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2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

Gimmick status aside, this can actually work with a few more tweaks thrown in

Pizza chain Pizza Pie is once again digging into its bag of marketing gimmicks with the introduction of the Toyota Tundra PIE Pro. Built in collaboration with Toyota, the Tundra PIE Pro is, quite seriously, a zero-emission pickup with a robotic pizza-making factory in the truck bed. Unfortunately, the Tundra PIE Pro is nothing but a concept, dashing our hopes and dreams of one day seeing this creation pull up in our homes with a fresh pan of Pizza Hut’s finest.

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2018 Toyota Tundra for Kevin Costner by Working Complete Customs

2018 Toyota Tundra for Kevin Costner by Working Complete Customs

This is one Toyota Tundra that was built to thrive in the elements

A unique Toyota Tundra showed up at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show with Kevin Costner’s imprints all over it. The Hollywood A-lister hooked up with Toyota to build a custom Tundra Platinum that embraces Costner’s love for adventure and the outdoors. The one-off, custom-built creation is the ultimate adventure truck, fitting for a man whose famous for his love of the outdoors. They don’t make them as rough and tough as Kevin Costner; turns out, Toyota — and Working Complete Customs of McKinney, Texas — was up to the task of giving him a ride that suits his personality.

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2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Minor improvements prevent the Tundra TRD Pro from getting cold

Toyota has upped the ante with its Tundra TRD Pro for the 2019 model year. The off-road package receives a mid-cycle refresh that includes both cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The move is completely understandable considering how hot the off-road segment is getting these days.

It’s important to understand the Tundra TRD Pro’s place in the market. It competes most directly with the Ram 1500 Rebel, both of which fall short of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s outright ownership of the high-speed desert racing niche. But while Ford is busy making the Raptor an extremely capable but very expensive upgrade to the F-150, both the TRD Pro and Rebel are more obtainable for the everyman. In other words, the Tundra TRD Pro might not match the Raptor’s off-road performance, but it’s also far less expensive.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s 2019 updates push the Tundra TRD Pro beyond what it was capable of from 2015 to 2018.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

2017 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

How does the oldest half-ton pickup perform?

The Toyota Tundra has been around since 2014 with nary a change. Before that, it was 2007 when the Tundra saw any action from Toyota designers – and that was the second-generation Tundra’s debut! Needless to say, Toyota’s full-size pickup is long in the tooth. But how does this decade-old pickup perform? To find out, I spent a week with the truck on familiar streets I’ve traversed plenty of times with the Tundra’s competition.

As mentioned, the current Tundra debuted in 2007 as an all-new, ground-up truck that replaced a much smaller pickup bearing the same name. Toyota had been accosted by consumers and journalist alike for not having a true full-size competitor. To much applause, Toyota delivered. The truck came with a powerful 5.7-liter V-8, three cab options, available 4WD, and payload and towing capacities that ranked well against Detroit’s Big Three.

The Tundra then lay dormant for seven years. A mid-cycle refresh came in 2014 bringing some new sheet metal and a revised interior. However, the powertrain, frame, and suspension remained unchanged. Fast forward, and the first major change is scheduled for 2018. Even that is limited to the TRD Sport trim and consists of new grille mesh, LED headlights, and some active safety systems. We’ll have to wait at least to 2019 or 2020 before Toyota finally brings an all-new model. But despite its age, the Tundra isn’t a bad truck. Here’s why.

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2019 Toyota Tundra

2019 Toyota Tundra

What could Toyota have up its sleeve?

The current Toyota Tundra has been around since 2007, with only a modest update for the 2014 model year. This makes Toyota’s full-size truck the oldest in the segment, falling well past its competition. News from Toyota is nearly nonexistent on an update, but there is a solid case for 2019 being the target year. In typical Toyota fashion, a game-changing update isn’t expected, but rather a well conceived renewal of what works. In an attempt to capture this, we’ve created a rendering that plays off the Tacoma’s detailing yet still captures the Tundra’s main theme.

As for what’s under the bodywork, well, there is speculation Toyota will employ its newest D-4S dual fuel injection technology into a heavily revised, if not all new, V-8 engine. An eight- or 10-speed automatic transmission might be in the works, while a strengthened steel frame gives the pickup a stronger backbone.

The Tundra’s reach into the luxury truck stratosphere is also expected, with upscale equipment and niceties added to the 1794 Edition and Platinum models. Toyota could also introduce a new Limited Platinum model as a range-topping trim, just as on the Highlander. Trucks like the Ford F-150 Limited and GMC Sierra 1500 Denali offer luxuries far beyond what’s available on the Tundra. The remaining trims will likely carry over, including the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro. The three cab configurations are expected to make the generational jump, including the Regular Cab, Double Cab, and CrewMax cab.

