With rivals like Ford and GM revamping their pickup truck lineup for 2018, Toyota just cannot sit idle. That explains why the Japanese car giant has revamped its Tundra lineup of pickup trucks. The existing Toyota Tundra dates back to 2007 and it did not receive many updates in last few years. However, the full size pickup, which sells in good numbers every year, is getting a revamp after long. The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport lineup comes with styling changes and revamped safety tech, along with a new trim- TRD Sport. It is aimed at off road lovers who do not want to give up on styling quotient. The vehicle was exhibited at the Chicago Auto Show 2017 where it managed to make enough buzz.
2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport – Stylish Exterior and Interior Design
The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is a stylish looking pickup – beyond any doubt. The company has also introduced the Toyota Racing Development branding in other car lineups- including the Tacoma range, for 2018. To make the TRD Sport trim stand up in the 2018 Tundra lineup, Toyota has used unique visual styling elements.
So, it gets TRD Sport decals, mesh grille, LED headlights having black surrounds, unique hood scoop and body color mirrors. However, the hood scoop is only for adding to the oomph quotient. The truck also gets 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels. It comes in Double Cab and CrewMax configurations. Exterior hues include magnetic gray, super white, Barcelona red metallic, midnight black pearl and blazing blue pearl.
The TRD Pro branding caries on inside the cabin. There are TRD Sport floor mats. However, the cabin is not changed much from the 2017 model. It is practically designed and material quality is good enough. You get enough space to store small items and seats are quite comfortable.
2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport – Main Power Production Unit
The powertrain in 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport trim is similar to what you get in other trims in the lineup. The truck is powered by a 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 engine. It makes 381 HP, aided by a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 4WDsetup includes the company’s A-TRAC system. Fuel economy is just average. You get special Bilstein shock absorbers and TRD anti-sway bars for enhanced off road prowess. Ride quality is pretty good and off road performance is also fine.
The Toyota Tundra TRD Sport 2018 gets plenty of amenities and enhanced safety tech. The Toyota Safety Sense-P suite is impressive. It contains Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, automatic emergency braking, Pedestrian Detection, Automatic High Beams. It also gets Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
It also comes with a lot of facilities to keep amenity seekers happy. The Entune infotainment system has been spruced up. Though it has some way to go before it can match what GM IntelliLink offers, it is still a notable improvement. It gets 7-in. display, Bluetooth, voice recognition, HD Radio, embedded navigation system. Amenities like automated climate control and rear view camera are also there.
2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport – Pricing and Availability
The exact pricing of 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is not known but it should be close to $50,000. The truck will reach showrooms for sale soon. The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is one stylish full sized pickup truck that scores high on styling department and also gets some muscles for tackling rough terrains.
Exterior styling is impressive and some of it is for cosmetic purpose. The cabin does not change much and that is actually good. The powertrain is also unchanged. Toyota has revamped the safety section and amenities are aplenty as well. With right pricing, the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport can take on rivals from stables from Nissan, Ford and GM with aplomb.