2020 Toyota Tundra Gets Light Refresh and Upgrades

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In keeping with Toyota's mild-refresh theme for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the long-neglected full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck will receive some small but much-needed changes for the 2020 model year. Some, however, are just for the premiere TRD Pro trim — but we fully expect to see these and other small changes make it to all the other trims eventually.

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The biggest news for Toyota's steady-selling half-ton pickup is that the touchscreen for navigation is now larger (depending on trim package): Lower trim levels get a 7-inch screen and upper trim levels get an 8-inch screen. In addition to an updated telematics/multimedia system, all trims now include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Other small changes made to the 2020 Tundra lineup include the addition of keyless entry technology and push-button start on all models. The Tundra TRD Pro, previously available as a double-cab-only truck, now will also be offered as a CrewMax model.

The Tundra changes are part of a larger mid-cycle refresh strategy Toyota seems to be executing on all its SUVs and pickups, with the both 2020 Sequoia and 4Runner benefiting from new packages and upgrades, and the 2020 Tacoma receiving a more substantial face-lift.

 

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Comments

Yawn......well at least it's reliable (as long as the frame doesn't rust out).

Proof positive that Toyota is not serious about the full size pickup market.

If you think the Tundra sales figures are depressing, take a look at the Tundra cousin called Sequoia. That big SUV has never sold more than one thousand vehicles in a single year in Canada. 2008 was the last year that Toyota sold more than 20k Sequoias in the US. Toyota really does not want to win.

@papajim

you just might want to put your blindfold back on when you post

it's the same nonsense with or without

at least with it on you don't have to see everyone laughing at you

Ugh I wish Toy would get serious in this market.

This thing could be so much more than just an alternative for those who actually do something about being burned by the big 3 minus 1. But presently it simply/sadly isn't more than that.

Come on Toy give us a modern high output V6, a serious V8 option, a small diesel, a 10spd tranny, modern materials, and work on the suspension. We all know they could do it... and do it VERY well if they did.

I'm not asking you to break new ground like Ford but you don't have to lag behind GM either.

yawn, same old truck since 2007. Wow an 8 inch screen they are barely catching up. Why not a 10" screen.

Mike Swears the head engineer of the Tundra said pickup trucks are niche market. They don't take them seriously. The Tundra HQ blog got so disinchanted that they stopped updating the site. Hasn't been a post since the Christmas post of 2016.

@papajim

it's amazing you can see anything with that blindfold on

you should put on a paper bag over your head to screen out everything

Yard Sale must be on the T-shirt your wife wears. Get somebody to explain that to you.

Toyota gave up on the large SUV and full size pickup market here.

@papajim

LOL @ u

not with u

@papajim

check out tfl.com for an article on the Sequoia

you are so backward

LOL @ u

check out tfl.com for an article on the Sequoia

@Yard Sale

why? who cares what TFL has to say? PUTC is where its at.

@papajim

LOL @ U

"The Tundra TRD Pro, previously available as a double-cab-only truck, now will also be offered as a CrewMax model."

You may want to do some research. This is not correct.

Geez, lots of information and articles out of PUTC lately. Great job guys.

I'm sure Toyota is working on a whole new Tundra as we speak and this is just a refresh for now.

Yard Sale must be on the T-shirt your wife wears. Get somebody to explain that to you.

Posted by: papajim | Feb 7, 2019 2:11:20 PM


LOL
That's a good one.

Here come the liberals calling for larger touch screens, more electronic gizmo's and stupid engine and transmission ideas.

It's a great and solid and reliable truck, leave it alone!

At least Toyota doesnt try to sell their own people an aluminum truck and call it "military grade". Best marketing gimmick yet. Hardly military grade when a customer of mine put a hole in his bed with a 70 lb. walnut log.....jus sayin. Oh yea and the bodywork costs twice as much..kudos.

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"The Tundra TRD Pro, previously available as a double-cab-only truck, now will also be offered as a CrewMax model."

You may want to do some research. This is not correct.

Yep, Bill. They definitely got it backwards because currently the Tundra TRD Pro is only offered as CrewMax and in Canada as both CrewMax and DoubleCab.

Toyota did a real nice redesign in 2007, I thought it was quite competitive at the time. I guess realistically, even if Toyota were to produce a class leading full-size truck, they really would not capture that much more market share than they already have due to ultra high loyalty in this segment. In that sense, they might as well keep milking the old design as long as they can to keep their profits as high as possible.

they really would not capture that much more market share than they already have due to ultra high loyalty in this segment

@Texas1836

Look no further than Nissan's second gen Titan. You can be sure that Toyota has not failed to notice the way the Titan has laid an egg in sales since the new one came out.

