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The Benefits of 2019 Toyota Tacoma with Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma dominates its midsize truck segment, and this is partially due to its off-roading toughness. Let’s explore how multi-terrain select and crawl control work and how they can benefit you.

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Toyota Tacoma has led the midsize truck market in sales for the past 14 years, and it is riding a stretch of 18 consecutive months with increased sales. We know Tacoma has the well-deserved reputation for long-term dependability and reliability. We also know of its tough off-roading capabilities. Multi-terrain select and crawl control are systems designed to help you while you drive on more challenging terrain.

Toyota Tacoma's MTS sounds cool. What does it do?

When off-roading gets serious and you are planning your next road trip in places where the terrain is bound to get tougher and tougher, multi-terrain select (MTS) might be able to make life easier for you and your Toyota Tacoma. Let your overlanding journey begin!

2019 Toyota Tacoma Multi Terrain Select and Crawl Control

MTS is a system found on 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro vehicles. It is available in previous year Tacoma’s, along with the upcoming 2020 Toyota Tacoma, as well. This off-roading system works to regulate wheel spin based on the type of terrain you are driving on.

You can switch your 2019 Tacoma into multi-terrain select mode in one of five low speed settings. Based on the ground you are covering, you can choose from Mud and Sand, Loose Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul and Rock modes. When you select the appropriate setting, you will limit wheel slippage and gain the most traction possible.

The multi-terrain select button can be located overhead near the interior lights in your Tacoma. It will be found right next to crawl control settings.

How can crawl control help you to drive your Toyota Tacoma better

Crawl Control is designed to be used when driving your Tacoma truck at low speeds on more challenging terrain. It assists drivers by controlling your acceleration and braking, allowing you to focus primarily on steering.

Think of crawl control as more of a “low speed cruise control.” If you are stuck in deep sand at the beach or the desert, you switch it into one of five low-speed settings. Then, let the Tacoma accelerate and brake on its own while you focus on steering you out of those awesome obstacles.

Bonus: Locking Rear Differential to the rescue

Another necessity when off-roading is the standard 2019 Toyota Tacoma locking rear differential, which can be found on TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. This system locks both wheels together on the same rear axle so they both move at the same speed, allowing them do the same amount of work to get you out of a sticky situation. This is ideal for uneven, rocky paths and trails, as well as about 50 other scenarios probably already swirling around in your minds while you read this.

Watch my demo of how locking rear differential works

You can find these off-roading systems on Toyota Tacoma, along with Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tundra and Toyota Land Cruiser.

Have you used multi-terrain select and crawl control in the past with your Toyota? What situations did you try them in and how did they work for you? What is your favorite Toyota for going off-road?
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Andrew (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 9:02PM

I don't use the Toyota Tacoma's multi-terrain select and crawl controls, but don't do any real rock crawling with the truck at this point either.

Ryan (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 9:14PM

My driving habits are different. The features like the Crawl Control and MTS are more than adequate for the 95% of the wheeling I do with my Toyota Tacoma. The only time I need a locker is when I need a lot of torque delivered to the rear wheels. This means climbing a very steep hill with deep ruts. I like these features a lot.

Joe (not verified)    May 30, 2019 - 9:17PM

Crawl control feature of my Tacoma has very limited use. In my truck driving experience, I have found that this feature works when making extreme climbs, but usually, I use it as just for fun.

Jerry Mills (not verified)    December 6, 2019 - 4:00PM

Do you have to control the tacoma yourself when its in mts like push on the brake peddle and gas peddle when needed or do you let it do its thing like crawl control does.