THE PROS & CONS
- What’s Best: Big towing and payload that can go just about anywhere
- What’s Worst: V8 is thirsty when driven hard
- What’s Interesting: Decades of BAJA 1000 competition knowledge has worked its way into the Tundra TRD-Pro
BLUE MOUNTAIN, ON: The TRD-Pro package on the 2017 Toyota Tundra gives a go-anywhere ability to this already rugged full-size pickup.
The 2017 Tundra TRD-Pro was recently introduced in Blue Mountain, ON, alongside the new to Canada 2017 mid-size Tacoma TRD-Pro.
The TRD-Pro will be offered in Double Cab or CrewMax versions that expand upon the current 4X4 Tundra SR5 TRD Off-Road Edition sharing the same 5.7-litre V8 engine with 381 hp and 401 lb/ft of torque.
The Double Cab model (6.5-foot bed) starts at $57,520 and the CrewMax (5.5-foot bed) starts at $60,025.
The TRD-Pro package adds TRD Remote Reservoir Suspension, TRD dual exhaust, TRD skid plate and 18-inch black alloy wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, fuel tank protector plates, clearance and backup sensors, heated front seats including a power-adjustable driver’s seat and an anti-theft system.
It comes with a six-speed super ECT transmission with Sequential Shift Mode, Active Traction Control, an auto limited slip rear differential and one-touch 4WD to seamlessly switch into and out of 4WD mode.
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There is a factory-installed trailer brake controller and towing package (including heavy-duty hitch receiver), four- and seven-pin connectors, and supplemental transmission cooler with transmission fluid temperature gauge.
The Double Cab has a payload of 585 kg (1,300 lb) and can tow up to 4,490 kg (9,899 lb) when properly equipped. The Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax has a 545 kg (1,205 lb) payload and can tow up to 4,445 kg (9,800 lb).
Standard features include air conditioning, a backup camera, a direct tire pressure sensor, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Inside the Tundra TRD Pro has unique black leather seats with red stitching, TRD Pro bed side stamping, carpet floor mats and centre cap and a unique shift knob.
One thing I really liked were the very large, rotary H/VAC knobs on the centre stack that really come into their own with heavily gloved hands in the dead of winter.
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Toyota brought along the Tundra TRD-Pro to the launch of the all new 2017 Tacoma TRD-Pro, which grabbed all the headlines.
But my co-driver, who is a hard-core truck guy, and I drove the Tundra back from where the lunch stop was held and an off-road track set up for people to bash away at both trucks to see if they could get them stuck, which they didn’t.
On the way back on the highway, and despite the very aggressive tires, the Tundra behaved well with surprisingly little noise in the cabin.
I think the only negative would be the big V8 engine that can use a lot of fuel if pushed hard. Drive normally and it shouldn’t be an issue.
And I can see where a diesel would be a perfect addition, but, with all the controversies these days, it would be wise to wait.
The good thing is it’s a Toyota, so you know corners have not been cut in the development and it will stand the test of time.
Toyota Tundra TRD-Pro 2017
BODY STYLE: Body-on-frame full-size pickup
DRIVE METHOD: Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift, on demand four-wheel-drive
ENGINE: 5.7-litre V8 (381 hp, 401 lb/ft)
TOW RATING: Double Cab, 4,490 kg (9,899 lb; CrewMax, 4,445 kg (9,800 lb) properly equipped
PAYLOAD: Double Cab, 585 kg (1,300 lb); CrewMax, 545 kg (1,205 lb)
FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) 18.1/13.9/16.2/L/100 km (16/20/17 mpg) city/highway/combined
PRICE: (Starting price) Double Cab, $57,520; CrewMax, $60,025
WEB SITE: www.toyota.ca