If you're among the millions of people scratching their heads over the Tesla Cybertruck unveiled last week, here's the antidote. They don't come any more traditional or rugged than the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax.
TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, which not only focuses on racing but also on off-road. And the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax is taking what has been a successful formula for Toyota's midsize Tacoma pickup and putting it into the full-size Tundra.
It's big, standing nearly six and a half feet tall, nineteen feet long and almost 80 inches wide. There's also a whopping 10.6 inches of ground clearance, making this a serious off-roading machine.
Under the hood, it's the standard 5.7-liter 381-horsepower V8 found in all Tundras. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, it gets an EPA-estimated 13 miles per gallon in the city, 17 on the highway. Our mileage varied over a week of city street and urban freeway driving, never getting above 12 mpg.
Inside, apart from TRD-embroidered seats and floormats, it's also standard Tundra.
Speaking of "standard", here's what comes as standard equipment in the base price of $52,780 for the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax:
- BBS forged-aluminum 18-inch TRD wheels.
- TRD-tuned FOX shocks with remote reserviors and three-stage compression damping.
- TRD dual exhuast.
- TRD front skid plate.
- "TOYOTA" grille.
- "TRD PRO" bed stamp.
- Black TRD PRO leather-trimmed front bucket seats with red contrast stitching.
- 4WDemand part-time four-wheel drive with electronically controlled transfer case, A-TRAC and automatic limited slip differential.
- Tow Package (trailer hitch, 4.30 axle, engine and transmission fluid coolers, TOW/HAUL mode, HD battery and alternator, integrated 4/7 pin connector.
- 30-gallon fuel tank.
- Toyota Safety Sense (pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams).
- Star Safety System (vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology).
- Trailer brake and trailer sway control.
- LED headlights with LED accent lights.
- Rigid Industries LED fog lights.
- JBL 12-speaker premium audio system.
- Eight-inch touchscreen.
- USB media port and two USB charging ports.
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio (three-month free trial).
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
- Safety Connect with one-year trial.
- Wi-Fi Connect with up to 2GB within three-month trial.
Our tester also had some extra-cost options:
- Spray-on bedliner ($579).
- TRD Performance air filter ($85).
- Paint protection film ($395).
- Stainless steel door edge guard ($140).
- Black "TUNDRA " tailgate insert ($99).
- Glass breakage sensor ($299).
- Spare tire lock ($75).
With $1,495 delivery processing and handling fee, the bottom line on the window sticker was $55,947.
If you're looking for a big truck with off-road capabilities and Toyota reliability, the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax is absolutely worth a test drive.