it's probably to help eke out an extra 0.2 MPG on the freeway
Sweet that's nice and easy to deal with. That's something I'd remove immediately.Confirming that it's definitely removable. I've seen two first-look videos that specifically mention you can take it off with something like nine bolts -- all of which are easily accessible
Yup, good for fuel economy if you drive on-road. Chevy does this a LOT... and quite aggressively.That also explains why the more hard core offroad versions do not come with the air dam, since it would no doubt reduce approach angles. It is probably primarily there to increase fleet fuel mileage and taking that off will be one of the first mods many owners do.
My thoughts exactly, I don't get the outrage. The vast majority of these Tacomas drive on paved local roads and freeways. Definitely going to keep the air deflector, it probably helps that the body color my Taco will be black.Am I weird for kinda liking the look of the air dam? I think especially on the blue TRD Sport and gray PreRunner, it looks kinda cool.
For sure, I'd take it off if I were headed off-road, but for street driving I don't mind it at all.
Maybe it'll look terrible in person, but I'm open.
Seeing it in other photos, videos and ultimately in person should help.The outrage photos are all shot from a very low perspective, which greatly exaggerates the air dam. When you see these truck on the road or a trail I bet they will look good and make sense.
I would be interested in seeing what the approach angle for the TRD Off-Road is compared to the TRD Pro, which does not have an air dam. The Off-Road has always been a good value and very capable off the pavement and this new one can be upgraded with many of the same TRD parts as the Pro. So I would not expect its approach angle to be a lot less than the Pro.
Maybe they are trying to make more space between those models, moving the TRD Off-Road down a bit and the TRD Pro up to be their true off roading champ.