I took the wheel of the furious Toyota Tacoma hybrids. This Is Why I’d Continue Using The Less Expensive TRD Off-Road

The Toyota Tacoma is set for great things in 2024. In addition to getting its most potent engine to date—a 2.4-liter four-cylinder hybrid that promises better fuel economy—the best-selling midsize pickup also gets bigger, 33-inch tires, making it more aggressive than ever on the TRD Pro, and a new overlanding/rock-crawling trim called “Trail Hunter.”

Here's Why I Would Continue Using The Less Expensive TRD Off-Road
Here’s Why I Would Continue Using The Less Expensive TRD Off-Road

Although the hybrid TRD Pro and Trail Hunter were really impressive off-road, I don’t think I would choose either over the more gentle Tacoma TRD off-road. Here’s why.

In my previous review, I referred to the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma as “the truck you hoped it would be” because of its excellent new powertrain, incredible optional manual transmission, respectable cabin, increased EPA fuel economy, and other features.

I did, however, get to drive the hybrid model earlier this month as part of a sizable “Toyota Thunder” event that also included the new 4Runner, Tacoma, Land Cruiser, Camry, and Crown Signia. I spent the majority of my time off-roading the new hardcore TRD Pro and Trail Hunter. All in all, I was impressed.

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