It’s aggressive profile, and rugged nature makes the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro a smash hit for anyone who wants an off-roading adventure, in a slim package. With the many features included within this pickup, I’m most excited about the manual transmission.

Buyers can choose between a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox for the TRD Pro.

The auto transmission comes with the Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select modes.

In Crawl Control mode, the Tacoma simply does most of the driving for you, at a low-speed leaving you to concentrate on steering the vehicle if that’s your sort of thing.

In Multi-Terrain select mode, the vehicle’s shift programming is altered to suit whatever surface you’re navigating over. Throttle response and the traction control mechanisms are adjusted automatically as well to aid you further.

It’s an easy way to drive off-road, and it is best suited for those who would rather the truck do most of the heavy lifting.

You won’t get Crawl control and Multi-Terrain Select in the manual option.

But that’s the best part of this equation.

You do everything yourself, relying on your skill set, which makes for a more enjoyable experience.

Back in the day, you learned how to drive with a five speed.

Automatic gearboxes were meant for lazy people who just wanted to go from point A to B, so we thought.

Today, most vehicles ship with an automatic as the standard option, and it seems as if the manual is now a dying breed.

In the near future, drivers potentially might be that dying breed as driverless cars with electric motors is coming quickly.

Great job on Toyota for considering those who still love to do it all themselves. The 2017 TRD Pro continues the tradition of a rugged no-nonsense machine.

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD pro

You’ve got 2.5-inch Fox shocks to play with, which adds 1-inch over the TRD Sport and Off-Road models, Kevlar-reinforced 16-inch Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires that offer plenty of grip when high-speed off-roading and part-time 4X4, to compliment a 3.5-litre V6 engine with 276 horsepower.

I think the biggest challenge owners are going to experience, is keeping this truck clean. And that’s what a mid-sized off-roader of this caliber should offer. Pure driving enjoyment.

If you’re thinking about a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, I’d suggest for you to consider looking at the Tacoma as well. They are both excellent toys that compete well against each other and picking one might be a touch choice.


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