With 2023 almost half-way gone, the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma is inching closer and closer to a reality as the company releases a long list of specifications and features that set the new generation 'Taco apart from the generation of yesteryear.
As expected, the most important aspect of any self-respecting truck is the powertrain and its frame.
The new Tacoma standard engine is a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-banger that generates 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.
The i-Force MAX hybrid coming later bumps it up to 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
Framewise, it is built on the same platform as the existing Tundra and Sequoia, which means that it is likely capable of accomplishing some real work.
Again, when it comes to trucks, you cannot rule out price as a huge factor, and with the nature of the truck market in 2023, trucks are not exactly on the affordable end of the spectrum.
Although in its press release that divulged all the details about its newest truck that will supposedly take the trails by storm, Toyota has not announced what it will cost.
However, insights from the 2023 Tacoma can give a clearer picture. The base 2023 Tacoma SR retails for $28,250 with no options.
For the fact that the new Tacoma has more standard features and significantly more horsepower (278 horsepower vs 159 horsepower), it will be safe to say the base price will probably be higher.
Similarly, Toyota has not announced when the truck will actually hit the shelves, only stating "later this year" as any clue.
The automaker does, however, say that its hybrid i-Force MAX drivetrain won't be available until early next year.
Depending on the price of the base model, the hybrid version may be worth holding out for.
The Tacoma's hybrid drivetrain puts out more torque than the 383 pound-feet from Chevy's 5.3-liter V8 that goes in its full-size Silverado.
The details of what the truck looks like and what makes it tick are all out in the open, but as to how you will actually get your hands on one, that is still a mystery for the time being.
But given the truck's total makeover from prior generations, it may be worth the wait for whenever Toyota decides to spill the beans on how much the truck will actually cost and when (or if) you can drive one home.
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