2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is Mi-Size Pickup of Texas | Steve Landers Toyota NWA

For the second year in a row, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has been named the Mid-Size Pickup Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). We know just how awesome the Tacoma is, especially the TRD Pro, and we’re excited that it has received this award again!

The TAWA hosted the 2017 Texas Auto Writers Association Truck Rodeo in October and the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro took out the competition. Seventy-five journalists drove off-road for 16 hours at Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas and gave the Tacoma TRD Pro it’s second victory. 

“The Tacoma has built a reputation for quality, durability and reliability, and we’re honored that TAWA has named the Tacoma TRD Pro the Mid-Size Pickup Truck of Texas for the second straight year,” Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications National Manager John Myers said in a press release. “With the opening of our Toyota Motor North America headquarters in Plano in July, we are especially excited to win this award as Texans.”

The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is assembled at the Toyota Motor Manufacture plant in San Antonio, Texas. 

The truck made an impression on TAWA members with its suspension, off-road technology and exhaust enhancements. The TRD Pro elevates the Tacoma with 2.5-inch Fox Internal bypass front shocks that are paired with TRD-tuned springs that give an extra one-inch lift. With progressive-rate lease springs and remote-reservoir Fox shocks in the rear, the TRD Pro has extraordinary off-road performance. 

The exterior of the Tacoma TRD Pro easily sets it apart from other Tacoma models with the heritage-inspired TOYOTA grille, TRD Pro badge on the front doors and and other black badging on the vehicle. The truck is equipped with an aluminum front skid pate, Rigid Industries LED fog lights, TRD cat-black stainless-steel exhaust system and TRD Pro floor mats and shift lever. 

The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is powered by the Atkinson Cycle V6 engine to produce 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. 

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