This latest Tacoma will be available only as a Double Cab Off-Road 4x4 model with the shorter five-foot bed, with power supplied by Toyota’s familiar 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6. Exterior color choices are limited to three (Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White), but you will have the option of either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Along with the TRD Pro’s characteristic TOYOTA block-lettered grille and black 16-inch wheels shod with Goodyear Wrangler all terrain tires, a host of other exterior highlights remind you that this isn’t a run-of-the-mill Tacoma. These include TRD Pro badges on the front doors and tailgate, a black hood scoop and fender flares, blacked-out head- and taillight bezels, a TRD Pro front skid plate, and special LED fog lights.
But what really makes this Taco a TRD Pro is its suspension and related off-road equipment. Unique TRD coil springs provide an additional inch of suspension lift up front, while special progressive-rate leaf springs out back aid articulation and bump absorption. A heavy-duty, 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass damper sits at each corner and replaces the strengthened Bilstein shocks installed on the previous-gen Tacoma TRD Pro. There’s also an electronic-locking rear differential; a limited-slip center diff in the part-time four-wheel-drive system’s electronic transfer case; a standard towing package; a 130-amp alternator; and coolers for the engine oil, power steering, and automatic transmission.
The Tacoma TRD Pro is designed to offer an extra level of off-road capability and a more aggressive look than previous Tacoma models. Now we know that it can all be yours starting at $41,700 with a manual and $43,700 with an automatic.