2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

At the 2017 Chicago Auto show, Toyota introduced two of its latest models that have adopted the TRD Sport package. The models are the 2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport and the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport. This review concentrates on the new Toyota Tundra.  The latest upgrades are a huge welcome as the model has undergone a single upgrade ever since its initial debut in 2007; that upgrade was in 2014. The truck will still be availed in 4X4 and 4X2  driving modes in Double Cab and CrewMax cab body configurations. Read along for more information:

2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Exterior

The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport package is largely an exterior upgrade. It includes an array of interior upgrades, most of which can be found on the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The add-ons for the Tundra include an exclusive 2-level grille, which is color-keyed to match the rest of the body. The grille is flanked by upgraded headlights, which now feature LED lighting technology. The headlight housings also hold new LED DRLs. The model’s fog lights have also adopted LED lighting.  The bumpers, both

The model’s fog lights have also adopted LED lighting.  The bumpers, both front and rear are also body colored. This has resulted with a monochromatic theme for the truck. The Tundra also features a non-functional hood scoop that enhances its front look. The TRD Sport package also adds 20-inch alloy wheels. The models are offered in Magnetic Gray, Midnight Black and Super White exterior colors.

2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Interior

On the inside, the Tundra is largely unchanged. Base models feature black cloth upholstery but leather upholstery will be available on top trims.  Front seats are heated and powered. New features include a TRD branded shifter, TRD branded floor mats and TRD branded door sill protectors.  In addition, Top trims will feature an Entune Premium system that integrates a navigation system. Other features largely carry over from the outgoing model unchanged.

The automaker has improved the safety of the model. It now comes equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense-P package as standard.  The package features a pre-collision assist system with pedestrian detection, auto high-beam headlights, as well as dynamic radar cruise control. The model also has a new display screen via which the Tundra’s driver-assist systems are monitored.

Engine Specs and performance

The Tundra carries over with the 5.7 L, i-Force V-8 engine which produces 382 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.  The engine mates to a 6-speed automatic transmission system. There is an option for a 2-speed transfer case. The transmission system combines with the automaker’s 4WD system to improve handling of the vehicle. RWD is optional. The 4WD system features the Toyota A-TRAC system that uses brakes as locking differential. The system minimizes wheel spin by eliminating traction when applying brakes to the wheels, which forces torque to wheels that have Traction. The system can also be paired with the TRD cat-back exhaust system on an optional basis.

This engine is, however, uneconomical. On RWD models, the engine returns a poor 13 mpg rating in the city, 18 mpg on the highway and 15 mpg on combined drives. Performance figures for the AWD system are not out but expect figures them to be dismal.

The TRD Sport package adds sport-tuned Bilsten shock absorbers mounted at each corner. There are also thicker anti-sway bars at the front and rear ends. The independent suspension at the front and the leaf spring suspension at the rear are however unchanged.

Price and release date

During the showcase at the Chicago Auto show, Toyota did not say anything about the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport prices.  However, expect only a slight increase in the prices compared to the outgoing Tundra models.  Currently, the prices of the current models range from $30,000 to $50,000. The models will be delivered to dealerships in September.

Competition

The new updates are meant to help the Tundra improve its standing among its competitors that include the likes of the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra, Nissan Titan and Chevy Silverado.

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