacoma such as crawl control and an electronically locking rear differential.
TRD Off Road
Toyota Safety Sense
Adds/Upgrades these from TRD Sport
Integrated Backup Camera
Multi Terrain Select
Keyless Entry with Engine Immobilizer
4.2 TFT Multi Information Display
Electronically Locking Rear Differential
Navigation System with Audio
App Suite with Entune Audio System
Smart Key with Push Button Start
LED Daytime Running Lamps
The TRD Sport trim offers the most value for your buck. It comes with a powerful 3.5L engine as standard and features that are good enough to keep the passengers comfortable and entertained even on long journeys.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Engine
The 3.5-liter V6 is preferable to the four-cylinder, but it is otherwise unremarkable.- Edmunds
Engine and Transmission
Toyota is known for it's reliability and the Tacoma is no exception. Just like every other Toyota, the Tacoma comes with a bullet-proof engine. And with the TRD, you can depend on that engine to take you everywhere. The 3.5 liter V6 churns out 278 hp and 265lb-ft of torque.
Toyota hasn't changed a lot in the engine department for the 2018 Tacoma TRD but now, it is also offered with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The automatic gearbox isn't the smoothest but it offers great support to the engine even during offroading.
3.5 Liter V6
3.6 Liter V6
4 Liter V6
6 Speed Automatic
8 Speed Automatic
5 Speed Automatic
278hp @ 6000RPM
308hp @ 6800RPM
261hp @ 5600RPM
265lb-ft @ 4600RPM
275lb-ft @ 4000RPM
281lb-ft @ 4000RPM
The GMC Canyon offers the most power in this group but the Nissan Frontier produces the highest torque which makes it easier for it to pull heavy loads.The Toyota's 278 horsepower feels enough to pull the truck and any added weight.
There's not a lot to expect from a truck in terms of acceleration. The Tacoma manages to do a 0-60MPH run in 7.7 seconds. So, the Tacoma cannot probably be defined as something quick but it does the job.
3.5 Liter V6
3.6 Liter V6
4 Liter V6
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K Mi/year)
The GMC Canyon is fastest to 60 miles an hour. The Tacoma and Frontier do 60MPH in 7.7 and 7.3 seconds respectively. In terms of emissions, the Nissan fares better than the Toyota and the GMC.
The Tacoma is equipped with 10 inch brakes both in the front and rear. Considering the weight of these trucks themselves and the additional weight they might be carrying / towing, it is very important that the brakes do their job well. The 10 inch brakes manage to get the Tacoma to a standstill from 60MPH in 124 feet. The brakes do feel a little grabby initially but they do a good enough job in towns.
Brake pads Front (in)
Brake pads Rear (in)
Curb weight (lbs)
The GMC Canyon has the largest brakes in this group and it shows in it's braking performance- the Canyon manages a full emergency stop from 60MPH in 122 ft. Tacoma's 124 feet braking distance is also impressive. The Nissan Frontier has the worst braking performance in this group mainly because of it's heavy weight.
Ride and Handling
Ride and handling is not where these trucks excel. The suspension is setup for offroading and that is where the truck excels. The suspensions offer enough travel to get over any off road obstacles. The ride feels harsh when compared to cars but when compared to other trucks, the Tacoma feels comfortable.
The steering feels sloppy and vague at low speeds but gets better at higher speeds. The Tacoma feels confident off the road, the locking rear differential helps it tackle all sorts of situations without breaking any sweat. The crawl control feature also helps the truck handle technical off road sections with ease.
The Tacoma offers a Towing capacity of 6400lbs which is very much comparable to the segment. The V6 motor effortlessly tows up loads without the engine feeling strained at any time be it on a motorway or in cities.
The Tacoma, however has the least towing capacity in the segment which is dominated by the powerful GMC. The margin isn't much but still, people looking for stats will favor the GMC.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Fuel Economy
Pickups are not built to be fuel efficient. They are built to be reliable work horses and the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is no exception. But still the 3.5 liter V6 manages to strike a balance between power and fuel economy. Considering the weight of the truck and the power it produces, 20MPG (combined) is actually quite good.
