Landscaping with the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO

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The 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO does a great job tackling the dirt trail and going hardcore through the desert. Yet, can it handle truck “duties” like landscaping? You bet. It handles it just as well as stock Tundra trucks and further makes the case this version is the Tundra you want.

Landscaping with the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO
There is little doubt the TRD PRO is the Tundra model I like the best. From its improved ride quality thanks to the shocks, the styling and the exhaust, I’m just a fan of what Toyota is doing with this truck. However, I had a different job to throw at it recently – finishing our landscaping and building a sand box.

Landscaping with the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PROTaking the truck to the local Rock Pile for mulch and sand was a different experience for my average press loan. And it was fun to use the truck, as a truck. Novel idea I know.

Landscaping with the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PROThe prior week I had a long-bed Chevy Silverado which hauled in a lot of the mulch. It had an 8-foot bed, so it was an easy choice to get this project started. The goal was to remove the weedy area that the previous owners had ignored and put in thick mulch for the kids to play on. Also, I had built a sand box last year, but didn’t get a chance to fill it with sand. The Tundra helped finish both with one small “item”.

Landscaping with the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO

This is literally a ton of sand. Don’t do this.

Ok, here’s the deal. I overloaded the Tundra. Yep. I did it. I just didn’t realize how heavy sand was and the skid steer operator kept dumping in more. Much to my surprise, the scale showed we had a ton of sand. Like literally and EXACTLY a ton, 2,000 lbs. This wouldn’t be an issue, but the Tundra TRD PRO has a maximum payload of 1,240 lbs. Uhh… whoops!

How did it handle with that much weight? Actually, quite well. Sure, you could feel the weight in the bed, but off the line it was smooth and controlled with the 5.7L V8 more than capable of handling the weight. It stopped quite well too and never did I feel like the truck was pushing me forward. Fortunately, I only had a mile and half to go to my house and this only involved 2 turns and 2 stop lights. I did get up to 45 MPH without any concerns.


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  1. GoBig says:

    I use my truck bed a lot. My six foot bed is barely passable for most uses. The short box is the only thing I don’t like about the crewmax.

  2. Randy says:

    The truck and load are the same color. Looks nice.

  3. breathing borla says:

    the problem I have with the pro is except for the shocks which are about 2,500 dollars, it’s a stripped out SR5 truck with hardly any features.

    Also, most dealers charge MSRP or even more, although some are offering a few thousand off.

    For that kind of cash you can pretty much get a platinum tundra and add the shocks. Then at least you’ll have automatic windows, lol for 50K

  4. hemi lol says:

    For those of us who care I hope Toyota reads this! I really wish we had more options OR better yet the Pro come in the Sr5 trim AND platinum trims. I will have to say though I NEVER get any Trd Pro in stock that gets discounted. No one in my area will discount them and you cant find them anywhere. So Toyota has that part right…. BUT……. there are those of us who would pay more for a LOADED Trd Pro truck. I have the shocks and springs on my 2015 Platinum and love them! but I wish I could get that with the Pro grille and stamped bedside etc.

    • breathing borla says:

      blows my mind people buy non discounted or over MSRP PROs which have hardly any features in them instead of buying a discounted Platinum and adding the shocks and TRD Pro grill.

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