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Toyota Launches the i-Force Max Hybrid Powertrain for 2024 Tacoma

2024 is going to be massive for Toyota, especially when it comes to their 4WD offerings. First, we were promised the Lexus GX 550 Overtrail late in 2023 (a division of Toyota), teased with the new Land Cruiser, and then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were all blown away with the new 4Runner. Now, as if we are not already spoiled for choice, Toyota has launched the 2024 Tacoma with the superb i-Force Max Hybrid Powertrain.


This new powertrain combines a 2.4-liter engine with a 48-horsepower electric motor, seamlessly integrated into the 8-speed transmission. This hybrid configuration generates a robust total system output of 326 horsepower and an impressive 465 pound-feet of torque, marking a substantial 75 percent increase in torque compared to its predecessor, the V-6-powered Tacoma. Yes, you read that correctly: 75 percent.


The i-Force Max hybrid powertrain will be available in several Tacoma grades, including the Trailhunter and TRD Pro, where it will be a standard feature, and as an option on the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited grades. Notably, the Trailhunter grade is a new addition to the Tacoma lineup, designed specifically for overlanding enthusiasts. This grade includes advanced off-road equipment from industry leaders, making it a fully integrated factory-developed overlanding rig.


i-Force Max-equipped Tacomas have a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and feature a robust 4-wheel drive system tailored to handle both on- and off-road conditions. The Limited grade comes with a full-time 4WD system, while the TRD and Trailhunter grades boast a part-time setup with an electronically controlled 2-speed transfer case. Enhancing the capability further, a Stabilizer Disconnect Mechanism is standard on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter grades and available on the TRD Off-Road, offering increased suspension articulation for challenging terrains. The latest Tacoma model features approach, breakover, and departure angles of 35.7 degrees, 24.6 degrees, and 22.6 degrees, respectively, on the TRD Pro version. Additionally, it boasts a maximum ground clearance of 11.5 inches.

Off-road capabilities in the Tacoma are further refined with specific suspensions for each grade. For instance, the TRD Sport includes TRD Sport-tuned shocks, while the TRD Off-Road features Bilstein shocks designed for extended wheel travel. The Trailhunter grade is equipped with Old Man Emu shocks, and the Limited grade features an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system that adjusts damping forces based on road conditions for a ride that is both responsive and luxurious.

In addition to its powertrain advancements, the 2024 Tacoma offers enhanced comfort and technological upgrades. A standout feature in the TRD Pro grade is the new IsoDynamic Performance Front Seats, which utilize an air-over-oil shock absorber system to reduce body movement during off-road driving. This feature aims to provide better control and increased comfort by stabilizing the head and neck to maintain alignment with the spine.

The interiors of these trucks are equipped with a 14-inch touchscreen display featuring the latest Toyota Audio Multimedia system and Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, ensuring both connectivity and safety across all models. Designed, engineered, and assembled in North America, the 2024 Tacoma also benefits from the Toyota New Global Architecture-F (TNGA-F) platform shared with larger models like the Tundra, Land Cruiser, and Sequoia. This platform uses high-strength steel and laser welds to enhance chassis rigidity while adopting aluminum in the upper body to reduce weight.

The i-Force Max Tacoma is powerful and efficient, boasting an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined rating. It offers a variety of driving modes that can be selected via a dial, adjusting the vehicle’s drive force, suspension, steering system, and more to suit different driving conditions and preferences. Standard towing capabilities are enhanced by features like the Tow/Haul mode, which optimizes throttle response and transmission settings for towing.


Expected to hit Toyota dealerships later this spring, the 2024 Tacoma i-Force Max models promise to be a compelling choice for truck enthusiasts looking for a blend of power, efficiency, and advanced technology. The starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is set at $46,300 for the TRD Sport grade, excluding delivery, processing, handling fees, and the inevitable exorbitant dealer markups.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell