Toyota reunites the TRD Pro trio

Toyota debuted its TRD Pro series in 2014 with versions for the Tundra, 4Runner, and Tacoma. While the Tundra and 4Runner have soldiered on unchanged since then, the Tacoma underwent a generational change for 2016, losing the TRD Pro option along the way. Now the option is back, and more ready to hit the high-speed off-road course with a vengeance.

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the TRD Pro package expands from the Tacoma’s TRD Off-Road package on 4WD Double Cab Short Bed trucks. That means the TRD Pro series enjoys all the same off-road equipment as the already-rugged TRD Off-Road trim, while adding additional hardware for tackling terrain.

The Tacoma TRD Pro continues to use the new 3.5-liter V-6 developed for the 2016 Tacoma. Both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic are offered here, making this one of the few vehicles to combine an off-road package with a manual transmission.

Hardware isn’t the only addition Toyota gave the Tacoma TRD Pro. Leather seats with embroidered headrests, the Entune infotainment system, TRD-branded floor mats and a shift knob, and the standard TRD Pro “TOYOTA” front grille, unique wheels, fender flairs, and TRD Pro badges.

Update 08/02/2016: Toyota has announced pricing for the Tundra TRD Pro. Check out the prices section below for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

  • 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    278 @ 6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    265 @ 4600
  • Energy:
    Direct & Port Injection
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, 4WD w/ Low Range
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The hood carries the (sadly, non-functional) scoop for a brawny attitude, while black fender flairs carry the rough-and-tumble look to the sides.

The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro features a host of exterior additions beyond the standard truck. Up front, the “TOYOTA” grille recalls Toyota trucks of the past, namely the iconic FJ. The grille is now a statement piece for all TRD Pro models, including the Tundra and 4Runner. The Tacoma’s lower fascia now features LED fog lights from Ridged Industries, a leader in aftermarket off-road equipment. The hood carries the (sadly, non-functional) scoop for a brawny attitude, while black fender flairs carry the rough-and-tumble look to the sides.

Around back, the Tacoma TRD Pro carries the same looks as the standard Tacoma, save for the TRD Pro badging on the tailgate. A matching badge is found on the front doors, as well. The truck is available in three color choices that include Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White.

Utility wise, the TRD Pro comes with an aluminum skid plate under the front bumper, helping keep the drivetrain safe. Tow hooks are also present for recovery operations.

Interior

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Toyota didn’t have to do much to the Tacoma’s interior. It was completely redesigned for the 2016 model year, getting many welcomed upgrades in both content and materials. The Tacoma benefits from Entune infotainment system with navigation, Toyota, App suite, Bluetooth, and a premium audio system.

The Tacoma benefits from Entune infotainment system with navigation, Toyota, App suite, Bluetooth, and a premium audio system.

Small detailed changes includee TRD Pro-branded, all-weather floor mats, a TRD Pro shift knob, and the TRD Pro logo stitched on the headrests of the front seats. Since the TRD Pro trim sits atop the Tacoma lineup, it comes standard with leather seats, rear parking assist sonar, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The driver’s gauge cluster benefits from a 4.2-inch TFT display that shows vehicle information, along with an integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge for off-roading. And like all Tacoma trucks, the TRD Pro comes with an integrated GoPro camera mount on the windshield, just right of the rearview mirror.

Drivetrain

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The Tacoma TRD Pro is only available with the Tacoma’s most powerful engine option – the 3.5-liter V-6. The engine runs both an Atkinson and Otto combustion cycle for added economy without killing power. Dual overhead cams feature variable valve timing precisely controls airflow while both direct and port fuel injection control fuel flow. The result is 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

An electronically locking rear differential further helps the TRD Pro’s off-road chops.

Mated to the V-6 is your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Power is then sent to an electronically controlled, two-speed transfer case that sends power rearward in 2WD and to all four wheels in 4WD. An electronically locking rear differential further helps the TRD Pro’s off-road chops. When not fully locked, the differential acts as a limited-slip, adding traction in wet or snowy conditions.

