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Taco Tuseday: Is Toyota’s New Tacoma TRD Lift Kit Worth it?

If there’s anything we know about folks and their Tacos it’s that people love to customize and upgrade their Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks. If you opted out of a TRD Pro Tacoma model and purchased a different 4×4 version with a V6 powerplant, Toyota now offers a factory TRD lift kit. But is Toyota’s new Tacoma TRD lift kit worth it? For this week’s Taco Tuesday we will go through the specs of the new kit. Then we’ll talk about whether or not the upgrade is worth the cash.

Lifting a truck even just a couple of inches can add some serious additional off-road capability. It improves the approach and departure angle as well as the breakover angle. But how much is this new dealer-installed TRD lift kit and is it worth buying for your Toyota Tacoma pickup truck?

Toyota announces a factory Tacoma TRD lift kit for your Taco

Last week, Toyota announced the new factory TRD lift kit for the Tacoma. It’s a great way to add some more capability to your Taco. However, it can’t be added to just any Toyota Tacoma pickup truck model.

An image of a 2021 Toyota Tacoma with the new TRD lift kit outside off-roading.
2021 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

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Toyota’s new Tacoma TRD lift kit is compatible with any 2020 or newer Tacoma with a V6 engine and 4×4 powertrain. Excluding the TRD Pro model, of course. It doesn’t exactly need this enhancement because a skid plate, TRD tuned suspension, and Fox shocks are all part of the TRD Pro features list.

How much does the TRD lift kit for a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck cost?

According to Toyota’s press release, the MSRP for this dealer-installed TRD lift kit is $1,350. That doesn’t include the 4 to 5 hours of labor it takes to add this to your truck. But it’s still not astronomical. Toyota’s new Tacoma TRD lift kit includes some pretty sweet enhancements. For many, this added cost will totally prove worth it. Especially if you actually plan to go for regular off-pavement romps in your Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

An image of a 2021 Toyota Tacoma outside off-roading.
2021 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota

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The lift kit adds height to the Tacoma’s stance. Two inches up front and one inch in the rear, according to Toyota. The kit increases the ground clearance by 1.7 inches. New Bilstein shocks are part of the enhanced TRD suspension. One of the primary reasons consumers are likely to love this lift package is that it includes a new grille that looks like those found standard on the TRD Pro model.

It’s also the only Tacoma lift kit that is considered completely Toyota Safety Sense )TSS compatible. That means that Toyota’s new dealer-installed lift kit won’t hinder your safety features. The new Tacoma TRD lift kit can be added to any V6 model with a 4×4 powertrain. The only exception other than 4-cylinder and 2WD models is that the kit is not compatible with the Double Cab Long Bed models or the TRD Pro (duh).

Can I add the lift kit to my Tacoma?

Toyota specifies that this lift kit is meant to be dealer-installed. While there are other aftermarket lift kits out there, this one is fully compatible with TSS. Additionally, it’s a great way to get an authentic TRD Pro grille added to your Taco.

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road climbing a rocky hill
Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road | Toyota

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While some truck owners are likely to balk at the fact that we aren’t meant to DIY this new TRD Tacoma lift kit, the fact that this one is dealer-installed has its advantages. For one, you won’t have to worry about messing with the safety features. Another major bonus to adding this factory TRD lift kit is that it won’t void your warranty. In fact, the kit is covered by the same factory warranty as any other TRD parts and accessories. If the lift package gets added to your Toyota Tacoma pickup before the time of sale, the warranty covers the parts for 36,000 miles/3 years. If the kit is added after purchasing the Taco, it’s covered for 12,000 miles/1 year.

Is it worth it?

While how you spend your money is ultimately up to you, we are going to go ahead and conclude this Taco Tuesday by saying we think it’s worth it––if you plan to actually embark on off-road adventures. The cost isn’t super high. Plus, it comes with the benefits of factory warranty coverage for the TRD parts and accessories. It also provides the benefit of knowing this dealer-installed Tacoma TRD lift kit is completely compatible with Toyota’s full safety suite.

An image of a 2021 Toyota Tacoma with upgraded TRD lift kit ground clearance outside off-roading.
2021 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota