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2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road vs TRD Pro: Everything You Need to Know

Drivers looking for serious off-road capabilities have two great options with the 2019 Toyota Tacoma - the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. But how do you choose the right one for you? Here is what you need to know:

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The Toyota Tacoma has long dominated the midsize truck segment. One of the main reasons is its reputation for long-term quality and dependability. “You just can’t kill a Tacoma” is often heard in truck enthusiast circles.

The 2019 Tacoma offers a full line of Toyota Racing Development options, both for on-road and off. TRD Sport is your option if you plan to say more on city streets and highways. The two off-roading choices are TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro, and both give drivers numerous reasons why they should be picked. The real question is, how do you know which one is best for you and your family? For comparison, the new 2020 Toyota Tacoma utilizes all-new features to make off-roading easier.

What do Off-Road and Pro Toyota Tacoma trucks have in common?

Both trucks utilize a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. torque. They are both available in 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission.

For the latest in safety, both 2019 Tacoma TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro come standard with Toyota Safety Sense. These active safety features include pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with sway warning and automatic high beams.

Gas mileage is identical with both Tacoma’s at 20mpg combined (18 city / 22 highway).

If you are serious about your off-roading, you really cannot make a bad decision by choosing either truck. Both Off-Road and Pro feature multi-terrain select, crawl control (automatic only), locking rear differential and hill start assist.

What cab and bed sizes are available?

First, with 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro, there is one choice and one size fits all here. This is available in 4WD Double Cab with a 5’ bed.

The TRD Off-Road has several options. If you do not need four-wheel drive capabilities, you can pick a 2WD Double Cab with 5’ bed. Automatic choices are Access Cab with 6’ bed and Double Cab with 5’ or 6’ bed lengths. For those longing for the rush of stick shift driving, choose the 4WD 6-speed manual Double Cab with 5’ bed. See what accessories make the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro so special.

Pricing differences between the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro

While both Off-Road and Pro are loaded with equipment to offer truck buyers, the TRD Pro has many more features. Therefore, it has a much higher price tag.

For this comparison, let’s match up apples to apples. Or at least as many apples as we can get. Take a 4WD Double Cab with 5’ bed. Base price (before delivery from factory and adding any options) for 2019 Tacoma TRD Off-Road is $36,765, while the TRD Pro is $45,665.

On paper this is a considerable price difference. However, the Tacoma TRD Pro has numerous additional features that might justify more money for consumers. Now let’s see “if the juice is really worth the squeeze.”

Exterior Differences

The first noticeable difference between the two trucks is the front end. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has a trapezoidal grille highlighted with a bold “TOYOTA” logo across the center. TRD Off-Road has a wire mesh front grille with a chrome surround accent.

If you see the two trucks side-by-side, the badass beast with the hood scoop is the TRD Pro. Both Off-Road and Pro come standard with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights. Tacoma TRD Off-Road has traditional fog lamps, where TRD Pro shines bright with Rigid Industries LED fog lamps.

Wheel size and appearance is one of the most polarizing components for truck enthusiasts. If truck owners don’t like the stock wheels, this is usually one of the first things to get modified. You will find 16” black and silver machined alloy wheels on TRD Off-Road, while TRD Pro has 16” black rims with TRD logos.

A small exterior difference is the exhaust. The 2019 TRD Off-Road has a stock metallic exhaust tip, while the TRD Pro has a black chrome exhaust tip that says TRD.

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Suspension Comparison

Both the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro and TRD Off-Road are made for off-roading with their suspension systems, but there are noticeable differences.

Built to go where not many trucks can go, Tacoma TRD Off-Road utilizes TRD Off-road tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks. In front you will find independent coil-spring double-wishbone with stabilizer bar. Off-Road has rear leaf springs with staggered outboard-mounted gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.

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The 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro offers drivers a more complex suspension system. Get the best of both on-road and off-roading that Tacoma has to offer with exclusive 2.5-inch Fox internal Bypass coil-overs and stabilizer bar. Suspension has independent coil-spring double-wishbone in front and leaf spring in the rear.

Comparison of Interior Features

The Tacoma TRD Off-Road features cloth seats with a manually-adjustable driver’s seat, smart key push button start, 3 USB ports, power sliding rear window, Qi wireless charging and Entune premium audio with navigation with advanced voice recognition. Off-Road comes loaded with equipment that would impress most Tacoma buyers. That is, unless, you are comparing it to the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro.

Remember, the TRD Pro has a significant price jump over its Off-Road counterpart. To assist in justifying spending more, Pro grade level loads up on even more features.

As opposed to fabric, you will find the luxury of heated leather seats with red stitching and red TRD logos. Also, look for standard digital dual temperature controls, moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink for garage door programming. Toyota does not want you to forget you are driving a TRD Pro, so look for TRD Pro carpet mats and shift knob displayed proudly throughout the cab.

For added safety, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on TRD Pro. No longer will cars sneak up on you in your blind spots. You are in control now.

For folks who appreciate a strong sound system, you will be rewarded in the TRD Pro with standard Entune Premium Audio with navigation and JBL Audio. I’m a big JBL guy and know it makes a significant difference when you have JBL speakers in your vehicle. Listen to crystal clear music with 6 JBL speakers including subwoofer amplifier.

TIP: Additional Off-Road Upgrade Package Available

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road offers an option package you might be interested in. The technology package includes rear parking sonar, blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. The package also switches your truck to a color-keyed rear bumper. If you do not get this package, your Tacoma will have a chrome rear bumper.

Based on this comparison, do you prefer the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro or the TRD Off-Road? What features are important to you and what ones do you not care about as much?

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Aldo (not verified)    May 29, 2019 - 2:59PM

Toyota needs to increase Tacoma Pro‘s capability relative to Off-Road, and to the competition, to make the jump worthwhile. As it sits right now, Pro is an image vehicle more than anything else.

Aldo (not verified)    May 29, 2019 - 3:00PM

If I were Toyota, I’d dial up the off-road capability and tone down the bling. Toyota has its reasons for holding back investment in making Pro more than it is. Being a North America-only product is likely among them. Within that context, can’t blame Toyota for playing the image card with Pro. And it is playing it well, by keeping production limited and prices close to MSRP. Better than not offering anything and losing the image-conscious buyers to the competition.

GT99 (not verified)    May 29, 2019 - 3:02PM

I wanted Toyota's top of the line Tacoma so I went in and ordered my 19 Pro VooDoo Blue Tacoma. And personally I think the Fox suspension is more than “ok” as mentioned above.

Eric Faley (not verified)    May 29, 2019 - 9:59PM

I had a 2018 TRD Off Road Double can 5ft bed. The truck was a nice truck. It lacked power. Torque band for towing was way too high. The truck was constantly down shifting from 6th to 4th at any sigh of an incline. Seats were hard and sat too low. Bad fuel mileage for a high tech modern day engine. Example if I drove about 68 mph I’d crack into the 18mpg range. If I drove above 70 plus it would be in the 15.5 range. California has 70moh freeways and most drivers will run over you if you’re doing the speed limit. I did find the Offroad capability to be great. The terrain control worked so well I hardly ever used the rear locker.

Matt (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 9:26AM

Basically, here in Colorado, TRD Pro owners typically are those who like the idea of off roading whereas Off Road owners actually go off road. I only see Off Road Tacos when I head to mountain biking trails

Reks Tillie (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 10:50AM

Toyota needs to think of the drivers comfort and ergonomics more. By that I mean the seats suck on any Toyota I ever seat on! They are horrendously uncomfortable and too low to the ground. I would pay 1000$ more for a better seat. These trucks are not cheap, why give us crappy seats?