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Pros & Cons

  • Strong off-roader
  • Higher payload than most class rivals
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Less upscale interior than some rivals
  • Subpar fuel efficiency on the highway




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.9
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2018 Toyota Tacoma Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota Tacoma a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a good used compact pickup truck, and it's a good choice for anyone who prioritizes off-roading. It's also a decent daily driver. However, some other trucks in the class can tow more and go farther on a tank of gas. You may also want to consider the 2018 GMC Canyon or 2018 Honda Ridgeline.

The 2018 Tacoma has a solid list of strengths:

  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating
  • Great off-roader
  • High payload capacity
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Lots of standard driver assistance features

It has only a few major weaknesses:

  • Poor fuel efficiency on the highway
  • Cabin isn't as luxurious as some rivals'
  • More expensive to buy than most classmates
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We’ve analyzed 36 Toyota Tacoma reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

There are about 970 listings for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma on our site, with an average list price of $31,500. That's above average for the class. Prices range from $23,700 to $38,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Tacoma Cost to Own?

The 2018 Tacoma’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $24,865, or $4,973 per year. That’s below average for a compact pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tacoma?

Aside from the addition of some off-road features to the TRD Pro trim, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma (MSRP: $25,700) is virtually identical to the 2018 model. Unless you’re planning to purchase this trim, you’re better off going with a used 2018 Tacoma. You'll get a similar vehicle for a likely cheaper price.

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The 2018 Tacoma is part of a generation that launched for the 2016 model year. The TRD Pro trim, which improves off-road performance, debuted for the 2017 model year. For 2018, Toyota added active safety equipment like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control to the standard features list.

For enhanced off-road capability, consider the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro trim. The 2018 Tacoma is a superior choice if you’re looking for more safety tech. However, shoppers uninterested in these additions should be content with the 2016 Tacoma.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2018 Tacoma has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Tacoma Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma:

  • Brake master cylinder seal may be damaged

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Tacoma Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma comes in six trims – SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro – and two body styles: a four-seat Access Cab and a five-seat Double Cab. Access Cabs come with a 6-foot-1-inch bed. Double Cabs can come with a 6-foot-1-inch bed or a 5-foot bed. Depending on trim and configuration, this compact pickup can be equipped with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine and rear- or four-wheel drive.

The Tacoma makes up for its above-average list price with a generous number of standard features, including an infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen and safety features like forward collision warning. You’ll want to opt for the TRD Off-Road if off-road performance is your top priority, or the Limited trim if you’re interested in comfort-oriented amenities. The range-topping TRD Pro is pricey, but it's a great option if you want the finest luxury and off-road prowess that the Tacoma offers.

  • Toyota Tacoma SR: Available as an Access Cab or a Double Cab, the base SR trim comes standard with a GoPro camera mount on the windshield and an Entune infotainment system, which includes Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 6.1-inch touch screen. You also get a rearview camera, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic high beams.
  • Toyota Tacoma SR5: The SR5 trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, satellite radio, smartphone navigation integration, and fog lights. The SR5 is available as an Access Cab or a Double Cab.
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport: The TRD Sport is also available as an Access Cab or a Double Cab. It comes with navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, wireless smartphone charging, and HD Radio.
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: The TRD Off-Road features an off-road suspension with Bilstein shocks, multi-terrain select, crawl control, and an electric locking rear differential. It's available as an Access Cab or a Double Cab.
  • Toyota Tacoma Limited: Only available as a Double Cab, the Limited trim has leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a JBL audio system, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors.
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The TRD Pro combines the features of the TRD Off-Road and Limited trims to create a superb off-roader with high-end features. It's only available as a Double Cab.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Tacoma?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Access Cab version of the 2018 Tacoma the highest rating of Good in five crash tests but did not test it in the passenger-side small overlap front category. The Double Cab Tacoma earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Additionally, both body styles received the second-worst rating of Marginal for how well their headlights illuminate the road and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tacoma an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • lane departure warning
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • adaptive cruise control
  • automatic high beams

Available advanced safety features:

  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rear parking sensors
  • blind spot monitoring

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2018 Toyota Tacoma Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Tacoma or 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado's highlights include fantastic towing capacity, above-average fuel efficiency, and a smooth ride. Like the Tacoma, it also has a solid amount of passenger and cargo space. However, the Toyota's much better predicted reliability rating, more user-friendly infotainment system, and additional standard safety tech give it the edge over the Chevy.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Tacoma or 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has one of the nicest interiors in the class, lots of passenger space, and plenty of available features, including in-bed speakers (unavailable in the Tacoma). The Ridgeline is also praised for driving more like a car or crossover than a truck. However, the Tacoma is much better equipped for off-roading, and it can tow and haul more. Additionally, its infotainment system is easier to use, it has a better predicted reliability rating, and it costs less. Ultimately, the Tacoma is a better value.

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2018 Tacoma Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Tacoma Drive?

The Tacoma's composed handling and smooth ride make it a solid commuter. The Tacoma is also at home when taken off the unbeaten path. The standard four-cylinder engine has plenty of power for your daily travels, but you'll want the available V6 engine if you plan on towing or off-roading often. Both engines come standard with an automatic transmission. A manual transmission is available for models with the V6 engine.

  • Base engine: 159-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 278-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic; available six-speed manual
Does the 2018 Toyota Tacoma Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Tacoma's fuel economy ratings are good in the city, but its highway figures are below the class average.

  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder, RWD: 20/23 mpg city/highway
  • 3.5-liter V6, 4WD: up to 18/22 mpg
2018 Toyota Tacoma Towing Capacity

The Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds when properly equipped, which is decent for the class. Additionally, its payload capacity of 1,620 is excellent among compact pickup trucks.

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2018 Toyota Tacoma Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Toyota Tacoma Seat?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma seats up to four people in Access Cab models and up to five people in Double Cab models. Both have comfortable, supportive seats with a good amount of space in the front row. The models differ in terms of back-seat space, however. The Access Cab's rear seats are more suitable for children, while the Double Cab's have enough room for most adults.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • lumbar support for the driver
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. Double Cabs have an additional tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for its ease of use.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Features

The Tacoma's standard infotainment system features an easy-to-use touch screen, as well as physical knobs and buttons. This Toyota also comes with a GoPro camera mount to help you capture all your off-road excursions. No competitors offer the GoPro feature.

  • Standard infotainment features: a GoPro camera mount and the Entune infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, smartphone navigation integration, navigation, wireless smartphone charging, HD Radio, and a JBL audio system
  • Other available features: remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a moonroof

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2018 Toyota Tacoma Dimensions

Toyota Tacoma Cargo Space

The Tacoma comes with either a 5-foot or 6-foot-1-inch bed. The bed walls are made from a durable composite material, so a bed liner isn't necessary. Several bed features are available, including a locking, removable tailgate and tie-down cleats.

2018 Toyota Tacoma Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 7 inches or 18 feet, 8 inches, depending on body style
  • Curb weight: 3,980 to 4,480 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,600 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Tacoma Built?

Toyota built the Tacoma in Texas and Mexico.

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