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2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review- Price, Features, Towing Capacity, Specs And Rivals

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K. Choubey

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October 28, 2020 at 05:17 AM

Starting at $45,250, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro gets is substantially unchanged. The truck gets modified black TRD alloy flow from wheels equipped with Nitto Terra Grappler tires that enhances the on and off-road features offered in the lineup. The color for the 2021 TRD Pro is a new Lunar Rock that joins other astonishing paint color options. The Tacoma TRD Pro is popular for a practical interior that comes loaded with technology, gaining dual-zone climate control this year. Releasing in November 2020, Toyota specs the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro with a V6 and a manual transmission.

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Talk about the ultimate hardcore and heavy-duty offerings from Toyota and you can not skip the Tacoma's TRD Pro for sure. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is a very strong selling mid-size pickup truck that gets new Trail and Nightshade special editions. With the best off-road specs, the 2021 TRD Pro looks stunning in the new Lunar Rock color that replaced the Army Green of old. Benefitting from upgraded technology and comfort features, the Tacoma TRD Pro's high-quality interiors are a class apart. Yes, you got it right, the 2021 Toyota TRD Pro gets all the heavy muscles thanks to the V6 engine and a manual transmission.


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Along with its overall sturdiness, the 2021 TRD Pro also gets a bunch of advanced safety and connectivity features. Thanks to the 2020 updates to the Tacoma lineup though, however, the interior gets a TRD treatment but feels a bit plasticky. Available in only Double cab body-style, Tacoma TRD Pro is the top-spec off-road model. Toyota will release the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro in November of 2020 at a starting price of $45,250. That's almost a $10,000 price differential from the lower Tacoma trims.

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Model Specs
MSRP $45,250 
Release Date Fall 2020
Engine 3.5L V6
Transmission 6-speed manual
Drivetrain 4WD
Trims TRD Pro
Colors 4 exterior colors - Lunar Rock/ Super White / Magnetic Gray Metallic / Midnight Black Metallic
Changes  
  • Standard Dual-zone climate control
  • Trail and Nightshade special editions
  • Lunar Rock paint color for TRD Pro model

However, similar to other 2021 Tacoma’s out there, the TRD Pro greets you with a modern and clean cabin. No dearth of features and tech as well and the Tacoma TRD Pro gets most of the bells and whistles that one would expect at this class and price. For upgrades in off-road capabilities, the 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass Shock absorbers have been tuned for high-speed performance and improved trail driving isolation. Along with LED headlights and fog lights, the 2021 TRD Pro also receives LED high beams. Since these updates are very new and fresh, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro pops up as a carry-over model only. 

What are the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab's Prices, Trims, and Features?

The TacomaTRD Pro trim is the off-road-centric workhorse offered by Toyota and it is on the top of the Tacoma trim ladder. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will come standard with a 3.5L V6 engine with 4WD and Standard Bed size. At a base price of $45,250 (including $1,175 destination charge), you get a 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro with a 6-speed manual transmission while for the automatic you would have to shell out $2,665 more.

For 2021, Toyota has unveiled a new Nightshade Edition built on the luxurious Limited grade model featuring black exterior trim and black leather upholstery. The Tacoma Nightshade Edition will be available in 2WD as well as the 4WD and will sport 18-inch alloy wheels, black exhaust tip, fog light bezels, and darkened-chrome grille inserts. 5.0-ft bed size and AWD are also standard with the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro as usual. 

Model

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

MSRP

$45,250

Key Features

16-inch TRD off-road wheels

 

4.2-inch driver information display

 

Toyota Safety Sense P and Star Safety System

 

10-way power-adjustable driver seat

 

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Leather upholstery

 

Multi-terrain panoramic-view monitor

 

Sliding rear window with privacy glass

What is the warranty package with the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro?

Toyota offers a lucrative 2 years or 2,500 miles of free maintenance with its Tacoma lineup of trucks. The basic warranty is of 3 years or 36,000 miles and the warranty on rust is of 5 years or unlimited miles. 

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-Hour Roadside Assistance

2 years/ 25,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Although other Japanese truck manufacturers like Nissan offer more lucrative warranty deals on factory parts and components, Toyota's free maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance warranty still hold up pretty good.

What Engine is under the hood of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab?

The 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro will pack a sturdy 3.6L V6 producing 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain is not very well refined but not very sluggish either. The standard six-speed manual transmission performs a lot better than the six-speed automatic transmission offered in the lower trims. 

