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Old 04-24-2010, 11:41 AM   #1
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TRD vs SR5

Thanks for all of the good advice and laughs on my previous post (2wd mistake?). The salesman called yesterday and said that the 4x4 he ordered me should hit the port in the next couple weeks. So decision time is coming up and I have pretty decided on the 4x4 swap(for those of you unaware, I bought a 2010 prerunner trd off road 2 weeks ago). I really love this prerunner trd off road(except for the sand incident). The new 4x4 will be sr5 with towing package but no trd off road. Although I would would love to get the 4x4 trd off road, the extra $ puts it just outside what I want to pay. After doing some research I believe the only difference between the sr5 and the trd is the suspension (90% of my driving on paved roads and some dirt roads) so I don't really need beefed up suspension or locker (could add this stuff later if needed); wheels and tires(TRD wheels are much cooler but rugged terrain tires are crap) I would eventually get better rims and BFG AT's; Outlet in the bed(cool feature but would never really use it); and the seats(TRD seats look much nicer) nothing some good seat covers wouldn't fix besides i want black interior and toyota doesn't offer it wtf?. Is this it? is there anything I am missing? do both have skid plate?
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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Thanks for all of the good advice and laughs on my previous post (2wd mistake?). The salesman called yesterday and said that the 4x4 he ordered me should hit the port in the next couple weeks. So decision time is coming up and I have pretty decided on the 4x4 swap(for those of you unaware, I bought a 2010 prerunner trd off road 2 weeks ago). I really love this prerunner trd off road(except for the sand incident). The new 4x4 will be sr5 with towing package but no trd off road. Although I would would love to get the 4x4 trd off road, the extra $ puts it just outside what I want to pay. After doing some research I believe the only difference between the sr5 and the trd is the suspension (90% of my driving on paved roads and some dirt roads) so I don't really need beefed up suspension or locker (could add this stuff later if needed); wheels and tires(TRD wheels are much cooler but rugged terrain tires are crap) I would eventually get better rims and BFG AT's; Outlet in the bed(cool feature but would never really use it); and the seats(TRD seats look much nicer) nothing some good seat covers wouldn't fix besides i want black interior and toyota doesn't offer it wtf?. Is this it? is there anything I am missing? do both have skid plate?
TRD offroad comes with a rear locker. Wish I had the TURD package.
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Thanks for all of the good advice and laughs on my previous post (2wd mistake?). The salesman called yesterday and said that the 4x4 he ordered me should hit the port in the next couple weeks. So decision time is coming up and I have pretty decided on the 4x4 swap(for those of you unaware, I bought a 2010 prerunner trd off road 2 weeks ago). I really love this prerunner trd off road(except for the sand incident). The new 4x4 will be sr5 with towing package but no trd off road. Although I would would love to get the 4x4 trd off road, the extra $ puts it just outside what I want to pay. After doing some research I believe the only difference between the sr5 and the trd is the suspension (90% of my driving on paved roads and some dirt roads) so I don't really need beefed up suspension or locker (could add this stuff later if needed); wheels and tires(TRD wheels are much cooler but rugged terrain tires are crap) I would eventually get better rims and BFG AT's; Outlet in the bed(cool feature but would never really use it); and the seats(TRD seats look much nicer) nothing some good seat covers wouldn't fix besides i want black interior and toyota doesn't offer it wtf?. Is this it? is there anything I am missing? do both have skid plate?

I had the option to go with the TRD or the SR5 and I chose the SR5. The main reason is that I planned on changing the suspension so that part of the package would have been a waste. The other reason I went with the SR5 is because of the stronger rear diff. Once I add an ARB I will be ahead of the TRD's rear.

The only thing that I would want out of the TRD's is the seats and rear power outlet, other than that, I am set.
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Although I would would love to get the 4x4 trd off road, the extra $ puts it just outside what I want to pay.
If you're not willing to pay for the TRD package, then your purchase choice has already been made.

Also, why not use the tools Toyota gave you to make an educated comparison as to the differences in the optional packages for our trucks?

http://www.toyota.com/tacoma/options...value_packages
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trd and sr5 stuff not really needed....i already got billy 5100s and bigger better tires and better wheels.....most people are gonna change all that anyways when they buy a tacoma 4x4.....only thing that might be useful is the locker although i've never needed one when i've been offroad....i guess it depends on how serious you are...but if you are that serious you would prolly go as far as to put lockers front and rear and totally redo everything anyways
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trd is much more than an sr5 and worth the money in my opinion. I drove both and it was a hand down choice to get the trd option.

