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For a little extra cash, you can upgrade from the Toyota Tacoma to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. But is the upgrade worth it? Let’s take a look at all of the extra goodies that come with the TRD Pro to see if you should upgrade or not. 

Is The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Worth The Extra Cash? 

The base model of the Toyota Tacoma starts around $26k, making it a more than fair priced mid-size truck. 

2020 Tacoma TRD Pro off-roads through mud
The 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro off-roads through mud | Toyota

However, to upgrade to the Toyota Tacoma, you have to spend a pretty penny because it starts around $43k. 

Upgrading only hurts the fuel economy slightly. Instead of getting up to 23 mpg on the highway, the TRD Pro only gets up to 22 mpg. 

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Performance 

With the base model Toyota Tacoma you have two engine options. There is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder option that pumps out 142 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. 

Or you can upgrade to the 3.5-lite V6 engine that produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine is the only option available for the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota

While you will have to pay a bit more to get your Toyota Tacoma to tow up to 6,8000 lb, the TRD Pro can tow 6,400 lb. The base model can only tow 3,500 lb, so upgrading almost doubles the towing capacity. 

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes with an optional snorkel. Some people dig its look, and others don’t like it. That decision is up to you. However, the high air intake does help keep the engine clear of dust and debris. 

The TRD Pro also comes with a fine-tuned off-roading suspension with Fox high-performance shocks. 

You also get TRD Pro skid plates to protect the undercarriage of the truck and a black cat exhaust. 

The TRD Pro is one of the only trim options to come with the multi-terrain camera as well. It provides a 360 view of the truck to show you exactly where your tires will land. You can also get this 360 camera in the double cab Toyota Tacoma Off-Road trim option. 

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Features 

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has a more confident and beastly look with LED headlights and a grille that says Tacoma across the front. The tailgate also has Tacoma embossed for refined boldness against the competition. 

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota

The interior is also incredibly luxurious. Instead of having cloth seats, enjoy luxurious padded-leather seats along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel. 

Technology-wise, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is pretty cool. It can connect to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, as well as your smartwatch. You can start the engine and lock the doors with the touch of a button. 

Plus, the truck bed features an external 120-volt outlet to power your devices if needed, and the truck serves as a Wi-fi hotspot. 

Best of all, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is equipped with the Star Safety System that incorporates brake assistance, smart stop, vehicle stability control, and much more. 

So, YES! The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is worth the extra money. You get an enormous amount of off-roading capability, a smart truck, enhanced safety, and optimal comfort with this trim option.