The Toyota Tundra is currently in its second generation and has been since 2007. Yes, you read that correctly. Although it has received numerous visual updates to become the truck you know today, it’s still basically the truck you’ve known for the last nine years or so. A major design refresh for the 2014 model year including a larger grille, slightly bulged fenders, and a completely new interior, was perhaps the most noticeable change the truck has received to date. Then, for the 2015 model year, Toyota introduced the Tundra TRD Pro.
The TRD Pro receives some exterior visual clues to indicate its off-roading intentions. The old school TOYOTA grille (which should be standard on all Tundras and Tacomas in my opinion), 18-inch black TRD wheels with 32-inch Michelin LTX AT2 tires, along with black badges are easy ways to identify the package. Under the truck is a quarter-inch aluminum front skid plate and TRD-tuned dual exhaust. Suspension enhancements for the TRD Pro include a 2-inch lift up front and Bilstein shocks at all four corners. The truck is powered by the same 5.7L V8 found in other versions of the Tundra, which puts out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed auto.
Starting price for the TRD Pro is $42,945, with our test truck coming in at $47,118. This Gold Mine Hill challenge was particularly difficult due to the foot or so of fresh powder that was recently dumped on the trail. Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather so trucks get tested in conditions mother nature provides. The TRD Pro is the most off-road-worthy Tundra one can buy from the factory, but let this be a lesson… the right tires make a world of difference. Find out why in this Gold Mine Hill video.