You better be ready for the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro because it is being unveiled at 2016 Chicago Auto Show. It is baffling to see Tacoma unchanged for a full decade, especially now when GM has decided to enter the compact truck game again. Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2017 is a third generation model, and thus refreshed, but is it any different in categories that matter? The answer is no.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Engine
The base engine has been carried over. 2.7L 4-cylinder still makes 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque while being tied to a new 6-speed automatic transmission which is finally an upgrade over 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic units. 4.0L V-6 has been discontinued, and new Tacoma now gets slightly smaller 3.5L V-6 mill which should be capable of making previous engine’s 236 hp, plus additional 40 to 50 horses. It too can come with 6-speed automatic, but there’s also a new 6-speed manual unit which further raises the efficiency bar.
Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2017 Design
Most people have expected completely revamped Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2017 after the redesign. What they have gotten, is largely unchanged design with a few tweaks, though. It isn’t that Tacoma is ugly or outdated – it is just plain boring to look at the same pattern over and over again. Grille is basically unchanged but does get different stripes and mesh.
Headlamps are trimmed down which makes them look more modern, and bumper too has been revamped, but its direction is questionable. Wheel arches are now heavier and squared-off which makes Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2017 look sturdier, but overall, it’s the same mid-size pickup which it always was; or which it was for the past decade.
Interior of the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2017
Interior is mostly new, however. Apart from new materials, 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro gets a fresh cabin layout with a new dashboard, middle tunnel, and door panels. Most of the available models, however, still offer fabric cloth or SofTex upholstery, while new Limited grade is supposed to come with leather. 6.1-inch touch screen display will offer Bluetooth, navigation and HD radio, but only in top grades.
In terms of new features, Tacoma TRD Pro will also add dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging and optional moonroof. Whether rearview camera and blind spot monitors will be offered in base trims is still unknown. Tacoma TRD Pro, however, still offers a multi-terrain select system which was its forte even before the facelift. This adds to already solid off-road capabilities which have kept Tacoma alive all these years.
New Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Performance and Price
Fuel economy ratings are up for a raise this time. The even base engine will score more than 21/25 mpg thanks to a new transmission, but V-6 will offer even stronger improvements. Thanks to downsizing and new manual transmission, it is supposed to even surpass the 4-cylinder option. Prices are supposed to rise a little bit and expect them in the range between $37,000 and $40,000 for fully upgraded new Limited models.
New Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro still looks the same, even, after all, substantial changes have been listed. However, it does get some slight improvements in powertrain department, but these aren’t enough to shake things up from their foundations. Even enriched interior with a few new tech options probably isn’t enough to beat GM’s compacts which continue going strong.
2017 Toyota Tacoma Release Date
The release date of the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2017 is February 2016 at 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
The new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro rejoins the lineup after a one-year break and it gets some major adjustments design-wise as well as in powertrain department.
MPG: Up to 21-city, 25 highway
MSRP: From $24,200
Engine: 2.7L 4-cylinder, 3.5L V6