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2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: A pickup for traditionalists

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is ready to play in the dirt with an upgraded suspension and body cladding.

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Toyota updated the Tacoma lineup last year providing key technology updates to keep the midsize pickup competitive. 

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The most noteworthy improvement was the arrival of standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa capabilities in all Tacoma models.

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On most Tacoma models including the TRD Off-Road trim, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard. 

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The TRD Off-Road is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. 

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When paired with the available six-speed automatic transmission, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road returns and EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. 

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For traditionalists, Toyota does off the Tacoma TRD Off-Road with a six-speed manual transmission.

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To improve it's off pavement chops, the Toyota gives the TRD Off-Road a specific suspension with Bilstein shocks and more aggressive Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires. 

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Toyota says the Tacoma TRD Off-Road is capable of towing up to 6,400 pounds and has a payload rating of 1,155 pounds,

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To look the part, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road gets a gray grille, color-keyed outside mirrors and black fender trim on the outside.

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This 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD-Off Road with four-wheel-drive begins at $46,894, including $1,175 destination.

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