2019 Tacoma TRD Review

History of TRD.


Three Trims for Tacoma.


Universal V6 Engine.


Updated TRD Pro Trim.


Off-Road Power.


According to Toyota UK’s website, Toyota was “the first Japanese car manufacturer to compete in motorsport, campaigning the grueling Round Australia Rally in 1957.” Toyota created a division within the company, called Toyota Sports Corner, to create a vehicle for the rally. Although the vehicle ended 47th, it was still able to finish the nineteen-day event. This inspired Toyota to explore a new market, enhancing vehicles beyond their factory builds.

In 1976, Toyota renamed its Toyota Sports Corner to Toyota Racing Development or TRD. By 1979, they had decided it was time to bring this division to the USA. TRD USA was created, and Toyota began participating in more and more racing projects. From the Baja 1000 to Nascar, Toyota competed in and won numerous races and rallies. Then, in the mid-90s, Toyota decided on a new course of action.

When 1995 rolled around, TRD released a supercharger for the Toyota Camry to the public. This was the beginning of a long-running decision by Toyota to have TRD develop not only incredible racing vehicles but also unique products for the general populace. Then 1997 arrived. In 1997, Toyota released a trim for the Toyota Tacoma. Labeled the TRD Off-Road package, this trim came with unique TRD-developed parts for greater ability to drive off-road.

Fast forward a little over twenty years, and Toyota has established TRD trims as standard options on the Toyota Tacoma. For the 2019 model, the Tacoma gets three different TRD trims: TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro. The TRD Sport starts at an MSRP of $32,545, the TRD Off-Road trim begins at $33,800 MSRP, and the TRD Pro arrives as the highest level trim on the Tacoma at an MSRP of $42,960.

The TRD Sport is the third available trim on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma after the SR and SR5 trims. It is the first trim in the Tacoma lineup to come standard with the powerful V6 engine. The 2019 Tacoma’s V6 engine comes with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft. of torque while the standard four cylinder engine only gets 159 hp and 180 lb-ft. of torque. On the SR and SR5 trims, you can equip the V6 engine, but it will cost extra. In fact, the SR model with a V6 engine starts at $32,115 MSRP, only $400 less than the starting TRD Sport trim.

Beyond the V6 engine, the TRD Sport trim gets 17-in. wheels, a bigger 7-in. touchscreen equipped with Entune audio, a wireless smartphone charging station, and LED lights. There is also push button start on automatic transmission models. The TRD Sport trim also happens to be the first trim on the Tacoma to have a manual option. What it comes to is that the TRD Sport trim is meant for those who want a bit more style in their vehicle. Unique fender and rear bumper flares create a unique look that will not go unnoticed.

The trim immediately above the TRD Sport is the TRD Off-Road. Similar to the TRD Sport model, the TRD Off-Road gets a 7-in. touchscreen, wireless phone charging, and a manual transmission option. But the TRD Off-Road has a mission. It wants to take you as far off-road as you are willing to go, and it is equipped to make it happen.

The TRD Off-Road model does away with the TRD Sport’s front airdam, adds new skid plates, and includes a locking rear differential. The locking rear differential allows both of the back tires to have the same amount of power. In Tacoma trims that are not meant for off-roading, power is sent to the tire with the least amount of resistance. This is helpful for driving on the road, but when off-roading, the tire with the least resistance might be hanging over empty space. In this scenario, you want power in the tire firmly planted on the ground, which is what the rear locking differential allows for.

That isn’t all, though. The TRD Off-Road trim also adds new shocks and Toyota’s signature CRAWL system. The CRAWL system takes care of throttle and acceleration in five different terrain settings. These are Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, and Rock modes. Depending on the area, you select one of these settings and just focus on steering to traverse difficult terrain. With all of these upgrades in tow, you will be off on your next adventure in no time.

Finally, there is the TRD Pro trim for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. Imagine the TRD Pro as a mixture between the TRD Off-Road and Limited trims. In the TRD Pro, you will enjoy all of the adventurous capability of the TRD Off-Road with all the luxuries you would expect in a Limited trim.

The TRD Pro trim comes with most everything the TRD Off-Road has. There is a rear locking differential, extra skid plates, and the option of a manual transmission. CRAWL control is not offered, though. Unique to this trim are special TRD leather seats. These seats come standard with heating elements, and speaking of temperature, the TRD Pro model comes with dual zone air conditioning. This feature allows you to have different temperatures for the driver and passenger, increasing comfort for a passenger who has different preferences from the driver.

For better off-road performance, the TRD Pro trim rides an inch higher than the rest of the Tacoma trims. There are also unique 16-in. wheels that comes with special TRD badging. For better performance, the TRD Pro model comes with a special TRD Pro cat-back exhaust and 2.5-in. Fox Internal Bypass coil-overs. Also unique to the TRD Pro trim are LED fog lights that can make it easier to see in harsh conditions. A special desert air intake package is available on the automatic transmission that helps keep dirt out of the engine in the dusty desert. This keeps your vehicle running longer.

Toyota Racing Development have outdone themselves when creating these special trims. Whether you want to drive in luxury or just want to go on an adventure far off-road, there is a 2019 Toyota Tacoma for you. The hardest part is simply choosing which one you like best. If you would like to purchase a 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD trim, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.



Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

Toyota UK History of TRD: https://blog.toyota.co.uk/history-of-toyota-racing-development