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Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Toyota Tundra

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Under the Hood

The lineup starts with a 4.6-liter V-8 that gets 310 horsepower and 327 foot-pounds of torque. The optional engine (standard in Platinum, Limited, Toyota Racing Development and 1794 trims) is a 5.7-liter V-8 that gets 381 horsepower and 401 foot-pounds of torque.

Big, simple V-8s with port fuel injection like the Tundra's may not be latest thing, but they are durable and rugged. Ditto the simpler six-speed automatic transmission.

On the Road

Though it's about the same size as other 1500s, the Tundra somehow feels and drives smaller. First, it projects forward less; it is stubbier from the A pillars at the base of the windshield to the front bumper. The front clip/hood is about as long as a Toyota Camry. 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 on the front end, the truck has more effective clearance. Tight turns are less hairy and can generally be done without having to stop, back up, inch forward and repeat.

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 need more space to park curbside.

The Crew Cab Tundra has the short bed, but you can make more space by dropping the tailgate. Plus, you 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 (which is standard in the Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD trims) to give the truck long highway legs -- almost 500 miles -- even with the 5.7-liter V-8 and 13 mpg.

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