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Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Named Mid-Size Truck of Texas

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Three Tacoma TRD Pros

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When we think of “truck wars,” we usually think of the ongoing battle between the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500 for full-size pickup truck glory.

But the competition between mid-size trucks is just as fierce, if not becoming fiercer in recent years—which makes it all the more impressive that the all-new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro was just named the “Mid-size Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) at the 2016 TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo.

The Tacoma TRD Pro had plenty of competition before earning the title. TAWA journalists spent two days on-road and off-road at the Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, to test and rate the industry’s best pickup trucks, SUVs, and CUVs across a variety of categories. A whopping 82 vehicles were driven by more than 70 members of the media at this year’s event.


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As an all-new model with lots of toys to make off-roading as exciting as possible, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Toyota truck made it to the top of the heap. It boasts front springs with a one-inch lift, Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires, rear suspension with a progressive-rate off-road leaf spring, and various other performance enhancements. Best of all, it has the looks to go with what it can do.

“As America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running, the recognition as Mid-size Pickup Truck of Texas confirms our vision of producing a truck that can tackle any off-road challenge,” said Mike Sweers, Tacoma chief engineer. “Toyota’s commitment to the new Tacoma TRD Pro was focused on meeting the needs of adventure-seekers where roads fear to tread, and we have proven that today.”


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Source: Toyota