TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, which is the racing division in the manufacturer’s factory. The TRD division was established 1979 with them starting only with designing race cars for the track, but as years went on the TRD engineers started using racing technology to incorporate into the cars that went out to the market to improve performance. The engineers continue to maintain factory level quality and reliability to vehicles while giving more power and abilities. The division mostly focuses on improving trucks and SUVs to give them the off-roading ability. We will discuss the different types of TRD and their addition to Toyota cars. There are currently three different types of TRD grades which are TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro. A grade can vary from model to model, so let’s dive in and look at the different types.
The Sport grade offers the least out of the three and is mostly improvements on the appearance than off-roading. You can find this grade in the Tacoma truck and Sequoia SUV models. The TRD Sport trim offers integrated wide-angle fog lights, hood scoop, sport-tuned suspension, unique 17” alloy wheels, rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive, and TRD graphics. The sport-tuned suspension is what makes it better for off-roading experience from the rest of the non-TRD trims. This is recommended for people who want better vehicle performance and want to be prepared if they ever end up in a place that needs off-roading features.
The next grade is the Off-Road and is available in the Tacoma truck and 4Runner SUV models. This grade is recommended for enthusiasts who really want to get into off-roading and have the right tool to do so. This grade is good for off-roading on surfaces such as mud, sand, and rocks which can be quite aggressive. The features included in this trim are greater approach angle from 29° to 32°, special off-road-tuned suspension, bilstein shocks, wide-angle fog lights, 16” unique alloy wheels, inclinometer with roll/pitch displays, multi-terrain select, crawl control, electronically locking rear differential, and TRD Off-Road graphics.
The last and most advanced grade is offered in the Tacoma truck, 4Runner SUV, and Tundra truck. Not only does this grade feature more upgrades for a better off-roading experience, but it also includes more comfort in the interior that is luxury grade. The off-roading features included in the Pro are greater approach angle from 32° to 35°, Fox Internal Bypass coil-over springs and rear remote reservoir shocks, 1” lifted suspension, 16” TRD Pro black alloy wheels,thicker front skid plate, TRD Pro Cat-back Exhaust, and TRD Pro graphics. The luxury features included are Heritage-inspired "Toyota" front grille, black leather-trimmed seats with TRD Pro graphic, floor mats with TRD Pro graphic, TRD Pro leather shift knob, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. This Pro grade offers both the adventure and luxury a person is looking for in an off-roading vehicle.
This TRD division may have started to develop race cars, but it’s technology is used to improve vehicle performance and take an ordinary car to the next level. The reason that TRD is mainly used to develop technology integration for off-roading is because it has one thing in common with racing: precise design and tuning for the suspension. You can also see the TRD trims introduced in future generations of the RAV4 SUV, Camry sedan, and Avalon sedan models. We hope this blog helped explain what TRD is and get you excited to try and purchase one yourself. If you want to take a look at these trims available in models, click on the Elmore Toyota Inventory tab. Have fun off-roading! Check out our 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro