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2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab

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Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab

5 seats

Engine

5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve engine

TRANSMISSION

6-speed manual transmission

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

Fuel tank

21.1 gal.

Estimated MPG

17 city/21 hwy est. mpg

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport was designed to help provide more travel, ground clearance, maximal damping and fade-free performance.

 

Introduction

The new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport is a beautiful pickup truck with an interesting from look that remind me of the classic pickup trucks, very wide side to side in the front and with a sport look, ready for any adventure or action.  In terms of cargo, it has plenty of cargo space.  As I drive this new Tacoma I am learning more about all the new features and feeling the power of 278 HP.

Toyota

If you follow Toyota history and development, it’s easy to see that Toyota is always in a search of new ways to improve their operations, trying to innovate and show the better results with every new model. Toyota strives to build vehicles to match customer interest and thus they typically are built with popular options.

 

The foundation of Toyota goes back to 1890, when Kiichiro Toyoda received a patent for his renewed hand loom design. It was a wooden handloom and the patent application was accepted in November that year, and was awarded patent No. 1195, “Loom”, the following year on May 14, 1891.

 

Knowing well the highest level of Toyota cars, it is hard to imagine it was not even a car production at the beginning. Speaking about automobiles engineering, in June1933 he started to prepare for the new Automotive Production Division and sent his director to the U.S. and Europe to buy machine tools for automotive production that had been studied beforehand and concentrated his efforts on a design that used common parts, so that customers could use service parts for the Ford and Chevrolet vehicles that were prevalent in Japan at the time.

The very first SB truck was launched in April 1947, small truck equipped with the S engine.

 

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab

Inspired by iconic Toyota trucks, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport is designed to help provide more travel, ground clearance, maximal damping and fade-free performance.

All these options are reachable with the hard-core engineering:

  • Featuring 2.5-in. aluminum, housing, oversize shock shafts.
  • Coil-spring double-wishbone front suspension and stabilizer bar; leaf spring rear suspension with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar
  • TRD sport-tuned suspension
    Variable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering

Engineered by TRD, Rigid Industries LED Fog Lights has a lot of brightness into a compact package. Aluminum housing feature and rugged construction promise that the lights can take out harsher surroundings.

 

Prices and Versions

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport is offered in 6 models, they are: TRD Pro, TRD Sport, TRD Off-road, Limited, SR, SR 5

Model Price
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport $30,685 – $33,275

 

Engine 

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport has:

  • 5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine
  • VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake
  • VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) exhaust
  • 278 hp @ 6000 rpm/265 lb.-ft. to 4600 rpm
  • bore x stroke: 94.0 x 83.0 mm; compression ratio: 11.8

 

 

 

Exterior Features

  • Gray grille with smoked finish and chrome surround, hood scoop, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, overfenders and rear bumper
  • Fiber-reinforced Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) inner bed with steel outer panels, storage compartments and rail caps, with easy lower, lockable and removable tailgate
  • Deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats and four fixed cargo bed tie-down points
  • 120V/400W deck-mounted AC power outlet
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof
  • 17-in. machined alloy wheels with P265/65R17 tires
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power sliding rear window w/privacy glass (Double Cab only)
  • Front and rear mudguards (SR5 4-Cyl. requires Appearance Package)
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • Skid plates: on engine/front suspension
  • Integrated color-keyed tailgate spoiler
  • Hard tri-fold tonneau cover:lockable, weather-resistant, and folds to the cab for bed access(optional)

 

Interior Features

  • Fabric-trimmed seats; 4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Analog instrumentation with speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel gauges; 4.2-in. color Multi-Information Display (MID) with outside temperature, odometer, tripmeters and average fuel economy
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-trimmed shift lever
  • Remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock and panic functions
  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth 31 hands-free phone controls
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone and mobile device charging.
  • Compatible smartphone or mobile device is placed on top of the power transmission pad, which charges it via resonant inductive coupling.
  • EntunePremium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

 

Safety Features

Safety system of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Includes:

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC),
  • Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD),
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Smart Stop Technology
  • Driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA)
  • Driver and front passenger active headrests
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)

 

 

Conclusion

If you like to buy a beautiful pickup truck with plenty of cargo space, a good horsepower of 278, space for 5 passengers so it can serve as a family car or as a cargo truck, but with a price for less than $34,000, then the Tacoma is a great option for you.

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport was designed to help provide more travel, ground clearance, maximal damping and fade-free performance. It’s easy to prove when you explore the main features or simply get into this pickup truck. Inspired by iconic Toyota trucks, this one can easily fight harsher environment.

Besides the power an large cargo space, I personally love the front look design, that remind me of the retro pickup trucks from a few decades ago, elegant, classic and with a lot of personality, almost ready to talk.

Marco Carvajal
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