Trucking Around: Testing The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
I landed at Washington Dulles International Airport and had a 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road waiting on me. I had just left the warm and beautiful Nassau, Bahamas and returned to the United States to cold, rainy temperatures and a forecast that included a potential ice storm later that night.
Well, what better way to experience a truck like the Tacoma than to test this truck during inclement weather. And to make it extra special, I decided to get right off the plane and take a road trip to Hollywood, Maryland to check out Maryland Championship Wrestling (MCW) to check out one of their local shows.
I drove the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 35 minutes from the airport to my home, and then made an hour and 14-minute commute to The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department for a night of my guilty pleasure.
I immediately felt safe in the Toyota Tacoma. I knew it had a 4×4 system with offerings like locking rear differential, multi-terrain select crawl control, hill-start assist control; as well as safety features like pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
Though the truck looks bigger than it is, despite its smaller interior cabin I was comfortable on the mini road trip. The double cab model I tested has room for five people, though if it’s extra tall people four would be ideal.
I also like the updated 2019 model of the Tacoma adds a 7.0-inch touchscreen system with inclinometer in the instrument cluster and two front cabin USB ports. The truck also boasts a HD radio, satellite navigation, and Toyota’s Entune App suite for online access to internet radio, Yelp, fuel, sports and traffic information.
I had read reviews that the drive was stiff and bouncy, but that wasn’t my experience in the model I tested of the Tacoma. I found the drive to be solid and sturdy, and I never felt prone to rollover or any other safety concern.
Even driving 22 miles home, 63 miles to the show and 63 miles home, I was surprised by the respectable gas consumption in the Tacoma. My model version netted 18 miles per gallon in the city and landed 22 miles per gallon on the highway. The truck has a 3.5-liter V-6 which is rated at 278 hp and 265 lb-ft.
Favorite Feature: The design of this truck has trendy feel, especially the rims
Least Favorite Feature: Smaller than expected interior space
Spin Control: For farm life or country living, the Toyota Tacoma offers promise and practicality. The test model I drove was listed at $37,075.
Status: B- LIST
VIDEO: So check out my inside look into the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road and determine whether it’s an automobile that meets your needs.