TORONTO, ON: Modern times require modern vehicles and, arguably, one theme rises above the rest for vehicle attributes: versatility. One of the greatest multi-purpose vehicles on the market is the mid-size pickup truck leader, the Toyota Tacoma. First introduced last year, the Tacoma Trail Edition returns with an emphasis on storage, styling, value, and a focus on off-road performance built around the Tacoma 4×4 Double Cab.
Based on the best-selling SR5 grade and only available in 4×4 Double Cab, Tacoma Trail Edition gets additional lift both at the front and rear of the truck to help tackle the road less travelled.
Toyota engineers lifted the front of the new Tacoma Trail 28 mm thanks to taller coil springs. The front air dam found on the standard SR5 is deleted to help improve ground clearance. With the air dam removal and the front suspension lift the approach angle of the truck improves to 34 degrees. The rear suspension receives attention too, and it is lifted 13 mm thanks to a spacer between the rear axle housing and leaf springs to help level the truck’s profile and improve departure angle to 23.6 degrees. Breakover angle is also improved to 26.4 degrees.
Tacoma Trail Edition offers distinctive styling to set it apart from the lineup. Two exterior colour choices are available: Lunar Rock (a new Trail Edition option) and Army Green. Regardless of paint choice, black exterior badging accents the truck, a new Trail Edition badge is fitted on the rear tailgate, and the rear bumpers are now colour-keyed to match the exterior paint colour.
Tacoma Trail Edition greets paved and unpaved roads with the heritage-inspired grille first found on TRD Pro, but this grille stands apart thanks to its unique bronze-coloured lettering. The bronze-accented grille nicely complements the new bronze-finished wheels that are adorned with a Toyota centre cap. More than just looks, the wheels offer a 13 mm wider track width both front and rear for a broader stance, and they are fitted with new Goodyear all-terrain tires that feature an aggressive sidewall tread pattern.
Tacoma Trail Edition comes standard with a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The engine features Toyota’s VVT-iW technology and Atkinson-cycle combustion to help maximize efficiency, and it also employs Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection system that incorporates both direct injection and port injectors. O sale in Toyota dealers shortly.