2019 Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax

Make your own trails
By Durhl Caussey, Epoch Times Contributor
June 4, 2019 Updated: June 4, 2019

The word “powerful” is the most appropriate when qualifying your definition for Toyota Tundra. There are two powerful i-Force engines to choose from. The larger is a 5.7L V8 for all-out power, and the other is a 4.6L V8 for better efficiency. The TRD Pro model has the 5.7L V8 under the hood.

Both engines feature Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to optimize engine breathing for maximum power and efficiency. The Acoustic Control Induction System automatically adjusts air intake runner length with a valve that changes the air flow routing. This optimizes the air flow pressure at different engine speeds. The end results is 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm, with a fuel economy of 13 mpg city and 17 mpg highway for a combined 14 mpg.

CrewMax cabin interior. (Courtesy of Toyota)

The 6-speed automatic transmission with intelligence, two-piece drive shaft and massive 10.5-inch rear gear allows the power to shift easily through the gearing cycle.

Tundra is made for challenging off-road trails. So whether it is a jungle path, desert trails, or mountain terrain, Tundra TRD Pro will take you for an exciting adventure. Comfort offered while doing so with this truck is a primary advantage.

Conquering challenging terrains requires both power and grip. Standard light weight 18-inch forged aluminum 5-spoke BBS wheels, Michelin tires, and TRD-tuned FOX off-road suspension are all there to keeps tires firmly on the driving surface. Power is distribute front-and-back through 4WD on 4×4 models. A 1/4 inch thick aluminum skid plate is there to protect the underside while driving over really uneven terrain.

Tundra TRD Pro is not just powerful, it is actually attractive as well. The hood scoop and LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, handsome rail system, and black external badges acknowledge its abrasive attitude. A 38-gallon fuel tank provides enough fuel to get you most anywhere.

Inside, the TRD shift knob is leather-wrapped, offering a firm grip while enhancing visual appeal with silver-accented trim and TRD logo. The cabin has an intuitive control layout, and the driver receives key data through a 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display. I liked the way it can show various useful data like odometer, trip monitor, or average fuel used.

4.2-inch MID. (Courtesy of Toyota)

The truck was also equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth wireless technology. It can be programmed to function as an integrated trailer brake controller monitor too. Tundra has an “easy lower and lift” tailgate that makes it easy to load the bed with up to the maximum capacity of 1,620 pounds.

7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. (Courtesy of Toyota)

The CrewMax cabin is comfortable and spacious inside. It’s even upscale with premium material! Features like dual-zone climate control keep things set at an individual, personal comfort level. The power vertical rear window allows fresh air in from the outdoors. The split fold-up rear seat is great for creating more luggage space, plus the two full-size rear doors make for easy loading and unloading. The 5.5-foot bed length awaits a long cargo.

Power vertical rear window. (Courtesy of Toyota)

But don’t get the idea that the Tundra Pro is just a comfortable truck with a pretty face. It also longs to trek off road. It is tough and will take you places that will take your breath away.

Part of the TRD Package has a unique suspension that includes TRD front and rear sway bars and Bilstein dampers. Mountains or valleys anyone?

Toyota Safety Sense P and Star Safety System raise the bar for standard safety tech on a truck. These two cover advance technologies such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, and basic features such as anti-lock brakes and traction control. Eight standard airbags for driver and front outside passenger mark the last line of defense. Side curtain airbags and front seat mounted airbags complement additional driver and front outside passenger knee airbags.

I would like to make two suggestions to Toyota. The first is to place a handle just inside the driver’s door which will help the driver get behind the wheel. Although the steering wheel can be used, it often moves. A handle much like the one on the front passenger side would be ideal. The second one has to do with the keys. The ignition key is not covered when not in use. Therefore, it is uncomfortable when placed in a pocket. A nice soft case would be perfect for housing the key when it’s not in the ignition.

The MSRP for the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro starts at $49.895.

Warranties
36-month/36,000-mile Basic Warranty
60-month/60.000-mile Powertrain Warranty
60-month/unlimited-mile Corrosion Perforation Warranty

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this paper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net.

 

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