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2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro First Drive: Rocky Mountain High

Toyota’s Tacoma TRD Pro quickly became a staple among midsize off-road trucks since its introduction for the 2015 model year, yet the company continues to make constant improvements to the truck. The 2022 model is no exception, and we headed to the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado to give the updated Tacoma a thorough flogging doing what this pickup truck does best. From there, we’d embark on a two-day trek through the wilderness and return to civilization in time to kick off the 2021 Overland Expo: Mountain West event.

Our adventure in the 2022 TRD Pro, the Tacoma’s most off-road-focused variant, took us along graded dirt roads, down rocky trails, through dense pine forests, across flowing rivers, up to more than 13,000 feet above sea level, and over the Continental Divide on multiple occasions. Although we didn’t encounter many other folks during our nearly 100-mile off-road adventure, those we did encounter were often driving Toyotas of all types and excited to see our parade of Electric Lime Tacoma TRD Pros. It validated we were doing the right thing in the right place with the right trucks.

The changes for this year include enhancements to the off-roader’s suspension, with the addition of a new forged aluminum front upper control arms, which provide for an improved upper ball joint angle. The TRD Pro’s suspension lift also increases from 1.0 inch to 1.5 inches in the front; the rear remains raised by the same 0.5 inch versus the standard Tacoma. Combined, these changes allow the truck to offer about 1.0 inch of additional rebound wheel travel and provide significant boosts to the approach, departure, and breakover angles. Ground clearance remains the same at 9.4 inches. Rounding out the off-road upgrades, the new black 16-inch TRD wheels wear 265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT tires. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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