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2024 Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger Rival, To Offer Manual

We’ve known for some time that an all-new, redesigned version of the Toyota Tacoma was in the works, which will debut for the 2024 model year – just like its chief rival, the Ford Ranger. Ford Authority has spotted a 2024 Toyota Tacoma prototype out testing on multiple occasions to this point, giving us a preview of its exterior and interior design, but the automaker itself has also been releasing teasers showing off various bits and pieces present on the next-gen mid-size pickup, too. The latest just dropped today, and it confirms that the 2024 Toyota Tacoma will be sold with a six-speed manual transmission, interestingly enough.

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Teaser - Exterior 001 - Rear Three Quarters

As far as what trims/configurations/engines this manual gearbox will be available to pair with, that much is unclear at this point, as the automaker has only confirmed that those wishing to row their own will in fact be able to do so in some capacity. This is notable because with take rates for manual transmissions declining in recent years, many automakers don’t even bother to offer them.

That isn’t the case with the sixth-generation Ford Bronco, which can be had with a seven-speed manual, however. Right now, it’s unclear if its platform-mate – the next-gen North American Ford Ranger – will be offered with that same gearbox or another manual, however.

2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Teaser Fox QSD Shocks

In addition to an available manual transmission, previous teasers have revealed that the 2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will be available with a hybrid powertrain, as well as Fox shocks. While some recent patent drawings may have already revealed the exterior design of the 2024 Tacoma, a new variant dubbed the “Trailhunter” was also recently teased by the automaker, previewing what seems to be an overlanding-focused model.

 

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The next-gen Toyota Tacoma will reportedly ride on the new TNGA-F platform that also underpins the new-for-2022 Tundra, with two engine options expected to be available – a turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder already in use in the 2023 Highlander, which generates 265 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque in that guise, as well as a turbo 2.4L four-cylinder hybrid shared with the Lexus RX 500h, which produces 366 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in the luxury crossover.

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  1. William

    Maybe, just maybe Ford will offer a Ranger manual option.

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  2. Bosko

    I feel like Toyota is trying too hard with their designs. Too many lines.

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    1. Thomas Becker

      Well they’re not the number one automaker in the world because they copy everyone else. They are who they are because they build the best cars and trucks on the road. I know personally because I have been driving Toyota’s for over 50 years and a couple of Lexus. And presently driving a 1999 Camry that will turn 25 years old next year and has only 177,560 original miles and runs and drives like a Lexus.

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      1. B

        No offense, but I’m not taking advice on ANYTHING from a grown man driving a 1999 Camry.

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        1. Davido49

          Haha exactly .💯 We have few 05-07 F150 4wds in daily use w/ 250k+ mis . That’s old enough! Much prefer our newer F150s & Rangers for the business.

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      2. Davido49

        Are you kidding? They absolutely copy everything about Ford trucks ( #1 truck & van builder in the world 47 Years Straight). I mean everything about small – larger Ford trucks. They can’t compete w/Ford Motor in that category. That’s a good thing. We all should be proud of our home team automakers. They build most vehicles in US /have most direct employees/pay most taxes.

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  3. Dave Mathers

    Talk about a Senior Moment – when I first read the headline I assumed that the ‘manual’ referenced was an ‘owner’s manual’!! LOL

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  4. John the Greek

    Big fan of manual transmissions, especially in trucks. The Jeep Gladiator is the only other truck offering a standard. I would buy the Jeep made in Toledo over the Tacoma made in Mexico however. I like the Colorado from Chevy too but it looks just like a Tacoma so what the heck. Might as well buy the Toyota and get the manual too. We have an old Avalanche that I drive every day and will hold into to it for a little while longer to see how the economy turns out.

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    1. Davido49

      Good pts. Toledo Jeep is monstrous auto plant! 8k+ employees easily. Gen3 Ranger & bigger Bronco built at award winning MAP in Wayne, MI. Def getting ’24 Ranger XLT FX4. Reviews are steller + gen2 Ranger 19-23 was better than mexico Tacoma in every way ..all reviews/ JD Powers etc said.

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  5. Rich Hafer

    Honestly, it feels much like Toyota is comfortable staying put and doubling down on their ICE offerings. This will certainly make some people happy at least for one more generation.

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    1. Davido49

      It’s gonna be all about hybrid ICE vehicles next few yrs. Ford Motor is all in on hybrid version of its very popular trucks/SUVs/Transit vans. Of course Toyota will follow as usually does.

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  6. Bj

    Hopefully, Tacomas more powerful engine will entice ford to offer the stock ranger with a v6. I have been waiting since 2019 for this to happen, and I will buy the Tacoma if ford does not offer the 2024 ranger with a v6 in a super cab! I don’t understand why ford offers the Bronco with a v6 and not the ranger, when it can pull a 7500 lb trailer???!!!

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    1. Davido49

      The proven 2.3L GTDI – 275hp engine in gen2 & now gen3 is excellent. I had it in my ’19 Ranger XLT FX4. Plenty smooth power + good mpgs. Of course gen3 Ranger will offer well proven 2.7L V6 from Bronco & F150. Tacoma doesn’t have V6 in its ’24 truck! I’m ordering 2.3L engine in my new ’24 Ranger XLT FX4.

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