The New Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Is an Excellent Off-Road Truck Except For…

Tommy, Roman, and Nathan are all currently having a blast at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. You can expect what will seem like an endless amount of Jeep content over the next few days. In the meantime we decided to break things up a little bit with a trail test of a new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

The boys are out in Moab on Fins and Things. They brought with them an Electric Lime Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. No surprise, the truck is powered by a 3.5L V6 making 270-hp. Its mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Nathan explained that he didn’t get great fuel efficiency on his drive from Boulder, CO to Moab. He averaged about 19 mpg, although he was trying to keep up with Utah’s higher speed limits. As far as off-road goodies, the TRD Pro is equipped with Rigid Industries fog lights, a TRD-branded skid plate, and TRD suspension. It also gets TRD wheels, Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires, and some upgraded appearance bits. Also new for 2022, is a forged upper control arm. Also equipped is a low-range transfer case, Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control and a rear locker.

Frame Bender

Tommy hopped in the TRD Pro and headed down the famous Frame Bender obstacle with Nathan riding passenger. The extra bit of ground clearance you gain with the TRD Pro package really helped. The Tacoma didn’t run out of approach angle or ground clearance on the way down. The trailer hitch did scrape, but so does almost every other vehicle with a hitch that we’ve run through here. Both Tommy and Nathan agreed that the brakes were a little too touchy and hard to modulate.

One Tree Hill

We then pointed the Tacoma back uphill to conquer One Tree Hill. Tommy engaged crawl control, which is supposed to grab the brakes and send power to various wheels. At slower speeds, the system was making an awful lot of noise. Once the speed picked up a bit, the system got much smoother and carried the truck up the hill very easily. Tommy preferred to use the throttle manually rather than selecting crawl control.

The Tacoma TRD Pro is an excellent off-roader. But as we’ve been saying for years, it is handicapped by its all-terrain tires. The truck lost traction quite a bit. While tires are an easy part to upgrade, it’s still a bummer since some of the competition offers much more aggressive tires from the factory. Heck, even the TRD Pro 4Runner has a better tire! For right around $51k you can land yourself in the driver’s seat of a new TRD Pro Tacoma. It’s an excellent off-roader, and looks fantastic as well, but the powertrain is getting a little dated, and it really needs better tires. The next-generation Tacoma is right around the corner, so hopefully those things will be addressed by Toyota soon. For now, head over to TFL-studios so you don’t miss any of the action from Easter Jeep Safari 2022 in Moab, Utah.