After test-driving the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD for a week, I concluded that the half-ton truck lives up to its TRD designation. If you are looking for a rugged truck that can withstand significant abuse, the Tundra TRD might be the perfect truck for you.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Off-Road looks great especially with those 18-inch wheels. It is also fitted with a proper 4×4 that comes with mechanical locking differentials, transmission cooler, and a heavy-duty tow package. It is fun to drive and it delivers on performance. It’s a real head turner and people love the way this truck looks. My neighbors commented quite a bit on it’s size and color and even an old Chevy guy said he loved the way it looked.
Driving the Toyota Tundra TRD is just fun. Gas mileage isn’t the greatest but that’s not why you buy this truck. It handles great and the steering is quite responsive despite its size. It is easy to navigate rough terrain. When you floor the gas the engine has a nice roar and this is the type of truck that gets stuff done.
The interior of the truck is quite spacious for passengers. One of the most noticeable features is the cup holders, which are ten in total. A little more storage space would be a nice future addition but it is adequate for most drivers.
The JBL Premium sound system with 12 speakers is the way to go, this way you can jam out on whatever adventure you decide. The cab has good acoustics and most audiophiles will be happy with this set up.
The interior has an old school truck feeling to it with its massive dashboard. It is broad and square, and there are hardly any curved surfaces. The gauge cluster is quite standard, and the center console features a basic button set that is aligned vertically. A noticeable feature is the shift lever, which is huge. In the Tundra TRD, the focus is on function over form.
From the outside, the Tundra looks imposing and definitely has masculine features . It comes with a massive grille, great ride height, and huge headlights and taillights. Its 18-inch wheels give the exterior a proper finish. The back doors are full size and they open wide. The truck has an impressive exterior, you will be noticed driving this around town.
Engine / Powertrain
For such a massive truck, a strong engine is needed. Under the hood, it comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine with variable valve timing. It can deliver 381 HP and up to 401 lb/ft of torque. The massive engine is mated to a six-speed auto and mechanical locking differential. With this much power, the Tundra TRD can tow almost 10,000 pounds and haul over 1500 pounds with ease.
The award winning Toyota suite of safety features is a huge value and The Tundra TRD Pro is fitted with the standard safety equipment for all Tundra. It features adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights.
TRD Pro Package
The TRD Pro Series brings together the equipment you need to conquer the off road. When you look at the overall price compared to value here I believe the driver wins every time. You Can go off road with confidence and this is tuned specially at the factory which many mechanics would agree is best with vehicle modifications.
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The Toyota Tundra TRD is a great truck that inspires confidence. It feels rugged in all the right spots, and you know when you are in the driver’s seat that you can get through any terrain. It’s fun to drive and if you are looking for a tough truck that can get the job done off road and on road, it should be up for consideration. In my opinion the value exceeds the MSRP with all things considered.
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MSRP (starting at for the model and as tested
$40,650 base price
$55,143 as tested