2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab

MSRP $44,000 Est.

Ranked #2 in Midsize Pickup-truck

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Toyota recently unveiled the Tacoma TRD Pro, a hardcore off-roading pickup truck with factory-fitted upgrades that can take the roughest and most beaten trails with ease. With enough goodies like handsomely appointed interiors and even unbelievable options like a factory-fitted lift kit that doesn’t take any toll on the warranty, the TRD Pro is an exceptional machine. But how often does one run to the woods or the climbs, or stay close to mother nature? This is where the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road slides in as a more practical, affordable, and smarter pick. For thousands of dollars less, buyers can get an off-roading friendly truck with practical and spacious interiors, and Toyota’s wide array of standard driver assistance tech. 

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Pros

Excellent off-road capability

Rugged looks

Intuitive infotainment system

A plethora of safety features

Cons

Noticeable body roll

Cramped interior space

What's New?

No changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44000

bodystyle

dr Access Cab

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$44,000 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab in Agate Black and Magnetic Metallic color
Agate Black and Magnetic Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


For the 2022 model year, the Tacoma TRD Off-Road would remain the raw and wild package that it always was. Transformed into a trail warrior, the 2022 Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road features upgraded off-road suspensions, Bilstein shocks, rear locking differential, and multi-terrain modes. The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road falls in the ballpark of the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and the GMC Canyon. The TRD Off-Road trim is one sweet spot in the trims of Tacoma, which also stands as America’s best-selling midsize truck. So, in this review, let’s wear out automotive geek hats and glasses and inspect if the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road is a sharp-witted choice, or if one of the rivals stands as a better pick. 


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Features

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road would remain a standalone option, geared up as a rugged, off-road machine with a sticker price close to $36,595. The Access cab terminology means that the Toyota Tacoma would feature a 6.1-foot long bed as a standard offering. Besides that, the TRD Off-Road, as the name suggests, gets various goodies like Bilstein shocks, off-road suspension, rear-locking differential, and distinctive driving modes, which make the Tacoma a perfect truck to trail and slog in mud, stones, and other unpaved paths.

Model

TRD Off-Road

MSRP

$36,595

Key Features

7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

 

Electronically locking rear differential

 

CRAWL control

 

Multi-terrain Select

 

16-inch TRD style wheels

 

Wireless charging

 

Bilstein shocks

 

Off-road suspension

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

6-speaker stereo system

Since the TRD Off-Road Access Cab is a standalone option, the brand fits the off-road-ready pickup with tonnes of standard goodies like 16-inch wheels, textured black fender flares, and an advanced off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and rock crawl. In addition, the buyers can also choose from different available packages. The Technology package adds a blindspot Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. 

The Premium Audio and Dynamic Navigation package features a navigation system and a JBL premium audio system. A Premium Sport package fits the Tacoma TRD Off-Road with a sunroof, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. An optional Advanced Technology package adds a 360-degree camera system that comes in handy while conquering pointy hikes and stony paths and features LED headlights. In the end, a Multi-Terrain monitor adds front- and side-view cameras that suit the best-rugged paths, to avoid damage to the pickup’s bottom.

Which Trim should you buy?

Since there are no trims to choose from, the fuss reduces to nil. But we’d advise equipping the Premium Sport package to your 2022 Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road as it adds creature comforts like leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Release Date

The Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road will hit the dealerships by fall 2021.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Since there are no mechanical changes for the 2022 model year, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access cab will continue to feature the potent and muscular 3.5L V6 under the hood that powers the outgoing model. The motor generates a healthy 278-hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The engine doesn’t boast class-leading numbers, but since it’s a Toyota engine, its prowess lies in reliability and longevity. The engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while a 6-speed manual transmission remains available. 

The TRD Off-Road badging brings standard 4WD. It’s not just the engine that makes the pickup potent, but also the other performance equipment. The Tacoma is a hefty truck, yet the husky V6 flaunts brisk accelerations like 7.0-second 0-60 mph sprint. The Toyota pickup is nimble for its mass, but that doesn’t alter its capability to tow 6500 lbs. The standard braking setup with 10.8-inch brake rotors in the front and 10-inch ones in the rear does an excellent job of stopping this hefty truck. It comes to a complete halt at 112-ft from 60 mph. Despite the fact that the brake rotors are comparatively small in the segment, they do a great job of adding confidence to the driver. And the pedals are easy to modulate, reducing fatigue at slow trails. With the same braking equipment as a standard Tacoma Access Cab, the TRD Off-Road boasts the most braking performance in the class. Both the GM siblings also perform impressively thanks to the large braking hardware.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab*

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab

2022 Ford Ranger SuperCab Tremor

2022 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

MSRP

$36,595

$36,500

$41,400

$39,000

Engine 

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbo Inline-4

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

10-Speed Shiftable Automatic

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power 

278 hp @ 6,000 rpm

308 hp @ 6,800 rpm

270 hp @ 5,500 rpm

308 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

265 lb-ft. @ 4,600 rpm

275 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

310 lb-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.0

6.5

6.5

6.8

Quarter mile (sec)

15.9

15.1

15.0

15.2

Top Speed (MPH)

NA

NA

NA

NA

*2021 MY data used for reference.

