2018 Toyota Tundra: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: The Tundra gets an all-new trim level, the TRD Sport, and the TRD Pro trim goes on hiatus; the entire lineup gets standard Toyota Safety Sense P; and a regular cab is no longer available.
  • Price change: Not available
  • On sale: Early August
  • Which should you buy, 2017 or 2018? 2018 — the standard advanced safety technology should come with only incremental price increases across the lineup.

When it goes on sale in August, the 2018 Toyota Tundra will be one of the oldest vehicles in the highly competitive half-ton segment, with relatively few changes to the lineup since its debut in 2014. It also will lose the low-volume regular-cab option, leaving just double-cab and CrewMax choices. Also, not available for 2018: the TRD Pro; it will go on hiatus much like the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro went on hiatus before the all-new Tacoma came out. The new Tacoma TRD Pro returned for 2017. Based on that, we can expect the Tundra TRD Pro to return for the 2020 model year.

The 2018 Tundra will be mostly unchanged except for the all-new TRD Sport trim level available in October; it slots between the SR5 and Limited trims. Each of the other trim levels — the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition — get a new grille design and updated headlight look, while the interior gets a new gauge cluster design that includes a larger 4.2-inch information display screen between the tachometer and speedometer.

All trim levels, from the base SR to the fully loaded Platinum or 1794 Edition CrewMax pickups, will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P that includes a precollision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic high-beam detection and adaptive cruise control. This comes as part of Toyota's mandate for making all its vehicles safer by 2018.

Tundra will continue to offer its two stalwart gas V-8 engines (the 4.6-liter and 5.7-liter) and three bed lengths; however, since the Tundra loses the regular-cab option, the number of base-level SR configurations has dropped by four. Double-cab 5.7-liter V-8 SR models for 2017 were just $890 more.

All Tundras will continue to offer the six-speed transmission and should continue to have a strong following due to their quality, reliability and resale value. Unfortunately, all of the Tundra's competitors have redone or are planning a major redesign soon. We're expecting a new Tundra for the 2019 model year.

Towing and payload capacities will remain the same for the 2018 models, meaning the Tundra will offer gross vehicle weight and gross combined weight ratings competitive with similarly equipped half-ton pickups.

Our favorite Tundra features are the optional 38-gallon fuel tank and the TRD performance parts.

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Comments

I wouldn't buy a used vehicle with a 6 speed automatic.

My cousin had a 2013 Platinum Tundra with the 5.7L. He loved the truck, his only gripe and why he got rid of it was because of gas mileage. He averaged at best 13 MPG with it. Every time I was on it, the digital readout was around 11 mpg. I rode and drove the vehicle. It was very nice on inside, except for a few cheap plastic pieces here and there, but all manufacturers are using that! The engine is a "beast"!!! It has all the power most people need. I do like the looks of the 2018 with the hood scoop.
I just don't understand personally how Toyota, who is known for their MPG's in their vehicles, can't get their trucks at-least in the 18 to 20 neighborhood?

My best friend also owns a tint shop and he sees all kinds of vehicles come in and every customer who owns a Tundra says they love the truck except for the MPGs...

My 2013 hasn't seen a service garage other than routine oil changes. This is typical of the Tundra. So hate all you want while your waiting on your broken down Ford.

Very similar to the outdated Gm twins, they slap a new bumper or grill and call it "new", but its the same old of years ago truck, Ford however, being number 1 shows the innovation and new tech to keep them at #1.

Nitro unfortunately "the innovation and new tech" doesn't always work. Ford is king of recalls. Some of us aren't impressed with cheap gadgets and gimmicks.

I wouldn't buy a Ford the metal tears like a tin can.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fVSdA1rYKE

It's owners, that's what has changed.

"When it goes on sale in August, the 2018 Toyota Tundra will be one of the oldest vehicles in the highly competitive half-ton segment, with relatively few changes to the lineup since its debut in... 2005” <--Fixed it for you

Very similar to the outdated Gm twins, they slap a new bumper or grill and call it "new", but its the same old of years ago truck, Ford however, being number 1 shows the innovation and new tech to keep them at #1.

