Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Everything you need to know

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Everything you need to know

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma is offered in a wide range of models, but the most powerful and capable is the Tacoma TRD Pro. This range-topping model has great running equipment and interior features to help justify its price. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, Toyota’s performance and tuning brand.

Seven years after its current generation went on sale, the Tacoma is scheduled to be redesigned for the 2024 model year. The 2023 version continues largely unchanged from the 2022 model year. The TRD Pro is offered exclusively with a 5-foot bed and a full four-door Double Cab. It featured aggressive bumpers, additional plastic fender cladding, and a dome-shaped hood with an intake (whether those intake functions are unclear). It also comes with TRD Pro black alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Kevlar all-terrain tires. The TRD Pro is offered in four colors: Black, Ice Cap (white), Magnetic Gray Metallic and Solar Octane (orange). The interior is offered exclusively with black faux leather upholstery with red stitching.

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. It produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. This is a strong engine for the road, but it can feel lethargic when reaching highway speeds, especially compared to the powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines found in many competitors. Power is routed to all-wheel drive with low-range gearing through a six-speed manual transmission. TRD Pros are also available with a six-speed automatic transmission as an extra-cost option.

With the manual transmission, the TRD Pro delivers fuel economy at 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. With the automatic transmission, this truck delivers fuel economy of up to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. When properly equipped, the TRD Pro has a towing capacity of 6,400 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,155 pounds.

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2023

The TRD Pro comes with a cat-tail exhaust system, giving an extra sound to the Tacoma’s exhaust. It also has Fox internal shocks specially tuned by TRD. The TRD Pro comes with off-road skid plates and a multi-terrain monitor, giving the driver multiple views of the track in front of, behind and alongside the truck. Other high-tech road equipment is also fitted, including Multi Terrain Mapping and Crawl Control. The Multi-Terrain Select system offers multiple drive modes for tackling trails, including Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud & Sand drive modes. Crawl control is similar to speed control for a track. It modulates the throttle and brakes at low speeds, allowing the driver to focus on the road ahead.

The Tacoma TRD Pro features a functional five-passenger cabin with two rows of seating. This model comes with wireless device charging, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The TRD Pro comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance features. This includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights. It also comes with rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has a base MSRP of $47,185, making it the most expensive vehicle in the Tacoma lineup. For reference, the base Tacoma starts at $27,750 and the Limited model starts at $40,505. The Toyota Tacoma is backed by a five-year/60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain and a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty.

(Tags for translation)George Kennedy

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