Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Ram Power Wagon: The Bad Boys of Chicago

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Maybe you’ve never stopped to think about this, but the Toyota Tacoma has become the size of a Ford F-150.

Sort of.

Let’s compare some numbers:

The smallest 2006 Ford F-150 is 211 inches long.

The smallest 2016 Toyota Tacoma is 212 inches long.

There are countless trim levels and sizes for each truck, but we have to acknowledge that the current midsize Tacoma is nearly the size of a full-size truck from a decade ago. And it’s still growing.

At the Chicago Auto Show this week, the Tacoma and another shamelessly large truck, the Ram Power Wagon, showed that downsizing isn’t an option.

Toyota introduced the beefy 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro as its challenger to the Ford F-150 Raptor.

It features tuned front and rear springs, a 1-inch lift for greater ground clearance, Kevlar-reinforced tires, a 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing, electronic traction and differential controls, and even an integrated mount for a GoPro.

Toyota didn’t build a truck that will stay competitive with the Raptor when racing through desert dunes, but it build a truck that will do nicely for those weekend trips through the arctic.

2017 Ram Power Wagon

Ram also chose Chicago to unveil its ultimate truck, the Power Wagon. It comes complete with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 and a 60,000-mile warranty that may come in handy if all the off-road technologies it comes with are put to proper use.

Mike Manley, head of FCA’s Jeep and Ram brands, said,

The Ram Power Wagon is an off-road, all-access pass, removing the limitations, instilling confidence and allowing owners to reach areas of recreation and lifestyle not attainable with any other pickup. The 2017 Ram Power Wagon delivers to those who travel into extreme terrain, while providing the towing and payload capability required in a heavy-duty truck.

The Power Wagon is clearly the off-road champion here. Built on the Ram 2500 chassis, the new Power Wagon will be one of the largest trucks Americans can buy.

At least until the Tacoma catches up.

Which will be your choice for off-road adventures, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro or the 2017 Ram Power Wagon?

-tgriffith

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