Posted by: Nitro | Jun 15, 2017 9:28:15 AM

You mean like what Ford has been doing with your 1998 Superduty.

The Tundra is overbuilt. Every Tundra since 2007 has 13.6 in and 13.9 in disc brakes no matter the engine size. 4 piston Front Calipers included. You'd have to buy a f250 to get that or pay for extra for upgraded brakes. Stainless Steel headers are also Standard. Best resale of any competitor. They 1794 and Platinum are marketed to white collar demographic with Lexus leather. So ask your Boss how he likes his. Any anybody that know math will tell you that a 381hp engine with 401 lb/ft of torque with the standard 4.30 Hino rear end gear will out pull any Ram or Ford out there with higher torque numbers but tiny 3.73 or 3.90 will get dragged across the parking lot(check youtube for Proof). It's called torque multiplication. Real power to the ground. So go back and drive off in you v6 Ford and wait for that turbo to blow. That 10,000 off rebate Ford you bought means it lost $10,000 of value in 6 months. Where $1500 rebate on Tundras tell you they only lost $250 of value per month compare that to Ford and Ram who drop $1500-$2000 a month. So backup your statements with facts not just a bunch of loud talking.

The Tundra is overbuilt. Every Tundra since 2007 has 13.6 in and 13.9 in disc brakes no matter the engine size. 4 piston Front Calipers included. You'd have to buy a f250 to get that or pay for extra for upgraded brakes. Stainless Steel headers are also Standard.
Posted by: Eduardo | Jun 15, 2017 5:19:54 PM

You mean except for the weak, flimsy frame huh? Their frame is an outdated, open C design made of thin sheetmetal. Not exactly overbuilt.

Then there's the issues with the poorly designed from differential that gives Tundra and Tacoma owners headaches. Constant vibration issues, growling noises, etc.

The front suspension is underwhelming. The knuckle design is embarrassingly slender and weak. The stamped steel control arms are fine for highway use, but wouldn't hold up to off-road forces and stamped steel parts are always vulnerable to rust, especially when it's a Toyota stamped steel part.

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Any anybody that know math will tell you that a 381hp engine with 401 lb/ft of torque with the standard 4.30 Hino rear end gear will out pull any Ram or Ford out there with higher torque numbers but tiny 3.73 or 3.90 will get dragged across the parking lot(check youtube for Proof). It's called torque multiplication.
Posted by: Eduardo | Jun 15, 2017 5:19:54 PM

The only reason Toyota uses a 4.30 rear axle ratio is so that they can get away with using their Aisin AB60E/F 6-speed with it's taller gear ratios. Anything else would be too tall for the AB60E/F to handle.

AB60E/F:
3.333:1
1.960:1
1.353:1
1.000:1
0.728:1
0.588:1
3.061:1

Ford 6R80 (GM 6L80)
4.171
2.344
1.521
1.143
0.867
0.691
3.403

Ram 8HP70
4.71 : 1
3.14 : 1
2.10 : 1
1.67 : 1
1.29 : 1
1.00 : 1
0.84 : 1
0.67 : 1
3.30 : 1

Toyota is a car company that sells trucks.they don't have to sell a single tundra and will still be in business.if gm or ford don't sell a single truck they're bankrupt .if toyota sells around 100,000 tundras a year they're ok with it.

The onboard MPG calculator on my F150 has lied from day one. Every time I fill up the tank, the calculator says I've used exactly 2 gallons less than was actually used. Every... single... time...

And its funny how when using 2 gallons less to calculate MPG, it arrives at exactly the city and highway MPG the engine is rated for....

