2019 Toyota Tundra Review and Comparison in Albuquerque, NM

The 2019 Toyota Tundra: Evolving and Upgrading to Get with the Times!

The Toyota Tundra has enjoyed a reputation over the years as a highly desired choice in full-size pickup trucks, thanks to its powertrain, capabilities, and overall hardworking persona. When this truck was first released in 1999, it came at a time when trucks were seen more as powerhouses used for work rather than play, with many automotive critics believing that the Tundra was too small or "car-like" to keep in-step with other powerful pickups at the time. However, the Toyota Tundra persevered and evolved, culminating in the third-generation model that is available now. The 2019 Toyota Tundra still offers the capability and perseverance of its contemporaries, but with the addition of style, new safety features, and a lot of backseat comfort to make this pickup truck a versatile choice for a variety of settings.

Enjoy the 2019 Toyota Tundra in one of many possible trim levels including the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro.

Exterior Design

While the Toyota Tundra of the past might have been regarded as too "car-like" the full-size pickup of today is anything but and stands tall as a leader among trucks of its class. The new Toyota Tundra comes available with a couple of different crew cab sizes, with the larger of the two being the CrewMax crew cab, giving your backseat passengers a lot of leg room to enjoy as you head out on the next fun-filled adventure. Almost everyone likes to get their next car in their favorite color, and the Toyota Tundra offers a diverse selection of exterior color options for a variety of tastes. The Toyota Tundra is offered in 10 different colors: Cavalry Blue, Voodoo Blue, Midnight Black Metallic, Smoked Mesquite, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Cement, Silver Sky Metallic, Super White, Barcelona Red Metallic and Quicksand.

Powertrain and Engines

Most experienced truck drivers will tell you that it is what the truck has to offer underneath the hood that counts the most. With the new Toyota Tundra, you will find one of three different engines underneath the hood, each one is made from lightweight aluminum alloy and features Acoustic Control Induction System and Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (DVVT-i), both of which monitor the air intake and general noise of this engine allowing for increased airflow, increased efficiency, and less of a distracting roar that you might hear on other full-size trucks.

The base Aluminum engine is a 4.6-liter, 310 horsepower i-FORCE V8 model which generates 327 pound-feet of engine torque, while many other trims feature the 5.7-liter, 381-horsepower aluminum i-FORCE V8 engine which generates 401 pound-feet of torque. The 381-horsepower i-FORCE V8 engine also comes available with an E85 Flex Fuel compatible model, giving you a wider range of ethanol-based fuels to choose from. Each engine features Electronic fuel injection with Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI) and come paired with a six-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Far from your typical automatic transmission, this model features a sequential shift mode with uphill/downhill shift logic, allowing you to glide down a hill steadily and accident-free, especially with heavy items in tow.

Capability and Equipment

The powertrain is only the first part of what makes the Toyota Tundra such a hard-working truck, the rest of it comes from the equipment you can find on many different trim levels. The base trim alone is built and equipped with the right equipment to tow up to 6,800 pounds, but you may also consider the TRD Pro trim, which is offered on other Toyota trucks, like the Tacoma and increases the towing capacity to 9,800 pounds. The TRD Pro is also the most sought-after choice among off-roading fans as it gives your new Toyotas Tundra the competitive edge against almost any terrain, offering such standard equipment as skid plates, TRD coil-spring suspension with multi-lead rear suspension, TRD FOX® Shock absorbers, and remote reservoirs, all with TRD badging.

Still not enough hauling capacity? Well, you are in luck because many trim levels also include the Tow Package to pick up the rest of the slack, should you need to haul heavier trailers, boats, and the like. The Tow Package maximizes the the Tundra's towing capacity to 10,100 pounds and includes such standard equipment as:

  • TOW/HAUL Mode switch on sequential shift mode
  • Towing Hitch Receiver
  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller (ITBC)
  • Supplemental engine oil/transmission coolers
  • Heavy duty batter with 170-amp alternator
  • 4/7-Pin trailer hitch connector

Interior Design

Whether or not your comfort and style preferences are a top priority, the new Toyota Tundra gives you some great options to consider where the interior design is concerned. Most trims, either with the double cab or CrewMax cab, seat five, but the SR5 trim gives you bench seating in the front, allowing for one extra seat, should you need more space for a crew or just an extra seat for tools. In terms of upholstery, you will see there are some excellent options to maximize comfort and style, from cloth to Vinyl to the leather-trimmed seats of higher trims. This leather-appointed seating also offers more flexible seating arrangements up front, with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and a six-way adjustable front passenger seats for your copilot; heating is standard on these seats with ventilated seats also available.

New Technology

The Toyota brand always seeks to innovate and elevate themselves past the competition, when it comes to both efficiency and technology; this is quite apparent on the Toyota Tundra. As with many other 2019 models, the Toyota Tundra features Toyotas Safety Sense™ (TSS-P) driver-assist technology on all trim levels. This suite of guidance applications utilizes special cameras and sensors to monitor road conditions and send you audiovisual alerts from behind the wheel to keep you informed on certain hazards, with such standard features of TSS-P including:

  • Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (LDA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

The 2019 Toyota Tundra Adapts to Meet Your Life!

If you really wan your presence, on the road and on the trails, to be as commanding as your truck, then the right truck for your needs is the 2019 Toyota Tundra. Style and technology meet powertrain and capability in this highly evolved and powerful full-size pickup truck, which can come equipped to meet pretty much any challenge that life throws at you!

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