What is Toyota TRD?

If you’re shopping for a Toyota, you may be wondering, “What is Toyota TRD?” TRD is an acronym for Toyota Racing Development. Popular models like the Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner, and Sequoia, have TRD configurations, but what makes TRD variations unique? It depends on the grade. TRD has three tiers: TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro. Read on to learn more about these three grades and what’s in store for you when you choose a Toyota TRD, such as the Tacoma TRD Sport or Tundra TRD Pro.

TRD Sport

Available for Tacoma and Sequoia

TRD Sport is largely an appearance package. It enhances the style of a Tacoma or Sequoia without changing much of its original powertrain and handling features. Compared to non-TRD configurations, a TRD Sport trim level isn’t vastly more powerful on or off Blackfalds roads — it mostly looks the part. It’s a great choice for drivers who like the appearance of more athletic vehicles, but don’t spend a lot of time engaging in activities like off-roading. The TRD Sport package includes the following features:

TRD graphics
Sport-tuned suspension
Exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels
Hood scoop (for appearance only)
Wide-angle fog lights

TRD Off-Road

Available for Tacoma and 4Runner

If you do spend a lot of time off-roading, a TRD Off-Road Tacoma or 4Runner will be more up your alley, specifically one with 4WD. The RWD TRD Off-Road offers all of the same features as the 4WD variation, but again, if off-roading capability is a must for you, you’ll get more traction and rugged performance with 4WD. You’ll have the drivetrain you need, as well as specially tuned suspension and Bilstein shocks, to tackle unforgiving Alberta winters and rocky and muddy terrain with ease. When you choose the TRD Off-Road package, you can expect these upgrades:

Special graphics
Electronically locking rear differential
Approach angle from 29-32 degrees
Multi-terrain Select
Off-road-tuned suspension
Cruise control for off-roading (often referred to as Crawl Control)
Special 16-inch alloy wheels
Inclinometer with displays for roll and pitch
Bilstein shocks
Wide-angle fog lights


Available for Tacoma, 4Runner, and Tundra

TRD Pro represents the very best of what the Toyota TRD grades have to offer. It takes off-roading a step further than the TRD Off-Road grade, while also creating a more comfortable and welcoming cabin with upscale features like dual-zone automatic climate control, black leather upholstery with TRD Pro badging, and a power moonroof. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also added to give you greater peace of mind on Sylvan Lake roads. In addition, the TRD Pro also includes:

Exclusive 16-inch black alloy wheels
Exclusive “Toyota” front grille
Lifted suspension (2.54 centimetres)
Approach angle from 32-35 degrees
Fox Internal Bypass coil-over springs and rear remote reservoir shocks
Thicker front skid plate
TRD Pro Cat-back Exhaust
Floor mats with TRD Pro badging
TRD leather shift knob

Find a Toyota TRD at Red Deer Toyota in Alberta

Whether you’re looking for a Toyota Tacoma with sporty styling, or a 4Runner TRD Pro that can conquer rugged terrain, the Toyota TRD lineup has a model for you. Contact us online or call us at 780-808-8801 to learn more about Toyota crossovers, trucks, and SUVs, and to schedule a test drive Lloydminster, Alberta. While you’re here, be sure to browse our latest new vehicle specials for offers on models like the Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner, Sequoia, and more!

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