Whereas the previous model asked for $36,635, the range-topping 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro costs $40,760 for the manual double cab model, excluding destination fees. That’s quite a hike, but is pretty much justified by the accompanying improvements.

The older model produces 236hp from a 4.0L V6, but there’s a new 3.5L V6 mill that bumps that figure up to 278hp. And it is, like before, operated through a six-speed manual or auto gearbox. Expect fuel economy ratings to improve as well.

There are a number of exterior enhancements to the terrain-bred pickup which would serve it well it holding its ground against an imminent rival from GM, the Chevy Colorado ZR2.

Besides tires further fortified by Kevlar, wrapped around special 16-inch TRD wheels, the Tacoma TRD Pro boasts fresh projector-beam headlamps, a cool hood scoop, and a front aluminum skid plate, among others.

Extra mechanical features include a stainless steel exhaust setup, FOX shock absorbers, a 130A alternator, an oil cooler, power steering cooler, as well as a 4WD transfer case. In the truck’s cabin, a 4.2-inch infotainment display is accompanied by loads of TRD accessories.

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