The Tacoma isn’t the most powerful pickup in the segment, but its off-roading biased setup truly stands out in the segment. The likes of the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon are better at towing jobs and are quick for their size and nature. The GM siblings offer top-notch power while the Ford Ranger SuperCab comes with better torque output for enhanced low-end performance and towing capabilities. Each contemporary truck has better acceleration and in the 60mph run clock just under the 7-second mark. 

Coming to the handling of the truck, the addition of various off-road specific equipment makes it remarkably capable on rough and rugged roads. But that takes a toll on the road manners since rivals like Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger have great on-road driving dynamics. The steering is light and the 4-wheel drive helps the Toyota midsize pickup traverse on unpaved paths or even weathered road conditions. The Bilstein suspension system is renowned for being the best on rough patches, and along with unmatched ground clearance, the 2022 Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road stands as an impeccable machine to enjoy. Also, the advanced off-road traction system with multiple terrain settings and rock crawl does a fantastic job, hence the Tacoma can easily cross through some difficult and thrilling trails.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Fuel economy was never the forte of the Toyota Tacoma, and nothing changes it for the 2022 Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road. The EPA estimates stand at 18/22/20 mpg for city/highway/combined conditions. The manual transmission delivers terrible fuel economy compared to the 6-speed automatic. To accompany on the trails, a 21.1-gallon fuel tank assists the Taco pickup to manage 420 plus combined miles before getting thirsty for another full tank.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab*

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab

2022 Ford Ranger SuperCab Tremor

2022 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

MPG (City)

18

17

21

16

MPG (Highway)

22

24

26

22

MPG (Combined)

20

19

23

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21.1

21.0

18.0

21.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

380/464/422

357/504/399

378/468/414

336/462/378

*2021 MY data used for reference

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road emerges as a champ when it comes to fuel economy. The Chevrolet Colorado has marginally lower city and combined mileage ratings but a higher highway rating of 24 MPG as compared to the Tacoma. It also gets a similar capacity gasoline tank and offers an exceptional highway driving range of 504 miles. The Ford Ranger truly impresses with its EPA ratings for the city, highway, and combined of 21/26/23 MPG. Despite getting a smaller 18-gallon gas tank, it manages to outrun all the rivals here with its sheer driving range figures. The GMC Canyon ranks marginally lower than its mechanical twin, the 2022 Colorado, making it the least fuel-efficient offering here.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Interior

7.0/10

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road carries over the same subtle and functional cabin space from the outgoing model. The Access Cab or a fancier word for the extended cab, offers two full-size doors, with 2 smaller doors hinged at the rear, to give “access” to the rear seating space. No brainer, the second-row seats feel tight and cramped for big adults. In the front, there’s ample legroom, yet headroom is slightly on the tighter side. 

On the other hand, the cabin is well-appointed and the front seats are supportive. They are shaped to hold the passenger as the truck shakes to and fro on stony paths. The materials are not even close to what the TRD Pro features, but are decent enough. There’s heavy usage of plastic, but key touchpoints like a steering wheel and shift knob are leather-wrapped while the armrest is covered with padded vinyl. The cabin is highly practical and functional thanks to large door pockets, center console cubbies, reasonably sized center armrest console, a massive glove box compartment, and some hidden bins below the rear seat’s lower cushion.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab*

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab

2022 Ford Ranger SuperCab Tremor

2022 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.8/56.6/43.1

41.4/57.5/45.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

35.9/55.2/30.4

36.7/57.3/28.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

N/A

49.9

33.9

49.9

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Chevrolet Colorado will be a carryover model hence the refined and practical cabin from the outgoing model will return for the upcoming model of the truck as well. Colorado offers a more spacious cabin with excellent headroom and legroom for both the front and rear passengers as compared to the Tacoma. The GMC Canyon also shares the interior dimensions and designs with the Colorado yet it has a more comfortable touch to justify the “luxury” image associated with the GMC badge. The GM sisters also manage the best cargo capacity in the segment of 49.9 cubic feet. The Ford Ranger will come with some interior design tweaks hence, will be more appealing than the outgoing model. 

