The 2021 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition storage bins consume things and space in bed

The new Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition for 2021 draws on a range of trail-ready bits. Based on the trim level SR5 and only available with the crew cabin body with the 5-foot bed and the V-6 engine, the Trail Edition adds 16-inch wheels and Kevlar-lined off-road tires from the single-stage version. up Tacoma TRD off-road model, darkened badges, black fabric seats with light brown stitching, a 120-volt socket in the bed, all-weather flooring and a chrome grille from Tacoma Limited. In addition, two lockable storage compartments are added to the trick bed.

Sure, we already knew all of this when the Trail Edition was originally announced last year, but after seeing these boxes up close in bed as the trucks hit dealerships, they deserve a closer look at their usefulness potential – at least for Overlanders – and disadvantages for others.

In-bed trash cans are rare in this class

Similarly, Ram offers its less intrusive RamBox cargo management system for its full size pickup. In Ram’s case, the covered storage space is integrated into the bed and no additional accessories.

Overlanders, campers, and adventurers in general often need to carry a lot of salvage and off-grid equipment with them to ensure a safe journey. For the sake of caution and ease of use, this equipment must be organized, accessible, and safe. Ironically, there’s a growing industry focused on storing and securing these items via indestructible bins, muscular drawers, ninja lashing straps, wonder nets, and trick hardware mounting systems.

Good for storage, less good for truckin ‘

Toyota’s bed-mounted storage compartments help ease the daunting and expensive task of properly storing overland gear – and that’s a huge benefit in itself. Since the boxes are designed around the Tacoma, there are no assumptions about fit, workmanship or assembly. The boxes are also compatible with tarpaulin, which means owners can keep things in the bins or outside and in no way have to worry about them being snapped, wet or messed up. Heck, the driver’s side compartment contains insulation and a drain plug that evacuates under the bed so it can act as a drink cooler – because drinks are important too.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The trash cans take up a fair amount of the Tacoma’s bed. But is it too much rubbish for the bed? Depends on. The trash cans are beneficial for the volume of items that are believed to be contained in each, but they are also problematic for owners who want to use the entire bed base for normal trucking stuff like pulling furniture for a neighbor. While the open bottom of the bed between the bins can be used to carry larger items around, because the lids of the bins open inward and into the center of the bed, intervening contents can restrict access to the contents in the storage boxes.

In theory, owners can remove the containers. In reality, these parts should not be removed on a regular basis, as the boxes must be loosened and these fastening points buttoned. Basically, it would be a huge pain in the bin, not to mention having to keep the bins somewhere. Once the trash cans are in, they kind of get stuck. Head? Starting at $ 1,775 (when combined with other options, the price goes up to $ 4,055), the Trail Edition upgrade doesn’t cost that much money and is even available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Even better? It’s available in four cute colors: Midnight Black, Super White, Cement, and Army Green. This last color, a super rad forest green shade, is only available on the SR5 via the Trail Edition. Otherwise, you will have to upgrade to the TRD Offroad or TRD Pro models to get them.

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