Yoga Model Bends for Tundra TRD Pro Over Ford Raptor (Video)

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Turns out, there are several reasons other than price to choose a Tundra TRD Pro over the Ford Raptor.

Ford’s new Raptor has simply dominated the headlines in recent months, hogging the spotlight among purpose built off-road trucks. The reasons for this are plentiful. It’s massive, incredibly powerful, amazingly capable, and quite intimidating in appearance. But it’s also incredibly expensive, tough to live with under normal circumstances, and demand far outweighs supply.

Enter the Tundra TRD Pro. It’s no wide-body, giant-tired, in-your-face truck like the Raptor. But make no mistake, it’s no slouch off road, either. Toyota’s many years of experience allow them to build capable off roaders without compromising real world driving characteristics. And for most people, that’s a good thing. People like popular YouTuber Luccia Model.

Luccia, who is a “yoga model” and track driver, admittedly likes the Raptor, but its base price of $49,265 simply places it out of her price range. But for nearly ten grand less, stepping into a Tundra TRD Pro is a much more reasonable alternative. That, of course, doesn’t take into account options and dealer markups, which you’re much more likely to see on the Raptor. But then again, it doesn’t take much convincing to steer someone to  a Toyota if they are already familiar with the company.

“I’ve always been a yota fan,” Luccia says in the clip. “My dad was actually a manager for a dealership…so I kinda grew up around that atmosphere.”

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Luccia spends quite a bit of time doing some amateur racing on various tracks, so she also needed a truck that can tow her race car. But she also likes to traverse off road, which is why she was in the market for more than a basic truck. She wasn’t a fan of the stock wheels, which mirror those on non-TRD Tundras, but that’s an easy fix.

While the Tundra might be down on power in comparison to the Raptor, it also has that V8 growl that most prefer. And in regards to capability, Luccia points out that most feel like the Tundra can do 90% of what the Raptor can do. Basically, everything except jump ridiculously high. And if you’ve seen any Raptor jump videos lately, you’ll know that’s a good way to break your 50k truck. So we’ll pocket that ten grand and use a little bit on beefy tires, thank you very much.



Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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