The Best Things About the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
A normal Toyota Tundra is a great truck. It's been around for a while, but great nonetheless. The TRD Pro trim just makes it that so much better. I was fortunate to spend a week with a brand new 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite features of the vehicle.
The TRD Pro trim only multiples Toyota's resistance to depreciation
You would have to be living under a rock to not know that any Toyota model is not only reliable, but they handle the depreciation curve extremely well. Toyota's resistance to that depreciation curve is even further reinforced with a TRD Pro model.
TRD Pro trim vehicles from Toyota start new in the $40-50k range, I have seen so many for sale in the $30-40k range, but with near 100k miles on them.
How is that a positive? Well it is like driving free mileage on your truck that doesn't hurt your value.
As with many top tier trims, there is obviously a significant portion dedicated to being an appearance package, but with the TRD Pro trim you get a whole bunch of off road ready upgrades - most to note is the FOX suspension.
The Tundra TRD Pro (as well as the rest of the TRD Pro line) features TRD-tuned FOX shocks with remote reservoirs which feature 3-stage compression dampening. Basically, this is where your money was spent. The front gets a 46mm piston with 11 bypass zones and 1.5 inches extra travel and the rear gets 12 bypass zones and 2 inches extra travel.
Check out this video of testing out the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro on my rough test road and how the suspension just eats up the road.
Like I alluded to, being a top tier trim there is obviously a portion of being a TRD Pro that is dedicated to being an appearance package and that isn't a bad thing. It makes the Tundra look meaner. To start, the TRD Pro trim pretty much de-chromes any chrome that you get on a normal Tundra.
You get a retro inspired Toyota "T-O-Y-O-T-A" badge written out in the grill as opposed to the Toyota symbol, a TRD skid plate visible from the front, and TRD Pro stamped in the rear bed. Some off-road tested Rigid Industries fog lights round out the front, while some blacked out forged-aluminum BBS wheels give it some good looks from the side.
It has a V8
Let's face it, the Tundra TRD Pro is Toyota's shot at the Ford Raptor.
Perhaps the biggest plus in the Tundra's column is it has a V8 engine. The Tundra's V8 is pushing out a respectable 380 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, but many won't care about numbers as long as it is a V8.
Combined with the TRD Exhaust the V8 also makes some great noises which will make you smile.
A fan of the Tundra TRD Pro and I didn't talk about your favorite feature? Let me know in the comments, I would love to converse with you.