@papa

Good point on the Nissan, I think they actually lost market share since their redesign? Will be interesting to see how the new mid-size Nissan does sales wise when it comes out, they clearly do better in that segment.

Hard to believe Toyota doesn't take the full size truck market seriously. Nissan just showed embarrassed them. How many do the big three sell combined and Toyota is ok with being a "D-" student in truck sales? They are dead last. Last in tech, comfort, mpg, towing, and I can go on. With care anyone can make a vehicle go 300k miles.
Wish the totally new Tundra would come out already.
I've had a Sienna and Lexus both I'm happy with easily reaching 336k and 240k respectively without issue.

Will be interesting to see how the new mid-size Nissan does sales wise when it comes out, they clearly do better in that segment.
Posted by: Texas1836 | Feb 7, 2019

@Texas1836

It will be all about price. Presently Nissan is all alone in the low $20k price range up to about 30k.

Sure GM sells a few stripped Colorado's there but those are white-painted fleet models. Today you can still buy a Frontier V6 Crew Cab under 30k. If Nissan abandons that price range their sales will be zip in my opinion.

@kevin
Us Pickups are very nuch a niche market outside NA. No surprise puts very litglr effort in jerping them up to date

In English,
No Surprise Toypta puts very little effort in keeping them up to date
Another major news item GM is pulling out of Australia after building cars since 1948

What a bunch of gurls on here demanding electronic gizmo's, new styling and the like.

The Tundra is a well built and functional truck and still sells over 100k a year largely due to demand for Tacoma's that take up the bulk of the production capacity now.


Vast majority of Tundra owners love their trucks, why change something every few years to satisfy the feminist drivers out there? Sometimes change is not that good!


Toyota is a very successful company folks, you should learn from them on how they make their products and remain the best managed company in the auto industry!

@Kevin, Spot on! Now I'll piggy back your comment with this fact: Toyota built the San Antonio plant to build the Tundra. So, how can a truck with a dedicated plant become a niche vehicle?
The first production year, '07, Toyota sold about 192,000 Tundras.
And here we are today, the truck to change it all has not changed at all!

Toyota profits off all vehicle segments, Ford however has turned into a truck company and that's where they put all their money into trucks as it's what drives their profits. May be good now, but down the road when truck sales slow they will be asking for a bail out.

but down the road when truck sales slow they will be asking for a bail out...Posted by: Jack | Feb 8, 2019

@Jack

Show everyone your crystal ball. When does this happen exactly?

It's a T*RD, says so right on the side.

@oxi
people aren't asking yota to give them a spaceship, simply and engine and transmission that aren't dated to 2004. A simple V8 that will get better than 16 mpg . The tundra already has one of the most comfortable crew cabs, still after 12 years.

Toyota loses alot of brand loyal customers who need to do more work. In rural araknsas most young men will start out with a mid size or single cab until they expand their family and boat. When they out grow 5k towing capacity, it's back to the big 3 .

@oxi
people aren't asking yota to give them a spaceship, simply and engine and transmission that aren't dated to 2004. A simple V8 that will get better than 16 mpg . The tundra already has one of the most comfortable crew cabs, still after 12 years.

Toyota loses alot of brand loyal customers who need to do more work. In rural araknsas most young men will start out with a mid size or single cab until they expand their family and boat. When they out grow 5k towing capacity, it's back to the big 3 .

Nissan should be applauded for at least trying and making the effort to invest. The current Titan is not an attractive truck exterior but that's just taste. Titan doesn't have the stout rear differential that other brands have, nor has Nissan products acceled in brand reliability over the last 15 years.

Another major news item GM is pulling out of Australia after building cars since 1948...Posted by: Robert Ryan | Feb 8, 2019

Evidently Robert thinks GM's status respective to Australia's micro market is determinative of GM's future success.

In my own opinion, it's more of a comment on GM's view of the Australian economy and their own prospects trying to sell products there going forward. Which was nil evidently

@rowdy- I'd actually buy a brand new tundra right now if they still offered single cab.

Big Changed are coming to the Tundra for 2021, and the Rest of the lineup is followed closely behind.

All these whiners complaining about the Tundra and not one of you owns one or ever will. Stick to your junk recalled trash China built quality trucks. Let the rest of us drive what we want. Toyota sells plenty of Tundras most with little discounts. You guys get tons off and a good majority to fleet sales. So stop your whining.

@Papajim
" In my own opinion, it's more of a comment on GM's view of the Australian economy and their own prospects trying to sell products there going forward. Which was nil evidently"

Nicely wrong in all aspects, Pickup sales in Australia and New Zealand are booming. GM cannot sell anything in Australia, they are in the process of giving their dealership to the British Inchape that handles SuburubNd Ironically Opel

@Tacoma2011, why even bring Ford into this?? For your information I am an insurance adjuster and it cost no more to fix aluminum than it does steel. In some cases it actually cost less so why dont you just shut your piehole!!

