2019 Toyota Tundra Review Murray

The Toyota Tundra: Dependable Yet Stylish

As Toyota's full-sized pickup truck, the Toyota Tundra already indicates its reliability and robust craftsmanship merely by the badge signaling its manufacturer - a reputation the Tundra confidently upholds. Heavy-duty, stylish and comfortable, the Toyota Tundra has provided drivers with the performance they seek from an affordable full-sized pickup since its initial release in 1999. Since then, the Tundra has undergone refinements to its exterior, interior and drivetrain - culminating in the 2019 model year and the inclusion of unique trim levels like the TRD Pro and 1794 edition. Ideal for contractors, truck enthusiasts or simply drivers looking for a truck capable of traveling unhindered by consistent breakdowns and excessive fuel consumption, the Toyota Tundra remains a viable contender in a segment typically dominated by domestic brands.

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Powertrain and Performance

The Tundra offers a selection of three balanced engine options - each designed to deliver an efficient yet powerful driving experience. Available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configuration, Tundra shoppers receive the ability to choose between a more off-road focused configuration or a less expensive and more fuel efficient two-wheel drive model better suited for on-road excursions.

The standard-equipped 4.6-liter i-FORCE V8 engine exerts an impressive 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque - offering plenty of power to tow and haul with confidence. Accompanied by a six-speed automatic transmission, the Tundra in its base configuration ensures drivers receive a smooth yet powerful driving experience.

For drivers the require additional power, a 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 engine comes standard on the Limited, Platinum, 1974 Edition and TRD Pro model, exerting 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Available as an E85 Flex-Fuel engine, the 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 exerts the same specifications regardless of whether it's flex-fuel compatible or not - allowing drivers looking to capitalize on flex-fuel capability to do so without a detriment to engine output.


Equipped standard with an automatic limited-slip differential, the Toyota Tundra automatically detects a wheel with lost traction, and applies breaking pressure to the freely-spinning wheel to divert engine power back to the wheel that needs it most - simultaneously solving the "open-differential problem" while not exerting excess stress on other drivetrain components! Additionally featuring an Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) system on all 4x4 models, the Toyota Tundra incorporates a two-speed transfer case that optimizes engine power to ensure maximal torque reaches the wheels to keep you moving forward.

Further boasting TRD equipment on the TRD Pro model for off-road enthusiasts, drivers receive features like a TRD-tuned FOX suspension, a quarter-inch thick aluminum skid plate, Rigid Industries® fog lights and 18-inch forged BBS® wheels. Equipped for inclement weather, rugged terrain and poor road conditions, the TRD Pro's capabilities stand as unique within the Tundra lineup.

Additionally featuring over 10,000 pounds in towing capacity when properly equipped, amended by a TOW/HAUL selectable drive mode for improved power and efficiency when towing and hauling large payloads, the Tundra comes optimized for heavy-duty tasks. Further featuring a trailer brake controller and trailer-sway control to assist in making your towing tasks safer and more straightforward, the Tundra spares no expense in maximizing its capabilities to suit the multiple needs of drivers throughout the nation.

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Style and Design

Both inside and out, the Toyota Tundra boasts a unique style sure to inspire drivers and passengers alike. Outside, the Tundra offers bold colors like Voodoo blue, Smoked mesquite, Barcelona red metallic and Quicksand, among others. The TRD Pro model comes with unique enhancements such as a TRD-specific hood, while other models offer unique grille designs to differentiate themselves from other trim levels in the Tundra lineup.

Inside, the Toyota Tundra offers fold-up rear seats in the Double Cab and CrewMax configurations for ease of interior configuration for passenger and cargo use, while materials like perforated leather, vinyl and fabric all come available to adorn the ergonomically crafted seats. Enhanced with a 12-volt power outlet and covered storage center console, the interior of the Toyota Tundra ensures all drivers and passengers travel in comfort accommodated by numerous convenience features.

Technology and Safety

Equipped with the latest in Entune™ infotainment technology, the Toyota Tundra offers integration of features like Siri® Eyes Free, Bluetooth® streaming audio and more. Further enhanced with a standard backup camera for ease of navigation and enhanced safety when parking, alongside a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display interface, drivers remain in control of their truck in tight parking scenarios and while on the move.

Available Trim Levels

The Toyota Tundra offers a variety of trim levels and configuration options to ensure all aspiring owners receive a truck best suited to their needs. Available in either 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain configurations, and available in either Double Cab or CrewMax cab configurations, the Toyota Tundra ensures your passenger, performance and cargo needs are met. Further available with either a 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot or 8.1-foot cargo bed (with compatible trim levels), finding the right model to suit your needs is a breeze. The available trim levels for the Toyota Tundra are:

  • SR
  • SR5
  • Limited
  • Platinum
  • 1794 Edition
  • TRD Pro

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The 2019 Toyota Tundra: Equipped For Whatever Lies Ahead

When shopping for a truck that's affordable, dependable, comfortable and capable, look no further than the 2019 Toyota Tundra. Whether opting for the off-road optimized TRD Pro model or the utilitarian SR trim, rest assured you receive a truck crafted in accordance with Toyota's strict standards of quality craftsmanship. When shopping for your next full-sized pickup truck, consider the Toyota Tundra!

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