2020 Tundra New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Toyota Tundra is a full-size truck that's heavy on duty and light on luxury. Its design goes back more than a decade.
For 2020 there is just one engine for the six models. Last year's smaller V-8 has been axed, leaving a 5.7-liter V-8. With 381 horsepower and tremendous torque, it delivers Lexus-like smooth acceleration with a deep and pleasing growl.
The 6-speed automatic transmission works well, but without the 8 or 10 gears that rivals have, the Tundra gets meager gas mileage. With two-wheel drive, the Tundra is EPA-rated at 13 mpg city, 15 highway, 18 combined, on regular fuel. Four-wheel-drive trucks drop like a five-ton boulder to 13/17/14 mpg.
The 2020 Tundra rides well and has reasonably responsive steering, but a very wide turning radius kills parking-lot maneuverability. It can tow 10,200 pounds, but American trucks still beat it handily. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while a part-time 4WD system is optional. The TRD Pro model offers above-average off-road capability.
One area where the Tundra leads the way for pickup trucks is in active safety equipment. It offers standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The NHTSA gives the Tundra four out of five stars overall, including three stars in the calculated rollover assessment. The IIHS gives it lower scores, calling it 'Marginal'? and 'Poor'? in the driver- and passenger-side small-overlap tests designed to replicate impact with an oncoming car or a utility pole. Additionally, the IIHS calls the headlights 'Marginal.'?.
The 2020 Tundra comes as SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, Platinum, and 1794 Edition. There are two body styles, extended cab and the longer crew cab with significantly more space for passengers.
The SR5 comes with basic power features, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and the active safety features. With upgraded infotainment and four-wheel drive, the SR5 goes for about $37,000.
The price climbs to around $51,000 for the Platinum and 1794 Edition trucks, which come with soft leather and boast larger touchscreens, JBL speakers, heated and cooled seats, moonroofs, and more.