The world of trucks is a very interesting and unique place full of wildly varying types of owners. Some want a big, bad off-roading behemoth that can ford a river while towing a jet ski, while some just want to appear as if they can climb a steep trail in the middle of a Montana winter, but don’t want to risk getting their wheels dusty. In either case or any in between, the idea of having a capable truck with the potential to tackle some big-time off-roading is a hot-selling ticket these days. That leads us to introduce the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter. Starting with Toyota’s perennially best-selling midsize pickup truck, the Trailhunter takes the overlanding concept and brings it in-house, offering up a very powerful and powerfully competent truck straight from the factory.

Thanks to new Old Man Emu shocks, springs, and forged-up control arms, the Tacoma Trailhunter is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Rock rails under the doors and an underbody skidpad are standard issue. The frame rails under the rear bumper also double as jack points, making tire changes slightly easier than normal. The result of the upgraded suspension is a Tacoma that is raised a full two inches up front and 1.5 inches out back. To keep the off-roading ideology a priority, the Trailhunter also gets Toyota’s pushbutton anti-roll bar disconnect and manually locking rear differential. There is also an ARB utility bar located in the bed and an intake that looks suspiciously like a snorkel, but Toyota tells us that it is not, in fact, watertight, which means don’t try and take the Trailhunter into water that may flood the engine… because it will. The Trailhunter also gets its grill-mounted LED light bar courtesy of the TRD parts bin.

The Tacoma Trailhunter is powered by a robust 2.4-liter turbocharged DOHC inline-4 engine, augmented by a 48-hp electric motor. This combination delivers a total power output of 323 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, ensuring impressive performance. The power is efficiently managed by an 8-speed automatic transmission, with the option to distribute it to either the rear wheels or all four corners, depending on the selected mode. The Trailhunter also features a low-range transfer case and a Multi-Terrain cruise control system, making it a reliable companion for any road condition.

Unquestionably, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter offers up a lot of off-roading features. What some potential owners might wonder is how much adding all of those extras via the aftermarket to a base Tacoma might save them. And while the parts themselves might be cheaper, the time, effort, and expense of paying someone else to install them (assuming you don’t have a pit or lift at home), offsets the cost quite a bit. Beyond that, getting it all from Toyota also means getting a factory warranty and two years of free maintenance. So, while a base price of $64,395 is far from cheap, the promise of knowing everything the Trailhunter comes with has already been tested and proven may be enough of a relief when you’re out in the middle of nowhere. So whether you’re the type of owner who wants to find the next hidden path in the forest, or simply the type who likes knowing you could, the 2024 Tacoma Trailhunter may be the truck for you.

TACOMA TRAILHUNTER
TACOMA TRAILHUNTER offers up a lot of off-roading features.

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