Inside the 2024 Tacoma: Exploring 7 New Interior Features

Inside the 2024 Tacoma: Exploring 7 New Interior Features
Inside the 2024 Tacoma: Exploring 7 New Interior Features

Kona, HI — Going strong for nearly 20 years, Toyota’s mid-size Tacoma gets a complete redesign for 2024, with the addition of the i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain arriving in Spring 2024. This major changelog includes a completely revamped interior with more cargo space, new tech, a redesigned layout, and the addition of the XtraCab extended bed configuration, offering Taco owners improved cargo capacity and cabin functionality. Here’s a closer look inside.

1) The 2-Door Tacoma Models Gain New XtraCab Configuration

2024 Toyota Tacoma Limited and TRD Sport front grills
2024 Toyota Tacoma. Photo: Amee Reehal
  • Trims: SR, SR5, and TRD PreRunner

Needless to say, the redesigned Tacoma gains a long list of new tech — from larger touchscreens to more features. But one of the most significant add-ons for 2024 is the addition of the two-door XtraCab configuration, equipped with the 6-foot bed. Small trucks, particularly with 2-door configurations without rear seats, can use all the extra interior space and cargo they can get — that’s essentially what the XtraCab offers, opening up real estate to stow more gear and equipment while improving functionality inside.

This includes new storage features behind the front two seats, where the flat-folding passenger seat serves as a work table, water bottle holder and all. Stow more stuff in the lockable rear floor area and lockable back panel for gear like toolboxes, tackle boxes, shovels, and more. There are eight 2024 Tacoma trims with a pair of cabin styles with both a 5- and 6-foot bed, but the new XtraCab configuration is only available on the first three trims, including the entry-level SR, 2024 SR5 we reviewed here, and TRD PreRunner. It’s a nice addition to 2-door mid-size pickup. (Note: the TRD PreRunner only comes in XtraCab; the SR and SR5 also offer Double Cab.)

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2) Larger touchscreens with a new interface

You can’t have a next-generation vehicle without ramped-up touchscreens. The 2024 now gets an 8-inch touchscreen standard across all trims. Not large enough? Opt for the available 14-inch multimedia touchscreen with Toyota’s latest multimedia system we first saw with the redesigned 2022 Tundra.

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter gauge cluster
2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter. Photo: Amee Reehal

Driver front-and-centre is a standard 7-inch gauge cluster on entry-level trims; TRD Sport and above get the larger 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster as standard. USB-C ports are an add-on for rear passengers and come standard up front. A head-up display comes standard on Limited and above; trims below don’t get an HUD.

3) Tacoma interior access via Smartphone (Smart Key System)

Ditch that conventional key and go all digital with a credit card-sized Smart Card key. Or access the Tacoma’s tailgate, unlock the doors, and/or turn the ignition with the Digital Key, which can be shared with others when a physical key isn’t feasible. This all works with Toyota’s Remote Connect system — a paid subscription and compatible with smartphones; a trial is available to try it out. The Smart Key System with push-button start is standard across all trims.

4) Three times more storage space and flat-folding rear seatbacks

2024 Toyota Tacoma interior front centre console storage
2024 Toyota Tacoma Limited. Photo: Amee Reehal

Compared to the outgoing Tacoma, the new gas-powered versions with the i-FORCE 2.4L turbo gains three times more storage space under the rear seats. Another big plus: the rear seats fold flat, creating a levelled cargo area.

2024 Toyota Tacoma interior rear seatbacks
2024 Toyota Tacoma Limited. Photo: Amee Reehal

Upfront, there’s now a more convenient place to store small items like phones and wallets on a shelf built into the instrument panel, coupled with extra space courtesy of a modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (MOLLE) panels at the door panels and centre console.

5. New 10-speaker audio system and portable speaker

JBL audio with removable JBL FLEX portable speaker inside the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma
JBL audio with removable JBL FLEX portable speaker. Photo: Toyota

For those overnight adventures, this feature is a worthy one. New for 2024 is an optional 10-speaker JBL audio system paired with an externally coupled sub and a JBL FLEX portable speaker. This portable speaker is pretty cool. It can be submerged in up to 3 feet of water — we’re not sure why you’d do that, but there you are. Even better, dock the JBL FLEX on the dash for continuous charging, acting as a centre channel. Or take it to the campfire for up to 6 hours of run time. Unfortunately, this JBL audio system with the portable speaker isn’t available on the SR, SR5, and TRD PreRunner; it’s optional on the TRD Sport and 2024 TRD Off Road we reviewed here, and comes standard on the Limited and above.

6) QR code with dimensions to build your own Tacoma accessories

For those Taco owners looking to build their custom accessories, there’s a QR code on the driver’s side dash inside a hidden pocket, disclosing the truck’s specs and dimensions. With a 3D printer, for instance, building your own multitools, lanterns, and more is possible. Or do what I do: give it to your kid and have him or her 3D print it for you. You’ll have a whole line of custom Tacoma accessories before you know it.

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7) More grips and handles

2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter interior passenger side
2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter. Photo: Amee Reehal

This isn’t a huge show-stopper, but hey, it’s worth adding to the list. Double Cab Tacoma models (SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, TRD Pro we look at here, and first-ever Tacoma Trailhunter overlander) find assist handles on the B-pillar overhead inside. On all models, rubber grips are found on all doors and passenger side of the centre console.

Takeaway

There you have it, the major updates inside the redesigned 2024 Tacoma. Jam-packing new vehicles with the latest tech is a low-hanging fruit strategy, But finding smart, innovative ways to provide owners with more functionality and cargo space within these relatively tight truck quarters is what really matters. From what we see here, Toyota has done a pretty good job doing just that inside the next-gen Tacoma — particularly for the 2-door models. Read the full specs and release date here: 2024 Toyota Tacoma Release Date, Specs & Price

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