2019 Toyota Tundra Review
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2019 Toyota Tundra Review

By Autolist Editorial | October 28, 2019


The 2019 Toyota Tundra is an American-made full-size pickup. Originally in production since 1999, this year’s Tundra is part of the third generation of the vehicle released in 2014.

The Tundra is the first North American full-size pickup truck built by a Japanese automaker to be produced in the United States. Originally produced at the company’s production facility in Princeton, Indiana, since 2008, all Tundras have been built in San Antonio, Texas.

Overall, the 2019 Tundra features a variety of high points such as its standard V8 engine, high ratings for reliability, and reintroduction of the Tundra TRD Pro trim. Many reviewers felt the Tundra was not able to match up against competitors with higher safety ratings, towing capacities and performance.

Originally debuted in 2015 to compete against the Ford SVT Raptor and Ram 1500 Rebel, the Tundra TRD Pro is designed for rugged off-road all-terrain driving and ultra-high capacity towing.

The Tundra TRD Pro features Toyota’s Safety Sense P and Safety Star Systems. These safety features offer stability and traction control, brake- force distribution adjustments, anti-lock brakes, smart-stop technology, pre-collision alerts, lane departure alerts, automatic high beam lights, sway control and adaptive cruise control.

A high performance shock and suspension system featuring 11 bypass zones for front shocks and 12 for rear, in addition to a small remote reservoir help to keep the Tundra TRD cool and able to haul massive loads.

The Tundra TRD Pro includes 18- inch BBS alloy wheels, a re designed 1/4-inch-thick front skid plate with a renewed TRD logo, LED headlights with black accent details, dual exist system with black tips, and foglights.

Inside, the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro has TRD branded floor mats, leather seats with red accent stitching and unique “TRD” logos on head restraints and shift knob.

This Tundra trim is available in three colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Voodoo Blue (exclusive to TRD Pro). This year’s Tundra TRD Pro is also available with an optional moonroof.


The Toyota Tundra has 18-inch alloy wheels which are perfect for off-road driving. The Tundra exterior also has an aluminum skid plate. This feature adds protection as well as an additional style point.


The Tundra has tuned dual exhaust system with black chrome exhaust tips.

The Toyota Tundra is available in:

  • Cavalry Blue
  • Voodoo Blue*
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Smoked Mesquite
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Quicksand
  • Cement
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Super White
  • Barcelona Red Metallic

*Only available in the Toyota TRP Pro

Interior Quality and Comfort

The 2019 Tundra offers a decent amount of comfort for use as a daily driver work vehicle or recreationally focused off-roader.

While older versions of this truck were frequently applauded for their largest in class interior space, many reviewers cite redesigned rivals as currently offering massive amounts of space.

That said, the Tundra is comfortable for 5-6 passengers spread across its front and rear seats.

Some trim levels allow the option to change standard front row bench seats for more comfortable bucket seats. Cloth upholstery, four-way adjustable front seats, and a folding rear-seat bench with a 60/40 split are standard options in this truck.

Some reviewers found the Tundra’s interior to lack design elements found in similar trucks including Toyota’s own compact truck, the Tacoma. They also cited the lack of keyless entry as a possible drawback for some buyers.


Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-trimmed, adjustable steering wheel, and heated seats with ventilation are available as upgrades. The CrewMax cab offers an additional rear-seat legroom by 7.6 inches and adds full-size rear doors.

Tundra CrewMax models have a higher rating of “Acceptable” for rear LATCH car-seat connectors than Double Cabs. The two sets of lower anchors for the LATCH system are very easy to locate. The third LATCH connector is located behind the driver's seat in a position some reviewers described as being placed too deep in the seat cushions.


Utility & Practicality

The 2019 Toyota Tundra, depending on trim level and drivetrain configuration, can tow between 6,400 to 10,200 pounds of cargo. This allows the Tundra to compete against trucks like the Nissan Frontier, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The new car program also offers two years of roadside assistance with an unlimited distance covered.

With a maximum payload ranging from 1,490 to 1,730 pounds, the Tundra is well suited for many applications. Whether towing a boat or hauling equipment to a job site, the Tundra offers a great deal of utility and practicality.

The Toyota Tundra has a Tow Package with added engine and transmission oil coolers. The Tundra has double overhead cams and a dual independent variable valve timing to support heavy duty towing requirements.

The Tunda with optional 5.7 liter V8 engine also have a Tow/Haul mode which automatically adjusts pulling power, throttle response and braking to ensure safe maneuvering even with excessive loads.

This truck also has integrated brake and trailer sway controls to make it easier to park the truck while towing a heavy payload. This also improves emergency braking stability

The 2019 Toyota Tundra includes a variety of features which offer tons of utility and practicality in work, everyday or recreational situations.


Technology & Infotainment

This year’s Toyota Tundra earned high marks from many reviewers for the standard technology and infotainment components included in base trim levels. Every Tundra features an Entune infotainment system, touch-screen display, voice command system and a well-rounded suite of safety features.

Many reviewers have rated the Entune infotainment platform found in Toyotas to be a well-designed and intuitive system that is easy for nearly all passengers to operate.

Unlike some other cars in Toyota’s 2019 lineup, the Tundra does not support Apple CarPlay though the upgraded infotainment system available in some trim levels, does allow for smartphone integration with the Entune suite of apps for phones and tablets.

Some reviewers found even the upgraded 7 inch Entune infotainment touch screen to appear small when compared to other systems available on the market today.

