This truck wants dirt. And not that celebrity gossip, Kim Kardashian junk you find next to the gum at the grocery store. It wants bona fide soil, dust, grime, filth and rock. It wants to scale steep grades, kick up dust and hear to its engine echo through lonely canyons.
When you give it the chance to do so, man does it succeed.
The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a new offering from the Japanese automaker, aimed at providing the off-road enthusiast with the most burly and capable vehicle possible. It slots in alongside two other TRD Pro models -- the Tundra and 4Runner – to create a new line of machines dedication to all-terrain driving.
I took hold of a Tacoma TRD Pro with instructions to introduce it to so some dirt, so I headed south from San Francisco to the scenic and challenging Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation area. After kicking up a good deal of brown onto its searing orange paint I walked away impressed with its ability to provide a fun and confident off-road experience on nearly any kind of trail.