2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: The Off-Road Truck with Great On-Road Manners… If You Can Find One
2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax | MSRP: $45,060 | Price as tested: $46,255
Engine: 5.7L | V8; 381 h.p.; 401 lb.-ft. | MPG: 13 city / 17 hwy
Features: Entune Premium Audio, TRD Dual Exhaust & TRD Front Skid Plate, TRD Pro Front and Rear Bilstein Shocks with External Remote Reservoirs,
Larger Fuel Tank (38 gallons), etc.
The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is one of those cool specialty vehicles that we wish companies made more of. They take a regular Tundra, a decent enough ½ – ton pickup, and they dip into their racing parts bin. In this case, Toyota Racing Development, or TRD for short, picked out special suspension, skid plates, wheels and an exhaust system. The end result is a pickup that behaves like a regular pickup on the street, but when you get off-road, it shows a whole other side.
We took this capable off-roader to the Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, IN. It’s a place with just about everything you can throw at an off-road vehicle, especially in the geographically boring Midwest. There are sand-dunes, rock-quarries, creeks, hills, mud-holes and forest trails. We took the Tundra on just about all of them, and it really performed. The day we were there was beautiful, and as you might expect very busy. We put the required orange flag up, and headed out to see what it could do.
Mind you, the trip there was fun as well. The TRD exhaust has a muscular, deep tone, and it makes the V8 sound… like, well… a mean V8. Nothing sounds quite as good as a well-tuned V8. The 5.7-Liter used here churns out an impressive 381hp and 401ft-lb of torque. Further adding to the audible enjoyment, the whole rear window slides down completely, exposing the cabin to all that wonderful music coming from the pipes.
Back to the off-road park now, we first climbed some loose sand dunes. On one particularly steep pass, we couldn’t get up in 4wd-high, and had to switch to low-range. In doing so, we got up no problem – a task not many pickups could do from the factory. We proceeded to charge at some mud-pits, drive along a stream, and finished off with some jumps. In every test, the TRD Pro just soaked up what we could throw at it.
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