Safety & Driving Assistance

The 2019 Tundra received a “Good” rating for its side, moderate overlap front, head restraint and seats from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Double Cab trims also received a “Good” rating for it’s roof strength and all trims received a “Superior” score in front crash prevention.

CrewMax Tundras received an “Acceptable” score from the IIHS for it’s roof strength. This is the second highest possible score possible behind “Good”.

The Tundra also earned “Acceptable” to “Marginal” ratings for the driver-side small overlap front test, and its headlights earned a“Marginal” rating for visibility.

Some reviewers found the Tundra’s less than optimal performance in each of these tests opportunities for this car’s competitors to offer better safety.

Every Toyota Tundra features a rear view cameras, Toyota Safety Sense P and Safety Star Systems. These safety features offer stability and traction control, brake- force distribution adjustments, anti-lock brakes, smart-stop technology, pre-collision alerts, lane departure alerts, automatic high beam lights, sway control and adaptive cruise control.

Optional safety features in this year’s Toyota Tundra include front and rear parking sensors, rear-cross traffic alerts and blind-spot monitoring.

Driving Experience

The 2019 Toyota Tundra is available with a 4.6-liter V8 engine capable of generating 310-horsepower. The 5.7-liter V8 with 381-horsepower is available as an option in the Tundra and Tundra SR. For the Tundra Limited, Platinium and TRD Pro trims, the heavier duty 5.7-liter V8 is standard.

The Tundra’s standard V8 engines and base horsepower ratings were cited by reviewers as a feature which helps the Toyota stand out against the competition.

Reviewers found the Tundra’s handling to excel in the tight cornering situations typical of commercial work sites as well as busy shopping centers. With smooth and reliable braking, the Tundra offers a firm and stable ride.

Designed to handle rugged, backcountry driving with ease, the Tundra stands up to the task. A stiffer suspension allows for smoother riding over harsh terrain.

The Tundra has rear-wheel drive with the option to upgrade to four-wheel drive for an additional $3,000. The Toyota TRD Pro trim is only available in the four-wheel drive setup.

Fuel efficiency

Managing just 15 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway, fuel efficiency is not one of the Tundra’s high points. Reviewers found the Tundra’s V8 engines to offer some of the lowest fuel economy ratings of any full-size pickup truck. The Tundra has a fuel tank capacity of 28 gallons. There is an option to upgrade the fuel tank to 38 gallons.

Though the V8 engine of the Tundra is extremely capable for handling the tough situations it was designed for, it does so a at a cost. When compared to competitors such as the V6 powered Ford F-150, the Tundra offers lower fuel economy and towing capacity.

Pricing & Value

The 2019 Toyota Tundra can be configured in more than 24 ways thanks to possible differences between trims, cab styles, bed sizes, and powertrain upgrades. Starting between $31,520 and $50,530 for the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, the Tundra offers a ton of customization options across its trim levels that all impact pricing and value in their own ways.

The SR5 and Limited are the only trim levels available with either the Double Cab or CrewMax Cab options. The Tundra SR has a Double Cab as a standard feature. The upper trim’s TRD Pro, Platinum are each only available in a CrewMax Cab.

Double Cab Tundras are matched with either a 6-foot-6-inch standard bed or 8-foot-1-inch long bed. CrewMax trucks are only available with a 5-foot-6-inch short bed.

The Toyota TRD Pro, back for 2019 is a great option for those seeking to push a truck through tough off-road driving situations. Reviewers found the Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax trim to represent a great value for those looking for a daily driving truck.

Toyota Tundra SR

Starting at $31, 520, the 4.6-liter V8 Tundra SR comes with a 6-foot-6-inch standard bed, fabric seats, 18-inch steel wheels, 6.1 inch touch screen infotainment panel, and push-start ignition.

Standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic high beam headlights, and a pre-collision alert system.

This trim can be upgraded to include the 5.7-liter V8 engine for an additional $1,270, longer truck bed for $1,6000 and four-wheel drive for $3,050.

Toyota Tundra SR5

The Toyota Tundra SR5 offers an enlarged 7-inch touch screen infotainment panel, halogen fog lights, and satellite radio. The Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab starts at $33,320. The Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax begins at $35,925.

Toyota Tundra Limited

The Toyota Tundra Limited starts at $40,785. This trim adds bucket seats in the front which reduces passenger capacity from 6 to 5.

Leather interior including steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power adjusted rear window, HD radio, 5.7 liter V8 engine and 20 inch wheels are included in this trim levels standard features.

Options include the CrewMax body style priced at $1,965 and four-wheel drive available for $3,050.

Toyota Tundra Platinum

The Toyota Tundra Platinum starts at $47,480 in rear wheel drive Platinum CrewMax and is also available in four wheel drive for $50,530. This trim level offers the additions of perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, navigation, and smartphone integration from the Entune App suite.

This trim features front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert as standard safety features. Prices start at $47,480 for the rear-wheel-drive Platinum CrewMax and $50,530 for the four-wheel-drive version.

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Renewed and added back to Toyota’s lineup for 2019, the TRD Pro trim is Toyota’s premier off-roading all-terrain handling full-size truck. This trim features TRD Fox Shocks, TRD-tuned Springs, front skid plate, 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, moonroof, power adjustable front seats, leather seating with red accent stitching. The Toyota TRD Pro is only available with a 5.7-liter V8 engine, four-wheel drive, short bed and CrewMax body style. The TRD starts at $49,745.

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