Standout interior features:

  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel
  • 10-way power driver's seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road features 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, contrary to the smaller 7-inch one in the base models. The screen is bright and the icon has a clean layout, but there’s a noticeable lag in touch and response of the system. For your music needs, you get a 6-speaker audio system as standard that can be upgraded to a JBL Premium audio system.

Nonetheless, it packs in some goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration that will dominate the majority of the off-roading action. The Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road also brings optional multi-terrain monitors that are accompanied by front- and side-view cameras to scan the roads. 

Standout infotainment features:

  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker stereo
  • Wireless Charging
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Satellite Radio
  • Multi-terrain monitor

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Exterior

8.0/10

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab would remain unchanged and would be followed by minimal changes on the exteriors. Despite being unchanged for years, the Tacoma is an attractive rig with tonnes of road presence. Not to forget, the TRD Off-Road badges bring beefy 16-inch wheels, and skid plates that add to the off-road looks of the midsize pickup. 

The Access Cab comes with a 6.1-foot long bed that utilizes tough composite materials, hence no Bedliner is required. The TRD Off-road variant gets Chrome exterior accents, Textured black fender flares, Lockable rear differential, Bilstein shock absorbers, and an advanced off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and rock crawl. On the other hand, it removes the Sport's hood scoop and front air dams. And the overall looks remain the same, smart and dashing as the current model year.

Models

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab*

2022 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab

2022 Ford Ranger SuperCab Tremor

2022 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,315

4,488

4,145

3,943

Length (in)

212.3

212.7

210.8

212.4

Width (in)

75.2

74.3

73.3

74.3

Height (in)

70.6

70.6

70.9

70.4

Ground Clearance (in)

9.4

8.2

8.4

8.4

Wheelbase (in)

127.4

128.3

126.8

128.3

Each of the pickups carries peculiar off-road styling cues and even functional bits. The Chevrolet Colorado has an intimidating exterior design with a blacked-out front grille and a towing ride height. The all-black wheel color also further enhances the ruggedness of the vehicle. The GMC Canyon already has a head-turning appeal owing to its bold and huge front grille and the off-road specific exterior styling bits further enhances the look. The Ford Ranger with the Tremor package is even more intimidating. The Tacoma has impressive ground clearance which enhances its handling and the ability to take the worst possible roads. 

Standout exterior features:

  • Chrome rear bumper
  • Textured black fender flares
  • Black window trim
  • Black mesh grille
  • Front air dams delete
  • Lockable rear differential
  • Bilstein shock absorbers
  • Advanced off-road traction control system with multiple terrain settings and rock crawl

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Safety

9.0/10

Since it’s a Toyota, the 2022 Tacoma TRD Off-Road comes with a plethora of standard safety techs onboard. In addition, the brand’s off-roading pickup utilizes high-tensile metals for a robust and sturdy framework that protects the occupants in case of any mishaps. The regular 2021 Tacoma has been crash-tested by the NHTSA and it received 4 out of 5 stars.

The Tacoma TRD Off-Road features a wide array of safety aids like:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Parking Sensors

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Competition

7.0/10

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road vs 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Extended Cab

The Chevrolet Colorado packs more horsepower in the rivalry, which is also the reason behind its quick acceleration times. On the other hand, the Tacoma offers better fuel economy and superior reliability as opposed to the Colorado. When it comes to the interiors, the Chevy is way more spacious but one would find more standard driving assist aids with the Toyota pickup.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road vs 2022 Ford Ranger SuperCab Tremor

The Ford Ranger is already a strong contender in the segment and with its immense practicality, it gives the Tacoma a run for its money. The Tremor package of the truck brings insane off-roading capabilities to the already impeccable pickup that the Ranger is, but the hefty price tag could lead to more customers diverting towards the Toyota. The lower ground clearance means that the Ford has more probability to scratch its belly while doing some serious off-roading activities.

2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road vs 2021 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

Just like the Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon is quick, aggressive, and impressive in both on-road and off-road. Even the road manners are great, but the Toyota TRD Off-Road gets an edge over the Canyon in terms of off-roading capability. GMC refused to equip the Extended cab variant with the necessary AT4 package to go against this Japanese bad boy. The Tacoma is the clear winner here.

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Access Cab Final Verdict

The 2022 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab TRD Off-Road is an excellent option in the segment and a great bargain as compared to the TRD Pro. It offers impeccable off-roading dynamics, stylish looks, and advanced driving assist features. The interior might lack space yet it mesmerizes with the fit and finish levels and the oozing robustness. The praiseworthy Bilstein shocks and added driving modes to let the driver enjoy the most beaten tracks and trails.