Taco Tuesday: The New TRD Pro Color Isn’t Yellow

In the sneak peek photos we saw before, the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro paint color looked bright yellow. But it turns out the color isn’t yellow. But it is neon. 

front grille and quarter view of the 2022 Toyota Tacoma try pro in the mountains
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota Newsroom

The new TRD Pro Tacoma is coming with all-new off-road enhancements. And the new color option is highlighter green. If you want off-road capability and you want to stand out at the next weekend music fest you car camp at, this Taco is for you. 

The new 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Not everyone wants an off-road pickup truck that looks like a glowstick on wheels. Not to fear. For those that would rather remain more under the radar, can still opt for a more subdued paint job.

The color is called Electric Green, and it’s certainly a head-turner. However, as with past TRD Pro models, there are a variety of paint jobs to choose from. Overall, this is relatively the same Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro that we saw released last year. 

But there are some tweaks. Toyota has added some off-road improvements to the new TRD Pro model for 2022. It’s not just getting a fancy new paint job, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma also received some welcome updates to the suspension.  

But what’s new for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro? 

trd control arm and red fox shocks
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota Newsroom

First, let’s talk about the lift. For 2022, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro gets a 1.5-inch lift up front and a 0.5-inch lift in the rear suspension. Off-road obstacles should be easier than ever with raised maneuverability. Plus, it gets 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass coil-over shocks with remote reservoirs, Toyota reports

In addition to this enhanced off-road suspension, this midsize pickup truck also gets designated TRD billet aluminum control arms. Every new TRD Pro Tacoma model sends V6 power to all four TRD wheels. However, this year this midsize pickup truck will run on slightly wider Goodyear Wrangler tires than before.

This midsize pickup truck was made for off-road adventure

the electric green Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro color for 2022 perched on top of a Rocky Mountain
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota Newsroom

After falling head over heels for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro earlier this spring, I have to say that I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the 2022 model and have some fun. This is hands down one of the best off-road pickup trucks out there. Sure, it has a reputation for unrefined handling on pavement.  

That said, however, critics agree across the board that this midsize pickup truck was made for heading off the beaten path. Its backcountry capability is almost as wild as the new Electric Green paint color. For anyone who wants a truck that’s born for adventure, there’s a good chance they already want one of these. 

Does the 2022 Toyota Tacoma have a manual transmission? 

side view of an electric green Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2022 model driving on a sandy trail
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota Newsroom

This overview wouldn’t be complete unless we ask one of the most important questions––did the new Taco keep its manual transmission option? Yes. Toyota kept it simple for the puritans. 

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro comes with all-new bed stamping, a pedigree of over 50 years of off-roading Toyota predecessors, and a six-speed manual transmission option. For those that don’t want the manual, the Taco also keeps its six-speed automatic transmission.

We don’t know the price yet, but expect it to come in just a little higher than the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro starting price of $44,325. 

It’s the same truck, but a little better

the new trd pro bed stamp in the side near the rear of the truck bed
2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro | Toyota Newsroom

Overall, the new Toyota Tacoma isn’t redesigned or entering a new generation. The new Tacoma is largely the same truck it was before. This is the tail end of a generation, so some buyers may prefer to wait until the new generation drops before spending their cash on a new Tacoma. 

With the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s recent engine additions, there’s no telling what the future holds for the mighty little Taco. This midsize pickup truck is exciting for 2022 (I mean, come on. Electric Green?). But it’s also just keeping us on the edge of our seats when it comes to the next generation and what that might outlook like.

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