The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Gets a Suspension Overhaul and a Funky New Paint Option
The current Tacoma pickup has been around for five years now, but Toyota has no intention of giving up on development or upgrades. The company has just introduced the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro, complete with a reworked suspension, new stylistic changes, and a ton of off-road-ready features.
The biggest change for 2022 comes underneath. The suspension has been lifted by 1.5 inches up front and 0.5 inches in the rear, meaning more ground clearance for traversing your favorite trails. The 36.4-degree approach angle, 24.7-degree departure angle, and 26.6-degree breakover angle all represent increases over the outgoing model. There's also TRD-engineered forged aluminum upper control arms that, according to Toyota, allow the Fox Racing 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks to make use of the additional rebound stroke afforded by the lift.
For 2022, the TRD Pro gets a new heritage-inspired grille and an available new hood graphics kit. Shown here is a new color exclusive to the TRD Pro called Electric Lime Metallic. It joins white, gray, and black as the only available colors for 2022.
Some may be disappointed to hear Toyota hasn't touched the drivetrain in the Tacoma TRD Pro for 2022. Under the hood sits the same aging 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 making 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Purists will be glad to hear buyers can still pick between a six-speed automatic or a proper six-speed manual transmission.
In true TRD Pro fashion, the engine is protected by an aluminum front skid plate so you don't accidentally bust a hole through your oil pan while on a rocky trail. There's also Toyota's Multi Terrain Monitor system as standard, which uses front-, side-, and rear-view cameras to display immediate surroundings to the driver via the eight-inch infotainment screen on the dash.
In case you don't want to spend a boat-load of money on a TRD Pro, there's an alternative: Toyota has also updated the more-tame Tacoma Trail Edition for 2022, giving it a small 1.1-inch lift up front and a 0.5 inch lift in the rear, improving clearance and looks.
Toyota hasn't yet said when this new round of Tacomas is set to hit showroom floors, though we expect them to arrive before the end of the summer. Just in time for the autumn off-roading season.
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