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2021 Toyota Tacoma: Is the Limited Model Worth $4,500 Over the TRD Off-Road?

Pickup trucks have come a long way. From meager beginnings as mere haulers to luxurious travelers, the pickup has more to offer us than we could’ve imagined. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is one of the few that can give you luxury, but at a lower price than most of its rivals. 

Two of the more popular trim levels of the Tacoma are the TRD Off-Road and the Limited. Which one is worth the money? Torquenews goes over some of the reasons why the TRD Off-Road is a better option. 

What is the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road package?

No matter what trim level you get, you’re going to have a fun, comfortable vehicle to drive. But if you’re looking for something specific, one tri level appears be more appealing than the other. The TRD Off-road is the perfect choice for those who value adventure more than anything. 

If you spend a good deal of time outdoors camping, sand surfing with your vehicle, or plowing through snow, the TRD Off-Road has what you need. With a five-mode Multi-Terrain Selector, as this Toyota YouTube video shows you, you can easily switch to whatever drive mode you need and go. 

Powering it up is a 3.5-liter V6 motor paired with a six-speed automatic transmission or a manual six-speed if you choose to upgrade. As for EPA ratings, the TRD Off-Road gets 18 mpg in the city and 22 when traveling on the highway, which is the same as what you’ll find with the Limited trim. 

Price-wise, the TRD Off-Road starts at $34,415, according to Toyota’s website. Like the TRD Pro, the TRD Off-Road is certainly well worth the price. 

Is the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited worth the money?

The Tacoma Limited has many of the same features the TRD Off-Road has. You would get the same V6 engine with the same six-speed automatic transmission. However, you won’t get the manual option as you do with the TRD. Both come with a 4×4 drivetrain, but the Limited comes with the automatic-limited slip differential. 

This is the model that’s perfect for leisure activities, as are SR5 and the TRD Sport. The Limited, however, offers more luxury with its leather upholstery and a power moonroof. There are even more available features to check out. 

You can get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, panoramic view camera, rear parking sensors, and a six-speaker JBL sound system. There are also 18-inch wheels as well as a full chrome grille. The only issue is you get the double cab, but no other body style. 

As for price, the Toyota Tacoma Limited starts at $39,005, which is almost $5,000 more than the TRD model. 

How to decide which trim level is better for you

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Would the extra money you’d pay for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Limited trim be worth it for what you get? A lot of that would depend on what you use your truck for.

Obviously, if you want adventure in off-roading, you should go for the TRD Off-Road instead, which would keep more money in your pocket to spend on available packages for off-roading. 

If you’re into leisurely activities but don’t care so much for having a ton of features in your truck, you’re better off going with something like the SR5 or even the base instead

With the price being set at almost $40,000, it’s already pretty high for a midsize truck. If you add other packages, it’s only going to get higher. If you want to go for the Limited, you’re better off sticking with the standard features and keeping the costs down. If you can afford the extra money, it should be worth it for you. 

Both the Toyota Tacoma Limited and the TRD Off-Road are great pickup trucks. Decide what needs you have for your lifestyle and find the model that best represents those needs.