2022 Tacoma TRD Pro: Hallelujah for Color!
Exclusive color and additional off-road ready equipment make the 2022 Toyota TRD Pro the best one yet.
If you have been following us for any length of time, you know we love color, and Toyota aims to please with the refreshed 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro in this exclusive Electric Lime Metallic exterior paint. Additional color options for 2022 are Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic for the 2022 model year. We look to stand out from the greyscale spectrum of vehicles that are purchased by consumers and we can't wait to get our hands on this shockingly bright truck.
2022 Tacoma TRD Pro: More Appearance Updates
A new paint color is not the only visual update to distinguish the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro from other year models, Toyota is also offering an available hood graphics package to complement the blacked-out hood scoop. TRD Pro modes also get a color matched rear bumper, door handles, and power outside rear-view mirrors, all with contrasting black overfenders. Also in black, the Tacoma front door badge, rear badging, and the same classic "TOYOTA" heritage grille.
The most unique exterior upgrade is the stamping of "TRD Pro" in the rear quarter panel of the bed. No cheap decals here, Toyota is stamping that coveted designation right into the sheet metal making it harder for not TRD Pro models to masquerade as the top model.
TRD Pro Means Business
The 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro is not just about exterior visual updates, the off-road hardware is updated too! A quick list of updates are:
Increased Suspension Lift Provides 1.5-inch Front Lift, 0.5-inch Rear Lift
New Forged Aluminum TRD Upper Control Arms Complement Increased Rebound Stroke
FOX Internal Bypass Shocks Provide Exceptional Off-Road Performance
With increased competition in the form of the Jeep Gladiator, Ford Ranger Tremor, Chevy Colorado ZR2, and all-new 2022 Nissan Frontier, the segment leader needed to make sure to stay up with the pack in terms of off-road essentials.
The improved 1.5-inch lift for the front, and 0.5-inch lift for the rear improve the approach angle to 36.4 degrees, the departure angle to 24.7 degrees, and the breakover angle to 26.6 degrees, all an improvement over the previous model, albeit not best-in-class. No word in the official release from Toyota on official ground clearance numbers.
TRD Pro and FOX Shocks
The 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro will come standard with specially-tuned FOX internal bypass shocks that were designed to deliver exceptional on- and off-road performance all while provided that extra bit of lift. These Fox shocks are tuned especially for the TRD Pro models, making that dealer upsell just a little easier. Contrasting the new Electric Lime Metallic exterior paint and black overfenders and badging are the new red springs and TRD-engineered upper control arms which feature machine-forged aluminum construction for added strength and allow the FOX shocks to make use of the additional rebound stroke. A TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate with red TRD lettering provides additional trail protection.
The Wheel TRD Story
Again contrasting the new paint colors and the red suspension bits, the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro will come equipped with black TRD wheels wrapped in new Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires that feature an aggressive sidewall design. These new wheels and tires will offer a wider track than stock 2022 Tacomas.
TRD Pro Powertrains
Still remaining faithful to the old-school way of doing things, the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro is still available with a 6-speed manual transmission #SaveTheManuals. 6-speed automatics are an option for those who wish to allow the truck to do the hard work of selecting gears. Both transmissions are paired to the 3.5-liter V6 with Toyota's VVT-iW variable-valve-timing and Atkinson-cycle combustion to maximize efficiency. Toyota employs their D-4S injection system which incorporates both direct injection and port injectors. The power output is 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. Exhaust flows out through a TRD-tuned cat-back setup allowing for additional noise.
When you are out on the trail and without a spotter, Toyota has you covered with their Multi Terrain Monitor, which allows the driver to check the immediate surroundings for potential obstacles by pressing a button to access video feeds from cameras mounted on the rear, front, and side of the truck. All of which are viewable on the 8-inch touchscreen center-mounted infotainment display. That display also features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
A Very Compelling Package
All these upgrades are added to the already segment-leading Tacoma which itself comes well equipped. Based on the double-cab short-bed model, the interior has room for all with black leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logos on the front headrests, leather-wrapped TRD shift knob, and TRD Pro all-weather floor mats. The drivers seat is also 10-way power adjustable. A power moonroof comes standard, and JBL Premium Audio is included on automatic transmission models.
Additional information from Toyota's press release can be found below:
Safety Still Standard
TRD engineers worked hard to ensure the standard safety equipment works seamlessly in conjunction with the new TRD Pro upgrades. Toyota Safety Sense-P includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams.
The Tacoma also touts the Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop brake override technology (SST). Every Tacoma has the driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags. Active head restraints for the Tacoma’s front seats are designed to move up and slightly forward during a rear-end collision to help reduce the risk of whiplash. Additional standard safety features include a Tire Pressure Monitor System (with individual tire location alert on most grades).
Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. The 2022 Tacoma also comes with ToyotaCare, a plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years, unlimited mileage.
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Cory’s love of cars came at a time of great change in his young life. At the age of 9 his family moved 200+ miles away from the only home he knew. During the first few months of life in a new town, a certain green pony car caught his eye and just begged the question that had to be answered, “what kind of car is that?!?”The answer led to much research in the pre-internet world. Within the first summer, an entire 29 year history of the Chevy Camaro had been gathered and obsessed over. There was no going back, he was hooked.
Flash forward 16 years and that kid finally had his dream car, an anniversary edition no less. While that car may be gone from his life, the passion it created and stirred certainly did not. After working years in the retail industry it became apparent it was time for something new, something that brought that passion back to life.
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