2019 Toyota Tundra
The 2019 Tundra is Toyota’s full-sized pickup, slotting above the popular mid-sized Tacoma. The Tundra is available in a number of configurations, with three cargo-bed lengths (short, standard, and long) and two cab choices: CrewMax and DoubleCab. There are six trims to choose from: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, the 1794 Edition, and TD Pro.
The base SR gets heated exterior mirrors, front and rear mudguards, and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of active safety technologies. The SR5 adds halogen fog lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, back-row underseat storage, and an upgraded infotainment system. The Limited adds heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a Homelink universal transceiver that allows drivers to connect to three home devices from their vehicle. The Platinum receives a 38-gallon gas tank and front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver-seat, and the 1794 Edition comes with a two-tone interior in Southwestern-inspired trim colors. All trim levels get Toyota Care, which covers regular factory service scheduled service for 2 years or 25,000 miles. The TRD Pro is specially outfitted for driving off the pavement, with standard four-wheel drive, FOX shocks, a skid plate, and trail-tuned springs providing an additional 1.5 inches of wheel travel.
Power and Capability
There are two engines available for the ’19 Tundra. The SR and SR5 trims get a 4.6-liter 310 horsepower V8 while the Limited and higher get the powerful 5.7-liter 381 horsepower V8. All trims come with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive; part-time 4WD is an option on all trims, except for the TRD Pro, which gets that drivetrain as standard equipment.
The Tundra is made to have the perfect balance of hauling cargo while making it simpler and less stressful to pull a trailer. Depending on the bed length, cab, and drivetrain configuration, it can tow between 6,400 and 10,300 pounds, and the payload capacity maxes out at 1,730 pounds. The towing system comes with trailer sway control, an integrated brake controller, and a 4-/7-pin connector.
Technology and Safety
Toyota’s Entune system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display is standard on the lowest trims while higher trims receive an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen unit with HD radio, USB and auxiliary ports, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth streaming. Higher trims get a navigation system with weather and traffic updates and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.
The Tundra is a star in its class when it comes to safety features. Toyota Safety Sense is standard on all trims and includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with sway warning, automatic high beams, and smart cruise control. Some trims have safety upgrade options which include front and rear parking sonar, a blind spot monitor, and an anti-theft system with an engine immobilizer. The TOW/HAUL Mode comes with the 5.7-liter V8 configuration and keeps the Tundra in lower gears longer to help during towing. 4WD models include an A-TRAC system, which optimizes front and rear traction on various surfaces like ice and snow.