There are only a few pick-up trucks that are ready to go hardcore offroading straight out of the dealership. Today, two new models have been added to that list – the 2022 Tacoma Trail Edition 4x4 and the Tacoma TRD Pro.
Both models are based on the facelifted Tacoma launched in 2019. But unlike the standard midsize pick-up trucks, the Trail Edition 4x4 and TRD Pro have been upgraded to take on rugged terrain. So what are the changes over the standard Tacoma?
Starting with the TRD Pro, the suspension has been lifted by 1.5 inches up front and 0.5 inches at the rear. Together with TRD-tuned Fox shocks, the truck now has a 36.4-degree approach angle and a 24.7-degree departure angle.
Further upgrades include TRD forged upper control arms, allowing more suspension travel. New 16-inch wheels give the Tacoma TRD Pro a more menacing look. They are wrapped in chunky Goodyear all-terrain tires with an aggressive sidewall, ensuring the truck can easily take on terrain or trail. There's also a new eye-catch color called Electric Lime, and it's available exclusively on the TRD Pro.
The truck comes with loads of TRD goodies, including a unique grille, hood scoop, and skid plate. Possibly the most interesting exterior design cue is the "TRD Pro" stamping on the rear quarter panel; no stickers here. Inside, the TRD theme continues with a TRD branded shift knob, steering wheel, and floor mats.
Joining the TRD Pro for the 2022 model year is the Tacoma Trail Edition 4x4. Unlike the TRD Pro, it doesn't have an eye-catching yellow color. Instead, it gets more subtle touches such as bronze lettering on the grille. The same color is applied to the new bronze wheels wrapped in aggressive Goodyear Wrangler tires. The front air dam has also been removed for improved clearance. An off-road skid plate borrowed from TRD ensures important components are protected.
Like the TRD Pro, the Trail Edition benefits from a suspension lift, 1.1-inch in front and 0.5-inch at the rear. The result is a 34-degree approach angle, 23.6-degree departure angle, and 26.4-degree breakover angle. The Trail Edition is based specifically on the SR5 4×4, giving it a locking-rear differential as standard. Toyota Safety Sense P also comes standard on the Trail Edition.
Both trucks are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 horsepower and 359 Nm torque. The TRD Pro does get extra goodies, but power output remains the same. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, but a six-speed manual is also available for hardcore off-roaders. The trucks have a towing capacity of up to 6,400 lbs or roughly 2,902 kg.
It's unlikely we will see either the Tacoma TRD Pro or Tacoma Trail Edition 4x4 in Toyota dealerships locally. But, there's a chance we'll see them on the road or the trail imported by gray market dealers.