Toyota Tacoma squares up to battle Ford Ranger

Despite its unique suspension thanks to Toyota Racing Development, the TRD Off Road shares the same 8.6-inch ground clearance of the RAV4's Adventure and Limited trims which is 0.2 inches higher than the LE and XLE models

Despite its unique suspension thanks to Toyota Racing Development, the TRD Off Road shares the same 8.6-inch ground clearance of the RAV4's Adventure and Limited trims which is 0.2 inches higher than the LE and XLE models

The 2020 Toyota Rav4 TRD comes with a host of special Toyota Racing Development engineering and design features enhancing its tail-driving capabilities. LED headlights and clear taillight lenses round out the list of exterior upgrades.

Along with a redesigned grille and headlights, the new Tacoma is also equipped with a new infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa, plus an optional 360-degree camera system that offers a terrain view in TRD Off-Road models to help drivers navigate rough trails. Not only that, there's new tech inside, as well as safety equipment. It includes pre-collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Toyota also updated the rest of the TRD Pro family, just in case the new Sequoia is too big or thirsty for your needs. Although Toyota has been mum on pricing, buyers can expect to see the RAV4 TRD Off-Road on dealer lots this fall as a 2020 model.

The first part of the Sequoia TRD Pro and each TRD Professional automobile for that matter is a set of Fox off-street internal bypass shocks up the entrance, which provides proper on-street habits whereas firming up when the going will get rocky. A new 16-inch wheel is added to the mix, which is 4.188 lbs. lighter than the previous version.

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The Tacoma TRD Pro comes standard with 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive with an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential. All models use an inner bed made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and tough, durable walls that are 10-percent lighter than steel.

Two powertrains are on tap - the 2.7-liter four-cylinder mill making 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque and the musclier 3.5-liter V6 producing 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of twist.

The 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are both unchanged, but a cat-back exhaust is available as an option for a more distinctive sound.

The V-6's standard trailer-towing package includes a Class IV hitch and an upgraded cooling system that gives the truck a 6,800-pound rating.

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