This time of year I get so excited to be a part of the Texas Auto Writer Association. See every fall they host a truck rodeo where most of the major manufacturers bring in their CUV, SUV, and Trucks. We get two days to drive and do a little off roading with the vehicles then evaluate them. I got in the spirit of truck rodeo at home by bringing last year’s winner of Mid-Size Truck of Texas the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
One thing that comes to mind in this truck is that “though she be little, she is fierce”. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a smaller truck with some killer muscle. It may have a smaller stature than the full size trucks, but it has just as much or if not more appeal to a larger audience. People like my dad who want the usefulness of a truck but need it to fit into the home garage and city driving.
The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro boasts some major off roading cred. At the truck rodeo there are three courses setup to test the limits of off roading capabilities of each vehicle. This truck handled level three like it was a walk in the park last year and this year was the same for the 2018 model which won Mid-Size Truck of the Texas again.
Now as a busy soccer mom I was able to make full use of the truck with our gear that we take each weekend, kids fit nicely in the rear with their booster seats, and I was able to use the truck to haul a few bigger things for the house. It is a truck that is a little more manageable in size and not as intimidating for those who are used to smaller vehicles but need the use of a truck bed.
This truck is loaded with features so that you can be comfortable taking this vehicle off road like front skid plate, slightly lifted than the regular model Tacoma, crawl technology for help on those hills, and more.
So whether you are truckin to the TAWA truck rodeo or taking your kids to the soccer like me, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a truck you should consider if you are needing the functionality of a truck but on a smaller scale. It will prove its’ power and durability for those times when you want to get away from the soccer mom duties and gets little mud on the tires.
- Unique TRD Pro content- TRD Tuned Fox 2.5 internal bypass shocks with rear remote reservoir, TRD skid plate and exhaust, 16″ TRDPro alloy wheels
- 3.5 L V6, 6 speed automatic transmission
- Auto limited slip differential
- Towing receiver hitch
- Rear backup sensor and camera
- Blind spot monitor
- Star safety system
- Projector beam headlights
- 5′ composit bed with 120V power outlet
- Deck rail system
- Easy lower, lockable, removable tailgate
- Smart key system
- Leather trimmed
- 7″ touchscreen
- Qi wireless charging pad