Colorado is a fantastic playground for any type of off-road vehicle, including the 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Case in point, in this video Roman and Tommy take this brand new truck from our home base in Boulder, Colorado to the summit of Mosquito Pass, just outside Leadville. It’s a technical, though not terribly punishing 10-mile trail, connecting to the more difficult Birdseye Gulch trail. It’s an area we strongly recommend checking out (weather permitting), and we wanted to see just how well the Tundra TRD Pro has held off as an off-road rig before a new generation comes along. Hopefully, that will happen in the next year or so.
This $51,000 truck actually rings in fairly affordable, compared to some of the other half-ton off-road trucks you can get. For that, money, you get a good old-fashioned 5.7-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra TRD Pro packs a 4.30 rear axle, as well as 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Despite the high gearing, it does not have a rear locker as its smaller Tacoma and 4Runner siblings do. You also don’t get Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Select system or Crawl Control. However, you do still get TRD-tuned Fox shocks as well as all the TRD Pro trimmings throughout the truck. Options on this truck include a $579 spray-in bedliner, and some minor accessories like door sill protectors, a tailgate insert and spare tire lock.
While it’s not the most tech-laden off-road truck you can get, it’s certainly one of the most solid around. There’s something to be said for Toyota’s reputation for reliability, particularly as other off-roaders (looking at you, Land Rover Defender) have already encountered issues early in their life.