TOYOTA TUNDRA

OVERVIEW

Introduced in 1999, the Tundra model quickly won many different awards because of its reliability, quality and relatively low price, and has since been in high demand in the United States. Concern Toyota Motor has become a pioneer among Japanese brands, who ventured into the US full-size pickup market. The secret of success is that Tundra is not against the market, but combines the best qualities of American and Japanese cars. Production was established at the TMMI plant in Princeton, Indiana. The Tundra is located between the Ford F-series and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks. Starting with the base SR, you’ll get some impressive and unexpected features like heated mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, a damped tailgate, an integrated trailer-brake controller, and an impressive safety suite including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and auto high beams. A 6.1-inch touchscreen offers Bluetooth, and the 6-speaker stereo comes with a CD player. That’s an impressive list for just $31,670, especially considering you get a 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque.

What the Tundra Offers

The Toyota Tundra is a full-size, half-ton pickup. The 2017 edition comes in Double Cab, Regular Cab, and CrewMax styles, and the horsepower for these builds ranges from 310 to 381. The towing capacity ranges from 6,400 to 10,500 pounds. The new Tundras will come standard with a 5.7L V-8 engine (an estimated 381 horsepower). These trucks will also undergo some aesthetic and technological changes, including a redesigned grille and headlamps as well as a hood scoop. Finally, Toyota will introduce a new trim – the TRD Sport – when the 2018 Tundra is available 5th wheel cover.

New Capabilities and Improved Features

The 2018 Tundra will include some changes to the body of the truck as well as additional safety and performance features. All builds of the new model will fall under the Toyota Safety Sense P package, so any model and trim you select will have the following safety features:

Toyota Tundra Double Cab vsCrewMax

Double Cab

The Double Cab offers seating for five to six passengers depending on options and has less overall room in the cabin for passengers than CrewMax configurations.

CrewMax

The CrewMax cab style favors interior space and comfort for passengers over bed length and is a perfect choice for drivers who plan to use their truck for hauling passengers. The CrewMax cab is available on the SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 trim levels of the 2018 Toyota Tundra. It’s available only with the 5.5-foot short bed length. Overall the CrewMax option is more expensive than its Double Cab counterpart, but it can often receive a better trade-in value when it comes time to sell because of its mass appeal.

Lane Departure Alert

Auto High Beams

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

Upgraded sway bars

Sport-tuned suspension

From there, buyers can choose from the following trims:

R/SR5 (which include black bezel halogen headlights)

The TRD Sport trim (debuting with the 2018 Tundra)

Limited, Platinum, and 1794 editions

Note that the TRD Pro version will not be available on the new Tundra. Finally, based on what we know about previous Tundra models, the towing capacity for the new truck will likely exceed 10,500 pounds with a possible torque rating of between 327 and 500 pound-feet.

The New Tundra TRD Sport Trim

The new trim for this model will be available in 4X4 and 4X2 configurations. The Regular Cab build will no longer be available, but you can still pick up the new Tundra in either a Double Cab or CrewMax style. The TRD Sport trim will also include:

Bilstein shocks

TRD front and rear anti-sway bars

Five new colors

Price information will be announced later this year. As a frame of reference, the 2017 Tundra’s MSRP starts at $30,210. Toyota’s powerful, capable, efficient and dependable full-size pickup truck lineup is back and better than ever in the form of the 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup – and we’ve got it The 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup has been fully updated, upgraded, enhanced and improved for the new model year with powerful and capable engine options, a refreshed interior, a rugged and durable exterior, and a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art new features and capabilities that includes a vast array of advanced new safety, technology, comfort and convenience features. In all, the 2019 Tundra lineup now features an upgraded suspension, updated interior wood trim options, dual zone automatic climate control, fold-up rear seats, a redesigned center console, and a next generation version.

Performance

2019 Toyota Tundra

Itconsist of a V8 and a bigger V8. And while the advanced engine options of the competition are definitely impressive, for some shoppers there still remains no replacement for displacement. Things start with a 4.6-liter V8 with 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque that offers a combination of 1,600-pound payload and 6,800-pound towing capacities. It’s a stout, predictable powerplant, but due to the Tundra’s sheer size, it’s a good idea to jump up to the larger engine for a few reasons. First, the 5.7-liter V8 offers 71 more hp and 74 more lb-ft of torque, 1,030 pounds of increased payload, and 3,200 pounds of extra towing capacity—for only a small penalty at the pump. With the 4.6 and rear-wheel drive (RWD), you can expect an EPA-estimated 15 mpg city, 19 highway, 16 combined. Second, while I can talk to the preferences and advantages of V8 power with regard to a broad, predictable power band and impressive durability and reliability, it should be noted that even with the bigger V8, you’re going to be down on power and utility against the competition’s more advanced engine options. You’ll be glad to have the 5.7’s extra oomph, and you’ll be able to hit 60 mph in about 7 seconds. The TRD Pro is the real standout Tundra. Overall, the Tundra is likely the most off-road capable full-size on the market, and with the TRD Pro, the only truck that’ll touch it is a Ford F-150 Raptor. Granted, the Raptor comes with a lot more technology than the TRD Pro, but you’re going to pay for it as well. If you’re looking for some off-road fun, this is a great way to get maximum enjoyment for a minimum price.

