2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

When I’m out on the road, I typically don’t pay much attention to pickup trucks. To me, they are macho looking machines used primarily for farm work, towing big stuff or hauling heavy loads. None of which is relevant to my day to day existence in the city.

 

However, my opinion quickly changed when I laid eyes on the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab. An exceptionally attractive truck, its rounded angles give it enviable curve (and curb) appeal. This is enhanced by the appearance of its distinctive growling front grille. In fact, the look of the Tacoma handily outclasses most bare bones pickups.

While the Tacoma is well-suited for utility and off-roading capabilities, I looked at this pristine mid-size pickup and concluded that it appeared less rugged and more majestic. To my eye, it’s too nice to cake it in mud. Especially the TRD Pro, which is the crème de la crème of the Tacoma’s trims.

 

With that said, I am aware I would be in the minority in that regard, as there are plenty of Tacoma-loving enthusiasts who think otherwise. Toyota has delivered the goods to partake in those adventures by outfitting the Tacoma with equipment to play rough.

One of the coolest pieces of Tacoma’s tech is crawl control, which facilitates low-speed, off-roading in extreme conditions such as crawling over rocks, scaling a steep incline, or wading through deep mud. Best of all, crawl control automatically judges the driving conditions and adjusts itself accordingly. For the most part, the driver can almost sit back and enjoy the ride--while keeping both hands firmly gripped on the steering wheel, of course.

From the driver’s seat, I immediately appreciated the high quality materials used to upholster the interior. For now, the TRD is a double cab-only option which allows you to add a few folks in the cramped back seat. And yeah,  the cramped part is a downside. However, those fancy leather seats with red stitching ooze luxury and I would have still pause about dragging Tacoma through dirt.

What’s more, the Tacoma also delivers when it comes to providing creature comforts. On the Pro trim you’ll find an upgraded Entune system with a seven-inch touchscreen, GPS navigation, a moonroof, satellite radio, a JBL premium sound system and wireless charging for your smartphone. By the way, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is the only truck that offers a built-in GoPro camera mount for recording your off-road adventures.

Motivation comes from a 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle engine, delivering 278 horsepower. This is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tacoma’s  EPA rated fuel economy is about 19 combined. As trucks go, the Toyota is surprisingly quiet and outside noise suitably drowned out. What’s more, it’s a breeze to drive on the street and its tidy size makes urban living doable too.

Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab starts at $41,720.

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