Is the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro a True Raptor Killer?

In late September, Toyota will be releasing the Tundra TRD Pro, which is the latest in a long line of “supposed” Raptor killers coming from manufacturers across the industry.

tundra2Ever since promotions began on the Tundra months ago, Toyota has not shied away from any comparisons with Ford’s industry leading off-road truck. In fact, it almost seems like Toyota has provoked comparisons (even making an eerily similar grill design).

But is it really even in the same ballpark as the already legendary Raptor??

Well, many of the top reviewers are enamored with the new Toyota Tundra. Car and Driver says, “The comparisons between the TRD and Raptor are inevitable, but Toyota’s tiered approach to fortifying the Tundra’s off-road chops is a clever response to a competitor that until now has gone virtually unchallenged.”

According to various reports, the new Tundra TRD Pro is particularly equipped to fantastically handle acceleration and speed through rugged, bumpy off-road conditions: “Capable of speeds that would break a lesser full-size pickup in a matter of yards.”

In addition to that, reviewers seem to think that the Tundra’s ride is smooth and comfortable, and even better, it offers a solid payload and towing capacity.

tundra2On paper, the Tundra looks impressive, as well, featuring a 5.7 liter V8 engine with tuned dual exhausts, as well as a TRD-tuned suspension fully equipped with tuned springs and remote-reservoir Bilstein front and rear shocks.

Of course, all of these factors have yet to be fully tested by the driving public, so only time will tell if the Tundra TRD Pro can really garner legitimate comparisons to the Raptor.

One place that the Toyota Tundra definitely beats the Raptor, though, is in pricing. Toyota today announced that their trucks will be starting at $42,385, which is a few thousand than their Ford competitor.

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