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Full-size pickup trucks are a mainstay, but where they once focused on work and utility, they now rival passenger cars for luxury, refined driving dynamics, and connectivity and entertainment options. While the big players, notably the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500, have adopted these qualities, the 2019 Toyota Tundra is stuck in something of a rut. It lacks the sophistication of its key rivals, which makes it feel behind the times. That's obvious with the engine choices—the Tundra is only offered with a pair of V8s, a 4.6-liter with 310 hp and a 5.7-liter with 381 hp. They're undeniably powerful, but rivals now offer smaller, significantly more fuel-efficient engines without sacrificing power.
The Tundra also lacks features like trailer camera systems. Perhaps more significantly, the 2019 model doesn't offer Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ smartphone integration, which has become a minimum connectivity expectation. The Tundra isn't a bad truck. It's very capable in some areas, notably cabin space in both the double- and crew-cab (CrewMax) models, as well as towing ability and off-road performance with the TRD Pro trim, which returns for 2019 after a year hiatus. But the 2019 Tundra cannot offer the breadth of appeal of its rivals, and a long-awaited redesign doesn't come until 2022.
Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 42.5"/R 42.3"
F 39.7"/R 38.9"
Max towing capacity
The 2019 Toyota Tundra keeps things simple and traditional with its two V8 engine options. The first is a 4.6L V8, available only on the SR and SR5 trims, that pumps out 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7L V8 is available throughout the entire Tundra range, delivering 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Both engines rely on a six-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that satisfies your towing needs, then it’s worth giving the 2019 Toyota Tundra a test drive. When paired with the 5.7L V8 engine, the 2019 Tundra towing capacity tops out at an estimated 10,200 lb in 2WD guise and 9,900 lb when equipped with 4WD.
When it comes to interior comfort and amenities, the sky’s the limit for the 2019 Toyota Tundra. The full-size truck’s fabric-trimmed 40/20/40 split bench seats offer good comfort for long drives. You can also opt for stylish and comfortable bucket seats that offer convenient 10-way power adjustments for the driver. The top-of-the-line 1794 Edition features a warm two-tone interior featuring wood-like accents and brown leather with white stitching on the dashboard, armrest, and seating surfaces.
Despite its imposing size, the 2019 Toyota Tundra takes the intimidation factor out of driving with a few powerful aides. These features include a blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning system and an integrated backup camera. Designed to automatically detect and slow down for other vehicles ahead, the 2019 Tundra’s radar-based cruise control system also gives you more confidence in heavy traffic. These features come as part of the full-suite of driver-assist features.
Choosing a 2019 Tundra with the available TRD Off-Road Package unlocks a host of features that’ll make any avid off-roader happy. With this package you’ll get an upgraded suspension with Bilstein® shock absorbers and skid plates designed to protect the engine and fuel tank. You’ll also get 18-inch split five-spoke wheels shod with meaty all-terrain tires. There’s also the Tundra TRD Pro, which offers even more off-roading features including heavy-duty FOX shocks.
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The Chevrolet Silverado can be rightfully considered the Jack-of-All-Trades thanks to its stunning level of standard and optional engines, cab configurations and trim levels to choose from. All-new for 2019, the current fourth-generation Silverado offers six engine choices, including a 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 310 hp and the 5.3L and 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engines, each respectively producing 355 hp and 420 hp.
If you’re put off by the sheer bulk of today’s full-size pickup trucks, the third-generation Toyota Tacoma offers a smaller and more maneuverable alternative. When comparing the 2019 Tundra vs. 2019 Tacoma, the latter’s nimbler size and impressive list of convenience and off-road features gives it the edge. The 278-hp 3.5L V6 makes up for the lack of V8 grunt with its smooth power delivery. Said engine can also be paired with a six-speed manual transmission on the 2019 Tacoma’s TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trim levels.
If you’re attracted to the smaller size and versatility of midsize trucks, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is another option to consider. You’ll get your choice of five trim levels and three engine options, including a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The 308-hp 3.6L V6 engine is the way to go if you need a nice gas-powered option. With so many options to choose from, you won’t have any problem finding the right Chevy Colorado that suits your daily needs.
4.9 out of 59 customer reviews
RepairPal gave the Toyota Tundra an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Toyota Tundra 3rd out of 25 among Fullsize Trucks.View RepairPal's full rating of the Toyota Tundra
18-inch styled steel wheels
4.2-inch driver information display
Six-speaker audio system with 6.1-inch touch screen
A dynamic radar cruise control system
Halogen fog lights
Chrome grille surround and bumper endcaps
HD Radio with Bluetooth® wireless capability
Seven-inch high-resolution touch screen
Available 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
Heated front bucket seats
Dual-zone climate control
Premium audio system with navigation
Power horizontal or vertical sliding rear window
Black grille with color-keyed surround
20-inch six-spoke alloy wheels
LED fog lights
Heated and ventilated front seats
Entune™ Premium JBL® audio system
Unique 1794 Edition badges
Brown leather seats with Ultrasuede® inserts
Wood-style accents on shift knob and steering wheel
Distinctive 1794 floor mats
Available 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels
A heritage-inspired front grille with “TOYOTA” legend
Custom TRD exhaust
TRD Pro front and FOX® rear shocks
18-inch five-spoke BBS® forged aluminum wheels
TRD aluminum front skid plate
The 2019 Toyota Tundra is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Toyota Tundra received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks the Toyota Tundra as 2 out of 25 among Fullsize Truck
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The 2019 Toyota Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of between 6400 and 10200 pounds, when properly equipped. Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
Here is what's new for the 2019 Toyota Tundra:
Barcelona Red Metallic
Magnetic Gray Metallic
Midnight Black Metallic
Silver Sky Metallic