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2020 Toyota TRD Pro Trucks: First Look

  • TRD Pro means off-roading talents.
  • Two Toyota SUVs and two pickups get rugged makeovers.
  • New technology becomes available as well.

This array of 2020 Toyota TRD Pro trucks unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show demonstrates how busy the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) division has been lately.

What does TRD do?

This is the part of Toyota that specializes in performance in general, including off-roading. Anything with a TRD Pro badge represents the pinnacle of the division’s prowess. For 2020, there are TRD Pro versions of the Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV, the Tundra full-size pickup, the Tacoma midsize pickup and the 4Runner midsize SUV.

A big part of the TRD Pro treatment is the suspension. The much-respected Fox company supplies dedicated long-travel shock absorbers and springs, which are then fine-tuned for each model by TRD engineers.

What Equipment Do These Trucks Have?

All 2020 Toyota TRD Pro trucks have upgraded infotainment systems. Most employ a high-resolution 8-in touchscreen, but the Sequoia model has a 7-in counterpart. However, each version comes with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa. They also have navigation and a JBL audio system. They also get a push-button start, all-wheel drive and skid plates.

Speaking of AWD, the Sequoia TRD Pro model’s system is the more sophisticated Multi-Mode version with a 2-speed transfer case and a torque-sensing/locking center differential, which is optional in the regular SUV. This model comes as a 7-seater with a pair of captain’s chairs in the second row. It also has cool 18-in BBS alloy wheels.

The 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro, meanwhile, sports a Panoramic View Monitor and a Multi-Terrain Monitor, so a driver (sitting in a new 10-way power-adjustable seat) can see what’s in front, to the side, behind and underneath. The 2020 Tundra TRD Pro is available with the Double or CrewMax cabs.

How Soon and How Much?

Expect these 2020 Toyota TRD Pro trucks to arrive in summer 2019, with perhaps the Tacoma and 4Runner versions being later by a few weeks (Toyota couldn’t give a definite time when we asked). Pricing will be given closer to the on-sale dates.


Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More about Colin Ryan

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