2017 Toyota Tacoma Off-Road Review; Witness Its Toughness Outdoors [PHOTOS & VIDEOS]

Oct 13, 2016 05:55 AM EDT | Johanna Vanessa Anasco

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The Texas Auto Writers Association has just agreed that the best mid-size truck for 2017, is no other than the Toyota 2017 Tacoma truck. The association had tested the mid-size Japanese truck in various on and off-road terrain. Seventy media members tested up to eighty-two SUVs and trucks from around the world.

Mike Sweers, Tacoma's chief engineer said, "As America's best-selling mid-size pick-up (truck) for ten years running, the recognition can tackle any off-road challenge." He added, "Toyota's commitment to the new Tacoma TRD Pro was focused on meeting the needs of adventure-seekers where roads feat to tread, and we have proven that today."

The TAWA members were impressed by the 2017 Tacoma. It was presented in Toyota Motor's manufacturing facility in San Antonio, Texas.
 

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The key feature which helped the mid-size pick-up truck traverse in off-road terrain, was its one-inch lift, rear suspension. It has a progressive-rate off0road leaf spring. The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro also has a sixteen-inch TRD black alloy wheels. These reinforced tires made it effortlessly for the truck to navigate off-road courses.

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro kept its signature grille. It still has its TRD Pro badge at its front door, which sported a diamond patterned knurled finish. The Japanese mid-size truck exterior aesthetics makes it stand out in the crowd.

Its view from the back features a four-by-four tailgate badge. The taillights are trimmed with black bezels. It still has its signature TRD cat-black stainless steel exhaust system.

The Tacoma 2017 TRD Pro has an output of 278 horsepower and includes a V-6 engine. The engine is a first-segment Atkinson Cycle. It has a 'Multi-Terrain' option and 'Crawl Control system.' These features make it almost effortlessly for the mid-truck to go over off-beat tracks.

The testing was initiated by the Texas-based non-profit association. It conveniently allows an all-access evaluation of up to eighty-two trucks and SUVs world wide.

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