• First Off-Road Drive in the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – King of Tacomas? [Video]

    2017 toyota tacoma trd pro off-road video review
    2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    We only had to wait two short years for the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro, since the last generation’s model appearance for the 2015 model year. Check out TFLtruck’s complete coverage of the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro. The original TRD Pro reinforced Toyota’s intentions to lead among the factory-prepared off-road midsize trucks. The 2017 model takes the concept further with higher ground clearance, FOX off-road racing shocks, underbody skid plates, cat-back exhaust system, and beefy tires.

    The 3.5L D-4S V6 in the TRD Pro Tacoma is the same as you will find in other Tacoma models. It produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque and uses a 6-speed automatic transmission to send the power to the terra firma. A 6-speed manual transmission is also available at a starting price of $40,720 before destination charges. The truck is equipped with a Limited Slip Differential (LSD), but the driver also has the option to engage the rear locker. The suspension is tuned for higher speed off-road runs, but the nature of the Longhorn River Ranch trail was focused more on slow speed crawling.

    The TRD Pro does offer Toyota’s Crawl Control feature. It’s basically a cruise control system for slow off-road use. The system utilizes ABS brakes and traction control to maintain a preset speed.

    Here is the first drive in the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and an interview with Tacoma and Tundra chief engineer, Mike Sweers.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

    32 thoughts on “First Off-Road Drive in the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – King of Tacomas? [Video]

    1. Good looking truck, particularly the gray color. I like the wider track. The LSD in the front is not as effective as a Torsen. The Wrangler with Kevlar tires are the same as the standard TRD truck and also the F150 FX4 truck. It needs BFG KO2 tires like the Raptor. Crawl Control is a gimmick and the part about the drum brakes is still ridiculous. Disc brakes are much easier to work on and when drums are submerged during water fording, they take forever to dry out.

      1. Troverman even Roman is sweating this truck against the Raptor. He was slurring his words and even stated it’s obvious that it doesn’t compete with the Raptor, but Mike Swears corrected him and stated the Tundra already beat the Raptor on race day and yes Roman was somewhat correct because Swears said the Tacoma is above the Tundra on another level which already beat the Raptor. So technically Mike Swears is saying the Tacoma is two levels above the Raptor

        1. Thomas,
          The Tundra that raced in Baja was not a Tundra neither was the Raptor a raptor. They where trophy trucks. The trucks where no where near stock in their suspension setups. The raptor has been raced at Darkar and MINT series in near stock form. You have to look at stock v stock and the raptor is still better than TRD. Full disclosure I own a 2010 raptor my brother is buying a 2017 raptor even though I told him the Tundra TRD pro was more inline with his needs and my parents are planning on buying a Tacoma TRD pro.

          1. Carilloskis, I am not a patient fisherman so I have to reveal that, that post was bait for Troverman. Surprised he is not hungry, water must be too cold. But his tire choice is needed for the Raptor as each front tire will see just over an extra 500-Lbs of weight over and above the Tacoma’s weight. That extra weight on sharp rocks given combined impact loading is why the Raptor needs better tires. The weight of the truck simply destroys itself off road in comparison to the lighter Tacoma. This is why its size and weight makes it so expensive and unreliable and subject to damage when off road as every part has to be better and stronger. However, the amplification of impact factors with extra weight amplify so much that making these parts to the equivalent of what a Tacoma part has to be is not feasible IMO.

    2. Wow, bad-a.. truck on grass field, everybody stand back.
      Why does Tacoma off-road capability is always shown on the road that any Subaru can go through?
      Anyway, Andre you should have asked seat-belt bracket Mike, why every Land Cruiser since 90’s comes with disc brakes if drums are that much better for off-roading? Also he may want to check again on ease of maintenance of drum brakes. You should have ask him to show you how “easy” is to change/clean rear pads after day run in the snow/mud.

      $40,000 for a truck with drum brakes, no ability to run snow chains on the front, worst payload in class, 2nd to worst towing in class, most under-powered engine, mediocre fuel mileage, that’s just flat out bad judgement.
      Now important question that You [Andre] should have asked Seat-belt bracket Mike was, if they finally had figure out how to paint frames so they don’t disintegrate in 8 years? 🙂

      p.S. Love Tfltrucks, you guys are the best, don’t be afraid to ask tough questions.

