The TRD Pro version of the Tacoma is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with several unusual features.
Ram wasn’t the only one unveiling a rugged pickup at the Chicago Auto Show. Toyota unveiled the TRD Pro version of their redesigned Tacoma, complete with upgraded shocks with internal bypass, heavy-duty suspension hardware and an available six-speed manual transmission, among other options. Here’s what some critics and others had to say about it.
“Adding onto the already rugged Tacoma, the TRD designers have added a whole slew of heavy built components. They include but are not limited to a 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels, aluminum front skid plate, Rigid Industries LED fog lights and a heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille, like the one on Marty McFly’s dream truck.”
— Nick Jaynes, Mashablex
“As with that previous Taco special, as well as the current 4Runner and Tundra TRD Pro models, this new truck represents a concerted effort to ratchet up the truck’s off-road capability. But don’t be fooled. While it does deliver on its mission, the TRD makeover is less comprehensive—albeit less expensive—than the one applied by Ford to create the beastly F-150 Raptor.”
— Mike Sutton, Car and Driver
“While the name may stand for Toyota Racing Development, the TRD Pro isn’t quite as hardcore as, say, a Ford F-150 Raptor or a Ram Power Wagon. But considering that there really isn’t anything directly comparable to those behemoths in the midsize truck segment right now, that’s not much of an issue.”
— Stephen Edelstein, Digital Trends
“The Tacoma TRD Pro begins life as a TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab Short Bed with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Toyota adds 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler tires, TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate, LED auxiliary lights, projector-beam headlights and TRD badges none of which will help you off-road. For that, the TRD Pro comes with Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks, TRD front springs with a 1-inch lift and a TRD-tuned rear suspension with leaf springs. A part-time four-wheel-drive system and limited-slip differential will put power to the ground. The tow package, transmission cooler, engine oil cooler, 130-amp alternator and Trailer-Sway Control are all standard, as is Toyota’s Multi-terrain Select system.”
— Jake Lingeman, Autoweek
“The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD is coming this fall, which is too bad, because it would love to take on our next blizzard. Next blizzard? Just kidding, happy thoughts people. Happy thoughts is exactly what the Tacoma TRD Pro will bring to truck enthusiasts when it goes on sale in the fall, because this thing can take on anything. Sure, the Ram Power Wagon may have something to say about that, but Toyota believes the Tacoma TRD Pro will go toe-to-toe with the competition. This latest model features all-new factory-installed off-road equipment, making it more capable for whatever is thrown its way than ever before.”
— Christopher Powers, New York Daily News
“You get a one-inch lift, 16-inch black alloy wheels wearing Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires, an aluminum front skid plate, FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks, and new front coil and rear leaf springs. The TRD Pro also gets a locking rear differential, as well as all the other off-roading goodies included in the TRD Off-Road like Crawl Control and Multi-terrain Select. Thankfully, Toyota will let you order the TRD Pro with a manual or automatic transmission. Unfortunately, you have to give up Crawl Control and Multi-terrain Select if you want the stick. Oh, and don’t worry. The GoPro mount is still included, so there’s no need to worry about that.”
— Collin Woodard, Road & Track
“While the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro isn’t as wild an off-roader as, say, a Ford F-150 Raptor, it should still hold its own when the going gets tough. Like the Ram 1500 Rebel, the TRD Pro is designed for people whose trucks spend more time in the dirt than on the pavement.”
— Jake Holmes, Automobile