Video: Toyota Kills The Tacoma’s TRD Desert Air Intake

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Farewell TRD desert air intake; you looked awesome, but you were never a “snorkel.”

We just confirmed with Toyota that they are getting rid of the TRD desert air intake on their 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro trucks. By purchasing a TRD desert air intake and slapping it to their pick up truck or SUV, there are those who think they are invincible and waterproof. Neither is true.

According to Toyota, the TRD desert air intake is specifically built to inhale cleaner air higher up. While you are abounding through the desert, sand flying everywhere, your engine should breathe better if it has cleaner air. That’s their perspective, that’s what they want this tubular device to do. They absolutely will not call it a “snorkel.”

This allowed customers to get the look they wanted, without Toyota having to worry too much about liability. Unfortunately, now it’s time to call it quits.

Tommy goes on a bit of a diatribe about the realistic uses of a snorkel. Many people seem to think that this “not a snorkel” will allow them to ford very deep water. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Unless you were willing to waterproof your vehicle extensively, there’s a very good chance that going through the water can destroy expensive components.

Tommy makes a sad face – he just loves the look of a snorkel. Still, he’s willing to take you through the down-sides as well.

More importantly, Tommy also talks about a bit of the history of snorkels, shows where they may fit and why it’s usually a bad idea to rely on one in water. I mean, let’s face it: you have to cut a lot of holes, replace hardware and swing a dead cat over your head to finish the process. For what? What you end up getting is a device that may help in the desert – but not really anywhere else.

Is it worth it? Please let us know what you think in the comments below.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.