Toyota TRD Pro Lineup: Which Model Is The Most Capable?


The TRD badge has always been something special for Toyota fans and that’s for a good reason. This is a performance department of the Japanese manufacturer and off-road models have a special place. Therefore, we will make a short comparison in order to find out which Toyota TRD Pro model is the most capable on hard terrains. As you probably know, the Japanese manufacturer is expanding TRD lineup these days, so you can even find a version of RAV4 with this badge.

However, we won’t take this model into consideration. This list is reserved for genuine SUVs and trucks, those that ride on a body-on-frame platform. So, the following models are in consideration – Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia and 4Runner. Here are our rankings:

Toyota TRD Pro – Sequoia

Toyota TRD Pro Sequoia

In our humble opinions, the last place belongs to the Sequoia. The current generation of the full-size SUV has been around for way too long, but the recent update has brought Toyota TRD Pro version of it. Of course, you may count on numerous exclusive features that come from this division. Some of the highlights are 2.5-inch Fox shocks, a front skid plate, running boards etc. Also, you may count on respectable 10 inches of ground clearance, while the approach angle goes around 27 degrees. These are pretty good numbers, though Sequoia lacks some Toyota TRD Pro essentials, such as  Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select. Still, the model’s big size seems like a bigger issue for off-roading.

When it comes to other features, you may count on a quite powerful 5.7-liter V8, which is good for about 380 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, which seems more than enough for a convenient ride. Also, the strong point of this SUV is a pretty large cargo hold, as well as a max payload capacity that goes up to 1.355 pounds.

The price goes around 64.000 dollars.

Toyota TRD Pro – Tundra

Toyota TRD Pro Tundra

While we are waiting for the next generation of a super-reliable full-size truck, the Toyota TRD Pro version of the current generation still seems quite reliable. Just like Sequoia, it lacks Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select, but other essentials are here. Also, it features higher ground clearance than Sequoia (10.6 inches), as well as a pretty impressive approach angle of 31 degrees. You may count on the same engine as in Sequoia. However, the Tundra is lighter, so driving dynamics are slightly better as well.

The Tundra TRD Pro is great for off-roading, but we also like the fact that a max towing capacity goes up to almost 10.000 pounds, while payload capacity goes over 1.500 pounds.

The price goes around 48.500 dollars.

Toyota TRD Pro – Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

This most popular mid-size truck on the market is an excellent choice for off-roading, the Toyota TRD Pro in particular. Here, you can count on the aforementioned Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select, but the Tacoma is also notably smaller than Tundra, which is critical on hard terrains. A 35.0-degree approach angle seems impressive, while the recent update has also brought new Fox shocks and higher ground clearance.

The recent update has also brought a new, 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, power-adjustable driver’s seat etc. Also, we like new Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain monitors, which seem very convenient when you go on adventures.

The price goes around 44.000 dollars.

Toyota TRD Pro – 4Runner

Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner

Choosing between the 4Runner and Tacoma was very tough. When you look at the features, the two models are pretty similar. However, the has a couple of obvious advantages. First of all, the 4Runner is notably smaller, which is always important when you’re off the road. Also, an older-generation 4.0-liter V6 seems like a better choice for off-roading, mainly because of a 5-speed transmission, which delivers a little bit of low-end torque. The 4Runner features a slightly higher ground clearance and departure angle.

Also, we like a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen, as well as loads of safety features. Finally, this SUV features three rows of seats and quite spacious cargo space. The Toyota TRD Pro version of the 4Runner features a max towing capacity of 5.000 pounds and 1.500 pounds of max payload capacity.

The price goes around 50.000 dollars.

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