The new 2018 Toyota Tundra is among the few capable full-size pickup to offer a serious off-roading capability. However, it comes second to most American-made trucks in several other respects. It offers user-friendly controls, strong V8 engines, impressive off-roading capability, and offers easy ingress and egress. According to various sources we reached out to for a clue of its possible release date, they all had reasons suggesting the 2018 Tundra will be released mid next year.
Pickup trucks are very popular in the United States and elsewhere due to their versatility and strength to tow just about anything that gets thrown to them. It is unfortunate that despite the Tundra’s off-roading capability and feature galore, it still has to play second fiddle to American-made trucks as those from GM, Ford, and RAM.
It is interesting though as the Tundra is itself made in Texas, U.S, but probably its Japanese nameplate makes it appear foreign. See, it’s not about its origin that makes it different but it’s all about its age. Although the vehicle underwent a major surgery several years ago which brought its substantial performance updates and revises styling, those refreshments weren’t enough relative to other modern trucks.
The changes that it underwent should have been done a long time ago or Toyota should had at least continued refreshing the Tundra continuously. In contrast, the Chevrolet Silverado, for instance, has been reinvigorated over sometime now and this has allowed it to keep up with the Joneses. The Ford F-150 also has made notable changes including but not limited to a lightweight aluminum body and a variety of V8 fuel-sipping engines.
Well, the Tundra given its current state will find it difficult to compete against these pickup trucks. And in all fairness, you should consider its rivals before settling for it. Its rivals include the 2018 Nissan Titan XD, the 2018 GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, and atop the list of our favorites, the 2018 Ram 1500.
Toyota Tundra – Trims Available
There are several body styles and cab configurations to choose from, and depending on which one you prefer, you will have a choice of up to six trims to wrap it up. The trim lineup includes the plush TRD Pro, 1794 Edition, Platinum, Limited, SR5, and the base SR.
Toyota Tundra-exterior & interior
The base SR trim offers standard Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, heated mirrors, full power accessories, 18-inch steel wheels, a USB port, power windows and locks, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, a windshield wiper de-icer, cruise control, a media player interface, air-conditioning, and a damped tailgate. The Work Truck package available adds vinyl carpeting, and cloth upholstery but removes power lock and windows.
The SR5 offered in the double and CrewMac cabs only gets you a navigation app, an intermittent variable windshield wipers, HD and satellite radio, foglights, chrome exterior trim, and traffic information. The CrewMax further adds a height-adjustable power driver seat, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a larger gas tank, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front bucket seats, and an auto-diming rearview mirror. Stand-alone options available for this trim include the 18” alloy wheels, rear-cross traffic alert, and rear and front parking sensors.
Next up is the TRD Pro that brings with it an off-road suspension system, a navigation system, a 7” touchscreen display, four movable bed tie-down cleats, Bilstein shock absorbers, additional speakers, a four-way power passenger seat, unique styling elements, and an eight-power passenger seat.
Available for the double and CrewMax body styles is the Limited trim that includes a four-way power passenger seat, climate control (dual-zone)l 20-inch alloy wheels, additional speakers, a navigation system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, theft-deterrent system, and a horizontal power-sliding aft window.
The Platinum, which is at the helm of the food chain and available for the CrewMax only provides a sunroof, driver memory settings, running LED lights, ventilated and heated power front seats, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, JBL 12-speaker sound system, and all the contents of the Safety and Convenience items.
The only difference between the Platinum trim and the 1794 Edition is only in terms of the latter’s exclusive cabin and exterior distinctive design.
The TRD Off-Road package is optionally available for Limited, SR5, and the 1794 Edition trim. The package comes bundled with tow hooks, trail-tuned shock absorbers, off-road tires, and 18-inch TRD wheels.
Engine Specs – 2018 Toyota Tundra
You get a choice of either the 4.6L V8 or the 5.7L V8 engines under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Tundra.
The 4.6L engine comes fitted beneath the hoods of the SR cab models and every SR5 model. The 310 hp and 327 lbs. of torque generated are routed to either the standard 2WD or the optional 4WD via the six-speed automatic transmission system. Maximum towing capacity for this powertrain stands at between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds.
The other engine is a 5.7L V8 behemoth that comes under the bonnets of the TRD Pro, Limited, and the 1794 Edition trim. Its output is rated at 401 lbs. of torque and 381 horsepower. The 2016 Toyota Tundra EPA ratings stand at 17/13/15 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 18/13/15 mpg with the 2WD.
Wheelbase: 145.7 in
Length: 228.9 in
Width: 79.9 in
Passenger volume: 65-126 cu ft
Cargo volume: /
Curb weight: 5000 lb
Top Speed: 107 mph
0-60: 6.4 sec
MPG: 13/18 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black, Radiant Red, Super White,..
Towing Capacity: 10,500 lbs
Date Of Release & Price Estimate – Toyota Tundra for 2018
Rumors from credible sources allege we should expect the 2018 Tundra mid-next year. As for the price, the Regular Cab, once available, will go for sale for 29,450 USD, the Double Cab – 28,640 USD, and the CrewMax Cab – $32,770.
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