Tacoma Third Generation Buyer's Guide

Hello TORCH Tribe and truck fans everywhere!

For those looking to delve into the world of modded trucks or upgrade their daily driver, the writers at Autodigg have created a buyer’s guide for the third generation of Toyota Tacoma. Tacoma fans already know why their Tacos are so beloved by truck enthusiasts, but Autodigg lays it all out here for those not in the know - the third gen Tacoma exudes an air of brawn and muscle with its “good looks with reliable power and easy maintenance.” 

Autodigg - Third Generation 2016 Toyota Tacoma Buyers Guide

With a body style in-between a midsize and full-size, the third gen Taco has great looks, utility, and the power to tackle any task you might need with your truck. Autodigg breaks down the history of the truck and the styles of trim available, explaining why this vehicle has options that suit everything from heavy work hauling, daily driving, and serious off-roading. 
For fans of off-roading and overlanding, the Tacoma has two trim styles that are ideally suited for sports that take you off the beaten path. The TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro are both great performers for those looking to take their trucks off-road. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, and serves as Toyota’s in-house design studio for performance vehicles. TRD is Toyota’s elite line, and their trucks like the Tacoma TRD Pro compete with some of the biggest names in the auto industry like the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Chevy Silverado ZR2. 

We’ve laid out a few of the features of these two Tacoma trims that are most relevant for off-road and overland camping fans:

TRD Off-Road
  • All the perks of the TRD Sport trim with some custom upgrades
  • 16 Inch aluminum alloy wheels for high performance
  • TRD Off-Road suspension with upgraded shocks by Bilstein
  • Rear locking differential
  • Distinctive heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • LED headlights and tail lights with fog lights by RIGID Industries
  • 16 inch custom black aluminum alloy wheels
  • Off-road traction control with multi-terrain monitor system
  • TRD Sport suspension with heavy-duty performance shocks by FOX
  • Lifted 1” front ride height compared to other Tacoma trims
This article is a great resource if you’re looking at picking up a third-gen Tacoma and want some direction for your purchase. For those Tacoma owners who are already enjoying their ride, we sell a variety of lift kits to add more payload capacity to your truck or increase ground clearance to fit larger tires. We also offer extended shocks for the Tacoma, including the Bilstein 5100 series shocks for those who want to seriously upgrade their performance under intense conditions. The Toyota Tacoma is a really popular truck among off-road enthusiasts, and with all of these features and available trims, we can see why. Check it out! -TORCH

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