The 2024 Toyota Tacoma represents a significant overhaul for the mid-size pickup truck, introducing a convenient new design, an optional hybrid powertrain, and a range of off-road trim levels. Toyota has also packed the 2024 Tacoma with practical features and fun design elements, creating an appealing package for truck enthusiasts. With its reputation for reliability and performance, the Tacoma continues to be a top choice in the competitive mid-size truck segment, and the latest updates further enhance its desirability for both on-road and off-road adventures, showcasing Toyota’s commitment to innovation. Let’s explore some of these cool details:
Toyota introduces two new nameplates for the 2024 Tacoma lineup, each wearing its own unique badges. The Trailhunter, designed as a factory-built overlanding vehicle, features a distinct suspension, a bed utility bar, and a snorkel air intake. The TRD PreRunner, reviving the PreRunner nameplate, is a two-wheel-drive off-road trim with bold graphics on the bed.
A 10-speaker JBL sound system upgrade is available for audiophiles, complete with an externally coupled subwoofer that delivers powerful bass. Additionally, the Toyota Tacoma offers the innovative JBL Flex portable speaker. When docked on the dash, it serves as the central speaker and charges, but it can also be removed and used independently, boasting up to six hours of battery life. It can even withstand submersion in water up to three feet.
The tailgate of the Toyota Tacoma boasts a handy feature. An optional power open/close function, typically reserved for full-size trucks, is available for the aluminum tailgate. The Tacoma becomes the only mid-size truck by Toyota to offer this convenience. The powered tailgate can be operated via the key fob, the traditional handle, or a seamlessly integrated rectangular button within the taillights. It even starts raising when given a light push with your knee, making bed loading much easier, especially when your hands are full.
Collaboration With ARB
Toyota partnered with Australian off-road expert ARB to develop specialty parts for the Trailhunter. Notably, the Old Man Emu suspension features 2.5-inch forged monotone shocks with external remote reservoirs adorned with ARB’s geometric emu logo. Other all-terrain components, like the steel rear bumper and recovery hooks, proudly display the ARB emblem.
Morse Code Mystery
A hidden surprise awaits on the side of the dashboard—a circular trim piece with Morse code that reads “Accessory Ready.” This clever detail alludes to the range of factory extras Toyota plans to offer Tacoma buyers. The Morse code message is visible only when the door is open.