Toyota’s trick Tacoma TRD truck gets a price for its trappings: Start with the Tacoma’s $25,055 base price (Access Cab, 6-speed manual), and the TRD T|X Baja Series Package will be $5,015 on top of that. What do you get for that chunk of change?
Well, Toyota claims that the Baja Series package was developed by Toyota Racing Development as a tribute to Toyota’s past successes in the Baja 500 and Baja 1000, with seven consecutive driver’s championships with the Tacoma. To wit, the package includes Bilstein race shocks with a remote reservoir and higher ground clearance, TRD exhaust, beefy BF Goodrich T/A KO tires mounted on beadlock-style grey wheels, water-resistant seats, two inches of increased ride height, splashy graphics and a mailing address in the Inland Empire.
As if that hill-climbing equipment wasn’t enough, the Baja Series package is only available on the Tacoma’s Off-Road package, which makes sense. It also includes an electronic locking differential and a host of off-road electronics like Active Traction Control, Hill-Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control. Both six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions are available, coupled to the Tacoma’s 4.0-liter V-6 engine.
Both Access Cab and four-door Double Cab models will be available with both packages starting in May. The Baja Series package also includes a $650 factory credit, which means that prices will range from $32,990 to $35,255.