Want to spend $50,000+ on Fox shocks with an SUV wrapped around them? Then Toyota has the vehicle for you, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro. An extension of their TRD (Toyota Racing Development) line up, the TRD Pro series was introduced to Toyota’s 4WD trucks to beef up their off road performance. Starting in 2015 the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra got the optional TRD Pro treatment, with the 4Runner being the star of the band. We test drove one back in 2015 and were nothing short of impressed of its capabilities. Later we did get our hands on both the Tacoma and the Tundra Pros the latter being more of an appearance package then a true off road upgrade. While that has now changed and the new Tundra is much more than a grille and Pro stamped bed, it looks like Toyota is at it again with the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro.
Traditionally more equipped to handle the drive to soccer practice, the Sequoia isn’t really the first choice when it comes to hitting the trails. While having the amazing 5.7L i-Force V8 that the Tundra we test drove had certainly works in its favor, calling this truck a TRD Pro is borderline disrespectful to the brand. The Toyota press release glosses over the details of the 4WD system by briefly mentioning the “Multi Mode 4WD” system, they spend five paragraphs talking about Fox shocks, however. While having a good set of shocks is very important on a capable off road rig, throwing shocks on a truck and putting it in the same class as their other awesome TRD Pro vehicles is quite a head scratcher. The press release continues with all the technology they’re including with the Pro package. While all that tech is cool, in 2020 thats standard operating procedure and is expected in a vehicle in the $50,000+ truck segment.
Not all is lost with this truck, the introduction of a TRD Pro exclusive “Army Green” color is definitely a plus, and they’re also including Rigid brand fogs which is cool. Personally, we think Toyota should have taken some cues from their customers, like they did with the “TRD Desert Air Intake”, and built an off road family truck worthy of the TRD Pro name.