2022 Toyota TRD Pro vs Chevy Silverado ZR2: Which Upgrade Is Actually Worth It?

Chevy substantially upgraded the Silverado 1500 for 2022 and that was just in time for the also-new Toyota 2022 Tundra to debut. Both companies know truck buyers want to have some dirty fun with their trucks as much as haul and tow so they both launched special dirt-ready versions. If you’re looking to spend over $70,000 for an off-road truck, which is the better upgrade, Toyota TRD Pro vs Chevy Silverado ZR2? The Chevy Silverado ZR2 is the current flagship off-road truck with a bowtie, at least until the Bison arrives. Over at Toyota, the TRD folks engineered the TRD Pro version to compete.

What is the Tundra TRD Pro package?

White Toyota Tundra pickup truck on an off-road trail.
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro | Toyota

The new Tundra TRD Pro package is the off-road-ready version of the 2023 Tundra. It’s a lot more than just TRD graphics on the bed. You can easily spot a TRD Pro thanks to its substantial 1.1-inch lift thanks to FOX brand internal-bypass off-road shocks instead of the Bilsteins other off-road Tundras get. The TRD Pro also gets Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select to help control wheel spin and the magic low-speed CRAWL Control cruise control.

TRD Pro also gets a front stabilizer bar, red-painted suspension parts, a TRD aluminum front skid plate, and other cladding, as well as all-terrain Falken tires. The TRD Pro also has a trail cam that shows obstacles you can’t see from the driver’s seat, accessible from the 12.3-inch display.

What’s the ZR2 package for the Silverado?

The 2022 Chevy ZR2 is Chevy's current top-dog off-road truck. Can it compete with the Toyota TRD Pro?
2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 | Chevy

The 2022 Silverado ZR2 is Chevy’s flagship off-road truck. We’re not going to get into the magic that GM uses for its Multimatic shocks, but they use the same technology that Corvettes do. The shocks adapt so you can romp off-road or do a smooth road trip, even loaded down. The Chevy also offers front-and-rear e-lockers that should allow it to get out of almost any sticky situation.

The ZR2 has a clever Terrain Mode that allows one-pedal rock crawling. It, too, has off-road tires and skid plates that make it a very capable truck. If the 2022 Toyota TRD Pro vs Chevy Silverado ZR2 in an off-road situation, it will be close. The new 2023 ZR2 Bison edition has been announced, but Chevy has not said what the Bison’s specs are yet.

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra has more power, baby

2023 Toyota Tundra
2023 Toyota Tundra twin-turbo V6 | Toyota

The 2022 Silverado ZR2 also gets standard a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic. The ZR2 has a max payload of 1,440 pounds and can tow 8.900-pounds. It’s expected to see 14 mpg in town and 17 mpg on the highway. The 2022 Tundra TRD Pro uses a hybrid system in its new Tundra paired with a V6 that makes 437 horsepower. It can tow 11,175 pounds. The Tundra is expected to get 19 mpg in the city, and 22 on the highway, with the hybrid.

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How much do the 2022 Toyota TRD Pro vs Chevy Silverado ZR2 packages cost?

The 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 on gravel
2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 | Chevy

The TRD Pro starts at $67,505. The truck has most options, so the only add-ons are generally limited to cosmetic and security items, like a security safe and a bed extender. The Silverado 1500 ZR2 starts at $70,195. Again, the ZR2 is an all-inclusive package and most of the options are in cargo management, stereo enhancements, and lighting.