Toyota has leveraged its TRD off-road-racing experience to build a truly formidable 4×4 package without compromising the core driveability of the standard Tundra. The TRD Pro’s unique wheels, “TOYOTA” lettering on the special grille, and “TRD PRO” stamped into the bed sides suggest something’s afoot. The Toyota TRD Pro is an evolution of the existing TRD off-road package available for the Tundra. Similar TRD Pro treatments are offered on the 4Runner TRD Pro SUV.
The Tundra features uniquely tuned Bilstein shocks at all four corners, as well as TRD springs that not only offer two extra inches of ride height up front, but also include decreased rates that make the ride a bit more forgiving when crawling over harsh terrain.
However on the highway the TRD Pro is comfortable as the double-cab guarantees abundant interior space and the truck easily gets to highway speeds with ease thanks to the plentiful power on offer from the 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8. 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque is more than enough for this truck, paired to a six speed automatic transmission. We did really like the TRD dual exhausts which gives it a noticeable burble upon idle, and a progressive growl as the revs increase.
Additionally, models equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 have a generous 9,800-pound towing capacity, making it a viable work truck. And with a payload capacity of up to 1,620 lbs and a standard deck rail system to help secure cargo, this truck really does lets you take it all with you.
Inside the cab the unique TRD Pro logo is a nice touch on the floor mats and shift knob. Also included is the Entune premium audio with integrated Navigation and App controls which we found very easy to use and within easy reach from the driver and front passenger. The leather seats are also comfortable and soft. One thing that did surprise us was the upgraded 38 gallon fuel tank which offers an extended exploring range, but it certainly takes a long time to fill.
When we got to take the Tundra into the wild, it never faltered throughout our off-road runs, and Toyota says it will stand behind such usage. It was a real blast to drive off the beaten track and with every up and down a smile would creep across our respective faces.
In the end the TRD Pro Series Tundra is a truck that is an excellent off-roader and doesn’t sacrifice ride quality when not off road. The only hard part is that we want one, but we can’t squeeze it inside the NoBraking garage.
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