That, however, is the only problem this truck has given me so I'm inclined to overlook it. But hey Ford, don't think I don't see what you're doing. I FREAKING SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

I have owned all the trucks out there at one time or another, used them for all the truck reasons. The only thing i can tell you is every make I have owned has been to the dealer numerous times for one thing or another. I'm on my third Tundra, never been to the dealers, oil , gas, and go!! It's not a 3/4 ton but watch out, it will surprise you. It's not a dully, but it will get you out of a jam. Yes they need to update the look a little but the reliability is so important to me, that I will wait for them to do so. Everyone has his likes and dislikes, and definitely an opinion. Form, fit, and function......and no dealer I will continue to own a Tundra !!

2008 Tundra 4x4 5.7 V8 Bought it new great truck. 174000 MILES going strong Only repair was a water punp at 125k
13 MPG around town 17 MPG freeway long trips Looking foward to the 2018 diesel

The Tundra is not for those who enjoy service department visits. Sensor issues, several recall notices, transmission problems, eco engine problems etc. these are other brand assets that will enhance your time spent waiting in their service departments, all the while you will be experiencing buyers remorse. May not be right but that's the way it is sport fans.

I'm on my 2nd Double cab Tundra. Bought new in 2004. I put 348,000 miles on it until I wrecked it. Never a thing ever wrong with it. Just regular maintenance. Jumped into a 2005 same truck used with 46,000 miles. The truck is flawless. I simply love this truck. I will buy my 3rd Tundra as well.
Don't sell this truck short in any catagory.

I got tired of waiting. None of the trucks are that great, but the inside of the 1794 is underwhelming in 2017 almost 2018. How do you blow 50k on a truck with potentially the worst stereo in ANY vehicle that is 50k. Work play, no play with this truck at all.

Spent 3 years researching before buying a Tundra TRD Pro.

Entered similar 2007 trucks into Kelly Blue Book. Similar options and packages. Ford F150 was $9700 resale; GMC was $11,500; and Tundra was $15,500.

Maybe, according to some, only idiots buy Tundra and the Big 3 rule. However, at the end of the day, resale and maintenance costs are what matter most.

My family was GM all the way. My dad worked 46-years in a plant. We ONLY bought GM. But, there were the bad paint issues, recalls, and other problems. I gave them the final chance with a 2005 Rainer and it had multiple technical issues.

I have been told, many times, "well, that was a bad year for GM, they are better now." Have heard that since the 1970's. Sorry to say, my experience with overseas vehicles has just been better. The Toyota's I've owned have fewer maintenance issues and are more reliable. And, as KBB shows, hold their value better.

The Tundra is a dated design. Even the Pro is not really as fancy as the new Chevy offerings. But, I know all the gages will continue to work (issue with Buick) and the paint will remain in place (Chevy) and it will start every morning (Ford)

Buy what lasts and makes ya happy. I have found that with the Tundra...

Toyota was know for the futuristic autos !!!
Now it seem like qdr matters ,,, that don't mean squat compared to looks and speed now a days,,, toyota has potential to kill it but their afraid to Change the drivetrain ,,, hondas doing it ,, toyota better shape up and become fast again ,,

If you hate the Tundra it's because you haven't owned one! I have a 2008 with over 200,000 miles on it and it still runs as srong as it did when it was new.

The reason they haven't changed anything with the Tundra is because they got it right the first time. I have a 2013 Dodge with the 5.7 Hemi that's supposed to have over 400 horsepower and my 2008 Tundra will out run it like the brakes are on. The Dodge will shift down on flat ground with just a slight headwind. Pisses me off!!!

Don't know what to say . I bought a 2009 Tundra ,a week after I got it ,I made up my mine I was going to keep it a while and went in a got the 7 year warranty . I've took care of this truck but I didn't baby it . In 7 years I never had to make a single warranty claim . My buddies who bought new Chevs and Dodges can't say that . PS , done of my buddies would buy a ford .
You can guess what my next new truck will be .

Ghh

2011 tundra double cab with 4.6. Pulling horse trailer with 3 horses-6,000lbs, boat, utility trailer for variety of stuff. Several pulls a month in Sierras of CA. I laughed when reading someone's comment about tundra owners not towing or using their trucks. Laughing because friend and I were just talking about all the trucks were we live that never pull a thing going up and down the divide. Plenty of guys up here who finally got that big diesel they can talk about but never pull anything. Had problem with ca emmisions on computer , fully covered by Toyota- local dealer had me driving it in one day after overnighting parts. Otherwise no problems. I sat/drove comparable trucks, easy choice.

