Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - October 9, 2018

2019 Toyota Tundra OVERVIEW

Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram own the majority of the pie in the full-size pickup market, but that hasn't stopped Toyota from trying to be a major player in the scene. The 2019 Toyota Tundra has the same heavy-duty recipe as the others – muscular V8 engines, lengthy bed configurations, and a maximum of 10,200 pounds of towing capacity – but lags behind competitors because of its age. Despite having a name that's over 18 years old, the Tundra is only in its second generation and the pickup hasn't changed much since 2014. It may be old, but the Tundra still makes a strong case for going against the grain with its affordable pricing.

What's New for 2019

Major news for the 2019 model year is the return of the TRD Pro trim. The trim, which disappeared for 2018, features new shocks, updated springs, and new wheels. Black exterior trim pieces are also standard for the new trim. All of these changes help the Tundra be a more capable off-roader.

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Choosing Your Toyota Tundra

Toyota simplified the Tundra lineup after discontinuing the two-door Regular Cab body style last year, leaving only the Double Cab and CrewMax to choose from. The Double Cab has two full doors in the front and two three-quarter doors in the back. That configuration is available with a 6.5-foot standard bed or an 8.1-foot bed. The CrewMax body style can only be fitted with the 5.5-foot short bed.

While Toyota lists three possible engines for the Tundra, there are really only two options to choose from. The base motor is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. The next step up is a 5.7-liter V8 that generates 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Both V8s are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and can send power down to the rear wheels or all four. Towing capacity for the Tundra ranges from 6,400 pounds to 10,200 pounds. When properly equipped, the Tundra can hold anywhere from 1,490 pounds to 1,730 pounds of cargo in its bed.

Fuel economy isn't one of the Tundra's strong suits, as the pickup is rated by the EPA to get up to 15 miles per gallon city, 19 mpg highway, and 16 combined with the 4.6-liter engine. The larger and more powerful 5.7-liter motor gets 13/18/15 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The Tundra is available in six trims:


Available only in the Double Cab body style, pricing for the SR starts at $32,815 (all prices include the $1,395 destination fee). Standard exterior features for the pickup include LED daytime running lights, an easy lower and lift tailgate, front and rear mudguards, and 18-inch steel wheels. Standard interior features include air conditioning, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary port, a USB outlet, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, fabric upholstery, four-way adjustable front seats, a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display, power windows, and two 12-volt power outlets. Last year, Toyota added its Safety Sense P suite of safety features as standard, which comes with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

The only available package for the base SR trim is the SR Work Truck Package that brings white paint, vinyl seats, and vinyl floors and removes the wireless door lock feature. This package takes $275 off the cost of the truck.


The Tundra SR5 carries a starting price tag of $36,915, and it's also available with the CrewMax body style. Standard features over the base SR trim include halogen fog lights, chrome Tundra badges, a seven-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and a sliding horizontal rear window.

Available packages include the SR5 Upgrade Package that adds a larger fuel tank (for models with the 5.7-liter V8), front bucket seats, a power driver's seat with power lumbar support, a front center console, a floor-mounted urethane shift lever and knob, a tilt-and-telescopic urethane steering wheel, three front cup holders, and an anti-theft system. The Convenience Package brings 18-inch wheels, an Entune premium audio system with navigation, and all of the features from the SR5 Upgrade Package.


The Limited trim is the first in the Tundra lineup to come with the 5.7-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive as standard and is available in both the Double Cab and CrewMax body styles. Prices start at $45,200 with the Double Cab and 6.5-foot bed.

Standard equipment over lower trims include LED headlights, a silver grille, a deck rail system, chrome heated exterior mirrors, a 38-gallon fuel tank, dual-zone automatic climate control, an Entune premium audio system, navigation, leather-trimmed seats, heated front bucket seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a power sliding rear window, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal garage door opener, an integrated trailer brake controller, and 20-inch wheels.

CrewMax and Double Cab body styles have different available packages. Optional packages for the CrewMax body styles include a TRD Off-Road Package ($70, unique wheels, trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, badged floor mats and decals, an engine and tank skip plate, and front tow hooks), power tilt/slide moonroof ($850) or a power tilt/slide moonroof with options package ($960) that adds a moonroof, 18-inch wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, skid plates, front tow hooks, and TRD off-road floor mats. The Limited Premium Package ($1,920), which is also available on Double Cab models, adds front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power windows with front auto up/down functionality, an illuminated entry system, and an Entune premium JBL audio system. A pricier Limited Premium Package ($2,700) includes a moonroof to the aforementioned features, while an even pricier one ($2,770) includes the contents of the TRB Off-Road Package.

For Double Cab body styles, available packages include the TRD Off-Road Package ($70), the basic Limited Premium Package ($1,065), and an upgraded Limited Premium Package ($1,135) that includes the TRD Off-Road bundle.


The Platinum trim is priced at $51,825 and is only available with the 5.7-liter engine, four-wheel drive, the 5.5-foot bed, and the CrewMax body style. A black grille, a color-keyed rear bumper, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with puddle lights, leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front bucket seats, a power vertical sliding rear window with defogger and privacy glass, and 20-inch wheels as standard over lower trims. The only option packages are the moonroof ($850), or an upgraded moonroof package ($1,195) that also includes running boards.

1794 Edition

Building off of the Platinum, the Tundra 1794 Edition brings unique touches and has a starting price of $51,825. Standard equipment includes a chrome grille with chrome endcaps and Chrome “1794 Edition” badges.

There are five available packages: the TRD Off-Road Package for no cost, and four that each start off by adding a power moonroof. The cheapest two cost $850, one with just the moonroof and the other with the moonroof and TRD Off-Road Package bundled. If you want 20-inch chrome-clad wheels with your moonroof, that costs $960. Finally, the $1,195 moonroof package includes running boards.


Also only available with the CrewMax body, 5.5-foot bed, 5.7-liter motor, and 4WD, the returning TRD Pro trim costs $51,040 and comes with bespoke touches over lower trims. Standard features include black exterior trim, body-color heated exterior mirrors, a power moonroof, front tow hooks, a TRD front skid plate, TRD Pro front and rear Fox shocks, black TRD Pro leather-trimmed seats with red contrast stitching, TRD Pro floor mats, and a TRD shift knob. There are no available packages for the TRD Pro trim.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you're looking for a heavy-duty work truck, the Limited trim is the best option in the 2019 Toyota Tundra lineup, as it comes with the 5.7-liter V8 as standard and a decent amount of features, too. The way Toyota names and offers optional packages is infuriating to comb through, but going with one of the Limited Premium Packages that has the TRD Pro Off-Road Package is a must for those that enjoy traveling on the occasional dirt path.

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