What is TRD?

July 22nd, 2019 by

There is no shortage of variety when it comes to Toyota models and trim levels offered at Lancaster Toyota. Thanks to all the different qualities and features, there is a perfect Toyota fit for any lifestyle, from the frugal highway commuter to the off-roading weekend adventurer. That’s where TRD comes in.

After browsing some Toyota trucks and SUVs, you may have noticed that some have a badge or decal depicting the acronym TRD. What does it mean? This article will fill you in on all there is to know about Toyota TRD.

What does TRD stand for?

TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, which is the branch of Toyota that supports our competitive racing interests worldwide. However, it also has a performance tuning division that produces products and accessories that improve the performance of Toyota street cars.

When it comes to the TRD badge on trucks and SUVs, it’s mostly about the off-roading capabilities. The most important difference is in the suspension, but TRD influences other areas like exhaust, brakes, styling, and more, depending on the model and grade.

What is TRD at Lancaster Toyota

TRD Grades

There are 3 TRD grades that encompass different features and capacities for off-roading. Not every model with TRD offers each grade, for example the Sequoia only offers a TRD Sport trim. The Tacoma is the only model that offers all 3 TRD grades.

TRD Sport

Appearance package only – no extra off-roading capabilities than the non-TRD trims


  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • TRD graphics
  • Integrated wide-angle fog lights
  • (Non-functional) hood scoop

TRD Off-Road

Includes extra off-roading performance features such as:

  • Special TRD-tuned off-road suspension
  • Bilstein shocks
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Greater approach angle (from 29 degrees to 32 degrees)
  • Electronically locking rear differential
  • Crawl Control (off-roading cruise control)
  • Inclinometer with roll/pitch displays
  • Wide-angle fog lights
  • Multi-terrain Select
  • TRD Off-Road Graphics


Ultimate off-roading package plus comfort and convenience

Upgrades include:

  • Special TRD-tuned off-road suspension with a 1-inch lift
  • Fox Internal Bypass coil-over springs and rear remote reservoir shocks
  • 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels
  • 35 degree approach angle
  • TRD Pro Cat-back Exhaust
  • Thicker front skid plate
  • TRD Pro leather shift knob
  • TRD Pro graphic on the floor mats and black leather-trimmed seats
  • Heritage-inspired “Toyota” front grille
  • Available power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and driver assist features

TRD Pro Series: True icons of the off-road

The models that have an available TRD Pro Series trim are 4Runners, Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab, and Tacoma Access Cab and Double Cab.

Each model may have slightly different features included in the package, but every 4WD TRD Pro Series vehicle includes:

  • Bilstein high performance off-road shocks
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Heritage-inspired “Toyota” front grille
  • TRD graphic floor mats and shift knobs
  • Black alloy wheels

Other available TRD Pro Series accessories include TRD Pro front skid plates, performance exhaust system, air filters, performance air intake system, and more. Call or come into your local Toyota dealer to learn more.

What is TRD at Lancaster Toyota

Have more questions about TRD options and accessories? Ready to schedule a test drive? Contact our staff at Lancaster Toyota or visit us at 5270 Manheim Pike, East Petersburg, PA 17520. We hope this article was helpful!

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