Form and Function

2019 Toyota Tundra

The benefit of the Tundra is found in its simplicity, and that shows through here as well. If you go with the 5.7-liter engine, you’ll have the maximum towing capacity offered. No need to choose a specific rear axle, bed, or towing package in order to make sure you’re not being penalized (or hoping that specific combo is actually available at your dealership). The problem is the Tundra’s size. Without the optional step or running boards, all but the tallest folks will have trouble getting in and out, and driving down anything other than country roads will make you feel uncomfortably claustrophobic. Yes, the Tundra is big. But its overall design exacerbates the issue, making it feel even bigger than it actually is. Driving on crowded city streets can be a terrifying ordeal—and sometimes legitimately impossible. And get ready to scrape your antennae every time you enter a parking garage or drive-thru. It’s no surprise that trucks have gotten bigger in the last 20 years, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s actually hampering driveability, and that’s just as much an issue on tight off-road trails as it is on city streets. The Tundra isn’t the sole offender here, but it just might be the worst.

Tech Level 2019 Toyota Tundra

Technology is not the Tundra’s strong suit. A prime example of that is the fact that Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are still not available, not even as options. And with the $50,000 TRD Pro that I tested, there was still only one USB port in the entire cabin, and it didn’t even light up, making it very difficult to locate at night. The standard safety systems are welcome, though the advanced safety features leave a little to be desired. And the Entune system, while easy to use and adequately responsive, is aging just as quickly as the rest of the Tundra. In short, if technology is your focus, you’d be better off looking elsewhere.

Safety

With a vehicle this big, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert really should be standard as well, but at least it isn’t buried high up in the trim levels. The only issue is that these systems are getting old as well, and the newer systems the competition offers are more elegant affairs. Here, you’ll get some of the first-generation issues with adaptive cruise and lane-departure warning, like false notifications and interjections where they’re not really needed. But again, at least these safety features come standard. You have to pay for these almost everywhere else. With the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4 stars are the name of the game for frontal crash tests, though side crash tests got 5s through and through. Rollover is more disappointing though, with a 3-star rating. Independent testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tells a similar story, with Marginal ratings for the headlights and the driver-side small overlap front tests, and even a Poor rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Roof strength was just Acceptable, though all other tests garnered the top score of Good. Braking is average, taking 134 feet to stop from 60 mph, but watch for brake fade on long downhill sections of road.

Cost-Effectiveness

Given the advancements that have occurred in the last 10 years, it’s hard to recommend the Tundra from a cost-effectiveness perspective. The competition offers more power, better fuel economy, better rides, and more technology—for not much more money. The one exception is the TRD Pro I tested, which offers 95% of the fun and utility of the much more expensive (and much more difficult to obtain) Ford F-150 Raptor.

Features

The car is unified in design and style with a full-size Toyota Sequoia SUV. The first years of launch of Toyota Tundra were equipped with a 3.4-liter V6 (190 hp) or a powerful 4.7-liter V8 (245 hp). In 2003, the restyling of the entire Tundra range was carried out: the grid was replaced with three horizontal strips (in body color or with chrome finish), the bumpers and lighting accessories were changed, and the interior was renewed .

Features of the Toyota Tundra

Before talking a little about the evolution of this truck in recent years, it is interesting to talk a little about it. It is considered that the value of this truck is a little atypical, and it is understandable since it has characteristics that clearly differentiate it from other models and brands recognized worldwide. It is important to know that within the characteristics of the Toyota Tundra we find a vehicle that is pleasing to the eye, but also has a lot of capacity, gives the feeling of being strong and hard, aspects that define a truck. It is also interesting to know that it offers a type of double cab, it has two V8 engines with a capacity of 310 horsepower and 4.6 liters as mentioned above and in another 5.7-liter version with 381 horsepower. Both Toyota engines offer a type of automatic transmission, 6-speed with a rear-wheel drive option in each of the 4 wheels it has. Basically this is the kind of aspects or characteristics of the Tundra that we should know nowadays. However to really know a vehicle thoroughly it is important to take a tour of its history and its periods.