Truck fans and Toyota loyalists may be happy with some of the upgrades involved with the mild 2020 Toyota Tundra refresh. This is not a year where the truck is completely redesigned. We probably need to wait until model year 2021 or possibly even 2022 to see what is next in store for Toyota’s full-size truck.
People who enjoy technology and convenience can now easily use Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and Android Auto functions while cruising down the road in their next 2020 Tundra road trip or off-roading adventure.
Speaking of things found off the road, for me one of the most useful changes coming to 2020 Tundra is the addition of another cab size for TRD Pro. You can now pick between CrewMax and Double Cab configurations. Let’s break it down.
Back seat size is important for 2020 Tundra
We buy cars, trucks and SUVs all the time to fit our family sizes. Maybe you have small children who require car seats or boosters. Perhaps you need more leg room to accommodate tall teenagers. Your loyal and trusty puppy co-pilots need their space too.
Rear seat leg room is important.
Both cab sizes feature identical front seat leg room at 42.5 inches. Rear seat is where the action changes significantly. In a Double Cab, rear seat passengers will find 34.7 inches of leg room. However, CrewMax offers them nearly 8 more inches to stretch out – 42.3 inches.
Compare this to the airline industry. There is nothing wrong in the slightest with flying economy. But first class is in a league all by itself. You may feel this way when you sit behind your driver on a long road trip in a 2020 Tundra CrewMax.
Where there is a yin there is a yang
In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang work to complement or draw off each other, even though they are seemingly complete opposites. Let’s apply this concept to our 2020 Toyota Tundra.
Where there is less leg room, there is a bigger bed. More leg room will give you a smaller bed. Yet each works to support and enrich the other part for a full-size Tundra truck driver and their passengers.
An important factor to know before shopping for a Tundra is bed length with each cab configuration. Double Cab gives owners a 6.5-foot bed length. CrewMax, while offering tremendous rear passenger leg room, shortens bed length at 5.5 feet.
To be honest, I am still either shocked and confused or proud of myself at how I worked yin and yang into a vehicle review story. Let’s roll with it.
2020 Tundra towing capacity may be deciding factor
For people who need a healthy tow capacity for pulling campers, trailers, and other important gear, choosing between two cab sizes becomes crucial.
A 2020 Tundra TRD Pro with a Double Cab configuration provides owners with a higher towing capacity. It also allows for more maximum payload. Both of these can become important considerations when you are pulling and hauling.
Double Cab TRD Pro has a tow capacity of 9,900 pounds compared to 9,200 pounds with TRD Pro CrewMax.
Payload is 1,630 pounds with Double Cab and 1,560 pounds with CrewMax.
Pricing may be key for 2020 Tundra TRD Pro
In my experience following Toyota Tundra, I know customers will have a higher starting MSRP when buying a Tundra CrewMax versus a Double Cab. This is also the case with TRD Pro for 2020.
Factory MSRP is $52,930 for 2020 Tundra TRD Pro 4x4 CrewMax as opposed to $48,655 for a Double Cab with similar specifications. Is this pricing gap important to you and your family’s budget?
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What they have in common
Both 2020 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab TRD Pros are powered with Toyota’s trusty and reliable 5.7-liter V8 engine. This produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque. This is matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
FOX shock absorbers with piggyback reservoirs are found on both cab sizes as well. The benefits of this Toyota Racing Development suspension system are a smoother ride on the road at highway cruising speeds and dominant off-road performance.
Time for your thoughts on 2020 Toyota Tundra
Do you feel a Double Cab or a CrewMax cab size is the best fit for you and your family? Would you consider the TRD Pro if looking at a Toyota Tundra?
On a side note, are you interested at all in following potential Tundra redesign developments as they come in and this gets closer to happening?
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