Although the V6 churns out plenty of torque in city and off-road conditions, the highway experience is not very engaging. This is mainly because of the relaxed character of both the available transmissions. In the initial shifts, power does come up linearly but the engine takes time to wake up and go. Something which you would not experience in a Ford Ranger for that manner. The engine though does feel very capable and aptly powered for everyday tasks though. 

Models

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab

2020 Ford Ranger 4WD Lariat Crew Cab

MSRP

$45,250

$43,200

$43,875

$38,675

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

10-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

278 @ 6,000

308 @ 6,800

285 @ 6,400

270 @ 5,500

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

265 @ 4.600

275 @ 4,000

260 @ 4,400

310 @ 3,000

The torque and hp figures for the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro is not as impressive as some of its competitors like the 2021 Chevrolet ZR2, that also offers a diesel engine option along with the 3.6L V6. Also, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is at par with the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro in terms of performance output and offers almost the same specifications.

What are the 0-60 mph and Quarter mile timings of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab?

Despite packing a potent V6 powertrain, the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro feels sluggish when taking off from 0 to 60 MPH. Although the Tacoma is not designed for breaking speed barriers, the 7.7 sec 0 to 60 timing is still on the lower side. The 4 x 4 drivetrain is standard in the TRD Pro and the dual-range transfer case for traversing through mud and stick terrain comes in very handy. 

Talking about braking, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma will still feature rear drum brakes instead of the disc brakes used by all of its competitors. Since drum brakes are more efficiently used as parking or emergency brakes and are cheaper and require less maintenance, they add to the utilitarian efficiency of the Tacoma.

Models

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab

2020 Ford Ranger 4WD Lariat Crew Cab

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.7 

7.0 

7.9 

6.1 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

N/A

15.5 

16.1 

14.7 

Top Speed (MPH)

116

N/A

97 MPH

N/A

60-0 (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

127

The 2021 Tacoma TRD pro gets outshined by the likes of the 2020 Ford Ranger and 2021 Chevrolet Colorado in terms of acceleration figures but since the whole Tacoma lineup is strictly based on standard load towing and hauling use, it is not very surprising.

How good is the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab's Gas Mileage?

Featuring a generous 21.1-gallon gas tank, the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro offers impressive MPG figures in city conditions, but MPG on the highway is not very impressive. As the TRD Pro trim comes standard with a 4x4 drivetrain, the MPG figures of the TRD Pro are lower than the other Tacoma trims with the same engine configuration but 2WD drivetrain. However, the combined range of 422 miles is still very impressive and practical in daily truck use circumstances.

Models

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab

2020 Ford Ranger 4WD Lariat Crew Cab

MPG (City)

19

17

16

21

MPG (Highway)

22

24

23

26

MPG (Combined)

21

20.5

19

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

21.1 

21 

22 

18 

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

380/464/422

357/504/431

352/506/418

378/468/414

Amazingly the 2020 Ford ranger offers the best power output and the MPG figures in the mid-size truck segment, leaving the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro and the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 far behind in the competition.

What are the changes in the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab Interior?

Traditionally, the interior of the Tacoma line-up has not been one of its strongest suits. However, with the 2021 iteration of the TRD Pro, things are about to change. The leather upholstery is standard in the TRD Pro, with an all-new black Nightshade edition option available for the 2021 model. 

Toyota discarded the touch-screen inputs from the 2020 TRD Pro and opted for ergonomically placed control buttons that will continue to feature in the 2021 model. The infotainment system is very user friendly with features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. 

However, the eight-inch screen size and dim backlight of the console was an issue in the 2020 version. The 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat will add on to the lacking comfort in the 2019 models. Also, both the front and rear seats do an excellent job of absorbing major jolts and bumps during an off-road trip.

Models

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab

2020 Ford Ranger 4WD Lariat Crew Cab

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45

42.8/55.7/41.2

39.8/56.7/43.1

Rear Row

(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

34.9/56.5/24.6

38.3/56.2/35.8

42.8/55.7/38.3

38.3/56.3/34.5

The cabin space is very adequate and can easily seat up to 5 adults. The TRD Pro comes standard with a crew cab, which Toyota labels as a double cab, and a standard bed. 

Although, the headroom and legroom for both front and rear seats are tightest in the segment when compared to the more spacious cabin of the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon and 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Subsequently, long drive sessions for taller people can feel a bit odd and tiresome.

What are the changes to the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab Exterior?

The 2021 TRD pro looks very modest and not too shabby with its detailing, unlike the aggressive and style-focused 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The exterior design is strictly optimized for off-road usage and workability. Dimensions of TRD Pro are unchanged from the 2020 model.