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2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package

2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package

More sport & added safety for Toyota’s aging Tundra

The current Toyota Tundra has been around since 2007 and has undergone only one update in the last decade. It was the 2014 model year that brought the upgraded styling and improved interior. Aside from that, the truck remains the oldest full-size pickup in the American market. Thankfully Toyota is giving the Tundra some attention for the 2018 model year, adding both new active safety systems and a new trim level – the TRD Sport.

These updates are a drop in the bucket compared to a full-scale update, but they certainly help keep the Tundra (and the 2018 Sequoia, which shares the updates) trekking in modern times. Of course, the off-road-focused Tundra TRD Pro is a newer development, but aside from its suspension, its bones haven’t changed. And keep in mind the Tundra’s competition: the perpetually updated Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, Ram 1500, and the all-new Nissan Titan.

Despite the updates for 2014, the Tundra continues to utilize the same underpinning from 2007. These include the C-channel frame, 5.7-liter i-Force V-8, and six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota Tundra head engineer Mike Swears says the 5.7-liter might not employ head-turning technology like turbocharging or cylinder deactivation, but the dual-overhead cam V-8 with variable valve timing is still an advanced engine with a clean reliability record. Reliability, after all, is what Toyota hangs its hat on.

So what are these changes all about? Keep reading for the full run-down.

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TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

Finally! Updates come for the Sequoia and Tundra

Toyota joins every other automaker in the known universe by launching special edition versions of the full-size Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV. It’s called the TRD Sport and it brings new grille treatments, upgraded headlights, black wheels, and a TRD on-road handling package, among other small changes. What’s more, the Sequoia is finally getting an updated gauge cluster that replaces the archaic piece that’s been present since 2008. Both vehicles are also getting Toyota’s full suite of active safety systems, which rounds out nearly all of Toyota’s lineup with TSS-P coming as standard equipment.

The new TRD Sport trim alights with the existing Tacoma TRD Sport, which is a street-biased package that compliments the TRD Off-Road package and hard-core TRD Pro package on that Tacoma. Unfortunately, Toyota has not released a TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro version of the Sequoia. Then again, the TRD Sport package is the first major upgrade in the current-generation Sequoia’s decade-long life, so it’s not surprising Toyota isn’t showing it a ton of love.

Beyond the suspension upgrade brought by the TRD Sport package, no mechanical changes are found for either the Tundra or Sequoia. Both still use the 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. And as before, both Tundra and Sequoia can be had in RWD or 4WD, including TRD Sport models.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

The vast majority of truck-related headlines these days have something to do with all-new models debuting, aluminum body panels, or V-6 diesel engines. Yet in the background, the Toyota Tundra quietly soldiers on in its unassuming way, making do with a mild refresh that came in 2014. Behind the slight changes is the same truck that debuted in 2007.

So what’s that mean for the Tundra? Is it even relevant these days?

Glad you asked. On paper, the Tundra seems like the sixth mutt in a five-dog fight. It doesn’t have a swanky new turbocharged engine, alternative metals in its body, or the highest trailering capacity. It’s not the newest or most technologically advanced pickup by any means.

However, after spending a week behind the wheel, none of that matters. Yep, despite its lack of headline-grabbing do-dads and gismos, the Tundra does what it does in typical Toyota fashion. It simply works. Jumping into the cab and starting its 5.7-liter V-8 (that’s a 350 cubic-inch for all your old-school cats), slipping its six-speed auto into Drive, and accelerating down the road sends vibes of traditionalism through the spine.

It’s hard to explain, but the Tundra just feels content with its lot in life. It lets Chevy, Ford, Ram, GMC, and Nissan battle it out for who’s the biggest and baddest, while it smugly props itself against the wall, feet crossed and cigarette in hand, watching the fight go down.

Now of course, I’m not advocating Toyota let the Tundra roll off into the sunset with nary an update, but rather that driving the Tundra in isolation for a week, reveals the truck’s hidden strengths and driving pleasure. Let’s take a look at what I mean.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

The Tundra has quietly soldiered on largely unchanged for the better part of a decade, save for the skin-deep refresh that came along in 2014. However the mad scientists and engineers that roam the halls of the Toyota Racing Division have done their own thing and created a beastly off-road package for the 2015 Tundra, along with matching packages for the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD and (now aged-out) 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD .

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

The Tundra has quietly soldiered on largely unchanged for the better part of a decade, save for the skin-deep refresh that came along in 2014. However the mad scientists and engineers that roam the halls of the Toyota Racing Division have done their own thing and created a beastly off-road package for the 2015 Tundra, along with matching packages for the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD and (now aged-out) 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD.

