What’s The Same?
Toyota offers two different off-road packages on their full-size Tundra truck. Recently Andre had the chance to set up a head to head matchup: Tundra TRD Pro vs TRD Off-Road to find out which truck is the better buy for you. Both trucks we tested in our video are setup as CrewMax trucks with the 5.5ft bed option. Both are powered by the same 3.5L twin-turbo V6 hybrid powerplant. It is important to note that the TRD Off-Road truck is available in multiple cab/bed configurations: Double Cab with a 6.5ft bed, and CrewMax with either a 5.5 or 6.5 ft bed. The TRD Pro, however, is only available in a CrewMax with a short bed.
Both the TRD Pro and TRD Off-Road come with a selectable rear locker for when the going gets really tough. Also included on both these trucks are Toyota’s crawl control system and MTS (multi-terrain select). The crawl control system has 5 different speeds, and works like hill-descent control, but it can also crawl uphill (not just down). And of course, both trucks have a low-speed transfer case with 2H, 4H, and 4L.
The TRD Pro sits near the top of Toyota’s Tundra lineup. It receives a unique premium interior with lots of red accents and TRD branding in various places. It’s a very nice place to spend time. The TRD Off-Road can be had with many different interiors, depending on which grade truck the TRD Off-Road package is added to. If a rugged, stylish and unique interior is important to you, definitely go with the TRD Pro.
Suspension & Tires
The TRD Off-Road is equipped with Bilstein shocks, and skid plates too, but they’re not the aluminum TRD-branded skid plates you’d find on the TRD Pro. The suspension on the Off-Road truck is tuned for slow speed obstacles and crawling. Tires are a Falken Wildpeak A/T on a 20″ TRD-branded wheel (265/60R20). The tires are decent, but we’d like to see some more sidewall on an off-road truck like this.
The TRD Pro on the other hand is built more for high-speed off-roading. The truck has been widened slightly thanks to a different wheel offset and wider tires. More notably, the Bilstein suspension has been replaced with 2.5″ FOX shocks on the TRD Pro. The TRD Pro also runs on a Falken Wildpeak A/T, but larger at 285/65R18 (still small for our liking compared to the competition). The TRD Pro also gets BBS Forged wheels which should be much more durable than the wheels found on the TRD Off-Road. At higher speeds, the TRD Pro feels much more confident and is harder to bottom out when on the trail.
Pricing got more confusing with the newest generation of Tundra. The TRD-Offroad is not a standalone model anymore, but instead a package that can be added onto many other grades (ex. SR5, Limited). The TRD Pro is still its own model and sits at the top of the Tundra lineup. It’s also only available with the 3.5L hybrid, while the TRD Off-Road can be had with the 3.5L twin-turbo V6 or the new I-Force Max twin-turbo hybrid V6. The TRD Off-Road starts at $46,590, while the TRD Pro starts around $66,000, which of course includes the hybrid.
Which One to Buy?
These two trucks are built for two different purposes. If you know you’re going to be a lot of desert running, the TRD Pro is the obvious winner. However, the TRD Off-Road is available in many different configurations, which can bring the price down a lot when compared to the TRD Pro. When the pavement ends, the TRD Off-Road will still get you where you want to go, maybe just a bit slower. You can check out how these two trucks performed off-road here.