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Power and Sport: The 2018 Toyota Tacoma

Other pickups might claim to be more stylish or better for the job site—but not the 2018 Toyota Tacoma. There’s a lot to love about this sporty, rugged pickup, mostly when you leave the pavement for dirt, mud, snow, sand and rock. The Toyota Tacoma has always been the king of off-road driving, and this year’s truck isn’t any different. It’s a breath of fresh air for drivers who are less concerned with work and more worried about play. With trail-ready trims, tons of active safety features and all the power you’d want in a truck, don’t miss out on the exciting 2018 Toyota Tacoma if you want to put the joy back in driving.

First of all, not much has changed about the 2018 Toyota Tacoma since the previous model year, but that’s not a bad thing—the Tacoma has long been a popular choice for a reason. That said, there is one notable change, which is the new Tacoma now gets Toyota Safety Sense-P and a slew of new safety features. These features include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warnings, lane change assist and automated emergency braking. The manual transmission is no longer available—a sad day for stick shift fans—but the Tacoma’s automatic transmission is sporty and fuel efficient, closely replicating stick shift performance in all the ways you’d ever want.

The new Tacoma is available in numerous trims: The SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road and Limited. Each trim is available with various cab and bed configurations, and four-wheel drive is an option on each model. The best trim of the bunch is the TRD Off Road, which starts with an MSRP of $33,190 and features an off-road suspension, off-road tires, a powerful V6 engine, selectable drive modes, an electronic locking differential and more. If you opt for the base trim, then standard features for the SR include 16-inch steel wheels, cloth seating, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and a rearview camera. There are plenty of available upgrades, such as a JBL premium sound system, heated seats, keyless entry, leather upholstery, a moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. Most of these features come standard on the high-end luxurious Limited trim. Want good gas mileage? For a truck, the Tacoma is pretty good, with most trims getting either 20 or 21 mpg gallon.

Also, buyers get their choice of engines with various Toyota Tacoma trims. The base SR gets a 159-horsepower 2.7-liter I-4 engine, but upgrade to the SR5 and a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 becomes available.

Safety features about on the new Tacoma, which received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The Toyota Safety Sense-P system adds all kinds of safety features, plus you get everything you’d come to expect on a modern pickup such as multiple airbags and anti-lock brakes. The brakes are as powerful as the engine, and the truck handles with a solid, balanced feel that makes driving feel easy. More so than other trucks and SUVs, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma handles just about all driving conditions with relative ease.

If you’ve been thinking about getting behind the wheel of a Toyota Tacoma, then now is a good time. The 2018 Tacoma features a wealth of safety features along with the performance and handling you’d want in a modern-day sport pickup.