Solar Octane really pops in the sunlight.
Toyota's TRD Pro models are known for offering bold colors. The signature colors from previous years include Inferno Orange, Quicksand, Cement, Cavalry Blue, Voodoo Blue, Army Green, Lunar Rock, Lime Rush, and Electric Lime Metallic. The 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro introduced a new color called Solar Octane, an intense orange that appears red in certain light. That color later expanded to the 2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro SUV and now, two more TRD Pro models get it for the 2023 model year.
Buried in press releases for the 2023 Toyota 4Runner SUV and 2023 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, the Japanese automaker announced the new TRD Pro color without including any photos. As a special surprise at the first drive event for the new Sequoia, Toyota had both models painted in their new color on display.
At first we thought Toyota grabbed a 4Runner and Tacoma from 2015, painted in the original Inferno Orange TRD Pro signature color. After speaking with a Toyota executive, CarBuzz learned they were actually rushed from their respective factories to be displayed at the event. This is the first time either model has been shown in Solar Octane. While Lime Rush (4Runner) and Electric Lime Metallic (Tacoma) were neat colors, we much prefer this new orange paint. It also reconnects the TRD Pro family with one signature color rather than each model having its own.
As you can see from our photos, which were admittedly taken on an iPhone, Solar Octane is an eye-popping hue that is difficult to capture accurately. Like many orange paints, it looks red (or almost pink) in certain lighting. Toyota's official press photos of the Tundra more accurately convey what the color looks like in person.
Solar Octane is exclusively available as a TRD Pro color for 2023, though Toyota has been known to make these colors available on other trims in subsequent models years. Along with the new color, the 2023 Tacoma gains new styling packages and the 2023 4Runner receives a 40th Anniversary Special Edition. While owners are excited to see the next-generation 4Runner and Tacoma, which will likely borrow the twin-turbocharged powertrain from the Tundra and Sequoia, both models' sales show no signs of slowing down.