Toyota Tundra

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.

Editors' Review

Pavement and dirt are two different beasts, so it's not a stretch to assume that trucks engineered for more extensive off-road use might make some sacrifices to on-road comfort. But the 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro does both with aplomb, shrinking the gap between this oft-overlooked Japanese pickup truck and its egregiously popular American counterparts.

From a distance, though, the Tundra TRD Pro doesn't exactly scream subtlety. In fact, it screams more like a teenager who's had one too many cans of birthday-cake-flavored Bang. My tester's $425 shade of Solar Octane paint ensures you can see this truck from across a dense parking lot, or perhaps even from space. Throw a billion chunky design elements into the mix, along with some slick digital camouflage trim and matte-black 18-inch alloy wheels, and the TRD Pro looks ready to start an argument if you look at it the wrong way. There's a lot of character here.

Two-c thicc design elements make their way inside, as well. The chunky-funky dashboard looks sufficiently truckish, and many of the controls have a nice, bulky tactility to them. Being the second most expensive trim, the TRD Pro does add leather in a few key spots, but by and large, it's mostly the same interior you'll get on other Tundras, as well as its platform-mate, the Sequoia SUV. It's nice, but it's hard to gel the TRD Pro's $67,000 starting price with the quantity of hard, scratchy plastic across many touch points, especially the center armrest's sliding components.

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The Good ~ Composed, comfortable on the road ~ Good cabin and safety tech

The Bad ~ Still a lot of hard plastic for $69k ~ Middling economy for a hybrid

The Bottom Line The Tundra TRD Pro is the closest it's ever been to a proper competitor to stalwart American pickup trucks.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 9

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