2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Ups Its Trail Cred

2019_Toyota_TRD_Pro_Tacoma_5 II

  • Competes with: Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
  • Looks like: 2018 Tacoma TRD Pro
  • Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic or manual transmission, four-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Fall

Although not quite an evolution, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro off-road trim level will have a new look and some interesting changes. The new TRD Pro trim for the Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner SUV is getting its debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro will be quite similar to the 2018 version, but it will now share a few upgraded styling features with the Tundra and 4Runner TRD Pro. What are those shared features? The TRD logo on the new aluminum front skid plates, three distinct colors (Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Voodoo Blue), similar upgraded suspensions and the Toyota Star Safety System as standard. The Star Safety System includes stability and traction control, an anti-lock brake system, brake-force distribution and smart-stop technology.

The Tacoma and Tundra will also come standard with Toyota's Safety Sense P, which includes a precollision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, sway control, auto high beams and radar cruise control.

A new TRD desert air intake (also called a snorkel) is at the top of the list of new features available for the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro. It's designed to provide the Tacoma's 3.5-liter V-6 with cleaner air on dusty trails or protection against water ingestion during stream crossings.

Toyota enthusiasts will recognize the 2.5-inch-diameter retuned high-performance Fox shocks, taller front coils and softer rear leaf springs. The front springs will offer about an inch more ride height and the rears springs will deliver a touch more wheel travel. Additionally, the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro will offer black alloy wheels and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires.

All 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro models will be offered with a choice between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the latter of which will allow for the inclusion of Toyota's unique Crawl Control technology that provides computer-controlled multiple-speed trail ascent or descent. Of course, the four Fox shock absorbers are key to the TRD Pro's performance. They have eight separate bypass zones for the front shocks (five compression and three rebound) and 11 bypass zones for the rear (seven compression and four rebound). Finally, the rear Fox shocks have a small 2-inch remote reservoir to help with cooling and performance.

Other standard features on the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro include the newest version of the Entune Premium JBL Audio system with a subwoofer amplifier and integrated navigation and apps suite. Inside, the TRD Pro will have unique floormats and leather-trimmed seats as well as TRD Pro logos inside and out.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will be available later in the fall (along with the corresponding 4Runner and Tundra TRD Pros); pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

Manufacturer images 


2019_Toyota_TRD_Pro_Tacoma_7 II

2019_Toyota_TRD_Pro_Tacoma II

2019_Toyota_TRD_Pro_Tacoma_3 II

2019_Toyota_TRD_Pro_Tacoma_4 II

2019_Toyota_TRD_Pro_Tacoma_6 II



And still rear drum brakes?

Ah man, you mean there isn't any new features to trick the low information voters into buying a less reliable truck like Ford?
Dang, its just the same virtually unbreakable truck. Shucks.

Need to ditch that junk 3.5L

Here come the usual Toyota haters!

KBB just updated their 2018 findings and the Tacoma is the best of any vehicle period!

69% retention of value after 3 years and over 61% after 5 years!

Nobody can top that, nobody!

Tacoma was #1, Tundra #2 and 4Runner #3 on KBB list!

Toyota builds good trucks that depreciate less than other trucks! I own a 2010 SR5 Tacoma and a 2016 SR Tacoma, and both have had no unscheduled maintenance thus far!

Keep hating, because Tacoma sales prove you guys otherwise, as well as respected organizations like KBB. The market loves the Tacoma!

@ Clint,


I own two Tacoma's with rear drums, and they work fine and are reliable. So why pay more for something that is not really going to improve braking much, more for show than performance?

KBB seems to rate the Tacoma better in long-term value, so your argument is mute!

@ Jack,

Excise me?

Ford F-150 is 8th on KBB list of long-term value!

Tacoma is number 1...

@ Jack,
Excuse me?

Ford F-150 is 8th on KBB list of long-term value!

Tacoma is number 1...

@ oxi,

Would you please post a link to the KBB list that shows Toyota Tacoma #1. I couldn't locate it.

Thank you

I love my 2016 and have no plans to buy anything new at the moment but a snorkel is hardly stepping things up. The simple addition of a real all-terrain tire would have been better. I was very displeased with those Goodyears that come with the Tacoma ORs and Pros. The only lasted 35,000 miles on top of being useless on anything but pavement. My advise for anyone buying this truck is to swap out those threads before you take delivery. My Ford Transit has better tires than this off road truck. (BFG KO2s on a van :) )

I own two Tacoma's with rear drums, and they work fine... So why pay more...? Posted by: oxi | Feb 8, 2018


When was the last time a car with drum brakes ran in the Indy 500? Just sayin. If drums were that great every F-1 and Indy team would use them.

