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2018 Toyota Tundra Introduction

The 2018 Toyota Tundra is distinguished by last year’s model by its new grille and headlamps. Also the 2018 Tundra comes standard with more safety features than before: automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control, in addition to its eight airbags.

A new Tundra TRD Sport with Bilstein shocks and bigger sway bars has been added to the lineup for 2018, while the regular cab, the simple work truck that started it all, has been unceremoniously dropped.

Introduced for 2007, the current-generation Tundra was revised for 2014. Among full-size pickups, the Toyota Tundra is the oldest product and has fallen behind the much newer Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and Nissan Titan. The Ram 1500, meanwhile, is almost as dated as the Tundra.

Two Toyota V8s are available: a 4.6-liter V8 making 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque and a 5.7-liter with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet.

They’re mated to the same transmission, a smooth six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, four-wheel drive is available and includes a two-speed transfer case.

Fuel mileage is relatively poor for the class. The 4.6-liter V8 with rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-rated 16 Combined miles per gallon, while the 5.7-liter with 4WD rates 15 mpg.

Tundra offers two cabs and bed lengths. Double Cabs offer 8- and 6.5-foot beds and feature rear-hinged rear doors and flip-up back seats. CrewMax models have 5.5-foot beds, four conventional doors, and a rear bench seat suitable for six-footers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Tundra four stars overall in crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates Tundra Good, but only Acceptable in the small-overlap crash test.

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