Jeep has Rubicon, Ford has Raptor and Chevrolet has ZR2, but Toyota is the only automaker with a full line of hardcore off-road vehicles: TRD Pro. With all the new competition in the off-road segment, Toyota introduced its updated TRD Pro line (4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra) for the 2019 model year with stouter suspension components and an improved list of features, options and accessories. The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro sits at the top of this rugged lineup positioned against other full-size off-roaders like the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram 2500 Power Wagon and Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss.
With the exception of wide-open desert driving, we were able to take the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro through the full gauntlet of terrains that you’ll find on the East Coast including dirt- and gravel-lined trails, technical mud roads, about 200 miles of interstate driving and even some twisty mountain roads. Keep reading to see how the new Tundra TRD Pro performed.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Exterior
As far as appearance goes, it’s hard to tell the new 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro apart from the previous Tundra TRD Pro that was offered from 2015 through 2017. You still get the blacked-out “TOYOTA” grille, stamped TRD Pro logo in the rear fenders and black wheels with meatier tires, but the new truck is distinguishable with its hood scoop, TRD front skid plate, LED headlights, LED fog lights from Rigid Industries, black chrome TRD dual exhaust tips and black BBS forged-aluminum wheels.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is only available in the four-door CrewMax body configuration with a 5.5-foot cargo bed – aka, the short bed – and exterior colors are limited to Voodoo Blue (TRD Pro-exclusive), Midnight Black Metallic and this tester’s Super White. This truck also had options like the drop-in bedliner and the deck rail GoPro mount, but it would have been nice to see a little more exclusivity on this truck like a wider body kit or exclusive all-steel bumpers.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Interior
Priced similarly to the Tundra’s luxurious Platinum and 1794 Edition trim levels, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro comes loaded with content, which helps justify some of the truck’s higher asking price. This includes standard features such as leather seating, integrated navigation and a power rear window. This off-road-ready truck also adds unique touches like a TRD shifter and the TRD Pro logo on the center console, seat backs and floor mats.
Being a truck, there is more than enough room to carry goods in the cargo bed, but if you need more secure storage space, the interior of the CrewMax is downright cavernous. With the rear seats folded up out of the way, the Tundra CrewMax has an amazing amount of cargo capacity including a flat load surface underneath the seats that is wide enough to accommodate even the largest of flat-screen TVs. While there is sufficient cargo space available inside the Tundra CrewMax, it’s passenger space where this truck excels. Rear passengers are treated to limo-like amounts of legroom, which is two inches more than what the Ram 1500 Quad Cab offers.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Powertrain
Like all Tundra CrewMax models, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is powered exclusively by Toyota’s 5.7-liter V-8 rated at 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. On the TRD Pro, the Tundra’s V-8 rumbles a little loader thanks to a TRD dual exhaust. This engine pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the whole package nets EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway**.
It’s a cool-looking truck with a mean sound, but the biggest reason to step up to the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is the upgraded suspension. While the previous Tundra TRD Pro used TRD-tuned Bilstein shocks, the 2019 model year brings Fox Racing 2.5-inch shocks with 46 mm pistons up front and 2.5-inch external reservoirs on the rear shocks. These upgrades alone provide helped to increase front wheel travel by more than 1.5 inches and rear wheel travel by more than two inches. There is a surprising amount of articulation when navigating over obstacles allowing, which was especially noticeable (and photo friendly) on the rear axle.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Safety
The 2019 Toyota Tundra CrewMax has a four-star overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration including a five-star side impact rating. The Toyota Safety Sense P is standard on all 2019 Tundra models, and it brings Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System and Automatic High Beams.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Overall
After a yearlong absence, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro returns to go toe-to-toe with other full-size off-roaders. It’s not as extreme as the Raptor or Power Wagon yet it’s better equipped than the Silverado Trail Boss or Titan Pro-4X, and it’s this niche area where the new Tundra TRD Pro stands out. This truck is a beast in off-road terrain, but at the same time, it’s on-road manners feel just like a standard Tundra. Bottom line, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a no-fuss truck whether you’re a hardcore off-roader, weekend adventurer or just a mall crawler looking to stand out from all those shiny new Raptors.
As is the case with any off-road truck (bought or built), the right equipment is going to cost you. In the case of the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, the beefed up components command a steep premium over a base 2019 Tundra’s starting price of $31,420*. The Tundra TRD Pro starts at $49,645 (about $800 less than the Tundra Platinum and Tundra 1794 Edition), and the optioned-up truck used for this test drive review had an as-tested price of $52,474.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Toyota dealership and test drive the 2019 Toyota Tundra today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.