Sometime today, the 2015 Toyota TRD Pro will begin one of the most grueling tests of vehicle endurance – the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Over the next several days, the truck will race across the desert landscape with a team of Toyota engineers and drivers pushing the truck to its limits.
Toyota seems to be finally getting pretty serious about promoting their off-road legacy, Ivan Stewart and the TRD Pro. With a Baja race team established and a large booth at the upcoming 2014 SEMA show, Toyota is directly challenging the Ford Raptor’s dominance in the segment. It is about time.
Toyota is serious about showing off the reliability and looks of its Tundra Pro with a big booth at the 2014 SEMA show and an entry into one of the most grueling off-road races in the world. Here is what we know.
Coming to a Gulf States dealer this fall is a special 2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops edition truck. It is filled with items outdoors enthusiasts need.
The Tundra’s new TRD Pro package isn’t directly comparable to Ford’s Raptor F-150. The Raptor is more heavily customized for off-roading, offers more power, a wider track, a shorter wheelbase, and a few other (admittedly awesome) extras.
Still, it’s not as if the two trucks don’t have a lot in common. Both offer increased ground clearance and suspension travel (about 1.5″ more travel front and rear on the Tundra), top-grade shocks, unique styling, and under-body protection. Both also seem to be targeting truck buyers with LOTS of extra cash, as Toyota and Ford are demanding a hefty premium for these trucks.
While a true head-to-head off-road comparison of these trucks has yet to be completed, there’s one area where the Tundra has a clear advantage over the Raptor: Price. Toyota’s announced pricing for the TRD Pro Tundra, and it’s thousands less than the average Raptor.