Exactly what changes make the 2017 Toyota Tacoma different?
A brand new trim level aimed at hardcore off-road enthusiasts. This particular compact pickup is already highly capable when seeing parts unknown, but the 2017 TRD Pro product takes it a few steps further. (More with this creation from Toyota Racing Development below. )
The balance of the Tacoma lineup sees minor function shuffling. This is the sophomore season for a truck re-engineered for model-year 2016. It got updated design, introduced a new V-6 engine, and added improved features. Tacoma has been the top selling compact pickup truck over a decade. It outpaces its nearest competitors, the actual Chevrolet Colorado and Nissan Frontier, by almost 2-1. Tacoma strengths include a loyal owner foundation, gold-standard resale values, and that tough, off-road picture. Still, Toyota can’t rest easy. A redesigned Frontier is expected for model-year 2017, and Frd reportedly is preparing to re-enter the compact-truck arena with a re-launch of the venerable Ranger.
Why should We buy a 2017?
To be among the first to get your tow tow hooks into the new TRD Pro. It’s a more severe version of the existing TRD Off-road model as well as joins TRD Pro versions of Toyota’s full-size Tundra pickup and midsize 4Runner SUV. Particular styling, a high-riding suspension, and other heavy-duty equipment set it up for take-no-prisoners off-road duty. Also included is the driver-engaged terrain selector that adjusts powertrain calibrations to suit snow, sand, mud, rock and other circumstances. Available is Toyota’s Crawl Control, a low-speed cruise-control system that automatically regulates vehicle pace to maintain stability and traction in challenging rough road environments.
Model-year 2017 updates for the rest of the Tacoma line are centered on the popular SR5 model. A good Appearance Package that includes alloy wheels and additional body-color trim is newly standard on the V-6 SR5 and optional on the four-cylinder SR5. Rear-obstacle recognition and an in-dash navigation system are no longer provided on the four-cylinder SR5, but remains optional for your V-6.
The full ’17 model lineup consists of the camp SR, volume-leading SR5, street-themed TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, luxury-oriented Limited, and new flagship TRD Pro. The Limited and TRD Pro arrive only as the crew-cab Double Cab with 4 full-size doors and a 5-foot cargo bed. Some other Tacomas are available as the extended-cab Access Cab along with 6-foot bed and as a Double Cab having a 5- or 6-foot bed.
Should I wait for the 2018 model instead?
Probably not. Though its appearance did not change drastically, Tacoma was heavily revised with regard to model-year 2016, and pickup lifecycles tend to be considerably longer than those of cars and crossovers. The prior-generation Tacoma ran 2004-2015 with only minor up-dates. So changes in minor trim details are regarding all we’d expect for the ’18 Tacoma…along along with higher prices.