Although it’s overshadowed by glorified American pickups, the Tundrabutters its bread with the Toyota nameplate and off-road dexterity. Unlike U. T. rivals, the 2018 Toyota Tundra is a V-8-only lineup; you will find a standard 4. 6-liter V-8 and an optional 5. 7-liter that uncorks 401 lb-ft of torque. Both pair with a six-speed programmed and rear- or 4×4. Packing in people is straightforward with a commodious crew-cab interior; too bad it disappoints with poor quality and a dated design. Likewise, the Tundra’s bulbous body stands out, but its look has produced long in the dental. Nonetheless, the Tundra remains a modest pickup-truck option until its much-needed major transformation.
2018 Toyota Tundra Specs
The top V-8 hasn’t recently been updated since George W. Bush was president, and its programmed transmission only offers six gears. Since with the rest of the Tundra, its powertrain is in need of an update. That’s not part of the deal for 2018, as the two V-8 engines and the six-speed automated are unchanged.
The “2018 Toyota Tundra” has two V-8 choices: The base engine is a 4. 6l that makes 310 horse power and 327 pound-feet of torque; the optional 5. 7-liter V-8 is good for 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional for both setups, but not for all cab-and-bed configurations. We’ve spent many hours with the Tundra’s larger engine. Is actually reasonably peppy and can be quite quick. Apply a heavy foot to the throttle, however, and the big V-8 emits a leaf-blower-like noise. The six-speed automated shifts slowly and is outdated compared with its rivals’ eight- and 10-speed automatics.
In its least powerful configuration, a Tundra with the smaller V-8 is still capable to tow line a minimum of 6800 pounds. As with heavy-duty towing, those who want the greatest payload score should consider the GMC Sierra, the Chevrolet Silverado, or the Ford F-150.
2018 Toyota Tundra External
The 2018 Toyota Tundra receives new grilles and revised outside lighting for 2018, but the updates are significantly from transformative. A honeycomb-style grille with a grey surround is worn on the SR and SR5, while Platinum models get the same grille with a body-color surround. The Limited and 1794 Model feature a billet billet grille surrounded by chrome. Tungsten-halogen headlights with dark bezels and LED daytime running lights illuminate the SR and SR5. The Partial, 1794 Edition, and Platinum sport LED headlights, working lights, and fog lights. Those and smoked headlamp bezels are added to any model with an off-road package. The Partial also adds dark accents to its existing wheels, and Cavalry Blue is now available when paired with the TRD Off-Road package. The brand-new TRD Sport wears a honeycomb grille with a body-color surround, hood scoop, showcases, and front and rear end bumpers. It also has standard TRD Off-Road exterior lighting, 20-inch chrome tires, and a “TRD Sport” bedside graphic.
A general essence of largeness exudes from the 2018 Toyota Tundra, bolstered by bulging fenders and a mammoth grille. A set of black 18-inch TRD rims round out the look. Which choice of two cab sizes (Double Pickup truck’s cab and CrewMax) and three bed lengths (5. 5 feet, 6. 5 feet, and 8. 1 feet). It’s the longest crew-cab pickup with a typical foundation, and it also has the highest ground distance. It may maneuver like a sow in heat when you are trying to park, but it’ll navigate a rutted trail like a spray ox.
2018 Toyota Tundra Interior
The inside looks obsolete, and the materials in most models feel cheap and rubbery. The blocky dash has knobs and buttons that are super easy to place but can be hard to reach. The brushed “metal-style” trim pieces provide visual relief for an on the other hand monochromatic color scheme. We noted interior panel spaces as a major concern in the 2017 Tundra SR5 TRD Off-Road CrewMax. Although its rear-seat legroom is among the best in crew cabs, the quality and ergonomics of the Tundra’s interior was unimpressive.
What you see is what you get inside the Tundra. It doesn’t offer any of the amenities found in competition, such as rubbing seats, wireless charging patches, or perhaps a heated steering steering wheel. On top of that, buyers who order the bucket seats will have to live with a comically large shifter in the center console. The only salvation is the 1794 Edition, which has luscious saddle brown leather-trimmed seating and ultrasuede highlights. Just don’t expect to have a lot left over to pay on Christmas presents for the kids.
2018 Toyota Tundra Prices
The SR5 is among the most popular model and the entry point for our 2018 Toyota Tundra of choice. It starts at $34, 125. We’d choose the CrewMax cab for its spacious rear seat, but be aware it’s only available with a 5. 5-foot bed that’s too brief for hard-core commercial use. Those enthusiastic about towing more than 6800 pounds will want the larger 5. 7-liter V-8, which has a minimum towing capacity of 8800 pounds. That engine and four-wheel drive bump costs to $40, 865. Whilst we were content with that setup in 2017, we realized the Tundra’s true value is found with off-road equipment. To get this we like the second-level TRD Off-Road package deal ($2740) as well as the SR5 Upgrade package ($1220), which together include:
- Front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat
- 18-inch TRD wheels with all-terrain tires
- LED headlights and fog lights
- Trail-tuned Bilstein shocks
Our 2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax with the TRD Rough-road and SR5 Upgrade plans rings in at $44, 825.