The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Toyota’s Tundra series of full-size trucks have been around for many years with minimal changes – and it is certainly one of the oldest models in this highly competitive market. But even when compared to some of the more recent models from GM and Ford, for example, there is still something surprising about the Tundra.
The Tundra is simple to drive and use, offers excellent performance and the beauty of a solid V8 engine. And in the high-level TRD Pro, the Tundra is the king of the road.
The Tundra TRD Pro is a limited edition vehicle that combines power, off-road capability, comfort, safety and high performance in a single full-size pickup. The namesake TRD is an acronym that stands for Toyota Racing Development, and the Pro version is the ultimate TRD model.
Performance tuning and suspension are at the heart of TRD Pro – it represents improvements to the suspension system to dramatically increase off-road capacity. TRD Pro for the Tundra gives a boost as Toyota’s ultimate all-terrain package and is available in the 4 × 4 CrewMax and Double Cab versions, all equipped with the proven 5.7-liter V8.
The Tundra TRD Pro has unique features that set it apart from other TRD models. This includes a TOYOTA Heritage grille, a stamped TRD skid plate at the front, a TRD performance exhaust with a black chrome tip, Rigid Industries LED fog lights and 18-inch black forged aluminum wheels. The exterior colors of the TRD Pro are limited to super white, midnight black metallic, magnetic gray metallic or army green, which is new for 2020. The choice of the CrewMax cabin will give you more space for rear passengers, but a shorter truck bed for transportation. The Double Cab option will give you a smaller interior space with only 2 full doors and limited space for the rear passengers – but a larger area at the rear for the truck bed. Each option offers space for 5 passengers. The Crewmax offers huge rear passenger space, almost like a limousine there.
Inside the Tundra TRD Pro we find attractive black leather seats with red stitching, a JBL 12-speaker audio system (with the Crewmax option only) and a passenger seat with four electric adjustments in addition to all other indoor treats.
Technology in the Tundra TRD Pro 2020 is plentiful, thanks to the new and improved infotainment system for 2020. Connected services offered by Toyota include Remote Connect, Safety Connect, Service Connect as well as Destination Assist. Remote connection will allow you to use an app to find where you are parked, check the condition of windows and the moonroof, lock / unlock and start remotely.
You can even connect your Tundra using Amazon Alexa to verbally perform these actions as well as to check on things like fuel level. Destination Assist offers to speak with a live agent 24/7 who will help you locate the places to visit and things to do, then send the navigation information to your vehicle so that you can keep your eyes on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported.
Safety Connect will help you in an emergency with something as simple as a flat tire. As with other connection services, the system will connect you to a live agent who will send the appropriate support. A stolen vehicle locator will help you locate the vehicle in the event of theft. In addition, Toyota Safety Sense is included, which includes automatic high beams, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.
Only one option exists for the Tundra TRD Pro, a 5.7-liter DOHC V8 i-FORCE with 32 valves with VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence). This produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Paired with this is a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra’s fuel economy is 18.0 / 14.2 / 16.3 L / 100 km respectively for city / highway / mixed – this is obviously the Tundra’s weak point.
As mentioned, this vehicle is equipped with a special all-terrain suspension. The TRD Pro comes with 2.5-inch FOX coil springs in the front and internal remote tank bypass shocks in the rear. It is also equipped with robust brakes also; 4-piston calipers and 13.9-inch front brake discs will give you ultimate control.
Towing is child’s play for the Tundra with its maximum towing capacity of up to 9,700 pounds. Vehicle is factory fitted with front tow hooks, a robust tow hitch receiver, 4 and 7 pin connectors, a transmission fluid temperature gauge, and a brake controller trailer.
Many other TRD versions are available for the 2020 model year: TRD Sport, TRD Sport Premium, TRD Off Road or TRD Off Road Premium. The TRD Premium models essentially replaced the Limited model proposed in 2019 (I still do not understand why Toyota removed the name Limited). While all TRD models represent good value, the TRD Pro always stands out as something special.
The 2020 Tundra 4 × 4 CrewMax TRD Pro, starting price is $ 67,270. If you opt for the Tundra 4 × 4 Double Cab TRD Pro, the price is slightly lower than a starting MSRP of $ 64,400. Either way, you’re looking for a significantly higher price than the base 4 × 2 Double Cab SR5, which costs around $ 40,190.
For those who think the price is too much to swallow, any of the other TRD models can be a good compromise. They all share certain basic elements with the Pro model, such as the aforementioned V-8 engine, a spacious cabin and updated technology.
The question is: is it worth switching to the performance model with the TRD Pro brand? Combining luxury, safety, off-road performance, style and technology, the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an excellent choice for those who settle for the best pickup truck.
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– written by David Chao
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