2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD: 3 Distinct Models-Which One Is the Best?
For 2023, three distinct TRD models of Toyota’s Tacoma pickup are available. What’s the difference between the three of them, other than their price? The Tacoma TRD Sport, Off Road, and Pro all offer unique takes on the Toyota Racing Development moniker.
What are the Toyota Tacoma TRD trim prices?
Beginning with price, the TRD Sport base price is between $34,660 and $36,435 depending on bed length and other options. With the Off Road trim, the base price is between $35,940 and $38,905. The most expensive is the TRD Pro, starting at $47,185 to $48,890. All of the TRD versions come with either two-wheel or 4×4.
Below the Sport are the SR and SR5. But between them and the TRD Sport and Off-Road are the Limited and Trail Edition. At the top, options and price-wise is the TRD Pro. Single- and double-cab bodies are part of Tacoma’s appeal. Towing capacity is a solid 6,800 lbs.
All three come with either a manual or automatic transmission. And all versions come with the 159 hp four-cylinder engine, hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission. But you might prefer the optional 3.5-liter V6, with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Only the Tacoma and Jeep Gladiator offer a manual transmission, according to Edmunds. If you do choose the manual with the TRD Pro, you can only get it with the 5.0-foot bed. Why? We don’t know.
What do you get with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road?
The visual differences are more than you would expect. Starting with the Sport, it features a non-functional hood scoop. The suspension is “sport-tuned,” with improved street performance as the objective. It is also a bit stiffer than SR and base Tacomas. Additionally, both the bumpers and fender flares are body-color. So generally, this is the most street-centric TRD version.
For the Off Road, the goal is the ability to go off the main highways into the trails. To the end, Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control offer different modes to attack mud, sand, loose rock, rock, dirt, or mogul modes, with Crawl Control offering a mode to get through deep sand or mud.
Its suspension includes Bilstein shocks and a locking rear differential. Visually, matte black bumpers and fender flares distinguish it from the Sport. Skid plates are also part of the package. It’s also offered a six-foot bed.
What do you get with the Tacoma TRD Pro?
Moving to the TRD Pro, you first notice the lift, which offers 9.4 inches of clearance. There are upgrades to the 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass dampers. With the four-cylinder, towing capacity is 6800 lbs for rear-wheel drive or 6500 lbs with four-wheel drive. Ordering the V6 towing capacity lowers to 6500 lbs.
Inside, the TRD Pro offers more features, including dual-zone automatic climate control. Going with the Technology package includes LED headlights and blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking assist. Beyond the TRD differences, the Tacoma has more standard driver-assist features than any other in the midsize pickup class.