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2018 Toyota Tacoma

$25,400 — $41,720 MSRP
Extended Cab Pickup
2-5 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior quietness
  • Plenty of power (V-6)
  • Premium audio system performance
  • Good ride quality

The Bad

  • Lack of headroom
  • Cramped backseat
  • Hard-to-reach switches and climate controls
  • No height-adjustable driver's seat
  • Poor gas mileage (V-6)
2018 Toyota Tacoma exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Toyota Tacoma
  • Newly standard active safety features
  • Off-road-oriented TRD Pro version
  • Mid-size pickup truck with choice of two cab styles
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • GoPro mount on the windshield

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Pickuptruck.com's Mark Williams compares the 2018 Toyota Tundra and the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

What it is: The Tacoma is Toyota's mid-size pickup truck. Available in a choice of two cab styles, the Tacoma offers four-cylinder or V-6 power. Competitors include the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier.

New for 2018

Toyota Safety Sense P now comes standard. This active safety suite includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with sway warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high-beam headlights.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
183 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Functional, Comfortable, and Rugged

by Dman from Maryland on November 14, 2018

The Tacoma meets all of my needs aaa fully functional pickup truck that is mid-sized but does not feel mid-sized. It?s comfortable interior makes you forget about it?s ruggedly cool external ... Read full review

(5.0)

Good truck

by Sinh from Orlando, FL on November 14, 2018

As usual, Toyota makes a nice truck. I replaced my old and small Nissan Frontier truck with new 2018 V6 Tacoma and it meets all my need . So far, no issues. We just came to Autonation Toyota dealer to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Toyota Tacoma SR

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
marginal

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tacoma received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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