Suspension wise, the TRD Pro comes with Fox Racing shock absorbers measuring 2.5 inches, with internal bypasses. The front end has an one-inch lift over the TRD Off-Road package, while the rear utilized upgraded leaf springs with progressive-rate damping for off-road use.

On TRD Pro trucks with the automatic transmission, Toyota’s Crawl Control comes standard. The system is like an off-road cruise control that modulates the throttle and brakes, allowing the truck to crawl over obstacles at a driver-specified speed, leaving the driver to worry solely on steering. Furthermore, the Multi-terrain Select system allows the driver to dial in what terrain he’s on, giving the truck’s computer a heads up on properly applying traction control and ABS functions.

Manual transmission trucks aren’t available with those functions, but rather come standard with Toyota’s Active Traction Control, or A-TRAC system. The system uses the four-channel ABS system to control power flow to the all four wheels without cutting engine throttle, helping the truck best apply power to the tires with the most traction.

Prices

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The Tundra TRD Pro is only available with four-wheel drive and in a double-cab configuration. The entry-level model comes with a six-speed manual transmission and starts out at $40,760. If equipped with a six-speed automatic, the price jumps by $2,000 to $42,760. For the record, Toyota must be exceptionally proud of the new Tundra TRD Pro, as the outgoing model was priced at $35,725, which accounts for an increase of $5,025.

Model Price
Tacoma TRD Pro six-speed manual $40,760
Tacoma TRD Pro six-speed automatic $42,760

Competition

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss

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The Colorado Z71 Trail Boss isn’t an honest competitor to the Tacoma TRD Pro – at least in a true apples-to-apples comparison. The Chevy doesn’t offer a swanky Crawl Control system, Multi-terrain Select feature, or even a manual transmission. The Z71 Trail Boss package simply includes skid plates, upgraded shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, fender flairs, and badges. 4WD isn’t even standard.

Still, the Chevy is the closest competitor to the Tacoma TRD Pro. Both are in the midsize segment and come powered by a V-6 engine (though the Chevy does offer an I-4 turbodiesel option) mates to six-speed automatics. Similar transfer cases and part-time locking rear differentials make the fight a bit more fair. What’s more, the Chevy’s Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires are far more aggressive than the Tacoma’s Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar tires.

Prices for the Z71 Trail Boss package start at $3,320 over the cost of a standard Colorado.

Read our full review on the Colorado ZL1 Trail Boss here.

Conclusion

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The Tacoma TRD Pro’s re-entry into the market now has Toyota again offering three off-road-ready vehicles that pay homage to the automaker’s past. It seems Toyota has listened to its consumers to provide a respectable off-road package that is both appealing to the eyes and to the trail, with actual equipment meant for off-road use.

We are a little disappointed Toyota didn’t retain the beadlock-style wheels from the last generation Tacoma TRD Pro, thought it now borrows the sharp-looking wheels from the 4Runner TRD Pro. Also disappointing is its uses of mild all-terrain tires. Where’s the BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires from the first-gen Tacoma TRD Pro?

Regardless of our nit-picky complaints, the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro seems like the best choice for an off-road vehicle in the midsized truck segment. We look forward to getting behind the wheel and getting dirty.

  • Leave it
    • * Mild all-terrain tires
    • * Too similar to the TRD Off-Road package?

Update History

Updated 02/16/2016: We added a series of new images taken during Tacoma TRD Pro’s official debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check the "Pictures" tab to see them.

Press Release

Whether tackling treacherous snow-covered terrain, driving off the beaten path, or surviving extreme conditions where roads fear to tread, the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota is up for any challenge. Two years ago, the TRD Pro Series arose from Toyota’s storied off-road racing heritage, with its numerous victories in the grueling Baja off-road endurance races. Born from this experience, the Toyota TRD Pro Series Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner have helped serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.

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This fall, the Toyota Tacoma will rejoin the 2017 model year TRD Pro family with all-new factory-installed off-road equipment designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to make it even more off-road capable than before.

Aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who challenge themselves and their trucks and SUV’s in some of the harshest conditions, the new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will raise the bar on TRD Pro performance. Courtesy of TRD, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will add an array of new performance equipment and features, making this a truly second-generation TRD Pro product, and the new benchmark for challenging off-road terrain.

Extreme Exterior for Extreme Performance
The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is designed to not only look tough, but to perform in the toughest off-road environment. Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4 Double Cab Short Bed model in either 6-speed manual (with clutch start-cancel switch) or 6-speed automatic transmission, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will be available in three exterior colors: Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. The exterior of each Tacoma TRD Pro model will also include:

16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires
TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate
Rigid Industries® LED fog lights
Projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and auto on/off feature
Taillights with black bezels
TRD Pro badge on front door with diamond-pattern knurled finish
Black TRD Pro and 4x4 rear tailgate badging

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Each Tacoma TRD Pro will also come equipped with a heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille with color-keyed surround, blacked out hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, and a color-keyed rear bumper.

Interior Sportiness Combined with Convenience Technology
Driving a sporty package in rugged off-road conditions does not mean you can’t ride in comfort and with the latest safety and convenience technologies. The new Tacoma TRD Pro combines sportiness and convenience with standard features that include:

Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logo located in the headrest
4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
TRD shift knob
TRD Pro floor mats
Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls
Rear parking assist sonar
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

The new Tacoma TRD Pro also includes an analog instrumentation that features a 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display (MID) with an integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge. The MID also adds outside temperature, odometer, tripmeters, and average fuel economy.

As in all Tacoma models, a GoPro® mount is located on the windshield for serious off-roaders who like to document their exploits with GoPro® HERO cameras.

Pro Performance
The new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro continues to be all about off-road performance as it strives to raise the bar from the original. The Tacoma TRD Pro will be powered by a 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-I exhaust.

Tacoma TRD Pro really earns its off-road cred through its TRD-installed suspension and exhaust enhancements that include:

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FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD
TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch lift
TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring

Every Tacoma TRD Pro will be equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with a transfer case and Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD) that are both electronically-controlled. Also standard will be a V6 Tow Package that includes a Class-IV towing receiver hitch, ATF cooler (automatic only), engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with convertor, and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC).

An electronically controlled locking rear differential is also standard to help distribute engine power evenly to both rear wheels so they move at the same speed, providing more grip in low-traction conditions.

When the trail gets challenging, Tacoma TRD Pro’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) will help drivers conquer their off-road adventure. Equipped on automatics only, this advanced system automatically modulates the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings so you can keep your focus on navigating across difficult terrain.

Equipped on Tacoma TRD Pro automatic is the Toyota Multi-terrain Select system. With five modes to choose from, the system helps regulate wheel spin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and traction control. When combined with the standard Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires with tough Kevlar construction, Multi-terrain Select helps enhance traction dramatically, meaning you can get back to the fun more quickly.

Tacoma TRD Pro’s Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), equipped on automatic transmission models only, helps you safely get up those hills. This technology helps minimize Tacoma from rolling backward when you move your foot from the brake to the gas pedal, so you can move upward with confidence.

The added traction of 4WD is great, but with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), it’s even better! Equipped only on the Tacoma TRD Pro manual, A-TRAC is a 4WD traction control system that uses the 4-channel ABS system to control power flow to the front and rear wheels, all without cutting throttle input, to help make traction no matter where you may be.

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Street Cred On and Off-Road
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma.

TRD has been an in-house engine and chassis developer for successful Toyota racing activities around the world for nearly four decades. It also develops motorsport-derived accessories for Toyota, Lexus and Scion street cars and trucks. TRD’s U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with an additional facility in Salisbury, N.C.

Toyota Factory Warranty
Like all Toyota vehicles, the Tacoma TRD Pro receives a 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. The Tacoma also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The Tacoma TRD Pro will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) in San Antonio.

The Tacoma TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty in the fall of 2016.

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