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2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD First Drive

Posted by Williams | May 12, 2014

With a history in desert racing, is trying to shore up its off-road with the next step in its 4×4 package. Toyota is a more holistic approach, it is offering the new TRD Pro package #0160;for of its small and large pickup as well as the highly capable This new package, available for Tacomas, Tundras and 4Runners, is a step up from the previous TRD T/X Series for the Tacoma, with on- and off-road feel, and a more and impressive complete off-road

We recently had the chance to get behind the of some of the first 2015 TRD Pro pickups in a remote section of the desert, where cruising the wide-open dirt trails can the chassis and suspension of the most four wheelers to their But before we talk about how the new TRD Pro performed, let’s cover a background.

Toyota started serious about its off-road about two years ago, it introduced the TRD T/X Baja Series We had our first chance to drive the #0160;Texas. This package had Bilstein shocks (the set up with dual reservoirs for cooling and control) and unique springs that offered ride height and wheel Unfortunately, that setup, great for absorbing and swallowing and holes at higher speeds 45 mph), tended to beat you up at speeds with front and spring and damping rates were a bit too stiff.


New Level of Comfort

new Tacoma TRD Pro setup takes the package to the next level in ways. First, TRD engineers done an amazing job of creating yet softer, front springs deliver gobs of control but beat you up. The front and rear absorbers (although similar to the have been retuned to much stronger and faster and compression capabilities to offer performance on pavement (control) and (cushion).



The wheel and tire combination is the same as the Baja package, a bead-lock type of aluminum with a wider offset to the truck a more formidable Tires remain the popular BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO choice. TRD Pro includes a cat-back exhaust, exterior badging, and several TRD accents inside the truck and shift knob). Modified is also included.

TRD Pro will be in the Access and double-cab versions, either a manual or automatic mated to the 4.0-liter V-6. All TRD Pro will have a 4×4 and be stacked on top of the existing TRD Off-Road Pricing will come in the but we expect pricing to be close to the Baja pricing structure .

On the Trail

Most of our time the wheel of the Tacoma TRD Pro was on rutted and graveled dirt roads desolate rolling hills Jean, Nev. From to more enthusiastic speeds on the roads, we noted few situations the tires felt like left the ground or lost tracking. The front springs are softer than the Baja and make for a much more and controlled ride. Throttle is unchanged yet is plenty capable of the Tacoma TRD Pro jump or snap a dirt corner. The tires are a big here as well.


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On the slow section of our drive it was like we transported south of the border we were cruising the Baja We ran a few miles of loose sand and gullies in a dry river wash we encountered large sand brush and boulders — all with a of wincing trepidation. It took us a to recalibrate our bodies and brains not to for the big thump or unnerving impact never showed up. Ruts we thought would have us into the skidplates and bumper swallowed with ease, and when we did hit the occasional immovable the force was absorbed progressively minimal effect. Likewise, the of the truck did a superb job of not allowing an bed to bounce around when the got choppy. On a brutal section of the our test truck (a jet-black short bed) absorbed ruts and desert moguls as if weren’t there (to a certain the only other vehicle ever experienced that in was the SVT Raptor). The total package is and a great addition to the Tacoma but it’s not perfect.


Wish List for TRD Pro Package

While we were by the significant (albeit incremental) to this new Tacoma package, but we wish Toyota had gone a touch further. Yes, is a more harmonious and serious package than ever with better overall than we’ve ever And, yes, with the of Ford’s SVT Raptor, this is about the best grouping of parts and pieces in a midsize that any truckmaker has offered. small things like a electronic switch that a smarter and faster-reacting traction algorithm (for sand, or mud) shouldn’t be difficult to It’s just electronics, If desert running is truly this package owns, why not offer a heavier-duty air filter or design? A full-size spare that matches the rest of the would be a good option for off-road capable setup. Or highlight a heavier-duty spare jack. Seems like would be obvious.

And what about some of navigation screen integration allows TRD Pro customers to record or track of how many miles are off-road or in snow or on sand? The on the truck simply needs to a wider selection of traction-control to give the spinning tires choices. Those small would help create that would put this in the realm of Land Rover, and (yes, of course) the Raptor.

We the efforts of the TRD team that on this project and concentrated so on wheel travel and overall and comfort, but we sure hope is just the first (OK, the step in a longer line of off-road and on-road-capable suspension coming our way. Toyota has that the Tacoma is a wonderful for creative ideas, and we’re the next generation will even more, but we want to see coming faster and integrated the entire truck — not the bolted-on parts — if the midsize segment continues to up. This is a great step in the direction, but creativity needs to to the next level.

To read more about the TRD Pro click here .

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