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What Does Toyota TRD Stand for?

We’ve seen the famed Toyota TRD badging on many models. The trucks like the Toyota Sequoia, 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra all have options for TRD packages. Additionally, we now see TRD packages for the Camry and the Avalon. But what is the Toyota TRD meaning? What do these letters stand for?

Toyota Racing Development

TRD means “Toyota Racing Development.” It’s an acronym that signifies specially tuned parts and mechanics for various vehicles. Each TRD package adds some cosmetic enhancements. It also adds things like upgraded shocks or designated features for racing or off-roading.

Two 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road trucks parked in a field
2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road | Toyota

The Tacoma TRD Pro and the 4Runner TRD Pro are probably the most popular in the TRD segment. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and 4Runner are both off-road tuned trucks. The TRD upgrades for these two make them almost unrivaled in terms of going off-road. The Camry and the Avalon are both far edgier than their tamer sedan counterparts.

Does TRD cost extra?

Yes, the TRD packages will cost more. The TRD packages for varying Toyota vehicles are different trim levels. Some models are the perfect embodiment of the fundamental Toyota TRD meaning, while others are kind of just for looks. Either way, you pay for it. For example, the 2021 Toyota 4Runner has a base price of $37,515––according to Car and Driver. The TRD Off-Road 2021 4Runner costs $41,480. Car and Driver reports that the TRD Pro package for a 2021 Toyota 4Runner will cost about $51,645. Of course, you get a lot for the upgrade. Things like Fox shocks and designated wheels ad tires come standard.

For the Toyota Tundra, it’s a similar rundown. However, the 2021 Tundra only has one TRD package. Car and Driver shows that the base price for the 2021 Tundra is $35,270. The TRD Pro package will cost about $50,370.

white 2020 Toyota Camry TRD family sedan with performance specs
2020 Toyota Camry TRD | Toyota Media

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The sedans may not have TRD off-road packages, but they do have their own version of the Toyota factory enhanced tuning. For instance, starting in the 2020 model year the Camry gets a special exhaust system if you add the TRD package. If you buy a base model 2021 Toyota Camry, you’re looking at about $26,000––according to Car and Driver. For the TRD enhanced 2021 Camry, you’ll be out around $32,000.

Is TRD Pro worth it?

If you plan to actually test the limits of your truck off-road, it’s totally worth it. For example, according to AutoTrader the TRD package for a 2018 Toyota Tacoma features an incredible list of standard designated off-road features. A lift and Fox Off-Road suspension with front coilovers and remote reservoir rear shock absorbers, for instance. Additionally, we see a cat-back exhaust system.

2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro | Toyota

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The 2021 Toyota 4Runner is a popular choice for TRD packages also. The TRD Pro on a 2021 4Runner also gets the Fox shocks. Plus, it has a skid plate and newly designed black TRD wheels surrounded by Nitto Terra Grappler tires. Additionally, the new 4Runner has “retuned dampers that Toyota says are intended to improve isolation during trail driving”––according to Car and Driver.

the 2021 TRD Pro lineup in lunar rock in a sandy scene
2021 TRD Pro Lineup | Toyota

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Overall, it’s a worthwhile upgrade for serious off-roaders only

For the trucks like the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, the upgrades are incredibly worth it if you plan to spend lengths of time on the trails. However, if your Tundra, Sequoia, or 4Runner will mostly go on the street it’s probably best to skip the package. Even if it does make them look incredibly rugged and cool. In reality, looks aren’t really what exemplifies the Toyota TRD meaning.

Does the RAV4 have TRD?

The Toyota RAV4 does have a TRD off-road package new for the 2020 model year. It received some off-road tuning, AWD, and more rugged appearance. However, Todd Lassa with Automobile Magazine says it is far more suited to gravel roads than actual off-roading.