2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Has The Coolest Seats In The World

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Integrated shock absorbers sound gimmicky, but they're actually a good idea.

After endless leaks and teasers, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma has finally arrived. Several trim levels will be offered and, based on first impressions, the TRD Pro is the one to have. This rugged, Baja-inspired model not only looks cool but has several unique features - such as the IsoDynamic Performance Seats.

What are IsoDynamic Performance Seats, you ask? Well, Toyota says these sophisticated perches provide enhanced occupant comfort when venturing off-road and traversing harsh terrain. The seats use an air-over-oil shock absorber system that allows the seat to move vertically and laterally at the same time.

The Japanese automaker says this softens the blow to occupants and keeps the head and neck aligned with the spine.


While it sounds a touch gimmicky, the IsoDynamic Performance Seat is a very intelligent idea. Enthusiasts with back issues or related health issues should find this setup more forgiving compared to other trucks, which could be a buying point in itself.

The dampening is "tunable based on body mass," and Toyota says the air-over-oil shock absorbers can be disabled with levers sited on the rear of the seats. The manufacturer notes this unique feature is patent-pending and hopes to improve the comfort levels of occupants with this setup.

Aside from the enhanced comfort, it looks spectacular too. Teamed with red leather upholstery and a carbon fiber-effect finish, the IsoDynamic shocks look modern and funky. It's almost as if the seat backs are wearing a jetpack or parachute. For now, this feature will be exclusive to the TRD Pro model.


Perhaps, in the near future, Toyota will offer it on the Trailhunter trim level, a model aimed at overlanding aficionados.

Recently, CarBuzz discovered a new patent that shows Honda is working on a similar project, albeit nowhere near as wild. Toyota's domestic rival appears to focus more on safety and on-road comfort, with the seat-mounted shock absorbers soaking up tremors resulting from bumps and road irregularities.

This setup could also be used to protect occupants in a crash by absorbing some of the intense energy and forces experienced in a collision.

Honda may debut this technology on the Honda Ridgeline, which last received an update in 2020 and desperately needs a refresh - especially with the new Tacoma on the block.


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