What Does TRD Mean? Should I Consider Buying One?
You’ve probably seen a TRD badge on the back of a Camry or a TRD decal on the box of a Tacoma. What does it mean? Is it just a trim designation? Is it some sort of aftermarket thing?
What is TRD and should I get one?
What is TRD?
TRD means Toyota Racing Development. This isn’t just a pretty moniker. The people who develop vehicles for TRD don’t just produce consumer performance versions of Toyota vehicles like the Camry, Avalon, Supra, and Tacoma. They also are responsible for the actual Toyota racing vehicles you see at international racing events. So, when you drive a Toyota TRD model, you know that you’re getting the result of many years of expertise and experience.
Should I Get a TRD?
It depends on what you want from your vehicle. If you mainly drive around the city without getting above 40-50 mph, you’re not really in the right environment to appreciate what a TRD model has to offer. The GR Supra, the Camry TRD, and the Avalon TRD are all at home on long stretches of winding road, where you get up to speed and experience the handling prowess, the exceptional braking, and the power of each vehicle. Similarly, the off-road centric TRD vehicles, like the Tacoma and the 4Runner, are tailored to handling rough, uneven terrain and other unfavorable driving conditions. In the city, you’re unlikely to experience any of this. Before buying a TRD, you shoulder consider if the added cost will benefit you given where you usually drive, what your hobbies are, and other similar things.