As part of our online series on 2019 trucks, Chris Hemer reviews the new Toyota Tundra and its towing features
Toyota squarely targeted the Big Three when it introduced the all-new full-size Tundra in 2007. Since then, the truck has undergone gradual improvements and continues to be a solid value in the full-size truck segment, although it still trails its American competition with a maximum tow rating of 10,200 pounds. If that’s enough for your towing needs, then the 2019 Tundra rewards with a wide range of trim packages, rugged looks and Toyota reliability.
An all-V-8 lineup includes a choice of a standard 4.6-liter V-8 that produces 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb-ft of peak torque at 3,400 rpm, or an available 5.7-liter that churns out 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
A Tow Package, available on all models, includes upgrades to the truck’s cooling system, integrated engine/transmission oil coolers, a heavy-duty battery/alternator and selectable tow/haul mode. Trailer Sway Control (a function of the standard Vehicle Stability Control) and an integrated trailer-brake controller are standard.
Select 5.7-liter-equipped models offer heated, power outside tow mirrors with turn-signal indicators and a manual extend feature. Other useful equipment includes TRAC traction control and an integrated Automatic Limited Slip Differential on 2WD models, or electronically controlled 4WDemand part-time 4WD system with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) on 4WD models.
New for 2019
The big news for 2019 is the return of the off-road focused TRD Pro. Available on the four-door CrewMax model only, TRD Pro gets specialty hardware like Fox 2.5-inch shocks front and rear, TRD-tuned front springs that provide an additional 2 inches of lift, Rigid Industries fog lights, aluminum front skid plate, tuned dual exhaust, 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels, Michelin P275/65R18 all-terrain tires and unique cosmetic details.
One step down on the hardcore ladder is the TRD Off-Road package, which for 2019 adds Trail-tuned monotube Bilstein shock absorbers, 18-inch split five-spoke alloy wheels and P275/65R18 tires. LED headlights/fog lights are added on SR5 models, while 4×2 models are updated with engine and fuel-tank skid plates and tow hooks (already standard equipment on 4x4s).
A new SX package, meanwhile, provides Tundra Double Cab SR5 buyers with front bucket seats, color-keyed front grille surrounds, front bumper end caps and rear bumper, 18-inch black alloy wheels and the removal of all exterior badging.
All Tundra models for 2019 include Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P), a suite of safety features that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function, Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams.
2019 Toyota Tundra
4×2 Double Cab: 10,200 lbs.
4×2 CrewMax: 10,100 lbs.
4×4 Double Cab: 9,900 lbs.
4×4 CrewMax: 9,800 lbs.
2019 Toyota Tundra
1794 Edition: $50,430
TRD Pro: $49,645
A frequent contributor to Trailer Life, Chris Hemer is the former technical editor of Trailer Life and MotorHome, and has been an RV and automotive journalist for more than 20 years. An outdoor enthusiast who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, mountain biking and hiking.
2019 Full-Size Trucks for Towing