2021 Toyota Trail Editions: For Commuters and Haulers

Motor Matters

Creating pickups with features separating them from others on the road is a focus for Toyota. With this as a goal, the manufacturer has announced special Trail Edition 2021 Tacoma and Tundra models arriving later this year.

Truck owners need versatility in the vehicles they drive, says Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota marketing. “They want a commuter and a hauler, plenty of performance, but also plenty of practicality for camping, hiking, or even a simple weekend getaway. So, with these customers in mind, we designed our new Trail special editions.”

Midsize Tacoma and full-size Tundra Trail Editions are designed to provide a styling punch that distinguishes them from others in the lineup, add storage and convenience, and provide a performance edge on rugged trails.

Trail Edition pickups are based on SR5-grade models, one level above the entry SR, which Toyota says it has chosen because of the “high value delivered.” The Tacoma Trail is offered solely in a Double Cab configuration and the Tundra Trail is built on the CrewMax. Both pickups are available with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but a guess is that typical Tacoma Trail pricing will be in the low-$30,000s and Tundra Trail in the low-$40,000s.

Tundra Trail pickups add the SR5 Upgrade Package, which is a $945 option on current models, and includes a high-capacity 38-gallon fuel tank, front bucket seats featuring power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar, front floor-mounted console with shift lever, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, three front cupholders, and an anti-theft system with alarm and engine immobilizer.

All Trail Editions have black exterior badging and are available in Army Green, Cement, Midnight Black, and Super White body colors. Seating features cushions and seatbacks with a two-tone-black geometrical pattern and solid-black outers with contrasting tan stitching. Standard all-weather floor liners handle the grime tracked in from an off-road trail.

Big news is enhanced bed versatility with lockable storage boxes on either side of the bed. “It’s perfect for storing tools, tie-downs, or fishing gear,” says Laukes. “Even better, the driver side is insulated, which makes for a perfect cooler for on the go.”

Tacomas and Tundras also have separate special features. Tacoma buyers on a budget are ripe for Trail upgrades because a large percentage of Tacoma owners take their pickups off-road, says Bill Fay, senior vice president of automotive operations, Toyota North America. “Tacoma owners love to get their trucks dirty,” Fay explains, saying they demand a pickup with “go-anywhere capability.”

The Tacoma Trail rolls on rugged Kevlar-reinforced all-terrain tires. Centered in the tires are 16-inch TRD Off-Road wheels with six dark-gray forked spokes. Its grille is the design from the high-end Tacoma Limited, with satin-chrome bars and a thick color-keyed surround. A 115-volt power outlet in the bed adds more convenience.

The Tundra Trail also wears a premium-look grille. It’s from the topline Tundra 1794 Edition, and features a trio of chrome bars and a body-colored surround. It rides on dark-gray five-spoke “Special Edition” 18-inch wheels wrapped with all-terrain tires.

Providing grunt for the Tundra Trail is a 5.7-liter V-8 engine, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Output is 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque 3,600 rpm. Estimated combined city/highway fuel economy is 15 miles per gallon, and towing capacity is 10,100 pounds.

Under the Tacoma Trail’s hood is a 3.5-liter V-6, partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. It generates 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. Estimated combined city/highway fuel economy is 21 mpg, and the towing max is 6,700 pounds. While the engine specs are likely to carry over from the 2020 model year, changes are possible.

Along with Trail Edition trucks standing apart from the pack with special features, they will be offered in low near-limited-edition volumes. Toyota plans to upgrade only 7,000 Tacomas and 5,000 Tundras as Trail Edition models.

Toyota’s 2021 Tacoma Trail Edition is upgraded with dark-gray 16-inch TRD Off-Road wheels and Kevlar-reinforced all-terrain tires, and a grille from the high-end Tacoma Limited. The Tacoma Trail Edition and its Tundra Trail Edition counterpart are fitted with lockable storage boxes (driver-side insulated) on either side of the bed.