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2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road

Class: Compact Pickup

Miles driven:  306

Fuel utilized:  17.5 gallons

Real-world fuel economy:  17.5 mpg

Driving mix:  65% city, 35% highway

CG Report Card
Room and Comfort B
Power and Performance B+
Fit and Finish B-
Fuel Economy B-
Value B-
Report-card grades are stemmed from an agreement of test-driver assessments. All grades are versus other cars in the very same class. Value grade is for particular trim level examined, and might not show Consumer Guide’s impressions of the whole model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big Guy C
Tall Guy B-
Big & Tall convenience scores are for front seats just. “Big” score based upon male tester weighing roughly 350 pounds, “Tall” score based upon 6’6″-high male tester.
Engine Specs 278-hp 3.5-liter
Engine Type V6
Transmission 6-speed automated
Drive Wheels 4WD

EPA-estimated fuel economy:  18/22/20 (city/highway/combined)

Fuel type:  Regular gas

Base rate:  $37,380 (not consisting of $1175 location charge)

Options on test car:  Advanced Technology Package ($1700), TRD Premium Off-Road Package ($3815), door-edge guard ($140), door sill protector ($79), mudguards ($129), tiny tie-down loop ($45), 5′ oval tube action–black ($469), TRD front skid plate ($499), D-rings ($55), TRD air filter ($90), black symbol overlay ($160), TRD efficiency exhaust ($799), TRD shift knob ($140), bed action ($300), bed light ($149), soft tonneau cover ($739)

Price as evaluated:  $47,863


Quick Hits

The excellent:  Peppy velocity; off-road ability

The excellent:  Decent trip for a major off-road truck; uncomplicated control design

The not so excellent:  So-so interior products; sound; restricted interior area; some motorists suffer uncomfortable seating position

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CG Says:

The Toyota Tacoma takes pleasure in something of a cult following that belongs to the Jeep Wrangler’s—its no-nonsense, purpose-built nature and off-road durability are ample for its fans to neglect a few of its drawbacks in chauffeur ergonomics, guest convenience, and general improvement. Plus, the Tacoma gain from Toyota’s sterling credibility for construct quality and long-term dependability.

The existing, third-generation Tacoma debuted for the 2016 design year, and has actually seen no significant updates ever since. For 2021, the modifications consist of small changes in basic devices, along with specifically cut Trail Edition and Nightshade designs. The 2022 design year brings trim updates for some designs (consisting of an eye-grabbing Electric Lime paint color that’s unique to the TRD Pro design) and a boost in trip height for the TRD Pro and Trail Edition designs, for enhanced technique and departure angles when passing through off-road challenges.

The TRD Off-Road trim level we evaluated this time around beings in the middle of the Tacoma lineup. It’s the most cost effective method to get some severe off-road upgrades, such as an electronic locking rear differential, off-road-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks, and an off-road traction-control system with several surface settings and a crawl-control mode.

Plus, the TRD Off-Road can be updated with a few of the devices that comes requirement in the top-line Tacoma TRD Pro. Our test car was geared up with the TRD Premium Off-Road Package (which includes a sunroof, automated headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, premium JBL-brand audio system, and navigation/remote-connectivity upgrades) and the Advanced Technology Package (which includes color-keyed power outside rearview mirrors, rear parking sensing units, and a Multi-Terrain Monitor off-road cam system). The Multi-Terrain Monitor uses several view modes, consisting of a 360-degree surround view and particular front and profile, along with an “under the vehicle” view (produced by formerly taped video footage from the forward-facing cam) that’s specifically useful in off-road driving.

We’ve formerly evaluated TRD Pro designs for 2019 and 2020, so we’ll refer you to those evaluations for additional information. If you’re interested in catching a third-generation Tacoma, the 2022 design year might be your last possibility to do so—a brand new fourth-generation Tacoma remains in the works, and it may get here as a 2023 design. Substantial modifications are anticipated for the next-generation Tacoma, such as brand-new body-on-frame architecture with a coil-spring rear suspension rather of the existing leaf-spring setup, styling comparable to the redesigned-for-2022 Tundra full-size pickup, and perhaps a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that may use a hybrid variation too.

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