You’ve probably heard so many time the story about how this truck is way too old compared to the competition. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Toyota Tundra is still one of the best trucks one the US market. It offers great working capabilities, along with unparalleled reliability and durability.
Also, it has a lot to offer in terms of comfort and convenience, despite the outdated cabin design. The list of safety features is impressive as well, while the TRD Pro is still one of the best off-roaders you can find around. All in all, this looks more than enough to at least consider this large truck. Here are 7 reasons why Tundra is among the best trucks on the US market:
The Toyota Tundra interior may look a little bit outdated, but it still has a lot of great things to offer. First of all, this is a pretty spacious truck, among class leaders in terms of interior space, no matter if we are talking about Double Cab or CrewMax models. In both cases, you can count on plenty of leg and headroom, as well as on plenty of storage compartments.
Another thing that we like about this truck is that it comes with a pretty long list of standard equipment already in the base version. Unlike some rivals, all Tundra models come with things like a touchscreen, voice commands and lots of safety features.
Speaking of safety features, the list of standard equipment includes a pre-collision system that combines forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, brake assist, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a sway warning system, automatic high-beam headlights etc. In higher trims, you can get even more, including front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
According to the latest reports, we are finally about to see a Toyota Tundra Diesel in the offer. The oil-burner version will definitely bring a lot of benefits, starting from a better fuel economy and improved towing capacity. Although we are still waiting to hear something from the officials on this matter, it looks pretty much certain that the new version will come with a familiar 5.0-liter Cummins V8 turbodiesel, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque.
The same engine already powers Nissan Titan XD, so we can expect similar performances.
Toyota Tundra Hybrid
The current powertrain lineup consists of two pretty thirsty V8 gasoline engines, so Tundra definitely needs more efficient powertrain options in the offer. Considering that the Japanese manufacturer is one of the industry leaders in terms of hybrid technology, this seems like a natural move. Most likely, the Toyota Tundra Hybrid will use a modified version of the system that powers luxury sedan called Lexus LS.
It combines V6 engine with electric motors for a total output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Latest reports are suggesting that the max output will be increased to 450 horsepower on this occasion. We expect to see more powerful electric motors, as well as a new 10-speed automatic transmission. This will have a highly positive effect on fuel economy.
Toyota Tundra Colors
This truck also offers a lot of possibilities in terms of customization. Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the color choice. The current model comes with ten color options in the offer. Those would be Barcelona Red Metallic, Cavalry Blue, Cement, Magnetic Grey Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Quicksand, Silver Sky Metallic, Smoked Mesquite, Super White and Voodoo Blue. Of course, the color choice largely depends on the trim level you choose. For example, Voodoo Blue is reserved for the TRD Pro model only.
For the next year, we are about to see a couple of new color options. There is a new Army Green finish, which will also be reserved for the TRD Pro model. Another new color option is expected for the rest of the lineup.
Read more about Toyota Tundra colors here.
Both gasoline engines are pretty thirsty, so it’s no wonder that Tundra currently features lowest mpg ratings in the class. However, things will change soon, thanks to new diesel and hybrid powertrain options. When it comes to a diesel engine, the Toyota Tundra fuel economy will finally be on a respectable level. We presume it will finally go over 20 mpg, of course on the highway.
The Toyota Tundra mpg ratings are expected to be even better in the new hybrid model. Details are still unavailable, but the latest reports suggest that the new 10-speed automatic gearbox will also have a huge impact on the overall economy. Some reports even suggest it could even go over 30 mpg, which sounds pretty impressive.
This truck has always been a strong performer, especially when it comes to utility. The current model is no exception. With the base 4.6-liter engine, it can tow up to 6.800 pounds. On the other side, things are significantly better with the 5.7-liter engine, where a max towing capacity goes up to 10.100 pounds.
These are pretty respectable numbers, but things can get even better with the new diesel engine. According to some estimations, this version should be able to tow more than 12.500 pounds and these are definitely some of the class-leading ratings.
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
Finally, there is a model called Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. This is a performance version of the truck, which comes with numerous off-road upgrades. Naturally, most of them are in terms of mechanics. Some of the highlights are things like 2-inch higher ground clearance, larger aluminum shocks, tuned springs, 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, a front skid plate etc.
There are also several visual upgrades, in terms of the unique grille, LED headlights and foglights, blacked exhaust pipes etc. This version is not just capable, but also quite luxurious. It comes with standard features like a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, leather seating surfaces, TRD Pro stitching and many more exclusive features.
Read 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro review here.