Old but capable
After sampling the updated 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax in an off-road park near Dallas, we discovered that this old half-ton truck is still quite capable. The most important 2020 Tundra TRD Pro addition is that the off-road oriented truck is now available in both Double Cab and CrewMax body styles. But that’s not the full story.
Here are two things we liked and two things we didn’t about the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.
We Like: Exterior Design
Compared to the rest of the Tundra lineup, the TRD Pro stands out with its big grille and Toyota lettering, as well as its hood scoop and 18-inch black wheels. The new color for the 2020 model year is the Army Green, which is also offered on other TRD Pro models including the Tacoma, 4Runner, and Sequoia. The black door handles contrast well with the color, which brings a different style to the truck.
We Like: Off-Road Performance
The Fox shocks in the front and rear improve the off-road performance of the 2020 Tundra TRD Pro. The ride is cushier with these shocks, which reduce the cabin movement when driving over some big rocks in the off-road park near Dallas. The front skid plate also helped, protecting the underbody when going over the rocks. And with a 31-degree approach angle, the Tundra TRD Pro was able to go through most of the trails without any issues. We’ll have to take the Tundra on a different kind of off-road adventure in Southern California to get a deeper experience off the pavement.
We Don’t Like: Interior
Although Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa come standard with the Tundra TRD Pro, its interior is showing its age. Although we welcome the new 8.0-inch screen and these new technologies, we wish the instrument cluster received an update, as it looks pretty outdated.
We Don’t Like: Powertrain
The standard 5.7-liter V-8 produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft and is sufficient for those who get the lower trims, but we wish the Tundra offered more engine options. The engine is capable of towing 10,200 pounds (4,627 kg), but with the Detroit Three automakers investing in new technologies like Ram’s eTorque engines and Chevy’s four-cylinder engine, Toyota is falling behind. And while all Tundras come with a six-speed automatic, Ford and Chevy offer new transmissions with up to 10 gears. A more modern powertrain would certainly be welcomed.