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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 hasn't changed much for 2018. But that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to trucks.

The Tundra, unlike many of its rivals, doesn't have a turbocharged direct-injected V-6 engine, a 10-speed transmission or an aluminum body.

Instead, it comes standard with a powerful and simpler V-8 without direct injection, a reliable six-speed automatic transmission and a harder-to-hurt (and easier to fix) steel body.

As Mr. Burns on "The Simpsons" used to say, excellent!

There is some bad news, though, if you don't need more than a two-door.

What It Is

The Tundra is Toyota's full-size pickup.

Unlike the big three 1500s, the Chevy Silverado, the Ford F-150 and the Dodge Ram 1500, which all come standard with V-6s, the Tundra comes standard with a big V-8. Also standard is a best-in-class towing capacity.

The Tundra does cost more to start, and it doesn't offer as many cab and bed configurations as the other automakers do, especially now that the Regular Cab version has been discontinued. Base price is $31,120 for an SR Double Cab with an 8-foot bed, two-wheel drive and a 4.6-liter V-8. Prices top out at $50,130 for the Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax Tundras with four-wheel drive, each powered by the larger 5.7-liter V-8.

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