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Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

Toyota has used this year’s Chicago Auto Show to roll out an off-road-oriented version of its recently redesigned Tacoma pickup. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro offers some styling updates that separate it from the standard Tacoma, along with a few go-anywhere features that adventurous pickup shoppers will appreciate.

On the outside, the TRD Pro boasts a host of styling updates that includes a bold new grille, unique wheels and a black-painted hood scoop. The truck also touts handsome 16-inch black-painted wheels, along with an aluminum skid plate and LED fog lights. Inside, the TRD Pro’s changes are limited to a few TRD Pro badges and accents.

More important, the TRD Pro touts some major off-road improvements under the skin. There’s a 1-in lift, TRD springs and beefed-up shocks designed specifically for off-roading. The TRD Pro also offers Kevlar-reinforced tires to help prevent punctures when you’re on the trails.  

Only available with 4-wheel drive and in the Tacoma’s Double Cab short-bed variant, the TRD Pro is offered exclusively with the Tacoma’s 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions.

How Much?

Toyota hasn’t announced pricing, though we’d expect a healthy boost over the current model’s TRD Off-Road trim, which starts around $31,600 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Fall 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

If you’re looking for an off-road-ready pickup truck, you don’t have many options, especially at this price point. Instead, you’ll have to modify your truck with some trail-ready features and equipment in order to turn it to a go-anywhere adventure mobile. But the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is overland-ready right out of the box, offering an improved suspension, tires and styling that ensures your pickup can handle just about any terrain.

Other Trucks to Consider

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 — The Tacoma’s biggest rival, Chevrolet’s midsize Colorado pickup, offers an off-road-ready Z71 variant, but it doesn’t quite go as far as the TRD Pro package.

2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X — The sturdy Nissan Frontier also offers an off-road-oriented model in the PRO-4X trim level. While it touts a few 4-wheeling features, its fundamental design is much older than the Tacoma’s recently updated look.

Used Ford F-150 Raptor — When it comes to off-road-ready pickups, the Ford F-150 Raptor is the king of the hill, touting serious modifications and impressive performance. It’s pricy, though, so you may want to consider a used model.

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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