2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Review United States – On sale virtually unchanged since way back in 2007, the 2020 Toyota Tundra is the second oldest new vehicle for sale in the United States today, behind only the Nissan Frontier. This is astonishing, especially considering that the full-size pickup segment is the most competitive in the industry. Basically, the situation is this: all tundra competitors have recently been redesigned, while it is now entering its 13th year of sales since its last full overhaul. Updates over the years have kept things somewhat fresh, but they pale in comparison to the innovations and improvements showcased by rivals from Ford, General Motors and RAM.
Toyota’s full-size pickup still offers close-up styling, excellent reliability, the massively spacious crewmax cab and – unique for a full-size pickup-standard accident avoidance tech. But there is also its subpar fuel economy, nervous ride, dated interior and general lack of innovation. Even its TRD Pro model, which offers compelling off-road capabilities, is tied to an Eye-watering price tag compared to rival off-road oriented trucks.
So, sure, Tundra will definitely get the job done, but these days, pickups are capable of much more than that, and buyers should command more from a new truck than what the Tundra offers, especially in terms of fuel efficiency.
The tundra wins a new 8-in infotainment system for 2020 offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility – a long overdue addition. In addition, the 2020 tundra TRD Pro will be available in both extended cab and cabin configurations. Previous model years had been crew cab-only. A new color – “Army Green” replaces Voodoo Blue on the TRD Pro color palette. Finally, the 2020 tundra wins the Smart Key with the push button start.
All 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro come powered by a 5.7-liter V8 putting out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The tundra comes standard with rear wheel drive. The optional part-time 4-wheel drive system features an electronically controlled low-range transmission box.
The tundra returns 13 miles per gallon in city driving, 18 miles per gallon on the highway, and 15 mpg in combined driving. Choosing 4WD makes a small difference. All estimates are significantly worse than the engines offered by its main rivals.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra comes in a wide range of trim levels, including basic SR and SR5, mid-level limited, off-road oriented TRD Pro, and the exclusive Platinum and 1794 edition. Tundra is offered with three different bed lengths and two different cab configurations: a 4-door extended cab and a larger 4-door cabin.
The base-level 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro ($ 35,020) comes with a surprisingly long list of standard equipment including 18-in steel wheels, an integrated trailer brake regulator, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure warning, trailer Sway warning, automatic high beams , Adaptive Cruise Control, a windshield wiper de-icer, a dampened tailgate, keyless entry, cloth padding, air conditioning, a backup camera, a USB port, Bluetooth and an 8-in touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. A 40/20/40 split front bench is standard that allows for six-passenger seating.
Next up is the SR5 ($ 36,690), which adds chrome accents, variable intermittent wipers, fog lights, HD and satellite radios, and a sliding rear window on CrewMax. The TRD Sport Package-exclusive to the SR5 adds 20-in wheels, Sports-tuned Bilstein shocks, front and rear anti-Sway bars and sporty styling elements.
The middle range is the limited ($ 43,715) which adds 20-in alloy wheels, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather upholstery, heated Power front seats, a leather-wrapped Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a navigation system, and extra speakers (seven dual cab, nine CrewMax). While optional on smaller trims, the center console (which replaces the front bench seat and thus reduces seating capacity from six to five) becomes standard on the limited.
Available on SR5, Limited and 1794, the TRD off-road package adds off-road tires on 18-in wheels, Trail-tuned Bilstein shocks, slides, towbars, LED headlights and fog lights, off-road floor mats and special styling elements.
The Tundra TRD Pro ($ 50,100) comes with unique styling, BBS forged alloy wheels, Fox internal bypass off-road shocks, a sunroof and a unique army green exterior color. It loses the leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control, all of which are mind-boggling omissions in a truck costing over $ 50,000. While the tundra TRD Pro has always been offered as a crew cab, an extended cab version joins the lineup for 2020.
Above all is the Platinum ($ 50,220), which boasts extra chrome touches, LED running / accent lamps, sunroofs, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory settings and a JBL sound system with 12 speakers (optional on limited CrewMax ). A safety & convenience package consisting of parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning systems comes as standard on platinum but is optional on SR5 and limited.
