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The 2022 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size truck that comes in a variety of trim levels. They range from the base SR which is essentially a work truck, to the top trim Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. And that is why many truck buyers choose to make the Tacoma their vehicle of choice. Especially when it comes to finding an off-road truck. The Tacoma offers the ability to handle rugged terrains. But, which trim is best for off-road use?

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is an off-road champ

With certain 2022 Toyota Tacoma trims, buyers can get a mid-size truck that is ready for off-road duty.
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For the ultimate off-roading truck, look no further than the Tacoma TRD Pro. It comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 278 horsepower and 265 pound-foot of torque. Better yet, it offers the option for a six-speed manual transmission.

When it comes to off-road ability, this mid-size truck truly shines. It offers an electronically locking rear differential, skid plates, and FOX shocks. Also notable is a terrain monitoring system that includes a camera. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is only available as a double cab and a five-foot bed. But it is still usable as a truck. 

To give the TRD Pro a more aggressive sound, Toyota includes a cat-back exhaust system. Not only is the sound improved on the outside, but the TRD Pro boasts a premium audio system as well. Exterior features, according to MotorTrend, include LED lighting with sequential turn signals. Plus the tailgate has a spoiler for a sporty look.

How expensive is the Tacoma TRD Pro?

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma has serious off-road capability, especially with the TRD Pro package.
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The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is by no means a cheap truck with a starting price of $46,135. But this price does get you one of the top off-road mid-size trucks that is currently on the market. 

In terms of comfort and convenience, the TRD Pro delivers leather-trimmed seating as well as safety tech like blind-spot monitoring. Better yet, this truck comes with TRD badging. To signal to others how capable your truck is. 

What is the 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road?

Not only is the 2022 Toyota Tacoma a mid-size truck, it can also be an off-road truck.
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The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is a simplified version of the TRD Pro. Toyota understands that not everyone wants to or has nearly $50,000 to spend on a mid-size truck. With the Tacoma TRD Off-Road, buyers still get the V6 engine and the choice between an automatic or manual transmission. 

It is available in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, but buyers who want something ready for the trails will likely want to opt for the 4×4 truck. Much like the TRD Pro, the TRD Off-Road also features a locking rear differential, but it is equipped with Bilstein shocks instead of Fox. 

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road has a starting price of $34,890. Which is over $10,000 cheaper than the top trim Tacoma. Because of this, unless you are planning to off-road your truck every weekend, the TRD Off-Road may be the ideal choice. Of course, it doesn’t come with the prestige or ruggedness that the Tacoma TRD Pro is able to deliver.