@ papajim,

I ran 7 desert races with my 1986 Toyota with rear drums!

No issues whatsoever in a form of racing that is more realistic than F1...

@ papajim,

I ran 7 desert races with my 1986 Toyota with rear drums!

No issues whatsoever in a form of racing that is more realistic than F1...

@ Austin,


Regarding drum brakes
papajim...I ran 7 desert races with my 1986 Toyota with rear drums! No issues whatsoever in a form of racing that is more realistic than F1...Posted by: oxi | Feb 8, 2018


Let's be serious for a moment. Do you want drums for the front too? How many of those races did you WIN by the way? Did you finish?

I feel sad for oxi, because his identity is tied into ownership of a disposable consumer product.

Drum brakes are obsolete: They have less heat dissipation ability. They have diminished performance at high temperatures from the expansion of the drum. They have less modulation ability from the partial self-engagement {in single cylinder versions}, which will hamper ESP, ABS, EBD. They used to have an advantage in parking brake performance, but that went away years ago.
There is zero reason to have drum brakes.

Toyota would do well to upgrade to an 8 speed automatic, seeing as the ratios of this 6 speed auto are poorly spaced.

@ papajim,

I finished 5 out of 7 races!

You are like a triggered liberal, why do you obsess with such stupidity to comment like drums up front?

You are full of such hate for Toyota, you are trying to pick on anything to get your fake news point across like liberal media with Russia collusion garbage!

@ George_C,

I have owned many Toyota trucks and have two currently and see NO issues with rear drums!

When you Toyota haters can only bash on rear drums shows Toyota is doing a great job with their trucks, and sales and KBB results prove this!

Lazy update on Toyota's part. If I was in the market for an off-road midsize the ZR2 is making a very strong case for itself.

@ Taylor,

Better check re-sale value or long-term quality by KBB...

@ oxi

My experiance has been that Chevy builds a tough truck so that doesn't concern me. I'm also willing to bet that the ZR2 in specific will have very good resale value.


why doesn't Toyota offer drum brakes on the Tundra?

@Traxx--Agree on the Goodyear tires. A few years ago I bought Goodyear truck tires for my S-10 and Isuzu after I could not get Michelins or almost any other tire. After a few years and about 12k miles the Goodyear's on my S-10 developed bumps on the sidewalls. I replaced them under warranty with another set of Goodyears and I have noticed my Isuzu has the same issue with the Goodyears. I will buy the other available tire for them even if they are Chinese. It is getting harder to get 15s in tires since most of today's vehicles have larger wheels.

Some friends of ours have a 2017 Tacoma TD Pro crewcab with a 6 speed manual. If I were to get a Tacoma I would want the 6 speed manual even if it meant getting a V-6. I am happy with what I have and will keep both for many more years but no more Goodyears. Years ago Goodyear was one of the best tires but they are not that good now.

@Taylor--Agree I believe the Colorado ZR2 will have a good resale value. Those who I know who have Colorados really like them. Chevy does build a good truck and so does Ford so I expect the Ranger will be a very good truck. Good to see more competition in the midsize truck market.


@ Tom,

Racist liberal!

Why does the link for the Tundra Pro from the auto show go to the Lincoln car? Also in the Tacoma video Mark incorrectly says the rear has 8 internal bump zones when it has 11?

FYI, drums on the rear are fine.
BTW, I had 1996 Caprice with large rear drums and they proved to stop better and more reliable than the same year Caprice 9C1 and Impala SS with rear discs.

The toyota tacoma is a tried and true design that just gets face lifts. There is nothing wrong with drum brakes on the rear of a compact or midsize pickup. Drum brakes have superior braking performance to disc brakes. The reason is very simple. Surface area. Brake shoes come in contact with more surface than pads do. There is also the added benefit in production cost to Toyota. Yes, drum brakes have a problem with dissipating heat. Drum brakes also tend to fade from heavy use. However, they are cheap to put on the truck. They are also cheap and easy to service and repair.

I think that Toyota should offer the option of having a TRD big brake conversion kit for the whole pickup that adds Brembo 6 piston calipers to the front and rear. I doubt many people would buy it... or be able to afford it. Kinda like having Fox racing shocks direct from Fox racing. Very pricey. I do think the Tacoma should get the diesel offered to the rest of the world in the USA. You can thank our government for barring it for emissions reasons. Absolutely absurd. It would be nice if TRD made a 5.7 V8 option available for the tacoma too.

The comments to this entry are closed.