(GM) is in the process of giving their dealership to the British Inchape that handles SuburubNd Ironically Opel
Posted by: Robert Ryan | Feb 8, 2019

Wouldn't that mean there's very little interest in the "franchise"? Inchape isn't buying the GM assets---they're evidently hoping that a franchisee will. No risk? No reward.

GM already made that calculation or they wouldn't be exiting that market. Presently the US is the only significant economy showing any signs of life.

China's numbers are in decline, the EU is so awful they're fighting the Brexit. Greece, Spain and Portugal would be headed straight to IMF if the EU falls apart.

I own a 2015 Tundra and a new Ford Expedition, and I prefer the Tundra. I can tell it is more well made, especially the durability of the interior. The Ford already has some scuffs inside, the glove box doesn’t close right, and the driver’s seat rattles. MPGs are the same. The Tundra’s 4x4 system is much better off road even though both vehicles have the same tires. The Ecoboost has noticeable turbo lag when merging on the highway.

I'm happy to see some new tech. I'd like them to add more stuff to these trucks. They are starting to become as outdated as @Oxi I always laugh at these guys who think its "gurly" to have a truck with some comfort features. "I'm a big testicled man who needs to be half miserable to prove it!" As if having your can cooled in hot Texas weather also blows your manhood off and leaves you with them "feminist" parts. Here's something more unbelievable than Toyota's resistance to updating these trucks: There are people who are so caught up in their politics they have to somehow graft it onto their vehicle choices. Extremist politics I guess, no matter what side you're on, its not helping anyone. Hopefully we can get some updated, non partisan Tundras out soon!

@ Chris,

The more you speak, the more liberal you sound. Admit your feminist side seeking comfort over toughness of a truck!

Is the vanity mirror big enough? Do you want a vanity mirror touch screen?

Since you lack knowledge on running an auto manufacturer or seek to run it like GM that shyt's on the American worker, understand the focus for Toyota is building more Tacoma's rather than Tundra's until their next Tacoma plant goes on line soon. Once that happens the focus will return on the Tundra and they will have much more capacity to build them in Texas.

Understand production capacity, marketing and sales will you!

@ levi

If u would have bought a gm large suv with a 6.2L, u would never feel lag. Just a rush of adrenaline that hits u when smash the gas pedal. Absolutely love my 6.2L.

Smart move by Toyota. Why dump money on a refresh when a new Tundra is already in the works. We already know the 2021 Tundra will debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show next year. The Tundra caught testing that PUTC poorly concluded is the test mule. From online rumors, the 2021 Tundra will tow more than a F250... which configuration F250, I don't know. They are expected to make a splash like they did back in 2007. I'm also guessing after the splash, they'll ride the waves for a while again. After all, QDR is their model.

Hopefully we can get some updated, non partisan Tundras out soon...Posted by: Chris | Feb 9, 2019

@chris

I'm thinking we are two years away from seeing a new Tundra in showrooms. Toyota will copy Ford's approach to the Ranger. They'll beat the drum a lot, put out lots of press releases and photos.

They surely paid a lot of attention to the disaster that Nissan experienced with the gen-2 Titan, and Honda with the Ridgeline. Everybody was convinced that those two would be game-changers and instead they are virtually under the radar in sales.

Toyota will not repeat those mistakes.

If I were picking a full size pickup just based on durability and for lasting the longest with the fewest problems it would be the Tundra. True it is the oldest and most outdated but it has one of the most durable drivetrains. I don't know how much growth Tundra would get out of a completely new truck since truck buyers tend to be more brand loyal. Most Ford and Chevy truck owners are not going to buy another brand regardless of how many extra gizmos are on it or what the body panels are made out of. Those who buy the Tundra are going to buy Toyotas and most likely not going to buy a Ford, GM, and Ram truck. I agree with papajim in that Toyota learned from Nissan the risk of designing an all new full size pickup and then having it bomb in the market. On paper the Titan checked most of the boxes with a reliable drivetrain but there is brand loyalty and price that were major hurdles that cannot be overcome by Nissan. I know some who own the previous generation of Titans and they are just as bullet proof and reliable as the Tundra--they are great trucks but they can be more costly and not as exciting as the competition. I previously provided a link on another article on the million mile Tundra. When the Toyota engineers tore down that Tundra they discovered that the engine and drivetrain had very little wear so little that it was close to being new. Even the body panels were still like new except the bed had dents because the owner used the bed to haul heavy loads and the truck did not have a bedliner. Durability wise there is not much more that Toyota could do to improve on. As for being more modern there is a lot Toyota could do but the question would be how many additional sales would Toyota get and would Toyota be able to recover their costs.



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