2019 Tundra New Car Test Drive
The 2018 Toyota Tundra is distinguished by last year's model by its new grille and headlamps. Also the 2018 Tundra comes standard with more safety features than before: automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control, in addition to its eight airbags.
A new Tundra TRD Sport with Bilstein shocks and bigger sway bars has been added to the lineup for 2018, while the regular cab, the simple work truck that started it all, has been unceremoniously dropped.
Introduced for 2007, the current-generation Tundra was revised for 2014. Among full-size pickups, the Toyota Tundra is the oldest product and has fallen behind the much newer Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and Nissan Titan. The Ram 1500, meanwhile, is almost as dated as the Tundra.
Two Toyota V8s are available: a 4.6-liter V8 making 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque and a 5.7-liter with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet.
They're mated to the same transmission, a smooth six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, four-wheel drive is available and includes a two-speed transfer case.
Fuel mileage is relatively poor for the class. The 4.6-liter V8 with rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-rated 16 Combined miles per gallon, while the 5.7-liter with 4WD rates 15 mpg.
Tundra offers two cabs and bed lengths. Double Cabs offer 8- and 6.5-foot beds and feature rear-hinged rear doors and flip-up back seats. CrewMax models have 5.5-foot beds, four conventional doors, and a rear bench seat suitable for six-footers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Tundra four stars overall in crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates Tundra Good, but only Acceptable in the small-overlap crash test.
Tundra SR Double Cab ($31,120) comes with 4.6-liter V8, fabric upholstery, air conditioning, power windows/locks, rearview camera, 6.1-inch touchscreen, AM/FM/CD, Bluetooth hands-free phone/music streaming, USB connectivity, and 18-inch steel wheels. A Work Truck package substitutes vinyl upholstery and flooring. (Prices are MSRP do not include $1,295 destination charge.)
Tundra SR5 4WD ($32,830) features off-road styling and upgrades with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, foglamps, intermittent wipers, Entune Audio Plus, and chromed bumpers. A Scout navigation function works with a smartphone data connection. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional. Alloy wheels are optional.
Tundra Limited Double Cab ($40,385) comes standard with the 5.7-liter V8, 20-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and full navigation.
Tundra 1794 Edition CrewMax ($47,080) features a Western look, with special brown leather-trimmed seating with embossed and ultra-suede accents, cooled front seats, a sunroof, and 20-inch wheels. Tundra Platinum CrewMax ($47,080) is subtly upscale in style, with color-matched bumpers and modest badging, perforated leather upholstery, 12-way power driver's seat with memory, heated/ventilated front seats, 12-speaker Entune Premium JBL Audio with navigation, moonroof.
Tundra TRD Pro ($43,495) comes in Double Cab or CrewMax form, with 5.7-liter V8, four-wheel drive, Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks, thick anti-sway bars, all-terrain tires. Tundra TRD Sport is similar, with sport-tuned Bilstein shocks, TRD anti-sway bars, a hood scoop, 20-inch alloy sport wheels, LED headlights, and a mesh grille.
New for 2018 is the suite of safety equipment: automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beams.