As the truck and SUV market continues their shift from “stock” to special editions and performance packages Toyota has come out swinging with their TRD Pro Series.
First introduced five years ago, the TRD Pro Series would bring Toyota’s off-road heritage to their consumer trucks/SUVs by way of performance packages. Today that tradition continues with the debut of the 2019 TRD Pro lineup for the Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner. All three will be available in the fall in three color options: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic or Voodoo Blue. However, it’s what can’t be seen that really matters and for 2019 it was all about the suspension.
Every TRD Pro model features rear 2.5-inch Fox shocks that utilize a piggyback reservoir to house additional oil volume, which assists in maintaining peak damping performance during extreme use. Tundra relies on the beefy rear leaf springs also equipped on the TRD Off-Road grade, 4Runner utilizes the TRD Off-Road grade rear coil springs, while Tacoma features progressive-rate off-road leaf springs out back to allow more compression suspension travel to aid performance over rough terrain. TRD dust boots are utilized front and rear to offer added protection to help keep dust and dirt out, and 4Runner utilizes unique roost shields to help protect the inverted rear shock.
Based on the very trail-capable TRD Off-Road grade, Tacoma TRD Pro ups the ante with enhanced 2.5-inch Fox front shocks that use large 46mm pistons and feature 8 bypass zones (5 compression, 3 rebound). They are paired with TRD-tuned springs that provide an additional 1 inch of front lift. A larger front sway bar is employed to retain crisp steering and refined road manners. The Tacoma also features 2.5-inch rear shocks that use 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 rebound) and are paired with 2-inch piggyback reservoirs.
It’s truly a toss-up as to what one might notice first, the aggressive stance or the new RD Desert Air Intake. The latter of which helps you find clean air for the 278-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine even in the dustiest of conditions you may find yourself driving. Not to mention that it further contributes to the overall extreme off-road appearance.