In this group, the Toyota manages to eke out the most miles in a gallon and the GMC Canyon is a close second even though it manages a better fuel economy on the highways. If one is looking for fuel economy, there are a lot of diesel trucks on sale.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Interior
The interior is nicely laid out, with easily understood and effective controls. The cabin has plenty of space up front, but tall folks might disagree.- Edmunds
Seating and Comfort
The biggest drawback of the access cab is that it doesn't offer a lot of legroom for the rear seat passengers. The rear seats can only be used to carry luggage or children. The Tacoma has a very simple interior and all the buttons are clearly labelled for easier use. The TRD version definitely offers some creature comforts over the normal Tacoma.
Front (Head/ Shoulder /Leg) (In.)
Second(Head/ Shoulder /Leg)(In.)
All of these trucks suffer from the lack of rear legroom. The GMC Canyon offers the most rear seat legroom but it is still not enough to take an adult on a long journey. All 3 trucks offer plenty of room for the front seat passengers.
Sliding sun visor
Wireless charging pad
Driver information center
GoPro mount on the windshield
Heated leather seats
Premium audio system
The new Tacoma carries the same infotainment system as the last year's Tacoma. It still misses out on latest technologies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which are even offered in the most basic cars now. The truck has one USB port and one 12V socket whereas most of the trucks offer at least two.
Some features offered are -
Real-Time Traffic (Optional)
Real-Time Weather (Optional)
Cargo capacity is probably the most important thing in a pick up truck. The 2018 Tacoma Access Cab provides a decent enough 60 inch truck bed which allows it to carry a lot of load at once. The truck bed has been lined in composite material which makes it easy to slide stuff in and to clean the bed. Even on the inside, Toyota has offered more under seat storage than GMC and Nissan.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Exterior
The Tacoma's looks can draw attention in off-road trims, but the flamboyance can be an annoyance.- The Car and Driver
Dimension and Weight
The Toyota Tacoma is big and it shows on the outside. The front grill looks big and sturdy. The 9.4 inch ground clearance allows the Tacoma to go over any obstacle. The body of the Tacoma screams capability. At 4305, the Tacoma isn't light - it weighs a lot.
Curb weight (lbs)
Width (in) (w/o mirror)
Ground clearance (in)
Track width (in) F/R
When it comes to exterior dimensions, there isn't a lot to differentiate these trucks. All three of them roughly measure the same.
The bed at the back of 2018 Toyota Tacoma has some cool features. These include
120V AC power outlet
LED box lighting
Adjustable tie-down cleats
A fully integrated bed liner.
Even the base trim is packed with some interesting features, such as a sliding rear window, a composite bed liner, and projector beam headlights, which add to a clearer view during the night.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Safety
The Tacoma has been given a couple of Important Safety features as part of the 2018 Model year. The most important feature being the addition of the Toyota Safety Sense package as standard on all trims. Other features include
Nissan Advanced Airbag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
Driver tand front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact with rollover sensor
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS)
3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt (ELR for driver)
Front-seat Active Head Restraints
Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
Hood buckling creases and energy-absorbing steering column
Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Competition
Toyota Tacoma vs GMC Canyon
When directly compared to the Tacoma, the Canyon just feels weak. Toyota has an amazing build quality and reliability and that is one department where GMC just fails to keep up. The Canyon can tow more weight than the Tacoma and offers a slightly better performance. But over the long run, the Toyota would be a better choice.
Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier is the cheapest car in this group and produces the least power but still it can tow slightly more than the Toyota. The Nissan offers better tech such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but loses out big on reliability and off road capability. The Nissan's interior feels cheap and made out of cheap plastic.
2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Access Cab Final Verdict
There is not a lot that can differentiate these trucks. But the Toyota offers better reliability and offers better safety tech. The interior of the Tacoma also feels better and is well laid out- easy to use. The Nissan is more pocket friendly but the Toyota is a worthy upgrade.