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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Toyota Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra hasn't changed much over the past 10 years -- and it isn't much changed for 2018. But that's not necessarily a bad thing ... when it comes to trucks.

For instance: The Tundra -- unlike many of its rivals -- hasn't got a turbocharged, direct-injected V6, a 10-speed transmission or an aluminum body. Instead, it comes standard with a powerful and simpler V8 without direct injection, paired with a proven reliable six-speed automatic and a harder-to-hurt (and easier to fix) fix steel body.

As Mr. Burns used to say ... excellent!

What It Is

The Tundra is Toyota's full-size pickup. Unlike the Big Three 1500s -- the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 -- which all come standard with little V6s -- the Tundra comes standard with a big V8. Also standard is a best-in-class towing capacity. However, the Tundra does cost more to start - and it doesn't offer as many cab/bed configurations as they do -- especially now that the Regular cab version has been discontinued.

Base price is $31,120 for an SR Double Cab with an eight-foot bed, 2WD and 4.6 liter V8. Prices top out at $50,130 for the Platinum and 1794 Edition Crew Max Tundras with 4WD - each powered by the larger 5.7 liter V8.

What's New

The major changes for 2018 are a new front clip and grill treatments -- and no more regular cab. Also, the formerly optional Toyota Safety Sense system - which bundles automated emergency braking/lane departure warning/pedestrian detection and dynamic radar cruise control - is now standard in all trims.

What's Good

Regardless of trim, a V8 is standard. Many rivals come standard with V6s; highest-in-class standard tow rating (10,500 lbs.). Simpler drivetrain technology should prove more long-term durable and less maintenance-intensive.

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