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Tundra TRD Pro vs. Tundra Limited TRD Off-Road – is the Pro worth the money?

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If you can get many of the off-road features on a cheaper trim, is the Tundra TRD Pro really worth the extra money? Publisher Tim Esterdahl recently got to drive one and compare it to his Tundra Limited TRD Off-Road just so he could answer the TRD Off-Road vs. TRD Pro question. Check out the video below, and see what you think!

Details on the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The Limited Esterdahl owns has the 3.5-liter twin-turbo i-FORCE V-6 while the TRD Pro in this video features the hybrid version i-FORCE MAX engine.

  • 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 Crewmax with a 5.5-foot bed.
  • MSRP $69,185
  • 3.5-liter Twin Turbo V-6 Hybrid
  • 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque @2400 rpm
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 4WD, 3.31 rear axle ratio
  • 11,175-pound max towing
  • 1,355-pound max payload
  • 18/20/19 MPG city/highway/combined
  • 32.2-gallon fuel tank
  • TRD Pro skid plates

There are also some unique appearance items like the hood scoops, badging on the interior, camo black accents and aluminum pedals.

Some reader questions we answer

How do they compare on fuel economy? Is the TRD Pro worth the money?

A few things that stood out to me:

This TRD Pro package with its different suspension and tires definitely rides differently. It’s not quite as smooth as the Limited, but Esterdahl seems to really love it. He also likes the digital dash on the TRD Pro.

There is no turbo lag, and there is significantly more torque off the line. This makes the truck a thrill to drive. And yes, I’m speaking from experience.

There is no EV-only driving in the Tundra. It just kicks the gas engine on and off automatically as needed. The transition is very very smooth, and you don’t even notice it.

There is no air dam on the TRD Pro. Probably because it’s meant for off-roading, and those are easily damaged. Of course, not having one can affect the fuel economy a little, and Esterdahl talks about those differences in the video.

What do you think? Did Esterdahl buy the wrong truck? Watch this video and let us know!

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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