About Toyotas TRD PRO Series - The off-road Vehicles We Didn't Expect.

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For the adventure seekers of the world, Toyota has you covered in their TRD Pro Series! From trucks to SUVs to family vehicles, they want you to be able to take the whole family off-road.
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Emily MacKinnon

, Executive Assistant in
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What is TRD and how did it come about?

What originally began as just a sponsored racing team in the 1960s then went on to create the first turbo racing car and win the first World Rally Championship. They knew after their success in racing they could do so much, not just in the world of racing but for the everyday consumer who likes adventure. Thus in 1979 expanded into creating the division of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to build racing accessories for race drivers and the average consumer.

The philosophy for this division of their company is to create high-quality off-road vehicles meant not just for racing but also for everyday off-roading. Toyota's first-ever car to have the new "TRD Pro" badge began with the 2010 Tundra TRD. A couple of years later they introduced the 4Runner and Tacoma models into the TRD lineup, the Sienna in 2017, and finally, the 2018 C-HR rounded out their TRD PRO series.

The Tundra is described by Toyota as being "In your element", meaning that it looks at home in the harsh elements out on the trails. The 4Runner, Tacoma, and Sienna are described as "Unapologetically Different", meaning that they're not ashamed of their uniqueness and like to stand out. The C-HR is described as "Uniquely You", again showing that the cars were created for individualistic tastes and expressions.

Tundra TRD Pro

The 2021 Tundra TRD Pro comes with a 5.7L i-Force V8 engine that puts out 381 hp, 401 lb.-ft of torque. It has a ten-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting capabilities and a locking rear differential for maximum traversal abilities. The standard TRD Bilstein shock absorbers give the Tundra TRD Pro better stability when it travels at high speeds and then hits obstacles or other cars.

Tacoma TRD Pro

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes with a 4.0L V6 engine which outputs 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft of torque. It also includes the same eight-speed automatic and locking rear differential as the Tundra, so you can continue your off-roading experience on this model just as well as you could on the Tundra TRD Pro.

Interior of of the Tundra TRD Pro

4Runner TRD Pro

The 2022 4Runner TRD Pro also has a 4.0L V6 engine, but it outputs 270 hp and 278 lb.-ft of torque. The only major difference between the Tacoma and the 4Runner's drivetrains is that the 4Runner comes with a much shorter five-speed automatic transmission, so if you were to compare both vehicles performance-wise, the Tacoma would have better acceleration 0-100 times despite having less HP than its competitor.

The 4Runner does have several key advantages over its competitive counterpart, though: a more comfortable cabin for rear passengers by increasing legroom in the back seat and adding storage spaces for extra convenience when travelling, better power to weight ration, and the fact that it's about an inch wider than the Tacoma which could make a big difference in certain off-road scenarios.

Sequoia TRD Pro

The Sequoia is a large 7 passenger SUV that might seem like an odd vehicle to have in this lineup of trucks. Such is the beauty of Toyota's TRD Pro division: they constantly aim to provide high-quality offroad vehicles for everyone at competitive prices, including those who want to take the entire family off-roading. The Sequoia TDR Pro comes with an all-aluminum 5.7L V8 engine, Fox Shocks and tuned anti-sway bars to ensure a smooth ride while on the highway. The adaptive Suspension system and Multi-Mode 4wd allows you to be able to handle any back road path you take while still offering the luxury features that one would expect in a modern vehicle.

Fortunately, Toyota knows what they're doing when it comes to making luxurious off-roading machines, so you can rest easy knowing that if you were to choose any of the models mentioned in this article, your next off-roading adventure would be unforgettable.

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About the author
Emily MacKinnon
, Executive Assistant
Originally from Nova Scotia, Emily has spent the last 9 years in sales and customer service. A jack of all trades. She hopes to be able to help educate and get people excited about their next car purchases through her expression in these blogs.

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