Toyota has been manufacturing Toyota Tundra – the first North American full-size pickup built by a Japanese company in the United States since May 1999. Toyota’s monster truck was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award and was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008. Toyota Tundra is known to be ideal for taking paths less travelled i.e the most rugged and unsteady terrains.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra has standard safety technology and solid off-road cred. The all-new 2020 Tundra comes with a powerful 5.7-litre V-8 engine and a stylized TRD Pro model. The TRD Pro model offers enhanced ruggedness with a lifted suspension for better ground clearance. The Tundra SR5 adds new features for comfort and convenience such as push-button start with passive entry, leather surfaces, and front bucket seats with a power-operated driver’s seat. Toyota finally makes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability available on most models.
The Tundra has a huge back seat, ideal for accommodating a greater number of passengers, which combined with the large storage capacity makes the vehicle stand out. You can go on your long drives without having to worry about your baggage.
The all-new 2020 Tundra has a maximum tow rating of 10,200 pounds, which is more than most people would ever need in their daily, routine lives.
Engine and Performance
Toyota Tundra 2020’s standard 5.7-litre V-8 is sufficient for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It comes with Rear-wheel drive as a standard option while four-wheel drive (4WD) can be added as per user’s requirements. The Tundra’s engine is paired with a six-speed automatic shift transmission.
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Due to the Tundra’s firm suspension, you sometimes experience a rather bumpy ride on rough terrain. However, in the TRD Pro you have better stability levels and improved ride quality.
If we look at Tundra’s brakes, they are sufficient to bring this huge machine to a halt in reasonably less time. Its brakes can haul the truck down from 70 mph to zero while travelling a distance of 190 feet or 57 metres.
If we look at this gigantic truck’s fuel economy, there isn’t much surprise there as the 2020 Tundra carries the rating of 13 miles per gallon (mpg) within the city and 17 mpg on highways.
The Tundra’s interior is spacious and is equipped with some unique but traditional features. If you’re tall, we have great news for you! The all-new Tundra 2020 has sufficient legroom and you won’t have to worry about travelling long distances anymore. The quality and layout of the Tundra’s cabin are unimpressive.
Tundra’s greatest advantage is the abundance of cargo and storage space; it’s able to hold 21 carry-on suitcases with its rear seat folded, two more than any other pickup. The Tundra has three cargo-bed lengths. The shortest is 5.5 feet and is only available with the crew cab. The extended cab can pair with a 6.5- or an 8.1-footbed.
While there isn’t much to celebrate when it comes to in-truck-entertainment as even the fancier trim levels add only more speakers for the audio system and integrated navigation. Tundra has the Entune system installed which isn’t very intuitive.
Without these two features, Tundra would’ve made for very boring rides:
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
The Tundra has key safety features including:
- Standard automatic emergency braking
- Standard adaptive cruise control
- Standard lane-departure warning
Price and warranty coverage
The all-new 2020 Toyota Tundra comes with warranty based on these terms:
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance 2 years or 25,000 miles
Toyota Tundra 2020 comes in the following trim levels:
- SR: $35,020
- SR5: $36,690
- Limited: $43,715
- TRD Pro: $50,100
- Platinum: $50,220
- 1794 Edition: $50,220
With a base price of just 35,020, SR stands out as one of the cheapest full-size truck in the market. What’s more, is that you also get a V-8 engine and an extended cab.
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If you wish to add the crew cab option, Toyota will charge you 1695 USD extra. What’s preferable is that you should stick with the standard 6.5-foot bed and add (4WD) four-wheel drive for a good mix of utility and capability.
If you want to transform your truck into a feature-packed, high utility vehicle opt for TRD Off-Road package which will bring a host of superficial and mechanical upgrades. Highlights include a bigger touchscreen with navigation, mobile hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It also adds a larger fuel tank for an extended driving range, skid plates to protect the underbody, off-road shock absorbers, and 18-inch wheels with chunkier tires.