Suspension including shocks, and spring rates are different.

Trd has a locker

Trd has the bed outlet with power inverter

Trd has different seats including more side bolster support.

Trd has bigger and better tires than the crappy dunlop at20's

Trd has much better looking and higher quality wheels

Trd has a bigger alternator

Trd has skid plates.

and thats all i can think of...right now
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trd is much more than an sr5 and worth the money in my opinion. I drove both and it was a hand down choice to get the trd option.

Suspension including shocks, and spring rates are different.

Trd has a locker

Trd has the bed outlet with power inverter

Trd has different seats including more side bolster support.

Trd has bigger and better tires than the crappy dunlop at20's

Trd has much better looking and higher quality wheels

Trd has a bigger alternator

Trd has skid plates.

and thats all i can think of...right now
MY SR5 came with TRD offroad wheels
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trd is much more than an sr5 and worth the money in my opinion. I drove both and it was a hand down choice to get the trd option.

Suspension including shocks, and spring rates are different.

Trd has a locker Only the TRD Off Road not the TRD Sport.

Trd has the bed outlet with power inverter Somewhat convenient but way underpowered for any serious use.

Trd has different seats including more side bolster support. I wished I had the upgraded seats.

Trd has bigger and better tires than the crappy dunlop at20's Bigger but not much better. Most go aftermarket anyway.

Trd has much better looking and higher quality wheels TRD Off Road and SR5 are available with the same 16" Alloys. TRD Sport gets the 17" jobbies

Trd has a bigger alternator The Towing package comes with a larger alternator that is available on the SR5.

Trd has skid plates. SR5 has a front skid plate.

and thats all i can think of...right now
There you go.
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trd is much more than an sr5 and worth the money in my opinion. I drove both and it was a hand down choice to get the trd option.

Suspension including shocks, and spring rates are different.

Trd has a locker

Trd has the bed outlet with power inverter

Trd has different seats including more side bolster support.

Trd has bigger and better tires than the crappy dunlop at20's

Trd has much better looking and higher quality wheels

Trd has a bigger alternator

Trd has skid plates.

and thats all i can think of...right now
Automatically comes with tranny and oil cooler for towing, bigger battery too, fuel tank skid plate, undercarriage skid plate, some other skid plate, I don't recall where though.

Don't forget the decals.
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My 08 sport has a power outlet in the back and if I'm not mistaken has a limited slip diff
Yet I still want a locker!
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Yep I have the tow package, love my sr5 and will eventually be getting an arb locker
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TRD has ATRAC in 4L.
SR5 has nuthin, open diffs.
This is huge, make no mistake.
The extra cooling parts and alternator that others have mentioned come as part of the towing package.
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If we're talking computer/electronics then In addition to ATRAC in 4L TRD OR also gets the Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist Control (which if memory serves functions all the time) and an overhead console with compass/temperature gauge (far more useful than I thought it would be).
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Your right, but DAC and HSA are goofy gimmiicks, IMO
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Hemi... I have used the Downhill Control, it is pretty interesting... Just take you foot off the brake (in L4), and the truck creeps down the steep grade without locking up the tires and causing a possible side skid/ rollover. Try it if you have any mountain trails or rough grades.
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I have, I find it interesting. But I Offroad because I want to drive, DAC is like auto-pilot to me.
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sr5 sounds cooler.
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I have, I find it interesting. But I Offroad because I want to drive, DAC is like auto-pilot to me.
Yes, it is like auto pilot... Just more fun thing to play with, off road. Just came back from the desert race today (photos posted in the Off Roading forum) and climbed one steep hill just in H4, the TRAC sure makes it easy... It would have been an L4 climb in my '05.
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MY SR5 came with TRD offroad wheels
Ditto
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Your right, but DAC and HSA are goofy gimmiicks, IMO
why? you never think of it til you get it. then you cant see why you lived without it. prime example. trd sport seats have wings that wrap you up around the lumbar part of your back. love it. before when i had my 06 sr5 i thought they were all hood scoops and stickers.

you will find differences but if you dont care, which you (OP) have said you dont. do not buy the trd, buy the trd if you want the bells, the whistles and the car note.
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