The new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a vehicle all in its own class. For ten years, the Tacoma has been the best-selling mid-size truck, and for good reason. Versatile and competent yet stylish, it truly is the truck to be beat. If you need further proof, look no further than the results of the 2016 Texas Auto Writers Association’s “Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas” award.
The TAWA is made up of journalists who put trucks to the test. At a ranch on the outskirts of Austin, the 2017 Tacoma and other trucks showed their stuff on a level three off road course.
A heavy competition
The TAWA competition took place at Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. The event, known as the “Texas Truck Rodeo,” serves to separate the good from the bad and the mediocre.
More than 70 auto writers participated in this event, taking the time to test drive more than 80 vehicles, take from the top SUV and truck manufacturers around the world.
This event isn’t just about Texas or pickups, however. The Texas Truck Rodeo results are covered in national media from USA Today to Consumer Reports and Motor Trend. All kinds of trucks are put through the wringer, including pickups, SUVs and CUVs. Manufacturers work hard each year to earn these awards, and they mention them in their promotional materials around the world.
Texas born and bred
It is perhaps no surprise that the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro performed so well in Texas. After all, Texas is its native state. The vehicle is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in San Antonio, and impressed the TAWA judges most of all with its exhaust, suspension and off-road tech.
What makes the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro special
Let’s take a quick look at some of the features that make this vehicle so good when it’s off road:
- Front springs with a 1-inch lift
- Rear suspension that uses progressive-rate off-road leaf spring
- 16-ich TRD black alloy wheels
- Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires
- Crawl Control System
- Multi-Terrain Select
- Locking rear differential
- Hill start assist control
- Active traction control
And that’s just for starters. This is the one vehicle among the competition that was able to handle most of the off road track without even having to go into four wheel drive.
A great-looking performer
Make no mistake, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is true to its heritage. You’ll catch the truly Toyota grill and the TRD Pro badge on the front door featuring a diamond-patterned finish. The rear tailgate has black TRD Pro 4x5 tailgate badging, as well as TRD cat-black stainless steel exhaust.
The segment-first Atkinson Cycle engine V6 puts out 278 horses, which is great for going off the beaten path.
The Tacoma has never been a luxury pickup, but that’s not to say the design isn’t truly inspired. The dash inserts on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro utilize rubber styling, making for a great look and plenty of durability, for example.
Just looking at this vehicle makes you confident that you can get from here to there without much trouble at all.
If you’re looking for great off road performance combined with style and reliability, look no further than the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. The TAWA recognizes its true place in the market, now it’s time you did the same. Come on out to Toyota of Denton today and get behind the wheel of this truly iconic truck today.
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