The CrewMax-only 1794 Edition ($ 50,220) is really just a platinum with unique, Texas Ranch-inspired interiors and exterior trim. Some equipment offered as standard at upper trim levels is available as part of packages offered at lower trims.
Tundra is unique among full-size pickups and is offered with standard active safety features. These include Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams. Blind angle monitoring and backward traffic warning systems are optional. Also standard on the tundra are anti-lock brakes, stability control, trailer Sway control, a backup camera and six airbags (front, front, side curtain).
In government crash testing, tundra received four out of five stars for general and frontal crash protection as well as five stars for side protection. The double booth scored three stars for rollover risk versus Crewmax’s 4-star score. The nonprofit Highway Safety Institute gave the tundra dual cab the best possible rating of good in all crash tests, but the new small overlap front test where it received a second best acceptable score. Interestingly, CrewMax received a second-worst marginal score in this test, along with an acceptable score in the taken strength test. Both got the best possible score for superior for their forward-crash prevention systems.
Compared to the smooth riding Ford F-150 and the even smoother riding Ram 1500, the tundra is firm and nervous when the bed is empty. Its handling and overall driving experience just isn’t that refined either, a sign that the tundra has gone a decade without a complete redesign, while its competitors were all fully redesigned within the last few years.
Tundra’s standard front seat configuration is a 3-seater bench, but more advanced Tundron has front bucket seats with escalating levels of luxury and power setting options. Those seated in the 60/40-fold rear bench of the 4-door double cab will find it to be one of the most spacious extended cabs on the market. No such qualification is needed for CrewMax, which would make the 7-footer feel at home with its extended legroom and reclined back saddle. Note that each Crewmax’s rear seat slides to the front and rear, but the double cabin is fitted as standard with an optional sliding feature.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro comes with one of three bed lengths: 66.7 inches (CrewMax only), 78.7 inches (standard on double cab) or 97.6 inches (optional on double cab). If you want Crewmax’s extra passenger space, you have to live with the shortest bed of the bundle.
After testing out 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 fully capable. The most important 2020 tundra TRD Pro addition is that off-road oriented truck is now available in both dual cab and CrewMax body styles. But that’s not the full story. Here are two things we liked and two things we did not like about the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.
Compared to the rest of the tundra series, the TRD Pro stands out with its large radiator grille and Toyota lettering, as well as its hood scoop and 18-inch black wheels. The new color for the 2020 model year is Army Green, which is also offered on other TRD Pro models, including Tacoma, 4Runner and Sequoia. The black door handles the contrast well with the color, bringing a different style to the truck.
Fox front and rear shocks improve off-road performance of the 2020 tundra TRD Pro. The ride is shock absorbing with these shocks which reduce cabin movement as you drive over some large cliffs in Off-Road Park near Dallas. The front slide also helped, protecting under the body as they go over the rocks. And with a 31-degree approach, the tundra TRD Pro was able to walk through most trails effortlessly. We’ll have to take a tundra on another kind of off-road adventure in Southern California to get a deeper experience off the sidewalk.
Although Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa are standard with the 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro , its interior shows its age. Although we welcome the new 8.0-inch screen and these new technologies, we want the instrument cluster to receive an update as it looks pretty outdated.
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 tundra offered more engine options. The engine is capable of towing 10,200 pounds, but with Detroit’s three automakers investing in new technologies such as Ram’s eTorque engines and Chevy’s four-cylinder engine, Toyota is lagging 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 driving force would certainly be welcomed.
Tundra’s advanced trim levels and TRD Pro just aren’t good value when you stack them up to rival trucks, especially the luxurious trim levels of the F-150 and RAM. As such, tundra is a decent deal in lower trim levels for those who want a reliable, well-equipped work truck and don’t care so much about the latest-and-greatest frills. Still, its inclusion of standard active safety features and, as of 2020, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay help its cause, but there are still probably better options out there for most buyers, especially considering the tundra-old powertrain that consumes fuel at an alarming rate. Rate.