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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Nothing to add to that. Jeff covered it all. Occasionally a company builds an engine that is a greasy bomb covered in hoses and wiring.

Most engines are brilliantly engineered. The typical car or truck today dies from being overly complex, and under-maintained. You can use the best motor oil in the world and one fateful day when the engine is badly overheated is the end of the line.

A broken belt, leaking hose, the wrong anti-freeze can all spell death to an otherwise excellent motor.

@papajim--Exactly most of today's vehicles die from neglect. The owner of the million mile Tundra was regularly serviced by the Toyota dealership and the oil changes were every 8k to 10k with the majority of the miles being highway. Not much other maintenance was done to the Tundra just the required maintenance and tires and hoses.

The million mile Tundra is not a good representation of durability and longevity. Hwy miles doesn't put any strain on the drivetrain. Why do you think there's practically no wear on the engine.

@uh huh--I would agree with you if we were talking about 200k to 300k miles but this Tundra had over a million miles and regardless if the miles were highway miles this is still a major accomplishment for a light passenger truck with a V8 gas engine. This is the type of longevity that a diesel powered tractor truck gets and not a gas engine. Many buy diesel powered trucks to get this kind of longevity.

100k hwy miles is equivalent to 20k stop and go or 10k towing miles. Do the math.. I had a '00 tundra that I use almost exclusive for towing 4.5k pretty much it's whole life before it was totaled in a accident. Had a little over 312k of which 70-80% of it was towing. That 4.7, though not the strongest of the V8's was one of the most reliable motors built. If anything, the feat is he drove over 1 million miles. But saying the motor is nearly new for a million miles is a bit misleading due to it's use.

Uh huh makes a great point. Not all "miles driven" are the same. The difference between a car/truck driven on rural highways, and one used for taxi service.

When I read all these guys crowing about their truck with XXX miles on it I'm wondering how many of those miles were rolled up on grinding stop/go driving and how much was lazy coasting with the cruise control on.

This is why when you see a high mileage for sale vehicle, they almost always say hwy miles because everyone knows hwy miles means low stress on the engine.

It took me 17yrs to rack up 312k miles. Almost all of it towing. Now that truck was a good indicator of durability and reliability, compare that to some 3yrs old truck with 300k is hardly something to brag about.

The million mile tundra achieved that in 10yrs. I'm pretty sure that isn't done in stop and go or towing. Yes he did haul stuff in the bed but that is no more weight than having a 4-5 grown adults in the truck. His million mile tundra would be equivalent to a 200k truck used in day to day stop and go driving... Not all that great anymore is it.

I have owned and operated, since 1956, pickup trucks made by GM, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota. My Father owned and operated Chrysler cars and trucks, and those were the ones in which I learned to drive. So I can blow my horn that I have experience in "pickumup" trucks.

When I drive a Japanese pickup, it will not quit running or require me to make repairs. I cannot say this about the vehicles I have owned from the Big 3. It's not unusual to go without brake or exhaust work for 120,000 miles on Nissan or Toyota trucks -- not to mention electrical or drivetrain problems, which just don't happen. I know when a GM truck or SUV is behind me at night, as there will be one parking light or headlight not working on the front.

I'm a Texas-born American, and I love my country, but we just don't make them as good as the Asians do. God bless Texas and America.

@Phil

I have had good experience with American trucks for many years. I did have two bad ones, a 1998 Dodge Ram, and a 1992 Chevy K-Blazer. My two Silverados, and two Suburbans have been very good to excellent. I sold my 2000 Silverado to a friend of mine who still has it, and now has around 300,000 miles on it and the only problems that either he or I had on it was a failed ABS controller and a failed power window switch. Not only that, we both did a considerable amount of towing with it. Contrast that, with my parent's Toyota pickup that had it's engine blow up at about 65,000 miles. According to Consumer Reports, the Toyota Tundra has real good reliability, but the Toyota Tacoma has subpar reliability. Oh ya, I forgot, my brother's Nissan PU engine blew up at around 110,000 miles. Long story short, I have had great luck in the last 20 plus years with American trucks, so I am going to stick with them, but certainly to each their own. For the kind of stuff I want to do with my next pickup, there is nothing from Toyota/Nissan that would work anyway.

@Phil

We used to have a 2006 Honda CRV, made in Japan that we used as our commuter car. It was a pretty good car that started developing electronic gremlins at around 90,000 miles, so we got rid of it. But, you mentioned headlights going out in American trucks...no joke, our CRV headlight bulbs would go out about every 12-18 months, and they were a pain in the gluteus maximus to replace, it generally took me about 45 minutes just to do one.

I'm still waiting for the smaller Tacoma to make a come back. Us older, retiring guys don't want to spend a lot of money to simply run around town. When you get older, you realize you shouldn't super-size everything

When you get older, you realize you shouldn't super-size everything...Posted by: Barry | Feb 11, 2019

Please speak for yourself---we are ALL getting older, unless you count the people who are about to be hit by a bus or suffer some other final sort of affliction or accident.

In my own case, making a choice about my "next truck" will probably include a mid-size because the new Ranger promises to be a game changer that's deserving a closer look. Ditto the Ridgeline and the GM Twins. I might even take another look at the Frontier if I could find exactly the model, features and color I want.

All that said, I'm a much better prospect for another half ton truck.

I cannot say this about the vehicles I have owned from the Big 3. It's not unusual to go without brake or exhaust work for 120,000 miles on Nissan or Toyota trucks -- not to mention electrical or drivetrain problems, which just don't happen. I know when a GM truck or SUV is behind me at night, as there will be one parking light or headlight not working on the front.

@Phil

good to hear about your experience, but let me share mine. My 2009 Silverado LS still has every original light bulb save one---I replaced a backup light last year. $12 good as new.

My brakes and exhaust are still in top condition---the front pads still have a ton of life left, but I'll probably replace the pads, rotors and calipers during the next year just to be on the safe side. I'm not sanguine about testing my luck with 10 year old hydraulics, even if the pads are still good.

Presently the odometer reads 112k miles. Since I changed to a different brand of 5w30 oil and Wix filters the 30 seconds of lifter noise I heard on cold mornings has vanished.

My truck was built by UAW technicians at the Ft Wayne plant in February 2009---now ten years old. The paint has spent every night outside, and it still looks like new. You should try one.

My '94 Ranger 2.3 five speed was another champ that never leaked or smoked, the paint looked perfect even after it was ten years old and it had 100k miles when I bought it and I added 150k to that.

Toyota is a smart company and glad they slowly redesign with time tested technology. Their next gen Tundra will be awesome. Nissans new Titan is starting to pick up sells and it is a good truck. I'd take a Titan over the big 3 jokes with prices getting stupid high.



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