The Toyota Tundra has undoubtedly stood the test of time and remains to be a coveted pickup truck among those who respect the unsurpassed quality in Toyota vehicles. With that, the latest 2020 Toyota Tundra only receives a couple of minor updates, being the welcome of push-button start and smart proximity keyless entry through the front door handles enabling you to lock or unlock the truck by either tapping the door handle or grabbing it, all while keeping your key fob in your pocket.
The latest iteration of the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro builds upon the Platinum and unique 1794 Edition trim levels marking the highest trim level that you can get in a new Tundra. With the TRD Pro trim, there are a merit of add-ons that are cleverly equipped on the Tundra, making it a more capable vehicle for off-road terrain. The notable TRD Pro equipment additions include a front TRD skid plate, custom LED fog lights, a unique grill design, TRD suspension, a TRD exhaust system, black forged BBS 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, and a few TRD Pro interior touches to highlight the front heated embroidered seats and trim.
Apart from the TRD Pro additions, the 2020 Tundra TRD Pro retains what’s loved about the Tundra with its naturally-aspirated 5.7-liter V8 engine and proven 6-speed automatic transmission. While the powertrain, along with the chassis, is somewhat antiquated, it remains to be proven equipment that’s exceptionally reliable and quite predictable out on the road. The 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque are adequate figures for the Tundra TRD Pro and eager to get the truck up to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds.
Out on the road, the Tundra TRD Pro leans into turns and doesn’t promote pushing it hard through bends with somewhat of a static lean, which you expect out of a Baja racing truck. Otherwise, the Tundra TRD Pro fits the bill to have a smooth and mostly soft ride quality that soaks up road imperfections, which gives way for rather comfy off-roading at speed through uncertain terrain.
The looks of the 2020 Tundra TRD Pro fit somewhat of a classic mold for Toyota with the large old-school font of the Toyota badge up front all of what is recognizable for the current generation Tundra, which has aged well over 13 years now.
The cabin of the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is all of what most remember in the classic design of the Tundra with a retained simplistic approach to functionality. The few upgrades in recent years include the addition of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and an update to the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system to now include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The few changes for the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro are welcomed but some wonder if they are enough to compete with newer truck entries in the same class. However, I have no question that the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will still win over the hearts of its dedicated fan base, especially looking at my test vehicle adorned in the unique Army Green paint that tends to get onlooker’s attention. Where their attention may divert, or remain depending on their financial situation, is the price for the loaded-up 2020 TRD Pro Tundra at an out-the-door figure of $54,854. Such a price may be just what truck buyers want to undercut competition for a unique offering from Toyota to get that proven reliability and ruggedness. Of course, you’ll be sure to add on the price of fuel to fill up the later 38-gallon tank on this Tundra TRD Pro because it will eat up that fuel at a fast rate, to the tune of 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway, and 14 mpg combined.