The Tundra has been around since 2006 and in the meantime it didn’t change all that much. It still offers very similar engines to the original and it still looks roughly the same as before. In order to keep it competitive they release a new version not that long ago. The new 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and Pro Sport received minor updates over their predecessors. However, the truck still offers the same experience as it ever did so it can’t really compete anymore with its main rivals. The good part is that the TRD Pro is a still a much better package than many of its rivals. On top of that Toyota offers one of the best reliability records on the market which makes it the top choice for those needing a highly dependable truck.
The new TRD Pro is still based on the same boxed frame chassis as before. It still gets a solid rear axle, an independent front suspension setup as well as an all steel body and frame. The end result is a truck that weighs over 5,500 pounds, considerably more than any of its direct competitors. The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro does bring a few new features into the mix. It also receives a slightly updated design as well as more kit available for the interior. For this year Toyota also released the Sport, a road-oriented model which is set to be better to drive on the road without compromising its off-road ability. Both versions are set to cost roughly the same at around $40,000 which is a really good price for what you get.
Both the TRD Pro and the TRD Sport come with the same Bilstein shocks as the older TRD Pro truck
The running gear
One of the most impressive parts about the new TRD Pro is the truck’s running gear. Both the TRD Pro and the TRD Sport come with the same Bilstein shocks as the older TRD Pro truck. These offer more travel and more control over the truck’s behavior. These are 2.5 inch shocks with external reservoirs capable of taking a lot of abuse before giving it. The springs are different between the two versions with the TRD Pro receiving softer springs than its on-road counterpart. Unfortunately the brakes are the same as on the older trucks while the rear axle is identical too. This makes it as fast as its predecessors, so the only real strong point is the better running gear.
2018 Toyota Tundra Exterior
For the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro they released an entirely new front end. The truck now gets blacked out headlights with LED DRLs surrounds. The grille boasts a new design, the hood scoop is now color coded with the rest of the body and so are the mirrors as well as the front and rear bumpers. The end result is a much more aggressive looking truck. However, the rest of it is identical to the original which is a bit of a shame. The Sport also gets new 20 inch rims wrapped in high performance on-road tires which is a new addition into the mix.
Unfortunately not much changed here and that’s a bit of a shame. The TRD Pro is mostly identical to the Sport, so the two trucks get the same instrument cluster, steering wheel and overall dashboard design. The only real difference is the upholstery which offers contrast stitching on the off-road oriented TRD Pro. The big change is the addition of a new set of safety features which does make the Tundra one of the better equipped trucks in its class.
The only available engine for the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is their well known 5.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 gas unit
Engine and Specs 2018 Toyota Tundra
The only available engine for the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is their well known 5.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 gas unit. Even though this engine has been around for a while it still manages to impress with its reliability and power delivery. It manages to churn out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque which is quite impressive.
|2018 Toyota Tundra Specs|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||5.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 gas unit|
|Power/torque||381 hp and 401 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||6,5 sec|
|Top speed||107 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: starting at $40,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Titan|
The engine drives all four wheels on the TRD Pro through a 6 speed automatic gearbox. With it, the truck will accelerate to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds and it will go up to a maximum top speed of 107 MPH. The tow rating isn’t affected by the off-road package so it will still be able to tow up to 10,000 pounds. The fuel consumption remains average at best with 13 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the highway.