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The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD is shown in Super White.
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The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has easy-to-read gauges.

Mounting and dismounting the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro was tricky for my 61-year-old bones. I learned to do a little skip and jump to enter the cabin, and to bend my knees to absorb the shock when I hopped out.

Running boards would have helped, but part of the formula for an off-road, special edition truck is to look lifted — and indeed the Tundra TRD Pro has about two inches more ground clearance than a regular Tundra.

The TRD Pro package includes special shocks, dual exhausts, 18-inch BBS forged wheels, LED fog lights and TRD branded bucket seats. These embellishments to a 4WD Tundra in Crewmax configuration yields a tough looking pickup with real off-road capabilities.

All this presupposes that you are really going to take your $52,000 Super White pickup and run it through a pig pond. Lucky for city slickers, the Tundra TRD Pro is also a comfortable highway companion with a voluminous back seat suitable for both kids and grownups. So, if you just want a tough-looking truck that works as a daily driver, the Tundra TRD Pro works for that, too.

Fast facts

› Model: 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax

› Exterior color: Super White

› Interior color: Black

› Engine: 5.7-liter, V-8

› Horsepower: 381

› Transmission: six-speed automatic

› Fuel economy: 17 mpg highway, 13 mpg city

› Local Dealer: Capital Toyota, Toyota of Cleveland, North Georgia Toyota

› Price (as tested): $52,474

Locally, Tundras are available at Capital Toyota on Lee Highway which had 14 Tundras in digital inventory late last week. Up the road, Toyota of Cleveland had 16 Tundras in stock late last week, including a VooDoo Blue Tundra TRD Pro.

 

WHAT IS IT?

The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a five-passenger, full-size truck with a special off-road package. Our TRD Pro tester comes equipped with a growling 5.7-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The TRD Pro has on-demand four-wheel drive.

 

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Our tester, shown in Super White, rings up at $52,474 before discounts. The price includes a delivery fee of $1,395.

 

WHAT WE LIKED

Our Test Tundra was provided by the manufacturer for a one-week test drive. Our "likes" list included the black BBS wheels, leather seats with red stitching, the menacing black grille and the spacious back seats.

 

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

Our list of possible improvements includes more generous use of soft-touch interior materials, an updated infotainment system and a surround-view camera. Because you can't see over the hood, parking presents some problems. Fuel economy is also a bugaboo. The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro gets 17 mpg highway and 13 mpg city.

 


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FAVORITE FEATURES

The big V-8 and dual exhausts lend a masculine note to this truck. The Tundra TRD Pro also has a full suite of safety-tech features including lane-departure alert, radar cruise control and a sway warning system. A back-seat universal tablet holder ($75) is also a nice touch.

 

BOTTOM LINE

The second-generation Tundra was introduced in 2007 and even though it was refreshed in 2014, it still feels a bit dated. Still if basic competence and resale value are your priorities, you can't go wrong with the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.

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The Super Crew Cab of our test truck has a spacious back seat.
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