Is the Toyota Tundra’s TRD Off-Road Package Better Than the TRD Pro Trim Level?
For many years, Toyota’s top-trim Tundra pickup truck has been the TRD Pro. Beginning in 2022, the automaker also offers a TRD Off-Road package on its SR5 and Limited trims. Here’s how these two off-road-ready pickup trucks compare.
|4WD Tundra SR5 (TRD Off-Road)
|Tundra TRD Pro
|389 horsepower, 479 lb-ft of torque
|437 horsepower, 583 lb-ft of torque
|Tuned Bilstein shock absorbers
|2.5-inch FOX Racing
|18-inch TRD Racing
|18-inch BBS Forged TRD Racing
|Falken Wildpeak A/T (265)
|Falken Wildpeak A/T (285)
What is the TRD Off-Road package on a Tundra?
The TRD Off-Road used to be a unique trim level of the Toyota Tundra. Not anymore. Today, the. TRD Off-Road is a trim package on either the Tundra SR5 or Tundra Limited.
On the 2WD Tundra SR5 the upgrade only costs $1,440, but is mostly a style package. A 4WD Tundra SR5 with the TRD Off-Road package starts at $46,165.
What do you get at this price? Toyota increases the Tundra’s ground clearance with a tuned Bilstein shock suspension, installs a skid plate, and adds TRD rims wrapped in Falken Wildpeak A/T tires. The SR5-based TRD Off-Road has 18-inch rims, the Limited-based version has 20-inch rims. TFL Off-Road noted that with 20-inch rims, the Falken 265/60R20 tires do not have much sidewall for off-road tires.
If you option a 4WD Tundra with the TRD Off-Road package you also get an electronic locking rear differential and all Toyota’s off-road driver aids. This software includes Multi-Terrain Select (MTS): select the surface on which you’re driving and the Tundra uses its ABS to keep any of the tires from spinning out of control. Another aid is CRAWL which expands downhill speed control to a sort of off-road cruise control. Set it, forget it, and focus on steering.
How much will the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro cost?
Toyota’s 2022 Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805. That’s a major price bump from last year’s TRD Pro which set you back just $49,225. But the new TRD Pro boasts flash and desert-racing capability to rival Ford’s Raptor.
The Tundra TRD Pro is Toyota’s top-trim off-road truck. It is not cheap, but it is capable. While the TRD Off-Road Tundra V6 makes 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The TRD Pro is only available with the top-trim hybrid powerplant; it cranks out 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. Those are close to the number the Raptor would make if Ford offered it with a PowerBoost hybrid engine…but it doesn’t.
To build the TRD Pro Toyota also upgraded the TRD Off-Road suspension with 2.5-inch FOX Racing shock absorbers. Finally, the TRD Pro gets a wider stance, cool camouflage fender flares, tough BBS Forged 18-inch rims, and wider Falken Wildpeak A/T tires.
The TRD Off-Road package is a bargain, the TRD Pro is a flagship Raptor-fighter
Andre at TFL Off Road pitted the TRD Off-Road against the TRD Pro in a head-to-head. He found the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro was a capable desert runner. Its wide stance and heavy-duty shock absorbers gave him confidence in high-speed off-roading. The TRD Pro is the clear choice for desert running. But price aside, the TRD Pro was not the clear winner.
The 2022 Tundra TRD Pro’s heavy hybrid powertrain increases the truck’s weight to 6,200 pounds and drops its payload capacity to 1,355 pounds. Though it’s very capable of conquering low-speed obstacles, this weight is troubling for an off-road truck.
If you order a TRD Off-Road you can choose from a variety of cab and bed configurations, and potentially save $20k. It is as capable as the TRD Pro at low-speed maneuvers, and thus will be the clear choice for most 4×4 enthusiasts.