Is the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Worth the Upgrade Cost?

the Tacoma has tons of variants to offer, but it’s no secret that one of the fastest ways to make your Toyota Tacoma the biggest and baddest truck on the block is by going for the TRD Pro trim. But is the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro worth the costs of upgrading? 

How much is the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro? 

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma in the dirt
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You can get started in a 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro for about $44,075. The Toyota Tacoma SR, which is the base model, begins at about $26,150. So, paying an extra $17,925 could feel like a lot, but you do get tons of durable equipment to enhance the Tacoma’s performance and off-roading abilities. 

For 2021, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro didn’t change much. According to CarIndigo, the TRD Pro gained 18-inch black TRD alloy wheels that are wrapped in Nitti Terra Grappler tires. Also, the new 2021 TRD Pro color is Lunar Rock, which replaced the Army Green color. 

What comes with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro package? 

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If you opt for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, then you get 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass Shock Absorbers that have been uniquely tuned for high-speed conditions and improved off-roading performance. The TRD-tuned springs provide an extra inch of lift in the front to match the Jeep Gladiator. 

You also get LED headlights, fog lights, and high beams, as well as a lockable rear differential. In the front, you’ll notice the TRD Pro skid plate, and in the rear, you’ll see a TRD Pro cat-back exhaust.

Interior features include leather upholstery with TRD badging, a sliding rear window with privacy glass, a 4.2-inch driver information display, multi-terrain panoramic view mirror, and more. 

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission and includes standard 4WD. 

Can you save with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road? 

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma with a camper
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If you don’t want to spring for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, you can save with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road trim instead. The Off-Road trim begins at about $34,000, making it almost $10,000 cheaper than the TRD Pro. 

The TRD Off-Road variant comes with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine and can be equipped with the optional manual transmission. It’s also available in RWD or 4WD and can be purchased with the Double or Access cab. The TRD Pro is only available with the Double cab. 

With the TRD Off-Road model, you don’t get the hood scoop or the air dam, but you do get the lockable rear differential. Instead of the Fox shocks, you get Bilstein monotube shocks. Plus, the selectable off-road traction control system and crawl control mode are included. 

The TRD Off-Road is an inch shorter than the TRD Pro. However, you can add the TRD Lift Kit for about $1,450. This is the price of the equipment alone. You will also need to pay for it to be installed at a dealership. This process could take about five hours and add about $800 to $1,000 to the final price.

The Toyota Tacoma TRD is affordable, but the Off-Road trim can provide savings. Also, there are tons of after market mods to consider if you get a used option.