    3. Hey Roman your a tall guy, is that Tacoma comfortable to sit in?
      As far as the drum brake excuse goes…..I’m calling bullshit on that Mikey boy!, drum brakes get lots of debris caught in them, disk brakes are easier to clean out, the only problem with disk brakes are that they aren’t idiot proof, so in other words as soon as dumb dumb goes 4x4ing and than slams the brakes on he/she runs the possibility of destroying the rotors but the person who knows what they’re doing knows how to clean them properly before getting into a situation where they may have to use their brakes aggressively.

      So Mike Sweers has set the truck up to be as idiot proof as possible but he’s just too polite to say it like that.

    4. I call partial BS on Mike Swears drum brakes explanation. Its all about price and the fact that the truck doesn’t need disks for the majority driver and it stops faster than its competition as proof. Its only an advantage at a cost in that when loaded in the Colorado mountains it would be beneficial. For off road, I don’t want water and slime in my drum brakes so I cant see that as a better option for off road. The discs can get damaged as well however. Regardless, I personally don’t care. If its cheaper than that is my choice for this scenario, stick with drum brakes to save on cost.

    5. Two thoughts after watching that video…
      1) Big props to Roman for asking the three most pertinent questions, including the raptor vs trd pro comparison, discs vs drums, and why the hood scoop isn’t functional.

      2) I wonder how it’ll drive at high speeds, regardless of whether its merely highway miles or off-road. From what I understand, the first taco trd pro was ‘too light’ to make the suspension system as effective as it was on the tundra and 4runner, thus why they didn’t offer the taco trd pro in 2015 (just 2014 when they all debuted).

    6. When Roman was talking about the engine he should have asked if they would offer a turbo or supercharger in the future.

      Either way I would choose the trd pro over the ford raptor any day.

      1. Can you even supercharge that Atkinson engine? Just needs a V8 with 400-500hp and it would be truly awsome. But I agree. Roman needs to ask these important questions. Like what ever happened to the Tacoma with the 5.7 V8 in 2011. Will they ever bring that to fruition.

        1. I know they could put a turbo on it…an atkinson cycle engine that had turbo is called a miller cycle. The lexus nx 200t has this. I heard that URD is supposedly working on a supercharger for it.

          1. Ill bring one to the race track with “Its Miller Time” on my front windshield and destroy the new Raptor.

    7. I guess I’m the one to have to have a different opinion. This might start a Civil War but I’m siding on the difference between the Diggers and the Drivers. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO’s Crawl Control is 2nd to ***None***. It makes you a Driver and Not a Digger. If I have to live with drum brakes in the back to get the Crawl Control to dig me out of a tough spot: Then I’ll take The Tacoma TRD PRO drum’s every time. That said, There isn’t any other truck with disc brakes in the back that can dig itself out. Since, I want to be a Driver instead of a Digger, I would even take the disc brakes off of the back of the 2015 Baja 1000 Winner Toyota Tundra TRD PRO, if I could get it to Un-Dig itself. Not to mention that Mike Sweers improved the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO’s stability at speed. Toyota VIP’s have a lot of respect for their Chief Engineer “NOT” to screw their truck’s up. I know all you disc brake guys want your buddies to be with you so they can be your Diggers. But I don’t want to treat my friends like Diggers and I don’t think you should either. Mike S. gets 2 thumbs up for making sure the Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO Crawl Control keeps Drivers Driving while they are passing all the disc brake Diggers. I sure hope Toyota enters the 2017 Tacoma TRD PRO in the Baja 1000 just to watch it pass all the Diggers. Bravo Mike Sweers, Toyota and the TFL Truck guys for all your hard work. And check out Nathan’s Tacoma Crawl Control Demo for Diggers to get their friend some help. Click Nathan here: https://youtu.be/V-BrhgNE8tA and Mike Sweers here: https://youtu.be/DOyiElZysdw Lastly, here is hoping Toyota can get The Tacoma Crawl Conrol to work on the Toyota Tundra. Then they Would have it all. Comfort, Room and Crawl control to keep the Divers Driving.

      1. @Joe one word….. FZJ80. Rear Discs front/rear lockers, that thing will walk all over Tacoma with crawl control.
        Crawl Control is cheap BS gimmick. Completely useless in snow and slippery conditions. For the extra money TRD costs people can install ARB lockers front/rear and have money left for lift and tires.
        Also when it comes to drums its easy to fill them with mud/frozen snow and snap rear axle. Plenty of people have done it.

