For some time, Toyota had the U.S. mid-size pickup market mostly to itself, but that has quickly changed in recent years. The Ford Ranger returned to the U.S. in the 2019 model year, with the more rugged, off-road focused Tremor launching for the 2021 model year. Now, an updated 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has been revealed to better do battle with its Blue Oval competitor.
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro comes fitted with TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shocks and new forged aluminum upper control arms that increase the truck’s suspension lift over the regular Tacoma to 1.5 inches up front and 0.5 inches in the rear. That extra height also improves the TRD Pro’s ability to clear obstacles with a 36.4-degree approach angle, 24.7-degree departure angle, and 26.6-degree breakover angle – improvements of 1.4, 0.8, and 2.7 degrees, respectively.
The 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro also comes equipped with new black 16-inch wheels, exclusive to the model, which are wrapped in Goodyear Territory all-terrain tires. The rest of the changes present on this revamped model are purely cosmetic – beginning with the addition of Electric Lime Metallic to the available exterior color choices, which also include Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic.
Rounding out the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro’s updates are newly available hood graphics, a debossed TRD Pro logo on the rear quarter-panel, and a black Tacoma badge in place of the old TRD Pro badge on the door. Power comes from Toyota’s 3.5L V6 that produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox, though both are rated to tow up to 6,400 pounds.
The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is available exclusively in Double Cab four-wheel-drive configuration and will launch later this year.