Toyota introduced their line of factory-built TRD (Toyota Racing Development) off-road performance vehicles this year that include the 2015 Tundra 4×4 Double Cab and CrewMax models. Calling them TRD Pro, these pre-packaged pickup trucks come fully equipped with proven TRD performance elements installed at the factory and ready to go off-road immediately on delivery.
We were able to spend a week recently behind the wheel of a 2015 Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab in and around Central Texas – this time in their signature in-your-face Inferno (Orange) color. Several months ago, we had a week with the CrewMax version of the Tundra TRD Pro – that time in Super White which concealed (just a little) the aggressive capability included in a Tundra ordered with the TRD package.
In the Inferno color there is no hiding its aggressive look and it draws attention everywhere you go recognized as one of those special off-road versions. And special it is.
All of the special factory order TRD Pro vehicles come standard with TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs both front and rear to provide capacity for increased suspension travel. The front suspension uses TRD-tuned front springs on all models and all are equipped with Black TRD alloy wheels. A special grille design boldly spells out the word “TOYOTA” (reminiscent of earlier Toyota models) while a unique aluminum front skid plate has the TRD logo boldly stamped on it.
Our Tundra TRD Pro reflected its off-road prowess not only with the Inferno color, but with standard exterior elements that also stood out. Starting with 18-inch black alloy 5-spoke wheels with Michelin LTX AT2 P275/65/R18 off-road tires and a two-inch front lift provided by the TRD branded springs and multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport bezels, this Tundra just plain looks mean either on or off-road. For sure identification, TRD Pro is stamped into the cargo bed quarter panel while Tundra is similarly stamped into the tailgate.
On the inside, this Tundra says TRD Pro also. Interior treatments include special cloth seating with TRD red stitching accents, the TRD Pro logo stitched into the upper back rest of each seat, plus a special instrument panel insert, TRD shift knob and TRD floor mats.
The Tundra TRD 4×4 does not lack for power off-road (or on the road for that matter). The 2015 Toyota TRD Pro 4×4 comes with the 5.7L i-Force V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower with 401 lb.-ft. of torque delivered to the 4×4 drive train by a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 is equipped with an on-demand electronically controlled four-wheel drive system featuring 4×2, 4×4 HI and 4×4 LO ranges. For control on or off-road, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is integrated with Traction Control (TRAC) to enhance wheel grip in all conditions. An Automatic Limited-Slip (Auto LSD) further aids performance in deep sand, mud or mixed-friction surfaces. For absolute sure-footedness off-road, a driver selectable mode control gives the driver a choice of Normal, VSC, TRAC or Auto-LSD functions to maximize performance of the Tundra.
Off-road capability is provided by the 2-inch lift allowing the TRD Bilstein shocks an additional 1.4-inches of wheel travel front and 1.5-inches rear – bolstered by larger pistons and shafts using a ‘piggy back’ remote hydraulic reservoir. The outboard staggered mounting of the shocks further aids the ride dampening efficiency. As an off-roader, the Tundra TRD Pro sports a ground clearance of 10.6-inches with angle of approach of 26 degrees and departure of 22 degrees.
Our Double Cab differed from the CrewMax version in that it was equipped with the 6.5-ft. standard cargo bed while the CrewMax (with a bit longer cabin structure) uses the 5.5-ft. short cargo bed. Both have an overall length of 145.7-inches. With the shorter cabin as a Double Cab, the interior legroom of our truck was reduced to 34.7-inches from the 42.3-inches in the CrewMax. But, even with less legroom, we found it had more than adequate legroom for rear seat passengers. The 60/40 rear foldup seat in the double Cab reveals an under seat storage compartment not found on the CrewMax.
In summary, Toyota engineers have integrated the TRD package elements very well with the tough generic engineering of the Tundra full-size pickup. We find the Tundra TRD Pro to be a lively yet very solid and comfortable drive (and ride) both on and off-road. One last point is that it has a pretty serious exhaust note that certainly will get your attention both on and off-road. Simply, the Tundra TRD Pro not only looks off-road tough and mean, but sounds like it too.
Our test 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab had an MSRP of $41,385. Adding a couple of aftermarket accessory items and delivery, our truck priced out at $43,159. One tough truck and reasonably priced too.