Looking for full-size trucks can be a difficult task. Although there are only a few models to choose from, deciding which one is best can be confusing. Toyota offers for consumers is the 2018 Tundra. Some buyers will appreciate the Tundra V8 engine, and others will enjoy the relatively easy ordering process compared to local competitors. And although the 2018 Tundra does not have many options to choose from, it does have high competencies. It can tow more than 10,000 pounds and is perfectly capable for occasional off-road activities.
But rivals full-size truck have all benefited from the recent improvements, and the Tundra has not received a full revision since 2007, which means that this year’s model is lag in progress compared to current segment leaders. Most competitor offer diesel engine options for efficiency and torque over long hauls or turbocharged gasoline for superior fuel efficiency and performance. Even suspension technology has improved in such a way that most competing trucks ride more comfortably.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup offered in five trim levels: the worker-oriented SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition. Its available in regular Double Cab crew cab or extra large CrewMax body style and three-bed lengths configuration (5.5-foot short bed, 6.5-foot standard bed and 8.1-foot long bed).
The base Tundra SR which available in Double Cab only come standard with 18-inch steel wheels, an integrated trailer brake controller, a damped tailgate, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors, a tilt-only steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and a CD player. Also included is adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking.
The 2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 adds variable intermittent windshield wipers, foglights and an upgraded tech interface such as a 7-inch touchscreen, a navigation app, traffic information, HD and satellite radio The crew cab adds a power-opening rear window and an overhead console.
The SR5 Upgrade package adds a larger 38-gallon gas tank when equipped with the 5.7-liter V8, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a center console with storage and console shifter, front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver seat. The TRD Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, a hood scoop, LED foglights, LED headlights, body-colored mirrors and bumpers, TRD shift knob, floor mats and graphics.
The Tundra Limited includes the Upgrade package equipment along with 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, movable tie-down cleats, automatic dual-zone climate control, an upgraded power driver seat, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a power horizontal-sliding rear window (extended cab), additional stereo speakers and a navigation system.
The 2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum adds a distinctive styling element, a sunroof, LED daytime running lights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, driver-seat memory functions, ventilated and heated front seats, and a 12-speaker JBL sound system. The 1794 Edition really only differs from the Platinum in terms of its exclusive exterior and interior styling elements.
A TRD Off-Road package can be added to the SR5, Limited and 1794 Edition. It adds off-road tires, 18-inch TRD wheels, skid plates, trail-tuned shock absorbers, tow hooks and LED headlights.
The 2018 Toyota Tundra is offered in two different V8 engines. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive (2WD) are standard, while four-wheel drive (4WD) with a two-speed transfer case is available as an option.
Standard on the SR and all SR5 models is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimated fuel economy at 16 mpg combined (15 city/19 highway) for 2WD models and 16 mpg combined (14 city/18 highway) with 4WD versions. Properly equipped, the 2018 Toyota Tundra with 4.6-liter V8 can tow up to 6,800 pounds.
A 5.7-liter V8 generates 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque is standard on all configuration of the Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro. It is optional on the SR and SR5 models. EPA fuel economy stands at 15 mpg combined (13 city/18 highway) with 2WD and 15 combined (13 city/17 highway) with 4WD. All 2018 Toyota Tundra equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 also come with a standard tow package. Properly equipped, the maximum towing capacity with the 5.7-liter engine tops out at 10,500 pounds.
In performance testing, the 2018 Toyota Tundra with the 5.7-liter V8 and four-wheel drive went from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and a Tundra TRD Pro did it in 6.7 seconds. These figures are average times for the segment.
Inside, the 2018 Toyota Tundra boasted an attractive cabin filled with user-friendly tech features. Even base models get the Toyota Entune touchscreen interface with smartphone connectivity, and higher trim levels get bigger screens with more capabilities. This is an easy-to-use system, although the overall look and functionality of the infotainment systems found in the Ram 1500 (Uconnect) and F-150 (Sync 3) look better.
The front seat comfort is as good as you’d expect. While the rear seats in Double Cab model look more spacious compared to other competitors extended-cab model. The CrewMax crew cab rear seat is renowned for its abundant legroom and its reclining seatback makes it the most comfortable place in the truck. The flip-up bottom cushions in the back also provide plenty of storage for valuables items and tools that you should not leave in the open bed.
Release dates and price
Official price for the base Toyota Tundra starts at $32,140. The SR5 trim is the next step up and starts at $34,125. The Limited trim starting at $41,680 for the Double Cab and $43,545 for the Crew Max. The Platinum and 1794 Edition trim is priced at $48,375. All price include $1,295 fee destination.