2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Road Test Review


For off-road enthusiasts, there are three-tier DRT models with multiple engine options, and you can also get one with a manual transmission

The Toyota Tacoma aka Taco is the first to be warmly called by its fan base. It is a practical medium-sized pickup truck and a road toy. However, its legend is often compromised by the latter, especially if Toyota’s floor is tied to reliability. Although most of its competitors are more refined and the Jeep Gladiator is more efficient, Tacoma has gained a cult following a difficult path: over time, customers deliver what they want. 

For off-road enthusiasts, there are three-tier DRT models with multiple engine options, and you can also get one with a manual transmission. That means you’ll find the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and the factory equipment you’re looking for on the road show. Again, if you can’t, there’s always a post-market scene. 

2021 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota has given us the key to the Tacoma DRT to f-road attached to this DRT lift kit so we can get an idea of ​​what the owners should expect. 

The great balance for this special lift kit is that it is a little higher than your regular lift. DRT engineers tested and tested compatibility with the standard Toyota Safety Sense features at Tacoma, the only lift kit that has been tested to work properly with those systems. That means your adaptive travel control; automatic emergency braking, lane departure alarm and more will work exactly as they want from the factory. 

Toyota made this possible by adding a new radar sensor and a camera designed to fit its special grille. You will see that it looks like a DRT Pro grille with the letters “Toyota”. Toyota just pulled them out and installed black bezels to cover the holes, citing conditions. This seems lazy, especially given the efforts made elsewhere. 

The kit basically pulls the truck out, bringing the Tacoma 2 inches to the front and 1 inch to the rear. The new Palestinian shocks designed for this lift are designed to improve on-road vehicle mobility and on-road trivia. The front shock has extended elastic strokes to further the additional shock travel, and the rear shock has more shock bodies, with an extra layer of oil for better thermal dissipation. It also has a larger piston in the rear shock and a piston shaft for increased strength. If you look at the wheel wells, you’ll see “DRT Tune” graphics in DRT red dust boots and shocks. 

graphics in DRT red dust boots and shocks

What will you get for this new suspension in terms of number and capacity? Well, the frame ground clearance will increase from 1.7 inches to 10 inches; the departure angle will increase from 0.5 degrees to 24 and the break over angle from 1.6 to 22.6 degrees. This will allow you to go a little further from the beaten track while doing -off-roading. This is similar to the DRT Pro’s position of increasing the height and having a height of 1 inch higher than the -off-rod. Also, the Tacoma DRT road f-road lift is beautifully worn. With the DRT Pro-Inspired Grill, you can fool everyone by thinking that your low Tacoma DRT road f-road is a precious and high-capacity pro at a glance. 

How Tacoma responds to this lift is predictable. It runs very high on the road. Some of Tacoma’s weird agility and mini-truck feel is diminishing as he spins back and forth with fast steering movements. Despite its small size, the fuzzy reflex makes it run like a full-scale. You still drive a smaller and smaller truck (which is very appropriate on city streets), but you have to pay when you jack up the truck. 

The quality of the ride is not better than it was in the factory. Toyota’s DRT-OFF-Road car is a mid-range Tacoma model with sand between the DRT Sport and the DRT Pro. -F-Rod already uses a Philistine tamper, the lift kit actually converts one set of Philistine into another. Unlike the DRT Pro’s magical and pillow-bypass-designed Fox shocks, this truck doesn’t turn into a jack-up luxury boat on bad pavement. Instead, he hangs on to the bumps and takes significant steps inside and out of each pit. It’s a truck, it rides like one. The rear end rarely pops out when flying on weakly muddy dirt roads, but there’s nothing unexpected about it. 

pillow-bypass-designed Fox shocks

It looks like you are taking advantage of the lift; you have to go to the woods. We turned it somewhat and kicked off the track, the truck responded happily. It has buttons at the bottom and can be predicted on rough terrain, and the following fear is considered by the lift. Especially the tall perimeter we climbed seems to test the height of this truck, but it went to the top without a broom. We didn’t visit the challenging off-road parks with this lift, but you should find some tracks that are particularly demanding to increase the limit. Our test cars do not come with a filmed DRT front sliding plate and oval tube steps kit, but if you are buying a lift duty off the road, it is recommended to check the boxes. 

Toyota proved itself to be working to maintain the efficiency of its safety systems. Adaptive travel control worked without any hindrance, and read the road lines accurately in terms of road departure. We can’t standardize how these systems work in an elevated Tacoma without an improved sensor, but we would definitely like a truck with everything dialled in new truck height by Toyota engineers. 

As for the rest of the truck, it runs like any other Tacoma DRT off-road. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-torque belts, making the Bell a little intimidating from its DRT exhaust. Whenever you go over 70 mph you hear loud noises on the highway, and the noise is not enough if your feet are bent down to compensate for the noise. 

Not so in the double-cap Tacoma’s with a six-foot bed. Most V6 4×4 Tacoma’s said they would allow it. 4 is 1,450 parts, but you have to pay to have it installed. The Toyota dealer estimates a wage of four to five hours and will have to work there as this kit is offered as the only dealer installed option. Your final price will be changed by the merchant, but if your merchant is more expensive, expect the total value to be above 1,800 after tax and 3 out of 2,300- $ 2,400. 

If the kit is installed when buying a brand new Tacoma, the warranty is good for three years or 36,000 miles. Installing a DRT lift kit in a used Tacoma and warranty is limited to one year / 12,000 miles only. 

Assuming you plan to get your Tacoma dirty, this DRT lift kit will make a ton of sense. You can save money by buying aftermarket elevators, but also buy DRT-designed and factory-supported products with safety, quality and reliability. Also, if you use your Tacoma as a daily driver, maintaining full functional adaptive travel control is a great boon. 

DRT-designed and factory-supported products

Even if you are in an elevator for aesthetic reasons, the DRT lift kit is an attractive option due to its DRD Pro-like grille and aggressive attitude. Handling defects are an unfortunate by-product, but they are inevitable with an elevated location. Finally, we are excited to see the offer of a factory solution by DRT. This is a regular reliable and very safe lift kit. 

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