Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Toyota Tundra
What's Not So Good
Big Three trucks cost less to start and offer more cab/bed/drivetrain configurations. Crew Cab versions (four full-sized doors) come only with stubby 5.6 foot bed. No more Regular cab version.
Under The Hood
The lineup starts with a 4.6 liter V8 that makes 310 hp and 327 ft.-lbs. of torque; optional (and standard in Platinum, Limited, TRD and 1794 trims is a 5.7 liter V8 that makes 381 hp and 401 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Big, simple V8s with port fuel injection like the Tundra's may not be Latest Thing, but they are known good things -- durable and rugged. Ditto the simpler six-speed automatic transmission that comes standard with both the Tundra's V8s -- vs. the seven, eight and 10-speed automatics in the Nissan, GM and Ford trucks.
On The Road
Though it's about the same size as other 1500s, the Tundra somehow feels -- and drives -- less Huge.
Here's how it does that.
First, there's less of it projecting forward. It is stubbier -- from the A pillars at the base of the windshield to the front bumper. The front clip/hood is about Camry-sized, as far as how long it is. You don't feel as though you are on the bridge of a supertanker, the prow miles ahead in the mist. Because there's less schnoz, the Tundra has more effective clearance.
Tight turns -- where there are things you might hit on either side of the thing - are less hairy and can generally be done without having to stop, back up, then inch forward - repeat.