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The Off-Road Prowess of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

By Brian Ang
on Mar 27, 2017 09:18 AM EDT
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There may be a definite reason why Toyota has topped the market for mid-size trucks last year. Although the competition in the field is certainly thin so far, the contest is nonetheless tight. Still, the famed Japanese automaker has instituted something in its unit that has a profound effect among customers.

With 46,000 units solved in 2016, the predecessor of the upcoming 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has garnered around 43 percent of the client base. That's a huge boost considering the pack also includes the Colorado and Canyon pickups from General Motors plus the Nissan Frontier. With Ford, Volkswagen and Mercedes likely to introduce their respective products during the next few years, Toyota may need an immediate upgrade to solidify its grip in the field.

What attracts people to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is probably its practically approach. In short, the truck gets the job done. The unit has been designed to carry and tow loads with a styling that perfectly suits the vehicle's functions. This no-nonsense process is what has kept the pickup on the radar.

The upgraded Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro introduces a unit with a hard working outlook. Aside from getting its new wheels and a front skid plate, the pickup has a couple of essential adjustments. The front springs have been lifted by one inch. All corners get a Fox internal-bypass shocks.

The components inside easily complement the off-road purpose of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. In addition to the leather upholstery, heated seats, navigational systems and a Qi wireless charging dock, a backup camera, a blind spot monitor and an automatic climate control are also in place.

When it comes to performance, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is no slack. In less than eight seconds, the vehicle is able to hit the 60mph mark. Under the hood, the V-6 6-speed manual transmission engine is able to unleash 278hp. The braking system is exceptional since it is able to generate a 180-feet stop from 70mph.

Although the Ford F-150 Raptor unloads more depth and power on the road, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has an edge in off-road maneuvering. With an upgraded rear-axle articulation, the truck is able to manage terrain challenges both at high and low speeds. Its 4X4 posture has kept the pickup stable and raring to go at all times.

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