2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Professional
3.5-liter V6 (278 hp at 6,000 rpm; 265 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm)
Six-speed automated, all-wheel drive
18 metropolis / 22 motorway / 20 mixed (EPA score, MPG)
13.eight metropolis, 11.7 freeway, 12.9 mixed. (NRCan Ranking, L / 100km)
Base worth: $ 46,665 (US) / $ 56,735 (Canada)
As examined: $ 49,708 (US) / $ 59,581.70 (Canada)
Costs embrace a goal payment of $ 1,095 within the US and $ 1,915 for freight, PDI, and A / C taxes in Canada and can’t be straight in contrast resulting from cross-border gear variations.
When vans are instruments, some are meant for only one job whereas others can do a number of duties.
Depend the 2019 Toyota Tacoma among the many latter.
Even the all-terrain TRD Professional truck I examined was greater than only a one-trick truck – it did higher than the Jeep Gladiator or Chevrolet Colorado Bison that I examined later (evaluations comply with; left) listed here are the primary drives).
The adjustments for 2019 are minimal – all Tacomas now come normal with Toyota’s Security Sense suite with driver assistant expertise, two USB ports on the middle console, and the TRD Professional has normal JBL audio, normal sunroof and out there desert air consumption that filters out mud to maintain the airflow clear.
In case you purchase a Professional bundle, you additionally get 2.5-inch Fox bypass shocks for all 4 wheels. Different extras embrace a darkened hood scoop, entrance springs with a 1-inch hub, rear leaf springs for off-road use, entrance underrun safety plate, LED fog lights, LED daytime operating lights, projector headlights and black bezels for the headlights and taillights, 16-inch Wheels, Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires strengthened with Kevlar and TRD Professional badge.
What was irritating was that I by no means acquired an opportunity to drive the truck off-road, although I used to be on the off-road engaged on this story. As a result of time constraints and the truth that I used to be there to check one other OEM’s product, it was on the sidelines just a few hundred yards from the enjoyable.
Which is okay because the Tacoma TRD Professional turned out to shine fairly nicely on the commute in contrast to different off-road rigs (Hello, Gladiator, and Bison). The freeway experience to the off-road park in west-central Indiana went as easily as was to be anticipated with this all-terrain rubber. Not precisely car-like, however not precisely truck-like both. Steering corrections weren’t required a lot – mountain climbing was saved to a minimal. When the wheel must be turned, the steering really feel is a bit of heavy and synthetic, however common for a contemporary car.
Below the hood of my dyno was the three.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque that was tuned to a six-speed automated transmission. It is the trick for driving across the metropolis and overtaking highways, however do not anticipate fast acceleration, particularly from an off-roader of this kind.
The TRD Tacoma has the rugged seems you’d anticipate, and even because the third technology of this truck ages, it nonetheless seems nice. Nevertheless, the outside is ageing way more elegantly than the inside, which seems misplaced right here in 2019.
As outdated because the cabin seems, it isn’t strict. No less than not when it comes to features. The usual gear of my take a look at car included leather-heated entrance seats, premium audio, navigation system, Bluetooth, a number of USB ports, wi-fi charging of cellphones, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Base worth: $ 46,665.
Nearly each possibility was off-road oriented. Desert air consumption: $ 725. TRD air filter: $ 90. Paint Safety Movie: $ 395. Mattress mat: $ 120. Sill protector: $ 79. Deck rail digital camera mount: $ 56. D-Rings: $ 55. Fenders: $ 129. And so forth. Only a glass break sensor did not look like a pure off-road possibility because it’s extra of a security merchandise. This sensor is priced at $ 299.
In any case was stated and finished the sticker, together with the D and D, reached $ 49,708.
It is irritating to quickly take possession of such a boulder basher and make it no harder than climbing a driveway, however not less than this truck does not punish you an excessive amount of on the street. The experience is suitable, the steering is usually straight and whereas the inside seems outdated it’s nonetheless pampering itself nicely sufficient.
That is perhaps simply sufficient to make up for the dearth of the cool issue of the gladiator. It’s actually a stronger street bike than the bison.
Tacoma has been at or close to the highest of its class for some time, so it is no shock that Toyota hesitated to grapple with success. Even the Tacoma’s devoted off-roader is sweet at multitasking.
It is much less fascinating than a gladiator and fewer stylish on the street than the superb Honda Ridgeline. So what? The Tacoma – each total and in that individual disguise – covers the bases so nicely that it does not matter.
[Images © 2019 Tim Healey/TTAC]