        1. 4 Realist from Joe. In our Toyota Crawl Control History Lesson For Today. Toyota added Crawl Control to your Land Cruiser in 2014. This improved your already really good Mechanical FZJ80 from 1994-1997 into the next level. It dialed the 2015 $90K Land Cruiser up with an – Excellent Engineering Marvel – “Crawl Control” – to help it WIN 2nd Place in the 2015 Baja 1000 full stock class. Then Toyota thought so highly of their Crawl Control to put it into the 2015 Toyota Tacoma. What a Brilliant idea Mike Sweers. So Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any Toyota Land Cruiser other than the 2015 ever Won a class at the Baja 1000?

    8. If I got either an f150 raptor or tacoma trd pro for free I would probably pick the raptor.

      But for my money it’s the trd pro hands down. You don’t see any ford on expedition overland. Toyota has a proven track record so I will stick with what works.

      Are the tires weak for the pro? Sure they are, but it’s not a deal breaker. Most people that buy pros are mostly sticking to pavement. They could be swapped out later down the road.

      Is the engine underpowered? Maybe, but toyota has never been known to have the highest hp and torque numbers. Quality, dependability, and reliability matters more to me.

      Want power? Use ECT and shift mode to keep it out of overdrive. Leaving it in drive it will want to be in the highest gear to get low rpms thus better fuel economy.

      Don’t complain if you lift the truck, add weight and lift. Need to re gear at that point.

      Don’t even get me started on the brakes debate. I think the toyota engineers know what they are doing. Read an article comparing tacoma to colorado and the tacoma had a shorter stopping distance. Did it save them money? Maybe, but it also saved the buyer money as well.

      I don’t think crawl control is a gimmick, seems to have worked in lots of videos, don’t like it? Don’t use it or don’t buy the off road. I’m pretty sure it came from the landcruiser and 4runner and we all know how capable they are offroad.


      1. I agree with everything you stated above, except I wouldn’t take the Raptor over the Pro even for free. The Raptor won’t be free when things begin to fall apart and break. I just traded my 05 Tundra for a 16 Tacoma Trd off-road and couldn’t be happier. Transmission does upshift quickly to save fuel, but ECT and manual mode take care of that, not to mention I like saving fuel. Also, the 3.5 has plenty of power for me, acceleration and passing power are excellent. It feels more lively than my Tundra.

          1. He said he had an 05 tundra. The 5.7 wasn’t available until the 2nd gen in 2007.

            So I am guessing he had the 4.7 v8. Or possibly the 4.0 v6.

      2. I agree James except there is a misconception on Toyota having low power. The Tundra and Tacoma up to July of 2015 were the most Powerful Pick-ups ever built in their respective classes with the TRD Supercharger. Some may dispute this as the Supercharger option sounds like an aftermarket part. However, the TRD supercharger was an option with full Factory Toyota warranty. No other manufacturer offered a supercharger with full factory warranty. Motor Trend tagged the Tundra as the fastest production truck ever built. Many fan boys of other manufacturers always try to dispute this but ultimately they are just in denial. Roush, Mopar, SVT never offered an option like this under full manufacturers warranty that ever competed with the Tundra or Tacoma and beat them in an acceleration challenge.

        1. I agree with both you guys. It is really disappointing that toyota discontinued the trd supercharger. There is definitely a demand for them. Plenty of people will buy it.

          Will someone else make something for it? Probably with all the aftermarket support for the tacomas..unfortunately it won’t have the factory toyota warranty.

      1. What midsized truck can fit chains? Or half ton? I think the only stock trucks that fit chains are 3/4 tons and 1 tons from my experience though I’ve never tried it on half tons or midsized trucks

    9. TFL,

      This winter you guys need to get a set of tire chains for one of your vehicles so when you get stuck you can throw them on and get yourself unstuck! Last winter you guys could have really used them. Stop being a bunch of princesses by having to rely on someone else to pull you out, your supposed to be PREPARED when you go out in the mountains!!!!!!!

        1. I like friends who don’t call me in the middle of the night to come save their ass because they’re to cheap to go buy the proper equipment to save themselves. Haha

          1. That’s a dam good point, I need my beauty sleep, just wish there was a such thing as skinny sleep.

            TFL get some dam tire chains, should be interesting to see which trucks will accept them.

    10. I agree with most comments. No mention of the leaf springs…are they still the same weak ass set?

      Like the truck but for that much coin, put disc brakes all around. Not that hard and shit, easier for me to work on.

      And where in hell is the diesel? shit! will I ever see a damned diesel before I die??

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