Drivers continue to be excited about the new and improved Toyota Tundra. However, one model seems to be a bit ignored. It’s time to investigate the 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport because it offers a unique advantage that other trucks don’t. It is a sportier version with a lower suspension, but is it special?
What is the 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport?
The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is the most athletic Tundra model available. It’s not designed for ultra-luxury like the Capstone model and it’s not equipped with super off-road upgrades like the TRD Pro model.
If you associate the TRD title with off-roading, that’s fair. But it actually stands for Toyota Racing Division and supports Toyota’s racing interests around the world. So the racing sports truck is pretty cool. It’s different from the beefy lifted off-roaders. But is it worth it?
It may not be the fastest model available. It has the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with 389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. It has more power than the previous model and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 6.6 seconds.
However, the I-FORCE Max hybrid powertrain combines the same engine with electric motors to make 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. It hit 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds.
What comes with the 2023 Tundra TRD Sport?
The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is based on the SR5 model, but has 20-inch wheels and features a lowered sport suspension. The suspension includes TRD Sport Tuned shocks to improve ride and handling on pavement.
In addition, the SR5 comes with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, LED headlamps, a molded composite bed, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a rear center armrest with cupholders, adjustable bed tie-down clamps, and the Tow Package.
So the TRD Sport comes tow-ready and can tow up to 12,000 lbs. The trailer package has a Class IV trailer hitch, an integrated trailer brake controller, and a four- and seven-pin trailer connector.
According to double clutch, the throttle response is slow. The hybrid powertrain is noticeably quicker. But using Sport mode instead of Eco and Normal provides a satisfying amount of low-end torque.
Also, the ride is a bit firm and the bumps rattle in the cabin. Shock absorbs a bit better at highway speeds. On a positive note, the steering is more refined, while other models can feel vague.
Is the Tundra TRD Sport worth buying?
Yes, the 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is worth buying if you like the look of the lowered model. But that’s the only benefit. The package adds $5,800 to the price of the 2022 SR5 model and could cost more in 2023.
Perhaps the lowered suspension has better aerodynamics and could save more fuel. But the package doesn’t improve the truck’s speed or ride quality. The $5,800 could be used for other upgrades, like the faster, more efficient i-FORCE MAX Hybrid powertrain.
We’d love to get behind the wheel of a Tundra TRD Sport to see how it feels against the Capstone, TRD Off-Road, and 1794 editions. Until then, reviewers recommend going for the TRD Off-Road or Limited versions.