2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review – Many people point to Toyota Tacoma as a proof of why people generally buy Toyota: it is not the cheapest, most comfortable, fastest, strongest or best equipment. But Tacoma is the best-selling mid-size pickup in the land, with a fair margin, lasting 13 years, Toyota says. It sells based on the experience people currently own: it is dead nuts reliable and retains its value, it is tough and very capable in all kinds of conditions.
For the 2021 model, Toyota has updated Tacoma with a few minor changes aimed at making Tacoma a little easier to use, so I traveled to the blister meadows of North Texas to see if Toyota An update was made for a delicious octopus that sampled the latest version of the Dallas West Highway and Trail to determine.
On the outside, it has not changed much. There are some new grilles on the front and the top trim level has a new LED headlight with a sequential turn signal that looks pretty smooth. Almost every trim level in Tacoma gets a redesigned grill that is unique to that trim, and every Tacoma gets a new taillight design.
A model like TRD Pro I drove is probably one of the best off-road trucks on the market-you can have accessories like dust snorkel, clean on the engine supplied from above the windshield Put air in before any potential dust clouds from the vehicle n before that. But the bigger news for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro looks is the color: Gone is an eye-catching voodoo that was the exclusive color for the 2019 TRD Pro lineup (4 runners in addition to Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia SUV) Blue. Toyota’s familiar magnetic gray and the new Army Green look exactly like the color of a small plastic army soldier you might have played as a kid. I must say, it looks pretty amazing on one of the new 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro models, even if it is almost completely mud coated.
Now with a delicious filling
Inside, Tacoma looks pretty familiar as well, saving for two items that make a great difference in the ease of living now. First, a new height adjustable power driver seat. It has 10-way adjustability and allowed me to sit on Tacoma with a moon roof with relative comfort. Previously, this was impossible-I actually cant upper body at a 15 degree angle to the right and actually equipped the moon roof without putting my noggin inside the moon roof opening I could not sit in Tacoma. That’s how low and cramped the old school Tacoma cabin is. It always had a strange driving position, holdover from that era as one of the original Japanese compact trucks-you feel like you are sitting on the floor despite its high riding position You get used to it and the new height-adjustable seat makes it better, but it’s still strange compared to competitor cars.
The second item that will make 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro better is a new 8-inch multimedia screen with an updated interface as well as a connection between Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto smartphones. It is improved over the old system and it is definitely great to have these systems in the car, but the design still feels old: the buttons surrounding the display feel small and cheap, the volume knob is unusually small, the display is Still strangely thin.
One great new feature with a screen at a higher trim level is the forward-looking trail camera monitor, which operates at low speed when the four-wheel drive system is engaged and another that becomes more detailed when engaged in the low range. Brings side view. Downward camera. However, the resolution of the camera or screen is low and it is difficult to identify what you are actually looking at. Jeep Gladiator makes this better with a much clearer resolution.
Driving the new 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is no different from operating the previous model. TRD Pro is still a fun dual personality rig, which is not happy on the street, but will definitely shine when you relax off-road. In the street, it is hard and bouncy: the steering is slow and a little heavy, soak and squeeze as you go and stop, but this is expected because it is a dedicated off-road truck. Other versions of Tacoma are much more civilized on the road. Toyota has updated the 2019 model with better sound insulation, so at least the interior is not too big. Through the unique catback exhaust of TRD Pro, you can hear the Sonorus 278 hp, 3.5 liter V-6 very clearly, but well tuned and not uncomfortable at highway cruising speed. But that’s not the only thing that feels more robust than responsive. If you want to be zippy and quick, the new turbocharger Ford Ranger is your weapon of choice. If you want torque and solids, the Toyota V-6 is just fine.
The place where Tacoma shines is off-road. Like the last version we tested, this latest TRD Pro model is the absolute champion of dirt. Its high ground clearance, robust suspension, chunky tires, and countless electronic aids all have the ability to explode at ultra-low rock crawl speeds or slightly higher dry lake bed speeds. But it’s not a Ford F-150 raptor. You can see that the rear edge tends to bottom out with a medium speed bump, limiting the speed over broken terrain. But it’s still light, thrown into dirt that is powerful and purposeful, and easily gets over obstacles thanks to electronic crawl controls that act as something of off-road cruise control when properly applied .
Other standard safety technologies
The last bit of improvement for the new Tacoma is a new discovery level of standard electronic driving safety assistance called the Toyota Safety Sense P that comes with all new Tacoma. It includes four safety systems: pedestrian detection pre-collision braking, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control (but not low speed but not stop-and-go traffic assistance), lane departure warning, and automatic high beam.
The price of the new 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has not changed much except for high-end models. Most versions saw a modest $ 200 price bump, while Top Limited and TRD Pro models saw a price increase from $ 995 to $ 1,000. If you can live without a better headroom you can afford with a power seat and if you are not a fan of Apple Car Play or Android Auto, the difference between Tacoma in 2019 and 2021 is so small that between them Choosing it becomes an issue that can result in a better deal. If these two features push Tacoma from “dododo ‘,” to the “Finally works for me” category, 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is the way to go.
2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is still one step behind the rest of the modern mid-sized truck class, but the satisfied owner’s army is not wrong. Tacoma’s popularity cannot be denied, and it is likely that 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will continue to satisfy Toyota owners like the previous version.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has been preparing cars, trucks and SUV races for Japan’s largest car manufacturer since 1979. In recent history, as we prepare to commemorate the 40th anniversary, the focus in the United States has focused on Tacoma, Tundra, 4 Runner, Sequoia’s rugged body-on-frame, off-road ready, and TRD Pro variants .
All TRD Pros are tougher, each offering new shock, tire, and skid plate standards, making these models very possible on every trail. However, a recent test found which of the four TRD Pro vehicles was the most severe. Northwest OHV Park near Dallas, Texas is the place of our proof and at our disposal is 4 runners, Tacoma, Tundra, and the new Sequoia TRD Pro.