Tundra manufacturer is a crap they stick to one design since 2007 and the prices don"t drop, instead it rise. i bought a 2005 and since then waiting to change from a different look than a 2007-17 model and since i haven't seen nothing impressive. they still saying that don't expect nothing new in 2019 so i am going to switch to ford truck.Tundra company need designers. They are redesigning all of the other toyota vehicles except tundra, nothing appealing for tundra.

I never owned a GM product that wouldn't stay out of the repair shop. I quit buying Ford F150's when they outsourced to Mexico. My last three trucks (2006, 2008,2015 tundras) have never seen a repair shop. comments about the tundra not being a work truck are true if you buy a yupee 4 door crew cab. I haul a full load of stacked oak firewood while towing a 16ft trailer that's loaded with a Kubota 27D with loader up steep mountains with no trouble. The only complaint I have with Toyota is that they only offer 8 ft beds on double cabs SR and SR5 models. My dealer had to argue with them to make my 2015 dbl cab sr5 with a 8 ft bed. I have no use for a yupee 6.5 ft or smaller bed. When did they start making 2x4's, wall paneling, press board, etc. in 6.5 ft lengths? The 4.6l engine is fine for the smaller 2006 tundra or a great motor not offered for the tacoma, but big trucks require big engines for work (5.7l). Dad's RAM ate far more gas than my tundra. Stay away from turbochargers; they operate at high temps and RPM's. There isn't a metal in this world that will withstand long term (and that ain't very long) abuse of a turbo charger. They also load up the lower portion of the engine block with high stresses. Loss of charger cooling results in instant destruction of the unit.

Toyota Tundra is an amazing truck. Holds value better than any other truck on the market. Has great pulling power, we have numerous boats we pull from 16 foot mud boats to offshore fishing boats. It walks the biggest boat we have in and out of a steap boat launch. Never had a problem with the tundras we've owned. And we are very rough on trucks. My husband also has a ford, a very nice ford at that. But, when we want a work horse truck the tundra out beats every single truck on the market. Especially dodge. Those are insanely cheaply and generically made. Couldn't give that truck to me. The black on black tundras are gorgeous, my 2014 is a black beast!

Toyota Tundra is an amazing truck. Holds value better than any other truck on the market. Has great pulling power, we have numerous boats we pull from 16 foot mud boats to offshore fishing boats. It walks the biggest boat we have in and out of a steap boat launch. Never had a problem with the tundras we've owned. And we are very rough on trucks. My husband also has a ford, a very nice ford at that. But, when we want a work horse truck the tundra out beats every single truck on the market. Especially dodge. Those are insanely cheaply and generically made. Couldn't give that truck to me. The black on black tundras are gorgeous, my 2014 is a black beast!

The Tundra's frame is way too flimsy and rust rots too easily. Not to mention it guzzles gas like a big block V8. Do the valve covers on your 5.7 leak oil? Every one I've ever seen has all kinds of oil leaks that Toyota can't figure out how to fix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5tc0erfZg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gfPL0e1IIY

I've had many trucks and think the tundra is by far the best with one major flaw being mpg. I sold my tundra and bought a Ford diesel for fuel mileage. But not only do i get better mpg's i get more room, more power, more aftermarket options and better work capabilities. If i were to buy another truck today it would be a Ford eco boost, Ford Powerstroke, or a Dodge Cummings. No GM products they are rubbish. If Toyota produced a gas engine that got respectable fuel mileage or a diesel engine (like Nissan) there would be no question as to what truck to buy, tundra all the way. But Toyota will continue to flounder until they change their ways

Jeez, hard to read the comments here, laughable. Everyone hating on the tundra....i have a tundra for myself, and for work i have many fords, chev and ram (government fleet) - no choice.