The TRD Pro Double Cab comes only with the standard bed option that stretches out the vehicle length at 212.3 inches. The 2021 TRD Pro trim comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels giving it an impressive 9.4 inches of ground clearance for a good ride quality over off-road terrains. 

This truck also gets a bespoke projector-beam headlight, black exterior detailing over lunar rock paint, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights. It also flaunts a TRD Pro badging on the front skid plates and hood scoop, along with bold TOYOTA branding on the front grille.

Models

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab

2020 Ford Ranger 4WD Lariat Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,305

4,955

5,050

4.441

Length (inches)

212.3

212.7

218

210.8

Width (inches)

74.4

76.7

73.8

73.3

Height (inches)

70.6

72.5

75.0

71.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.4

10

11.1

8.9

Wheelbase (inches)

127.4

128.5

137.3

126.8

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro lags behind its rivals in various external dimension comparisons. Both Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon have significantly greater ground clearance and wheelbase than the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro.

What are the safety updates on the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab?

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P feature that includes lane-departure alert with a sway warning system, automatic high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. 

The 2021 TRD Pro will also feature the Star Safety System comprising rear-cross traffic alert, panoramic camera system, blind-spot monitoring, vehicle stability control, ABS brakes with brake assist, traction control, and hill-start assist. Along with the plethora of safety features on offer make TRD Pro one of the safest compact trucks in the market today.

What are the Competitors of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab?

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab vs 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 offers more customizability and style points along with competition leading tow ratings and off-road capabilities. Also, the ZR2 is the only truck that offers a diesel engine variant in its segment. ZR2 also boasts better MPG figures and is less expensive than the TRD Pro. 

Modern infotainment and drive assist features made Colorado ZR2 the favorite choice amongst off-roading adventurers, but with a lot of improvements and upgrades in the infotainment and safety systems, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is ready to set up a good tussle against the 2021 Colorado ZR2.

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab vs 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Crew Cab

Like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the Jeep Gladiator is a brilliant truck for off-roading with better towing prowess and various customizable options. However, the bed length is shorter than the six-foot bed length of the Tacoma and it lags a bit behind the Tacoma in raw performance.

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Toyota Tacoma also offers more safety features than the Gladiator and is a proven workhorse. While Jeep Gladiators offers novel features like a removable roof and a unique design, Tacoma’s selling point is its legendary durability and ruggedness.

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab vs 2020 Ford Ranger 4WD Lariat Crew Cab

The Top Ford ranger trim, 4WD Lariat Crew Cab, is significantly cheaper than the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro with up to $6,000 in the price difference. The turbocharged powerful offered by the 2020 Ford Ranger Lariat is nothing to scoff at, as it has better performance stats than a fully loaded TRD Pro.

However, the Ranger Lariat lags behind in off-road usage and practicality that is offered by the Tacoma TRD Pro. Also, the ride comfort and handling of the Tacoma is superior to that of the Ford Ranger Lariat.

Is the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab a good option?

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro may not offer jaw-dropping looks or performance stats, but it is a dependable workhorse that gets the job done with whatever is thrown at it. Being one of the cheapest trucks to maintain with a clean record of no recalls, the TRD Pro enjoys the reputation of being a durable work machine. If you are looking for a compact truck that offers great reliability in terms of utilitarian uses and off-road practicality, then the 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro is what you should go with.


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2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is a 2021 Toyota Tacoma?

For 2021, Toyota priced the Tacoma at a starting MSRP of $26,150 for the SR Access Cab and goes up to $46,780 for the top-spec TRD Pro Double Cab variant.

What is the 2021 TRD Pro Color?

Toyota announced a new color- Lunar Rock for the 2021 TRD Pro.

Is TRD Pro Tacoma worth it?

Yes, for the extra money you get enormous power, off-roading capability, enhanced safety and tech features. For a midsize truck, the Tacoma functions like a full-blown truck, which makes it a great value-based proportion. It is quite spacious, stylish, and functional at the same time. And with an astonishing resale value, it makes the Tacoma just the right truck for the job.

What does TRD in Toyota TRD stand for?

TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, which looks after the performance and racing pedigree interests of Toyota. It improves the overall dynamics of the drive, by making the car more sporty and functional. It is an in-house tuning shop for Toyota.

Why does my Tacoma get bad gas mileage?

One of the reasons behind the Toyota Tacoma's bad mileage is due to its fuel-filter, which gets clogged pretty easily due to the flow of contaminants through it. But it can also be cleaned pretty easily, thus helping out its average better MPG figures.

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