In a hyper-competitive segment that’s seen surprising levels of innovation in recent years, the Toyota Tundra has doggedly stayed the course, offering buyers who prize reliability and resale value over everything else just enough to stay in the hunt. This second-generation model dates all the way back from 2007, although it did receive a facelift in 2011.
Today, the 2018 Toyota Tundra is significantly outclassed in the full-size pickup segment by every other major player, including the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500. The Tundra trails the pack in key metrics like payload and towing capacity, as well as fuel economy. It also falls down when it comes to the intangibles, including areas like cabin and ride quality, as well as tech and safety offerings. The 2018 Toyota Tundra starts at $31,120 before options and delivery.
These days, pickup trucks can be everything from stripped-out workhorses to ultra-luxurious cruisers. Especially in the full-size segment, trucks now offer the kinds of premium features and onboard technology once reserved for luxury cars. But then there's the Toyota Tundra.
The current Tundra's last major update came in 2014, but it still largely uses the same mechanical components from when the second-generation truck initially debuted in 2006. For the 2020 model year, the Tundra is available in SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro and Platinum trims, with the western-luxury-themed 1794 Edition positioned at the top of the line. Both two- and four-wheel drive options are available, and you can choose from Double Cab or CrewMax body styles with 8-, 6.5- or 5.5-foot beds.
Other truckmakers offer myriad powertrain options for their full-size offerings; from turbo-fours to diesel-powered sixes to burly V8s, there are lots of options for buyers. Toyota, meanwhile, only offers two V8s: a 4.6-liter engine with 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, and the larger 5.7-liter engine found in my test truck, with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet.
The Good The 2020 Toyota Tundra comes standard with several driver-assistance features and strong V8 power.
The Bad It's not very good to drive, it can't match the capability of rival trucks and its interior comfort and infotainment technology leave a lot to be desired.
The Bottom Line If you want a solid, no-frills work truck, get a Tundra. If you want a comfortable and capable daily driver, get something else.
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