What Is the Toyota Tacoma ECT PWR Button and How Will It Improve Your Drive?

Toyota Tacoma ECT PWR Button

On top of being a bestselling mid-sized pickup, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is chock full of new features that can be beneficial in a number of ways. Above all, the major selling point for the Tacoma since 2016 has been Toyota’s ECT PWR feature. This is an electronic transmission feature that provides a burst of power in certain circumstances. No doubt, this unique feature is worth exploring, which is exactly what we are about to do below, so read on.

The Toyota Tacoma ECT PWR Button

ECT stands for Electronically Controlled Transmission. This gives us some insight into what this feature can truly do. The ECT PWR button is designed to make the Tacoma’s transmission work in interesting ways.

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As soon as you push the button, it puts the car in a specialized mode where you can reach higher RPM levels before you start shifting gears.

This is achieved by utilizing an electric solenoid that uses hydraulics to operate clutches inside the transmission in an effective and timely way.

By using this feature, you can drive the Tacoma with a greater degree of control, even at higher speeds. This feature allows you to have a useful burst of power when you need it, which can be handy in certain situations.

Interestingly, there are a LOT of Tacoma users who swear that the ECT power button improves their trucks MPG, not a huge amount, but enough to keep it on.  If you really want to improve your trucks MPG, we would suggest an Octane booster would be a far better bet and give you not only improved performance but better MPG.  You can read our guide to the best Octane Boosters here.

The ECT PWR button sits just below the Toyota Entune interface just within reach whenever you have the need to use it. The button also has an LED indicator on the dashboard that lights up, letting you know when it is activated. A second press on the button turns the feature off, so you can resume driving normally.

What It Can Be Used For

Now that you are aware of what the ECT PWR button is capable of, you might find yourself wondering just what this feature can be used for.

Perhaps, it will improve your 0-60 speed by giving you a faster launch?  Take a look at the video below to see it put through its paces in every possible mode.  Can it improve your 0-60 time and make your truck quicker?

Sadly and categorically not.  But the burst of power that this feature provides can be useful for situations like towing where you need an extra boost. Other situations for its use can be something like merging with freeway traffic, climbing steep inclines, overtaking vehicles on highways, or simply traversing difficult terrains.

The only drawback to using this feature is that you lose some fuel efficiency in the process.

There is a simple way to improve fuel efficiency and increase your trucks power though.  By adding an Octane booster to your fuel, not only will your truck be more fuel efficient, it will also have increased power. You can read our guide to the best Octane Boosters here.

No matter what purpose you use it for, the ECT PWR button is a handy little feature that can be surprisingly useful. By learning the design and workings of your vehicle, you will have a better understanding of its capability. This will allow you to release its true potential whenever you deem it necessary.


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