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2018 Toyota Tacoma

Published on December 31 2017

When you think of Toyota, you normally think of the Corolla, the Camry or even the RAV4; the better-known models from the lineup. In the trucks department, however, Toyota can provide you with the same level of quality and reliability but with some added utility. If the American models are usually the go-to for a pickup truck, meet the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, a serious player in the mid-size truck segment.

The Tacoma is offered in a number of different versions with two and four-wheel drive and double or single cab which allows you to get the truck you really need or want. Two engines are offered as well to push customization even further. Base powertrain is 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine, rated at 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

The bigger option for bigger needs is a 278-horsepower, 265 lb-ft of torque, 3.5-liter V6 engine, which allows the model to reach a towing rating of up to 2,950 kg, depending on the model. Only one gearbox is available across the board; a six-speed automatic transmission. Fitted with a short or long box capable of carrying a load of up to 680 kg, there is no task too big for the Tacoma.

Including its competitive capacity to haul, the Tacoma isn’t limited to the paved roads. Any worried owner conscious about taking it off the beaten paths can rest assured that the Tacoma will feel at home even on uneven terrain. Ground clearance reaches 238 mm which is plenty to tackle gravel and rocky roads. The TRD off-road package will add even more off-road capable accessories such as a multi-terrain select system, rear-differential lock, fuel tank and transfer case protectors, all-terrain tires, active traction control, tire pressure monitoring, etc.

Utility isn’t limited to the outside of the vehicle - the interior has been designed with its passengers in mind. The centre stack is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen in the higher trim levels, with navigation, voice-activated commands, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

Other features include heated bucket power seats, two-zone climate control, wheel-mounted commands, backup camera, four-wheel drive selector, storage compartments under the rear seats, a 12-volt electric outlet, and keyless access.

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is available in thirteen different trims and combinations, including the new-for-2018 4x4 Double Cab Limited with a short box. Also new this year is the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety technologies that includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert and dynamic radar adaptive cruise control.

This means that not only will the Tacoma go where you need it to go, it will also get you there safely.

Discover the small Japanese ready to measure up to the American giants and meet the 2018 Toyota Tacoma, available at Mendes Toyota in Ottawa.

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