The Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado are fierce rivals, both vying for ground in the midsize pickup segment. Both vehicle lines also offer off-roader-spec variants, including the TRD Pro from Toyota, and the ZR2 from Chevy. Now, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has received new improvements to rival the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
Let’s start with the suspenders, where the 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro gets an increased lift, including a 1.5-inch lift in front and 0.5-inch lift in back. The suspension set-up includes new machine-forged aluminum TRD upper control arms, plus TRD-tuned 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks.
The lift provides added capability with a 36.4-degree approach angle, 24.7-degree departure angle, and 26.6-degree breakover angle, all of which are improved over the previous-generation vehicle.
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro also features new wheels, which sport a black finish and wider track compared to the previous vehicle. The rollers are wrapped in Goodyear Territory all-terrain tires. Further body and styling features include a variety of styling accents, optional graphics, black fender flares, new stamping on the rear, and new badging.
The paint list now includes a new paint color exclusive to the TRD Pro, namely an eye-searing shade dubbed Electric Lime Metallic. Underneath, you’ll find protective skid plates, while LED lighting illuminates the way forward.
As for the greasy bits, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is fitted as standard with a naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 engine, which produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The V6 is also equipped with a free-flowing cat-back exhaust that adds a little extra aural punch to the mix. Output is routed through an available six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic.
Sales will ramp up at the end of the summer, with pricing expected to start between $35,000 and $45,000.