The Toyota Tundra for 2018 is a capable truck that offers a serious off-road performance, however, the Japanese brand may find it an uphill task competing against its American rivals in other respects. 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel is definitely one of the most interesting diesel machine on the market.
Some of its strengths include a unique off-road themed TRD Pro model, strong and powerful V8 powertrains, user-friendly technology interface, a large double cab with traditional rear doors, and a CrewMax cab trim juggernaut. Its release date should be expected in May 2018, if online reports are anything to go by.
For 2018, the TRD Pro gains an upgraded electronics interface, a mildly revised front end styling, a lather gas tank, an integrated trailer brake control, and a TRD Off-road package for the 1794 trim.
Frankly speaking, the full-size pickup truck is proudly and unabashedly American creation, so is Apple Pie, Baseball, and McDonalds fast foods. So, it is quite apparent that the new 2018 Toyota Tundra might find itself isolated in some respects relative to American-made trucks from brands such as GM, Ford, and Ram.
One might think it’s because it’s a Japanese-made truck, well, it is but it’s made from scratch here in the United States. Much has to do with its age. Despite the vehicle undergoing a major overhaul some few years back, which brought updated features, an improved cabin, and a revised exterior and interior styling, Toyota still missed the mark.
Relative to other trucks which roped in changes like weight reduction through the extensive use of aluminum, fuel sipping engines, and updated suspension tuning, the changes made to the Tundra were akin to a kitchen remodel as compared to fully rebuilding the vehicle all the way up from the foundation and breaking out the wrecking ball. In a nutshell, the revisions weren’t enough to make notable advances or enough to fix the burgeoning number of flaws.
See, its competitors have come out of their comfort zones and reinvented almost every vehicular facet and made incremental improvements that have allowed them to keep up with the Joneses. The Toyota Tundra doesn’t invest any efforts at all in comparison to other models. With a Tundra, you won’t get a V6 engine, good fuel economy ratings, and the driving experience is literally subpar.
In all fairness, you are better off purchasing another model. Some alternatives include the 2018 Nissan Titan XD, the 2018 GMC Sierra, 2018 RAM 1500, and the Chevrolet Silverado.
Available Trims – 2018 Toyota Tundra
The new 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel is available in a whopping six trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and the top-of-the-line TRD Pro. The trims depend on which configuration you choose: regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab.
Interior Changes & Exterior Pictures – 2018 Toyota Tundra
The base 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel SR comes equipped with heated mirrors, a rearview camera, 18” wheels, a 6.1” touchscreen interface, a 40/20/40 bench seat, a CD player, a USB port, cloth upholstery, a windshield wiper de-icer, heated mirrors, keyless entry, auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a damped tailgate, and a tilt-only steering wheel.
Opting for the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel SR5 gets you a navigation app, a 7” touchscreen interface, variable intermittent windshield wipers, fog lights, HD and satellite radio, exterior chrome trim, and traffic information. Others include; an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power height-adjustable driver seat, front bucket seats, a larger gas tank, lumbar adjustment, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and 18” alloy wheels.
The 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel TRD Pro offers red stitching, an off-road suspension, unique styling elements, a 7” touchscreen display, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, a navigation system, and a four-movable bed tie-down cleats.
The Limited offers a leather wrapped steering wheel, a navigation system, automatic climate control (dual-zone), 20” alloy wheels, a power-sliding horizontal rear window, the tie-down cleats, additional speakers, and anti-theft alarm features.
The Platinum trim offers LED running lights, a sunroof, driver memory settings, styling elements, auto-dimming mirrors, ventilated and heated power front seats, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, and auto-dimming mirrors.
2018 Toyota Tundra Engine Specs
Generating 310 hp and 327 lbs. of torque is a 4.6L V8 engine that comes equipped on the SR5 models. A six speed automatic and a front wheel drive are standard. When loaded fully, you should expect maximum towing capacities of between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds.
Next up is the 5.7L V8 engine rated at 381 hp and 401 lbs. of torque. It comes equipped under the hoods of the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and the 1794 trims. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 13/18/15 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Toyota Tundra
According to the online Toyota price catalogue, the CrewMax Cab should go for sale for $32,770, the Double Cab – $28,640, and the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel Regular Cab – $29,450. Its date of release should be expected in May 2018.