2018 Toyota Tacoma

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2018 Toyota Tacoma
2018 Toyota Tacoma

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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)

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Toyota Tacoma trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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

2018 Toyota Tacoma review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Once again, our review of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler sits atop our weekly rankings. Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman — himself a proud owner of the previous JK generation of the Wrangler — praises Jeep for doing away with the “yeah, buts” of buying a Wrangler with the new JL model. Second place, however, belongs to a newcomer to our rankings.

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It’s a newcomer to our site, as well. Only published Aug. 31, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 review rockets into second place. Calling it a car for those “who want the dessert before the meat and potatoes,” reviewer Fred Meier praises the CX-3 for its styling and handling chops, while noting that the small, low-slung “SUV” is really more of a hatchback with limited backseat and cargo space compared to its rivals.

Ultimately, Meier notes, “The carlike CX-3 carves its own niche, so its value depends on whether its strengths match what you want most for your daily driving.”

Over on the video side of things, our sister site PickupTrucks.com’s recent comparison of two 2018 Toyota trucks, the mid-size Tacoma and full-size Tundra, tops the list of most watched videos. If you’re in the market for a pickup truck and are trying to determine which size of truck is right for you, it’s a must-watch.

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Top 5 Videos

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Tacoma owner for years

Excellent truck, Tacoma's are great for everyday use and great in snow. Fun to drive, reliable, cost effective, well made, visually appealing, long lasting, great product for the price.

4.9

I’m very impressed

I’ve had a lot of full size V8 trucks, this is my first Tacoma. At 5’10 it has plenty of room, I like the long bed, and 4x4 gives me options to get off the pavement. These trucks are very reliable, fuel efficient and have a ton of accessories to set yours apart. This truck rides better than my 2018 F150 2wd eco boost. Got the 100k warranty, It should provide years of fun

5.0

Love the new truck

It drives and handles like a care. It has power plus to go up hills and looks great doing it. I plan on driving this truck for a long time

See all 289 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
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
View all cpo program details

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