Toyota recently announced updates to its lineup of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro vehicles, including the 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma.
The 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro strikes an ideal blend of agility, capability, and upscale features. Here’s what you need to know about the latest iteration of this trail-ready pickup truck:
1. There’s power under the hood.
The Tacoma TRD comes with a 3.5-liter V6 making 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission to four-wheel drive with low-range.
The TRD Pro also comes with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), which prevents all four wheels from spinning out at the same time. Along with the upgraded electronically locking rear differential, these features ensure improved control while crawling up a muddy or rocky trail.
2. It has an air-intake feature.
The most notable visual addition to the Tacoma TRD Pro is the new Desert Air Intake. This optional feature is often misunderstood as a snorkel for fording into water, but there is a logical application on dry land.
Air intakes typically pull air from right near the grille. If you’re following another truck on the trail, and it’s kicking up dirt, the Desert Air Intake improves the quality of the air that’s being sucked into the engine.
While Toyota explicitly does not condone fording the Tacoma into water, an apparatus like the raised intake can feasibly be used as a snorkel. But go forth at your own risk.
3. The shocks are impressive.
The Tacoma TRD Pro comes equipped with Fox 2.5-inch Internal Bypass Shocks, resulting in a 1-inch lift. They use large 46-millimeter pistons and feature bypass zones, which allow for better response on the trail. It still features traditional leaf springs in the rear, ensuring it can carry up to 1,155 pounds in the truck bed.
To ensure none of the components are damaged while on the trail, the Tacoma TRD Pro features off-road skid plating with red TRD lettering under the front end. This model also features a cat-back TRD exhaust system.
4. It’s a well-equipped off-roader.
Just because it’s rugged and built for the trail doesn’t mean the Tacoma TRD Pro has to be spartan. It comes standard with a JBL premium audio system with subwoofer and amplifier, as well as leather-trimmed seats with TRD Pro lettering on the headrests.
It also comes with the premium Entune touchscreen system. This system features standard navigation and a suite of connected applications. Entune connects to apps like Yelp, Pandora, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com, Slacker Radio, and iHeartRadio, among others. You can also get local traffic and weather updates, as well as find and compare local fuel prices.
5. Toyota Safety Sense P comes standard.
Regardless of trim — from base model to the TRD Pro — the Tacoma comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P. This is a suite of standard safety technologies, including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection. It also includes lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
The TRD Pro also comes standard with upgraded features like tire-pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensors, and lane-departure warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
6. Beauty is in the details.
The Tacoma TRD Pro features 16-inch black alloy wheels, wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar Off-Road tires, resulting in a 1-inch wider track than other Tacomas. The Tacoma TRD Pro differentiates itself with a large grille and one of three colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Voodoo Blue, which is exclusive to the TRD Pro.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, but the 2018 model starts at $41,520. Expect a slight price increase when it goes on sale this fall.