The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 arrived as the thirsty, powerful option for a mixed driving experience, between city living and off-road adventure. As usual, Toyota built a dominant, high-quality truck in the market, this time to fight rivals like the RAM 1500 Rebel and the Ford F-150 Raptor, two of the most popular mid-to-heavy weight trucks available right now.
This huge monster wants to take the driver off-road and make it feel like every path is cemented. The highly specialized suspension tries to do this with great success. Now, let’s see more about the main features of the 2015 Tundra TRD Pro.
Engine & Technical Specs: Tundra TRD Pro’s Thirsty Motor
The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro packs a DOHC 32-valve 5.7 V8 with aluminum cylinder heads that feeds a 6-speed automatic gearbox. This robust engine generates 381 hp at 5600 RPM and 401 lb-ft of maximum torque at 3600 RPM. The estimated top speed goes up 125 mph (201 km/h), so it isn’t clearly a high-performance truck, as the Range Rover recently reviewed. Despite this, the Tundra TRD Pro goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds.
TRD worked on a capable, fun-to-drive suspension to hold the TRD Pro’s 5851 lb (2653 kg) of curb weight. The standard version comes with Michelin basic tires. In the meanwhile, there is an optional set of 17-inch wheels with 285/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires for an extra US$3.200 charge.
Built for endurance, resistance and strength, the Tundra TRD Pro’s capacity goes to 1555 lb (705 kg) for hauling and 9900 lb (4490 kg) for towing, giving high productivity capacities to the user. It can be easily used for road trips with trailers. The TRD Pro suspension can attack any unpaved road without a problem, regardless the burden on its shoulders.
There is also an optional TRD dual exhaust system that brings an exciting, nostalgic sound to the cabin for an extra US$600. One of the main complaints of the specialized media is the awful fuel consumption. The consumption rate is really high in comparison with similar models. It’s clear that a 5.7 L V8 engine will swallow a lot of fuel, but in this economy, this is an unquestionable drawback.
Exterior and the Huge, Colossal Interior for the Entire Family
The 2015 Tundra TRD comes in three different paint configurations, but the most emblematic is the Inferno orange one. Some elements and details are painted in black, creating a sexy contrast with the really bright and flamboyant orange paint job.
It has a bold, tough face. The front features big TOYOTA letters, as a tribute to the all-mighty Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 from the past century.
But, if there is anything monumental about the 2015 Tundra TRD Pro is its gigantic cabin. The cabin feels even bigger and spacious when the rear window is rolled down. The back seats have plenty of space, more that competition’s.
The really large interior feels outdated, with no major improvements from past versions. Despite this, space becomes the protagonist. Every element inside the cockpit feels big, even the door pockets. The interior console features an Entune Infotainment system, present in other recent Toyota models.
For the 2016 Toyota TRD Pro there is an optional CrewMax feature, which improves the comfort in the back seats, pushing the total price up to US$46.160.
The Bottom Line
The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro is a practical, top-quality truck for a mixed driving experience. Despite the high fuel consumption, it is a worthwhile option among other trucks in the market. It has a base price of US$41.385 with plenty of extras that will improve, in a way or another, the overall experience.