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What Makes A Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro So Good?

What Makes A Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro So Good?

A look at those TRD Pro upgrades
What Makes A Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro So Good?

The TRD Pro version of the Toyota Tacoma has been around since 2014, but only now in 2017 does the special trim package arrive for the third-generation Tacoma. The new Tacoma TRD Pro benefits in two main ways: first by the inherent improvements that came with the new-for-2016 Tacoma, and second with some major upgrades in the off-road department. We’re breaking both down in this article.

The 2016 Tacoma has proven to be a fast improvement over the second-generation Tacoma. That truck lasted from 2005 to 2015 with nearly no changes. Slight updates exterior styling help prevent complete monotony and stagnation, but for the most part, the Tacoma was in desperate need of a deep reinvention.

Thankfully that came with the third-generation truck for the 2016 model year. The new Tacoma features an updated frame with more high-strength steel, reengineered suspension components, a new 3.5-liter V-6, and new styling inside and out. Base model Tacomas still utilized the carry-over 2.7-liter four-cylinder, however.

It’s that new 3.5-liter V-6 that most people will buy, and what every Tacoma TRD Pro comes powered with. The engine features some high-tech goodies to promote good fuel economy, while still delivering a class-competitive 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be had with either a six-speed automatic transmission or an honest, six-speed manual gearbox. That even holds true for the TRD Pro models.

That only scratches the surface of what comprises a TRD Pro-equipped Tacoma, so keep reading for the full story.

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2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven

2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven

2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven
2015 Toyota Sienna Premium AWD: Driven

The stigma of the minivan over the years has gone from being smart, capable people hauler to "I wouldn’t be caught dead in one." Why is that?
Why do we shun a segment of the auto industry that’s probably the only segment that consistently makes sense? For some reason we’re okay with putting four-cylinder engines in muscle cars, adding 20 inch wheels to family sedans, or with BMW->http://www.topspeed.com/cars/bmw/index115.html] sacrificing functionality in the name of style with the X6, but we just aren’t okay with minivans. We prefer less-practical, less-versatile and less-roomy SUVs. We’re okay with stuffing third-row seats back there that 85 percent of people can’t fit in just so we can say that we’re not driving a minivan.

As a result of our turned-up noses, minivans have been axed from major manufacturer’s lineups over the past 10 years. Ford’s Freestar admittedly wasn’t its best effort, but it still was more practical (and cheaper) than an Explorer. The GM threesome of of the Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza and Chevrolet Uplander were likely even worse, but they held their own on the cheaper end of the minivan market. And Hyundai’s first minivan, the Entourage, didn’t even make it to a second generation.
But there has been one minivan that has consistently been the lesser of all the supposed evils, though: the Toyota Sienna.

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