Have lots of experience with all brands, and have test driven all brands again this past few weeks, in prep to get another truck.

Tundra is by far the best quality truck, least problems, and best ride quality. Works as well as any of the others.....most people i know who have ford chev or ram, got it for cheaper price and wished they had a tundra,,,,.such foolish comments here. Gas mpg is worse?....i dont see much difference in actual real world results,at least you will save on repairs.


Old saying goes, if it isn't broke, don't fix it. Love my 2010, still a great reliable truck. Hope to be the proud owner of a quarter million mile vehicle someday....

I own a 2007 Toyota Tundra Limited. It is still going strong, not a thing wrong, and my father in-laws 2010 Chev has packed it in and was a total piece of junk.

My Toyota Tundra is a TANK. This truck has the best quality in the half ton class. Period. It drives easy, has the best turning radius, and the gas mileage is not that bad. I have had Fords, Chevy's and Dodge. Toyota Rocks and is made in America.

Tundra is crap-ola

I don't have time for:
Oversize brakes and 6 piston calipers
Heady Duty Aisin Transmission
Over sized Differentials
Oversized Bearings
Massive differentials that matches a F-350/

Like what are you thinking Toyota!

F-150 for me, you guys can run your Jap crap with over-built components

I have never been on a blog until now.This is a very interesting dialog between everyone.
The reason I got on her in the first place was to see if anyone had any information on what the 2018 Tundra would be like.
I have both a Tundra 2017 crewmax and a 2014 Tacoma XSP.
My Tacoma that I bought was for my sons 16th birthday simply because of the outstanding service that I have had from my Tundra. I use my Tundra on a farm pulling equipment but I don't abuse it.
I have literally done nothing other than routine maintenance, tires, and brakes.
I bought it late 2006 so this is now 11 years and 140,000miles.
So the only reason is that I just want another Tundra but not willing to buy the exact same thing that I have. I agree that Toyota is loosing market share simply for failure to update designs and keep up with the Big 3.
They did it with the tacoma and now they control the market share with their mid-size trucks.
The has milage could improve but I am willing to accept that.
Just change the Damn looks and provide a little gingerbread for the money that the public is willing to fork put.

These comments are so funny I can't help but chime in.

My opinion comes from my auto tech/used car business back ground.
The Toyota tundra I would agree Is outdated as far as the other manufactures go. But innovation is the only thing the "big 3" have. People talk about gas mileage? but then say people who own tundra's don't ever use them to tow? Its funny because every used f150 ecoboost I get in has a MPG saved on the meter of 12-15 mpg. And if you are towing with any gas power engine you are not ever going to get good mileage, unless you lie about it. the ecoboost only gets 8 to 10 when towing, as is the tundra 5.7. To get these claimed 20 plus mpg, you have to drive the truck in conditions that are really not realistic ( perfect cruise slightly downhill, do not thingk about touching the gas another mm).

Facts. The tundra will hold there value better then any truck. Why is the F150 the number 1 used truck sold in America? cause its the cheapest! But yet they have the most problems. Honelty GM makes a good truck, thankfully because they would not be in business with all the issues there cars have.But GM quality Is just trash. Cheap interiors make me feel like a 40k Silverado like I'm sitting in a 2007 cobalt. The only good thing about dodge is there warranty and the replacement parts are less expensive then other Manufactures.Which is good because you will need constant pcm updates, exhaust work, TIPM's, as well as upper end valve train work. I would agree the tundra is ready for changes but just because you have an extra 30 hp from another maker is not a deal breaker. The tundra is solid and honeslty more American made then the others, which is kind of ironic. My only gripe about the tundra is the 38 gallon gas tank. please reply to me if anybody has been able to put anything over 31 gallons at empty lol. I think they are fudging these numbers

People how can it be beat in class after 10 years....simple its qdr...quality...dependability and realability. ..had a 2015 gmc sierra...what a piece of junk traded for a 2015 tundra...like day an night...if the tundra keeps going like it is will never buy another gm product again and this coming from a gm guy all his life....thats gotta tell you something



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