Toyota Tundra gets a big makeover and new Hybrid model

The redesigned Toyota Tundra sports a new look that’s tough with a big grill like a truck should. (WTOP / Mike Parris)

Trucks have been a stalwart for the big three automakers — Ford, GM and Ram. Toyota wants to be part of the conversation now.



The new Tundra has some tough new styling with a “Hey, look at me!” chromed grill that has grown in size from previous Tundra models. The hood now sports i-FORCE MAX badging and cool, blacked-out vents. The Capstone trim also comes with large 22-inch wheels that give this Toyota truck a stylish touch. There are even power running boards and a bed step.

The Tundra ups the game with a hybrid version — and it is no underpowered vehicle.

With 437hp and 583 lb-ft of torque, this Toyota is ready to work. The 10-speed automatic works nicely in conjunction with the i-FORCE MAX Twin turbo V-6. The ride is also improved with less noise in the cabin. On the road, you will be treated to a smoother ride with decreased jump over bumps with an empty bed.

Hop inside the Tundra Capstone and experience a big dose of luxury in the cabin. Semi-aniline leather seats are more comfortable than previous Tundra models and upgraded wood trim and soft-touch materials are used throughout.

A four-door pickup should have ample room and Tundra has a ton of space for people. Updated technology like a 14-inch touchscreen with improved graphics is impressive.

Cost: $73,530; as tested $77,339

MPG: 19 MPG City; 22 MPG Highway (sticker). I managed 18.4 mpg in 287 miles of mixed driving.

Options: $1,045 AVS+ load leveling suspension; $425 special color; $65 ball mount; $579 nonskid pray-on bed liner; $ 1,695 delivery, processing and handling fee.

Safety: Toyota Safety Sense 2.5; pre-collision system with pedestrian detection; full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control; lane departure alert with steering assist; lane tracking assist; blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert; trailer backup guide with straight path.

Things to know: The Tundra gets a makeover and comes out with a truck that is ready to take on leaders in the market.

Pros:

  • Plenty of power from twin turbo V-6 and hybrid system
  • Plenty of space for the family to spread out
  • Improved technology to help bring up to standards of other trucks

Cons:

  • Hybrid power lacks improved fuel economy
  • Pricey for the top trim level — Capstone model
  • Does not have a special rear tailgate like other trucks

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