Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Toyota Tundra
At The Curb
The disappearance of the regular cab from the roster will probably disappoint some people, who don't need the extra doors or passenger-carrying capacity. The overall length of the truck is greater now as well, so it will take up a bit more room in your garage and needs more space to park curbside.
The Crew Cab (four full-size doors) Tundra is only available with a 5.6 foot short bed. But you can make more space by dropping the tailgate -- and you do get 42.3 inches of backseat legroom with this combo.
Both cab styles come standard with power sliding rear glass (horizontal sidling in the Double Cab, vertical sliding in the Crew Cab).
A 26.4 gallon fuel tank is standard - but you can upgrade to 38 gallons (the larger tank is standard in Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD trims) which gives the truck long highway legs - almost 500 miles -- even with the 5.7 V8 and 13 MPG.
All Tundras have more-than-usual ground clearance - 10.4 inches, minimum, including the 2WD versions.
There are three power points on/in the center console, but only one USB hook-up, a small tell-tale about the Tundra's age. Newer-design rivals have several USB hook-ups and the Chevy is available with in-truck WiFi. But, the Tundra is less bedazzled by gadgets - there are fewer displays and buttons and menus to scroll through - which makes it easier to just drive.
The Bottom Line
Some things do get better with age.
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