The TRD Pro series was introduced two years ago for Tacoma. However, for this year, the new generation of Tacoma was presented and TRD option was abandoned. Now the new Tacoma is unveiled and it brings back the TRD.
Exterior – What is new?
There are several significant upgrades on the exterior. First of all, the front grille resembles the one from the FJ, whereas below, on the sides we have LED fog lights. These lights were produced by Rigid Industries, one of the best in manufacturing aftermarket off-road parts. Secondly, the scoop is located on the hood, but it is not functioning. Under the front bumper, there is an aluminum skid plate for off-road driving.
On the sides, we can see black fender flairs, but nothing significant has changed there. The new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has the identical look as the regular model on the rear. However, there is a TRD Pro badge, not only on the tailgate but also on the front doors. You can opt for three color options such as Super White, Cement or Barcelona Red Metallic.
Interior Remains Unchanged
Considering that the car underwent some major changes for the 2016MY, the interior remained almost identical. Back then, it received many features and upgrades and more luxurious materials as well. Some of the changes are a new shift knob and all-weather floor mats. These are TRD Pro-branded, of course. There is also a logo located on the front-seat headrests.
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The top trim is equipped with Blind Spot Monitor and leather seats. In addition, rear parking assist sonar and a 4.2-inch TFT display are also included. There are also Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, tilt gauge, and integrated inclinometer. GoPro camera is located on the windshield of the top trim, but you can find it on all Tacoma trucks.
2017 Tacoma TRD Pro Specs
Toyota offers only one option to the customers. Maybe you cannot choose, but you would get a powerful 3.5-liter V6 unit if you purchase this car. In order to improve the economy, the unit runs Atkinson and Otto combustion cycle. In this way, the power is not reduced. The engine produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
Although you are limited with the engine choice, you can combine it either with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. You can also opt for a rear-wheel-drive model or four-wheel-drive version. An electronically locking rear differential will also help you cross the obstacles on rough roads. It can also help you by adding traction when it is not completely locked.
Furthermore, the vehicle is equipped with Fox Racing shock absorbers with internal bypasses. If you decide that the truck with automatic transmission is the best pick, you will get Toyota’s Crawl Control. For an off-road enthusiast, this system is significant, because the car can crawl over obstacles. Moreover, drivers will get to choose the terrain with the Multi-terrain Select System.
However, this is not included in the vehicle with a manual gearbox. Instead, you get A-TRAC system, which helps the car control power flow to the wheels via four-channel ABS system. The purpose is to improve traction.
Tacoma TRD Pro – The Biggest Rival
It is hard to even start the discussion which the biggest Tacoma rival is. The one car which can be compared to the new model is the Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss. The Tacoma offers much better equipment indeed, but both cars come with a V6 unit and six-speed automatic transmission. The slight advantage goes to the Chevy since they also offer a turbodiesel engine. Overall, we give higher ratings to Tacoma.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Price
The base trim is priced at $40,760 and it comes with a manual gearbox. However, if you want the automatic option, you would have to set aside $42,760. Whatever version do you choose you would finally get a terrific off-roader. The Japanese carmaker finally listened to the critiques of the public and offered great equipment, useful for the rough roads. The Tacoma is one of the best midsize trucks for the off-road driving.
What do you think about the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro?