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2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD lift kit: Is it worth the money?


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Now you can get an extra 1.5″ of lift with the TRD lift kit. (Photo by Toyota)

Publisher Tim Esterdahl got his hands on a lifted 2021 Toyota Tacoma and took it out for a spin — off-road style! Then he took it to a dealership to compare the lift kit to the TRD Pro and the regular TRD off-road packages to find out if the Toyota Tacoma TRD lift kit is worth the money.

What you get

The TRD lift kit comes with new monotube Bilstein shocks on the front that give the front of the truck an additional 2 inches of lift. This means better ground clearance, (+1.5 inches) improved approach angle (33 degrees) and a better ride on rough terrain.

The rear Bilstein shocks enhance the off-road experience with an additional 1-inch lift, larger shock bodies and larger pistons.

These TRD-tuned Bilstein monotube shocks are optimized for body control and ride comfort. Both sets of shocks have new red dust boots and TRD graphics.

What else changes?

Due to the increased height of the truck, the cameras and sensors have to be adjusted so that the Toyota Safety Sense technology continues to perform as designed.

You can actually see the downward angle of the front camera in Esterdahl’s video. There is also a new camera support bracket for added stability and durability. This is the only lift validated by TRD engineers to be compatible with Toyota Safety Sense.

How to get the Toyota Tacoma TRD lift kit

This kit is only available as a dealer-installed option and is available for most 2020+ Tacoma V-6 4×4 models. The kit comes with all the necessary pieces and costs approximately $1,450, plus labor.

Note: The lift kit is not needed for the Tacoma TRD Pro because the Pro trucks are already lifted.

If you are interested in lifting your Tacoma with the TRD lift kit, this is the video for you.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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