The Toyota Tacoma is a reliable pickup truck with hardy character. It offers six models covering the base SR, the capable TRD Off-Road, and the impressive range-topping TRD Pro. Sitting in the midrange spot is the TRD Sport. Here’s what makes the 2018 TRD Sport a good choice if you’re looking for a well-rounded midsize pickup truck with a dash of off-roading skills.
Trims and Pricing
The TRD Sport has eight configurations offering rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, access or double cab, short or long bed, and an automatic or manual transmission. The lowest priced trim configuration is the rear-wheel-drive with access cab, short bed, and six-speed automatic transmission priced at $32,095. The highest priced option is the four-wheel-drive with double cab, six-speed automatic transmission, and long bed at $36,925.
If you’re unsure which configuration suits your needs, your local Toyota dealer will be happy to help you choose. All TRD Sport trims come with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.
The TRD Sport is a robust, well-appointed pickup that features LED daytime running lights, wide-angle fog lamps, and a hood scoop. It includes technology like a smart key with push-button start and Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging. Choose the double cab with automatic transmission and you’ll enjoy Toyota’s responsive Entune infotainment system with navigation and app suite. For a few dollars extra, you can add sliding tie-down cleats on rails and a padded bed mat. There’s also a 120-volt power outlet near the tailgate that’s useful for recharging batteries.
On- and Off-Road Handling
The TRD Sport isn’t as equipped for off-roading as the TRD Off-Road model. However, the TRD Sport has the advantage of having a comfortable mix of off-roading capabilities with some adaptations for good on-road handling as well. The TRD Sport comes with a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, auto limited-slip differential, and lower-profile 17-inch tires, yet it manages to deliver a ride quality that is not too bouncy.
Towing capacity varies from 6,400 to 6,800 pounds depending on your trim configuration. Four-wheel-drive models can tow between 6,400 and 6,500 pounds, while rear-wheel-drive models tow between 6,600 and 6,800 pounds. The rear-wheel-drive model with access cab and short-bed has the strongest towing capacity. The maximum payload capacity for rear-wheel-drive models is 1,540 pounds and 1,295 pounds for four-wheel-drive models. Load some dirt bikes in the truck bed and hitch up a trailer, and you’re good to go.
The Toyota TRD Sport comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense-P. This safety suite includes advanced safety features like a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control that senses how close you are to the car in front of you. Other standard safety features include vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and smart stop technology. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional.
TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, and the TRD Sport is one of three TRD models in the Tacoma range. If you don’t need a heavy-duty hauler, the midsize TRD Sport is ideal for light work. It also suits those looking for a pickup that can tackle some rough ground but can handle itself well on city roads as well.