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One of the best parts about living in Greater Vancouver is the access to the less accessible off-the-beaten trails that are tailor-made for adventurous drivers. Of course, that luxury is only afforded to those with a vehicle that can handle off-road locations such as Kenyon Lake trail (Fraser Valley F), Eagle Mountain/Ridge run (north of Coquitlam), Chipmunk Creek Forest Service Road (Fraser Valley E) and other moderate to hardcore driving trails in the region. One of very few such vehicles, is the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road. Let's find out why this beast is your top choice for tackling the tough roads surrounding the BC Lower Mainland.
Why Greater Vancouver's All-Terrain Drivers Prefer the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road
Standard on the Tacoma TRD Off Road are Bilstein shocks, which can absorb the impact of practically any trail, crediting high-performance components and valving tuned explicitly for all-terrain driving. However, those shocks may not need to be called into action as much as you think, thanks to features that include the standard electronically locking rear differential in addition to Toyota's available Hill Start Assist Control, Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select along with standard 16" TRD Pro Alloy Wheels that incorporate the proper weight, offset and brake clearance to optimize function and reliability.
Made to Drive the Off Road
This Tacoma features a 3.5-Liter DOHC V6 direct-injection Atkinson-cycle with 278 hp at 6000 rpm, with 265 lb.-ft. at 4600 rpm and is available in 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission. What more do you need to know?
The truck was manufactured to protect itself so that you can focus on your all-terrain escapades. You can thank the TRD skid plate for this. A literal full metal jacket, the skid plate is made from stamped and formed 1/4-inch thick silver powder-coated aluminum, and serves to keep your Tacoma's underbelly safe from large rocks, fallen branches, glacial chunks, and the piled bones of the undead in your post-apocalyptic off-road dreams (too far?).
And don't worry about the skid plate interfering with or blocking the truck's cooling system as it has been manufactured with cut outs that also provide unobstructed access to all maintenance points and tow hooks. Other "self-care" options include mudguards, all weather floor liners, a bed mat, a hard tri-fold tonneau cover to protect the gear in the bed, and more.
Interior Comfort No Matter What
You're going to be putting this machine through the wringer, but that doesn't mean you have to feel it on the interior. The truck's five-seat spacious cabin with a clean layout and driver-intuitive controls comes with available features such as luxurious leather-trimmed seating and standard dual zone automatic climate control for all-season comfort.
Off-road toughness and modern technology no longer need to be exclusive of one another. In fact, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road has made them synonymous, with standard features that include a GoPro HERO mount on the windshield, Bluetooth connectivity, Qi-compatible wireless smartphone and mobile device charging, and available integrated navigation to help you get to and from your off-the-beaten path destination.
Impressive Tow Capacity
Those of you bringing along toys for the ride won't be disappointed. Built to haul and tow, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road V6 has a class-IV towing hitch receiver, ATF cooler (not available on M/T), engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with converter, and Trailer-Sway Control delivering up to a tow capacity of up to 6400 lbs.
It Looks the Part Too
The 2018 TRD Off Road couldn't look more the part as this truck boasts the most chiseled, muscular, and purposeful off-road stance to date. Smoked taillights, black over-fenders, and a chrome rear bumper and aforementioned 16-inch machined contrast alloy wheels all add to the presentation. While the truck is available in a variety of colors, Cement real cements its status as the top off-road truck in its class.
View more on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road, including this impressive Upgrade Package available through our dealership.
This vehicle is not a truck that was made for the daily grind that just happens to give you an edge on the off-road too, it's the other way around. But don't just take our word for it, come see for yourself by scheduling a test drive from our Greater Vancouver dealership. Contact Westminster Toyota today.
Disclaimer: Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road is designed to meet most off-road driving requirements. Abusive use may result in bodily harm or damage. Toyota encourages responsible operation to protect you, your vehicle and the environment. A seatbelt should be worn at all times.