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2024 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Starting from CAD $89,975

Vehicle Score 8.8/10
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Toyota’s Tundra is a full-size pickup truck that competes in a competitive segment with popular American brands like Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram. Toyota introduced the redesigned Tundra two years ago, making it better than its previous generation in almost every way. But how does it stack up against the top-selling trucks in this segment like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500? The Tundra offers two engine choices, two cab styles, and various trim levels. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option like the SR or want all the features with trims like Platinum and Capstone, there’s a Tundra for every shopper. I got behind the wheel of a Tundra TRD Pro and it was impressive, thanks to a strong engine, bold and aggressive exterior design, and an upscale and well-built cabin.

Performance

The Tundra comes with a 3.5L Twin Turbo V6 engine and a hybrid version that utilizes the same V6. Toyota has discontinued the old 5.7L V8, which might be somewhat disappointing to some Tundra shoppers or owners of the previous generation model. However, it’s not all bad news because the replacement V6 does an amazing job powering the Tundra. I tested the Hybrid V6, and it performs well thanks to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid engine delivers plenty of power whether you’re driving in rush hour traffic or cruising around the city, and it never feels sluggish. Acceleration is also surprisingly quick for a large pickup truck, and it doesn’t feel slow even at higher speeds. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup, and it shifts smoothly and quickly. It also does a great job of being in the right gear for the most part, whether you’re driving in rush hour traffic or cruising around the city.

Off-Road Package

The TRD Pro comes with a load of features that make the Tundra great for off-roading, such as downhill assist control, multi-terrain select, and crawl control. Shoppers also get 18” TRD Pro black forged BBS wheels, 2.5″ Fox internal bypass coil-overs, and a TRD Pro front stabilizer bar, all adding to the truck’s off-road capabilities. But that’s not all, it also gets visual features that make it stand out and showcase its off-road prowess. These include the ‘TOYOTA’ grille with an LED light bar, a TRD Pro stamped tailgate, exterior amber marker lights, and a TRD Pro hood badge.

Comfort

The Tundra TRD Pro falls short in terms of ride quality, especially on paved roads because of its tires and off-road-focused build. However, it’s not all bad news because if a smooth ride matters to you and you prioritize comfort in a pickup truck, you can shop the other Tundra variants and pass on the TRD Pro, despite how cool it looks. While the seats in the TRD Pro are decently comfortable, they aren’t the best in the segment and wouldn’t be my go-to for a long road trip. In terms of noise, there’s some wind noise at higher speeds, but it’s not too bothersome. Similarly, tire noise is noticeable, but you get used to it after being in this truck for a while.

Interior & Technology

The Tundra TRD Pro has an upscale and well-built cabin that screams off-road adventure while still offering a touch of luxury. Everything inside feels like it belongs and is easy to use thanks to a straightforward layout of all the controls. In the CrewMax setup, the cabin feels open and spacious and has ample legroom and headroom in both rows. The available panoramic sunroof helps with brining light into the cabin and makes it feel spacious. Plus, the rear window can be lowered which is a cool touch in the cabin and helps with ventilation.

On the TRD Pro, unique touches like the TOYOTA passenger-side dash panel badging and TRD Pro logo/camo pattern inserts on the front seats add to the truck’s off-road vibe. The visibility is good all around, but the large hood can hinder front visibility. However, the Tundra is equipped with plenty of cameras that help you easily navigate tight spots and make it easy to live with this truck. If you’re shorter, getting in and out of the truck can be a bit tricky, but there are handles by the door to assist you.

When it comes to technology, the Tundra shines. The eye-catcher in the cabin is the huge 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system sitting high up on the dashboard. At first, it seems a bit oversized, but owners should get used to it after spending some time with the truck. In addition to the large infotainment screen, the digital gauge cluster also adds to the tech appeal, offering decent customization options and a sleek appearance. Toyota’s infotainment UI is surprisingly good when compared with some other automakers, it’s easy to use and all the controls are logically placed. However, If you aren’t a big fan, all Tundras do come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Plus, wireless connectivity is available on higher trims. And if you get the optional wireless charger, you can enjoy a completely wire-free phone connectivity experience in the cabin.

The available JBL 12 Speaker Audio System sounds fantastic. The sound quality is great, with a perfect balance of bass that’s not overwhelming. The 12 speakers are strategically placed throughout the cabin which means every passenger gets to enjoy a good audio system.

Towing

While the Tundra’s towing capacity isn’t the highest in its class, maxing out at 11,170 lbs, it should meet the needs of most buyers. The Tundra does come with great features for towing, like tow-haul modes that adjust the throttle response for better towing, ideal for RVs or larger boats. Plus, the Tundra offers trailer reverse guidance, which helps with hitching and backing up trailers.

Fuel Economy

The V6 Hybrid version has a fuel efficiency rating of 12.7/10.5 L/100km (City/Highway). It’s not significantly better than the regular 3.5L Twin Turbo V6, which is rated at 13.5/10.6 L/100km (City/Highway). While you might save on fuel in the city with the hybrid, the difference isn’t substantial enough to justify the extra cost. The hybrid motor also has more complexity, which means there’s always the risk of more issues compared to the regular V6.

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