The new season of Expedition Overland, their Central America exploration, hits on July 8th. They've released two new videos ahead of the official premier: A full trailer as well as a Vehicle Build Video.

Expedition Overland: Central America | Toyota 4Runner Magazine

The teaser shows what we've come to expect from XO: A great group exploring and finding adventure, this time in Central America. This season will cover 10 Countries and 10,000 miles and we'll be ready to check it out on July 8th!

The Vehicle Build video begins with thier partnership with Toyota USA and goes over the various modifications made to the all new 2015 Trail Premium 4Runners, as well as the 2013 Tacoma. The three vehicles are very well prepared to tackle anything and everything along the journey.

We'll be doing a Hangout on Air next Wednesday the 8th, so look for it on our YouTube Channel as we all watch the premier of Expedition Overland: Central America.

Toyota Cruisers & TrucksWe're excited to announce major changes to the staff here at Toyota Cruisers & Trucks Magazine.

In an effort to continue to bring you the best Toyota, off road, 4x4, and outdoor news and information - we've just named Beau Johnston as our Editor in Chief. Krista will continue to serve as our Outdoor Life Editor while all of our Overland coverage will be handled by our crack-team of managing editors and contributors.

The weather was....not perfect, yet the Toyota Cruisers & Trucks crew managed to capture amazing coverage of Overland Expo West 2015!

Camp TCT - Toyota Magazine Overland Expo 2015

Despite rain, snow, wind, and mud...plenty of mud, we met friends new and old, shared stories around propane campfires, socilized during happy hours, attended classes, and had one heck of a time gathering amazing Overland information for our readers.

 Cruise Moab 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser Magazine

Daniel is currently attending his 13th TLCA Cruise Moab event, but first as our Land Cruiser editor. He's been sending a steady stream of photos to the TCT Crew Desk, so check them out below!

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You’ve seen the 2016 Tacoma, but what about the international Toyota Truck – the Hilux?


The Hilux has been an icon in the international Toyota community for over 45 years with its humble beginnings as the short wheelbase RN10. It’s been driven to volcanos, to the arctic circle, and is a workhorse for hundreds of thousands of users around the globe.

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Toyota 4Runner Keep It Wild Videos

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Keep it Wild Toyota 4Runner videos

Toyota USA​ released a new series of videos for their #4runner #keepitwild series. Photographers and athletes sit around a campfire telling stories of adventure. Watch all the videos (even the commercial) below.

Tell us in the comments...where will your #toyota adventure take you?

CampTCT OverlandExpo

Bringing your Toyota rig to Overland Expo next month? Join the Toyota Cruisers & Trucks crew in the Camp TCT area! It'll be great to kick back, relax, and share stories of our adventures. Our designated camping area will be well marked and all vehicles are welcome :)
Please signup using this very short form so we know how many people & rigs to expect. We have to give our numbers to the Overland Expo Camping coordinator before the event, so please sign up before May 1st.

Direct link to the form:


Recently Toyota USA released a video showing how a 2015 TRD Pro Tundra tackled a volcano in Chile (in addition to winning their class at the 2014 Baja 1000). Have a look:

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TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax

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In late 2014 Angie & I made the decision to build a 2015 CrewMax Tundra as the flagship truck for Toyota Cruisers & Trucks magazine. This would be our sixth Toyota vehicle and the plan is to keep her for many years to come.

Read about our First 2000 Miles on the Tundra

TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

The TCT Explorer was unveiled at the 2015 Overland Expo West event in Mormon Lake, AZ.

TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

The TCT Explorer tackled Imogene Pass at FJ Summit #9!

2015 Toyota Tundra CrewMax on Imogene Pass - Ouray Colorado

 TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

Build Details

Larry H. Miller Toyota of Colorado Springs was extremely helpful in our quest to find the perfect vehicle. While we initially looked in to a TRD Pro Tundra, due to a few key features (i.e. leather seats since we have small children), we opted to go with a Limited CrewMax. Also, Radiant Red is not available in the TRD Pro or Platinum editions, so Limited was the perfect choice.

TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

Since we really love the styling of the TRD Pro, we got in touch with the experts at Toyota Racing Development so we could start work on transforming our Limited into the TCT Explorer. TRD Modifications include:

  • TRD Pro grille – Custom painted Radiant Red with white TOYOTA letters courtesy of Ken’s Colors of Colorado Springs, CO
  • TRD Dual Exhaust – Installed at TCT World HQ by Jim Akers & myself
  • TRD Pro Wheels – provide the tough look we like and at 17” will perform much better off-pavement than the original 20” wheels
  • TRD Pro style badges – The Tundra and 5.7L Badges
  • Color-matched mirrors – Custom painted Radiant Red by Ken’s Colors

TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

Of course the TRD modifications only get us so far. We added additional features to the truck to help keep her daily driver manners while providing enhanced performance and utility both on and off pavement.

The Toytec Lifts Tundra BOSS Lift Kit provides approximately 3.5” lift in the front and 3” in the rear, and allows the larger 285/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires from Discount Tire Direct to function without rubbing. Icon Vehicle Dynamics added their Tundra Tubular UCAs to help keep the truck aligned and provide extra strength for our off-pavement fun.

Toytec BOSS Lift Kit TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

Truck Covers USA sent over their Roll Cover and American Work Cover Jr. toolbox for the bed. This is one of the best mods you can add to a multi-use truck. It provides enough extra storage for recovery gear and tie-downs, and helps keep gear in the bed safe and secure.

For a front bumper, we wanted something that matched the lines of the truck well, wasn’t too heavy, and includes a winch mount. The aluminum Tundra front bumper from Rock Slide Engineering fit each these criteria perfectly, and looks amazing on the truck.

RSE Front Bumper TCT Explorer 2015 Tundra CrewMax Toyota Truck

COMEUP Winch sent their new Seal Gen 2 12.5 winch to fit into the bumper, it’s a monster of a winch and will ensure we can self-recover from just about anything, or provide a quick pull to help Jeeps get out of a rut.

Coming soon: A full set of skid plates from Budbuilt.

The graphics on the truck are courtesy of AFM Graphics. Get in touch with Andy if you need any custom graphics for your truck. The price is right and self-install could not be easier.



You've seen the Total Chaos Moab Expedition video, right?
Go ahead & watch...we'll wait

Well, recently TRD featured the TC Long Travel Tacoma on their website. In the article, TRD points out that Tacoma Trucks make the perfect starting platform to build your dream rig, whether you're planning to create an epic rock crawler or a reliable overland rig ready to take on the world. Key upgrades on this 2014 Tacoma include a TRD Supercharger, Total Chaos long travel suspesnion + all the goodies, and custom TC front & rear bumpers.

Head over to the TRD site for more information & photos.

Total Chaos TRD Tacoma in Moab

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