Pickup trucks provide a versatility you won’t find in any other type of vehicle, making it no surprise that trucks are consistently among the top sellers in the country. But it is possible to drive a truck that is not a behemoth. Compact trucks can get the job done and offer the same versatility as their larger siblings, yet without all the bulk that can make them a nuisance in the city or the suburbs. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma does it a bit better than the rest.
The TRD Pro Advantage
Just because you have a compact truck doesn’t mean you have to stave off the allure of off-road driving. In fact, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro encourages adrenaline junkies to get behind the wheel with an excellent blend of agility, features, and off-road prowess via the TRD’s four-wheel drive.
A powerful, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is good for 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, ripping through mud, gravel, and rock with ease. Active traction control aids the four-wheel drive system, preventing you from spinning out in slippery situations. Fox Internal Bypass shocks provide enhanced performance, producing maximum damping, higher clearance, and better travel on all types of terrain.
With these cutting-edge features, the TRD Pro proves it can go anywhere the big boys roam.
If the TRD Pro is a little too much truck for your liking, don’t fret. The Tacoma still comes in five other flavors to give you what you need. The TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited all come equipped with the same engine as the TRD Pro. However, the S trim and the SR5 trim come with a standard four-cylinder engine that’s more suited to city and suburban landscapes.
The 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder offers 180 pound-feet of torque, combining power with efficiency. At 23 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city, it’s one of the highest fuel economies in the segment, while providing some zing to boot.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma doubles as a family hauler without any trouble, and if you’re hauling precious cargo, one issue stands above the rest: safety. You’ll be glad to know that one of the Tacoma’s top features is just that.
Each trim comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P safety suite standard, making it the first compact truck to ever offer a driver-assist safety package. This tech-heavy safety system aims to prevent distractions and mitigate accidents by using a system of radars and cameras.
The pre-collision system with pedestrian detection is Safety Sense’s most advanced feature to date, sending aural and visual alerts to the driver if a collision is imminent. Other highlights include automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control. Equipped with these features, the Tacoma earns a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
With loads of interior and exterior specs and surprising versatility, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma stands above the rest. Getting to the top of anything isn’t easy, but the Tacoma makes sure you do it with ease and style.