Ever since the TRD Pro package entered the market, Tacoma became the most popular mid-size truck. However, it happened in 2015 and we expect updates on this package. Initially, there were three models in the lineup and in 2020, Sequoia joined the squad. Still, the old members of this unit need to catch up with the competition. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro should be the major upgrade on the pickup since the new generation is not coming any time soon. The company won’t even refresh the look until the next series debut in 2024 or 2025.
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is going to be even meaner than before, and it is already a truck that will take you almost anywhere. There are different reports on how deep into the water the pickup can go. Still, you will need to move all the time not to kill the engine. One of the key upgrades is a suspension lift, which makes the pickup run above various obstacles. A V6 engine is the same as for the regular model, while you can also purchase lighter TRD Sport and Off-Road versions if $40,000 is too big an investment.
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Accessories
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is lifted thanks to the Fox suspension. However, aftermarket upgrades can even do it better. The new TRD Pro package is going to include Bilstein shocks. All-terrain tires are delivered by Goodyear Wrangler. The Pro version is upgrading the lighter TRD models, Sport and Off-Road, with different accessories.
When buying the 4×4 truck, you are getting Fox shocks and coil-overs. There is a remote reservoir shock absorbers. The truck is sitting 9.5 inches above the ground. The 2022 YM is going to be unchanged, but in the future, buyers could get an even larger gap. A unique aluminum skid plate is protecting the underbody upfront. Wheels are also special with a wider track and 16-inch diagonal. To achieve a more balanced ride, there is a larger anti-sway bar. The hood with a scoop is also added and there is the eye-black decal. At the back, the cat-style exhaust is the most notable upgrade. We don’t have to mention that 4×4 is standard.
Of course, there are some other cosmetic upgrades that won’t help you too much in tough situations. The grille is the highlight of the exterior. Also, there are black headlights and a few badges around the pickup. Shift knob, floor mats, and leather seats are interior accessories different than on other models.
Under the hood of the 2022 Toyota Tacoma, TRD Pro is a V6 engine, the same one as other models are using. There is no power upgrade, so everything is about the suspension system and other driving accessories. Compared to some other vehicles, a 3.5-liter engine is delivering 278 hp (290 horsepower on some SUVs) and 265 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission, as well as the automatic gearbox, are available. A 4×4 is included in the offer. the TRD Pro model will tow as much as the standard edition, but the package is making the overall weight go up, as well as the fuel consumption.
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Chevy Colorado ZR2
The biggest rival to the 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will still be the Chevrolet Colorado and its meanest version, ZR2. The company is also offering a lighter Z71. Still, the battle is on between two best-selling trucks in the US. A full-locking differential is added compared to other versions, as well as the 17-inch wheels. Multimatic shocks will make the pickup sit a bit higher above the ground. However, GM is making a difference with a diesel engine. A 2.8-liter Duramax unit can produce 190 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque.
Alternatives: Nissan Frontier Pro-4X, Ford Ranger Raptor
Besides the ZR2 Colorado, there are a few other off-road trucks that could be considered as rivals to the Tacoma TRD Pro. Sometimes, the Pro-4X model of Nissan Frontier is not included in talks about the best all-terrain trucks in the market. But, the Japanese company made an incredible craft.
Next season, you will have the Hercules model for the Jeep Gladiator, as the next stage of Rubicon upgrades. We can’t wait to see this model, especially if FCA makes it available with the diesel unit. Jeep features a 3.0-liter turbodiesel with even more power and torque than Colorado. The truck is actually the famous Wrangler SUV turned into the pickup. Like this one and 4Runner, we will see the same competition between 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Jeep Gladiator.
Finally, it is just a matter of time when will the Ford Ranger Raptor arrive in the US. It is available in Europe and Australia and it is the best off-road truck in these markets. However, Ford is focused on the new F-150 Raptor that will rival Ram 1500 TRX in the new segment. these trucks will deliver over 700 horsepower.
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