As part of our online series on 2019 trucks, Chris Hemer reviews the new Toyota Tundra and its towing features

Red 2019 Toyota TundraToyota 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.

Towing Features

2019 Toyota Tundra trailer brake
The 2019 Tundra’s available integrated trailer-brake controller lets drivers adjust trailer braking based on the weight of the trailer.

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

2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro with Super White exterior.
The off-road-oriented Tundra TRD Pro features aggressive styling and 18-inch forged-aluminum wheels.

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.

Fox 2.5-inch front shocks on the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The Tundra TRD Pro is equipped with TRD-tuned front springs, and Fox 2.5-inch front shocks and 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks in the rear.

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 cockpit
The Tundra’s standard backup camera is viewed from the Entune Audio display screen or available navigation screen.

Tow Limits

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
SR: $34,470
SR5: $36,270
Limited: $43,735
Platinum: $50,430
1794 Edition: $50,430
TRD Pro: $49,645

Trailer Life contributor Chris Hemer

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.


  1. I have a 2017 Tundra SR5 4×4, and I love the truck itself. However, as a towing vehicle, it sucks. Much less payload and towing capacity than the Ford and Dodge or Chevy. If you plan on owning a RV, rethink buying a Tundra.

  2. I agree with Kevin. The Tundra as a towing vehicle has not lived up to the bill. The new Ford I have is far superior in towing capacity to my old Tundra. I am way more confident towing my travel home with my Ford versus the Tundra. My wife and I also find the handling much more forgiving and smooth when hauling.

  3. You both are sooo wrong. At 10,200 pounds, what the heck are you guys hauling heavier than that? I had a 2011 Tundra TRD and hauled a 28-foot travel trailer, never had a problem, and it handled great.

  4. Sooo agree with Brian. I have been pulling my 21-foot Escape (3,500-pound dry weight) RV with my 2018 Crew Cab over the Colorado mountains and passes to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park (8,000 ft), Colorado State Forest near Walden (12,000 ft), Glenwood Springs (over Vail Pass @ 11,000 ft) with plenty of power to pass semis, minivans and your 250/350, 2500/3500 series diesels. Even better, my gas engine can run standard gas where I am still paying 10 to 20 cents per gallon less than the diesels. I understand those pulling workloads and farmers who need to haul 12,000-plus pounds, but I would double-think that next Ford, Chevy or Dodge truck purchase and consider what you get standard in a Tundra that Ford, Dodge and Chevy upcharge you for.


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