Getting stuck in the mud is a right of passage if you’re an off-roader, but that doesn’t make it any more enjoyable, especially when you don’t expect it.
The day started with a 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and plans to get it muddy. The truck was revised in 2019 with suspension updates and some new features, like adaptive cruise control, but for 2020, it stays nearly the same. The Army Green paint job and the addition of Apple Carplay to the infotainment system. That’s about it.
Opting for the TRD Pro package brings with it all the goodies required for off-road fun: skid plates, FOX suspension, a small lift, revised bumpers for better angles and of course some unique styling cues like the TRD Pro badge stamped straight into the rear quarter panels of the truck.
Powered by a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, the Tundra still feels strong despite lack of powertrain updates. That is also thanks in part to its six-speed automatic transmission and 4.30 rear end axle ratio. Those result in big torque getting to the ground, though fuel economy suffers, netting the 4×4 Tundra an EPA rating of just 14 mpg combined.
Heading off-road in the Tundra, the first thing we did is open it up and let it eat trails at high speed. And that’s something this TRD Pro is excellent at. The FOX suspension swallows up the ground beneath you, smoothing out the trail so you can build up some real speeds. The Tundra has great steering feel as well, with lots of on-center feedback.
Running into the mud, the Michelin LTX AT/2 tires delivered more grip than their tread pattern suggested they might, and the 31 degree approach angle kept the bumper clear of just about every obstacle.
It was at this point that my camera man, aka my dad, realized that his Polaris Ranger 570 camera vehicle was stuck. So we brought in the tractor. And it got stuck.
There’s only one vehicle bigger than the tractor that we own, and if it gets stuck, we’re done for.
You’ll have to watch the full video above to see our adventures stuck in the mud while filming the Tundra.