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2018 Toyota Tundra 4×4 SR5 TRD Sport Review – For the Long Haul

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2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 TRD Sport 4×4

5.7-liter V8, DOHC (381 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 401 lb-ft @ three,600 rpm)

Six-velocity automated transmission, 4-wheel drive

thirteen metropolis / 17 freeway / 14 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

15.7 (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $38,445 (USD)

As Examined: $forty three,624

Costs embrace $1,295 freight cost.

I’d wish to think of myself as a fairly enlightened being. Regardless of dwelling my whole life in the cultural wasteland recognized to coastal elites as “flyover nation,” I’ve one way or the other prevented marrying kin and sought to broaden my views on any variety of topics.

Nevertheless, a few of my neighbors are doing their best to maintain the stereotypes alive, at the very least in the automotive realm.

As any self-respecting automotive journalist does when handed the keys to a truck, I headed to the house middle to haul issues I didn’t need to topic my normal journey to. On this case, luggage of mulch. Once I handed my receipt for 20 luggage of mulch to the younger man tasked with loading, he genuinely appeared involved that the 2018 Toyota Tundra would wish no less than 10 journeys to deal with the load, and that even two luggage would trigger the bumper to tug. Xenophobic jokes like this are getting previous.

2018 Toyota Tundra profile

I needed to remind the man that the Tundra was American made, maybe much more than the Huge Three trucks he clearly idolized. I didn’t grasp round lengthy sufficient to seek out out if he had a Calvin peeing on Ford/Chevy tattoo, or “Don’t Simply Dodge It Ram It” emblazoned on the again window of a ratty Dakota, however I figured that partaking in dialog with this mouth breather wouldn’t be value the struggle.

The Tundra might by no means promote in the numbers the Huge Three see, however roughly one out of each twenty full-sized pickups bought in 2017 was a Tundra. There are many people who discovered that Toyota’s tackle the huge truck is true for them.

My week with the Toyota Tundra four×four SR5 TRD Sport (if solely I have been paid by the phrase, I’d simply repeat that mannequin identify a number of additional occasions) was not my typical week. Fairly than commuting on my typical again roads, I had an extended drive throughout a number of states to perform. I wasn’t hauling a lot — a suitcase, a cooler, and a few digital camera gear — all of which slot in the locked cab somewhat than open in the mattress.

2018 Toyota Tundra dashboard

Certainly, I see so many full-sized trucks hauling nothing however individuals on lengthy interstate drives that I’m glad I had the alternative to attempt it myself. My typical mount for such a drive can be a minivan, or ideally a small environment friendly car — however I got here to comprehend that the easy energy from the massive V8 and the lengthy wheelbase make the Tundra a cushty interstate cruiser. It’s not plush — the off-street biased suspension transmits street imperfections into the cabin — however it’s nonetheless a pleasing drive.

2018 Toyota Tundra gauges

I’d have been happier with a extra fuel-environment friendly powertrain, nevertheless. The EPA estimates 17 mpg on the interstate, however my drive (utilizing a number of tanks of fuel) solely netted 15.7 mpg whereas cruising round seventy five. Perhaps I ought to have slowed a bit, however the Tundra simply feels proper at that velocity. Wind noise wasn’t dangerous, although the street noise produced by the huge 20-inch wheels and 275-part tires did intrude into the cabin, forcing me to show up the quantity a bit.

On that notice (sorry), Toyota, please do one thing about Entune. Sure, it’s practical, nevertheless it’s sluggish and awkward to make use of. The seven-inch touchscreen is sluggish to answer inputs, which left me tapping the display a number of occasions for the similar tried maneuver, solely to have the first contact register then the subsequent ones, making me work my means backward. Not enjoyable whereas making an attempt to make use of navigation if you by accident get off of the improper exit in a sketchy a part of Chattanooga.

2018 Toyota Tundra front seats

381 horsepower definitely was a lot for my wants — I’d in all probability have been nice with the 4-cylinder present in entry trims of the midsized Tacoma, as little as I used to be hauling. This crew-cab four×four configuration is rated to tow 9,900 kilos, so boat, horse, or race car house owners could have no worries yanking their toys.

I used to be principally snug in the driver’s seat, although I’d have most popular an extended decrease seat bolster for thigh help on the freeway. I discovered myself fidgeting a bit towards the finish of every fuel tank, making an attempt to work out kinks in my knees. I didn’t haul the youngsters for very lengthy, however that they had loads of room in the second row. I won’t have been so completely happy in the rear, nevertheless, as the seat again is slightly upright for my tastes — as is typical in most crew-cab pickups.

2018 Toyota Tundra rear seats

I appreciated the arduous-sporting material interior, as I consider a truck must be for working, not for displaying off. I’d slightly not be afraid of scratching an opulent leather-based seat with an errant screwdriver in the pocket.

I’m positive I’m in the minority, nevertheless, witnessing the ever-escalating lux-truck wars. In that perspective, this nicely-outfitted Tundra appears a relative discount at $forty three,624 delivered. It’s not low cost, however for the capabilities it presents, I’d be fairly proud to place a Tundra in my driveway.

2018 Toyota Tundra rear quarter

[Images: © 2018 Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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