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For those hoping for a stick in their new mid size trucks it looks like the Tacoma will be your only option. They just confirmed the 2024 will have a manual transmission but they haven't disclosed which model (s) will get it yet. Toyota has been dropping "teasers" for the past couple months and there's still no set dates when it'll launch.
This week's is a bit more substantial with the reveal that the manual transmission has survived to the newest generation. It's a not a gear knob but rather a trio of pedals with either aluminum or stainless steel covers. Toyota did confirm that the transmission has six gears.
This is a genuine surprise for the truck and the segment. No other midsize pickup has a stick on offer. The Nissan Frontier and Chevy Colorado did a few years ago, though the latter only offered it with two-wheel-drive and the four-cylinder engine.
What engines the manual will be paired with is a big question with no answer yet. The sporty pedal caps shown in the image suggest that it won't just be restricted to work-truck-spec models with the weakest engine and least features at least. But we know that the Tacoma will be offered with hybrid powertrains, and we can't remember any hybrids with traditional manuals since the Honda CR-Z, which has us wondering if one or both of the current engines will be updated and carried over to use with the stick.