Known as the TRD Pro edition, the package adds an extensive list of upgrades that transform the Tundra into a factory-tuned desert racer. Remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks, high-performance springs, additional ground clearance, skidplates, tow hooks, and a bevy of cosmetic changes inside and out constitute the bulk of the package. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Having been on the market since the last quarter of 2014, the Tundra TRD Pro has already made quite a name for itself in the off-road community. Thanks to its stout V-8 that kicks out an impressive 401 pound-feet of torque, the Tundra has enough cojones to power over sand dune and through mud pits with ease. Toyota offers the TRD Pro option on both its Double Cab and CrewMax cabs. Only three paint choices are available and include black, white, and Inferno orange.

Toyota recently lent me an Inferno orange Tundra TRD Pro fitted with the larger CrewMax cab configuration and most of the desirable options. I picked the truck up in Atlanta on my way to visit the family farm in the rolling hills of East Tennessee. The trip would prove a fantastic test of the truck’s everyday livability and its prowess tearing down gravel roads and through freshly cut hay fields.

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For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

Ever want to buy a NASCAR race truck? Of course you have; because what truck guy wouldn’t want a 700-horsepower, race slicks-wearing, fully caged Camping World-class truck? Well this Toyota Tundra is for sale – and at the decent price of $49,995.

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For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

Ever want to buy a NASCAR race truck? Of course you have; because what truck guy wouldn’t want a 700-horsepower, race slicks-wearing, fully caged Camping World-class truck? Well this Toyota Tundra is for sale – and at the decent price of $49,995.

Located in Moorseville, North Carolina, this full-on race truck comes with all the right equipment to win races. Well, except a qualified driver, pit crew, and someone’s deep pockets. The truck even ships with spare parts including an extra set of wheels and tires and a few spindles.

The truck started life as a Craftsman Series truck with Kyle Busch Motorsports some five years ago. Sadly, there isn’t much the seller knows about the truck’s competitive history and what races it may have won. Nevertheless, it’s a sure bet this Toyota ran some big races in its early days.

Since then, the truck has been tuned to run autocross. Its suspension, fuel system, weight distribution, and carburetor have all been dialed in to run with Porsches, Ferraris, and Corvettes on the twisty stuff. And at the price point this truck is going for, the value seems nearly irresistible.

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2014 Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition

2014 Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition

Trucks, food, and parties are a fantastic combination that most often goes together in stadium parking lots outside sporting events. Tailgating has almost become a sport in and of itself and Texas chef Tim Love has created the ultimate tailgating machine. Built in time to party at one of the largest rivalries in college football, the Tundra and Tim Love cooked it up for 50 select fans outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN before the showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and Alabama Crimson Tide.

For those tailgating, the truck was the main event. Commissioned by Love himself and built by Divine One Customs, the truck features a host of upgrades that make it the perfect party spot. A specialized table rolls out from the truck bed and holds a Solaire 27-inch grill with infrared burners, two cutting boards, a chilled cooler for storage, stainless steel ingredient containers, and two taps for beer and wine.

What’s more, the Tundra’s camper shell hides two 24-inch and one 40-inch flat screen TVs, a PlayStation4, and an Apple TV. A Rockford Fosgate audio system provides sound for all the festivities. The camper shell is lifted with four vertical actuators that raise the entire package upward, revealing the goods. The side windows swing open for viewing the TVs.

Mechanical updates include a 2.4-inch front leveling kit and a two-inch rear lift, 33-inch Toyo tires, 22-inch wheels, fender flairs, step bars, a front light bar with LED lights, a roof rack with spare tire, and custom paint work finished with Love’s “eat, drink & live well” slogan.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck

Built for the most extreme desert racing, this Tundra TRD Pro is headed to Vegas for the SEMA show November 4th through 7th. Then it will truck down to the famous town of Ensenada, Mexico to compete in the Full Size Stock class of the Baja 1000 taking place November 12th through 16th.

“The Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for research and development,” said Toyota Pickup Trucks Chief Engineer Mike Sweers. “It helps us to continuously improve our trucks.” The truck started life as a regular (if you can call it that) Tundra TRD Pro and was turned into a Baja racer complete with a gutted interior with racing seats, a full roll cage, heavily upgraded suspension components with remote reservoir shock absorbers, a few engine tweaks, and massive BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. Off-road lights will guide the way after dark and two spare tires ride along in case of trouble.

In case that trouble is more severe or the truck just needs refueling, Toyota is bringing three additional support trucks; another Tundra, a 4Runner, and a Tacoma, with all being TRD Pro editions. Each is outfitted with numerous modifications to help deal with the harsh terrain and case truck duties.

Toyota is bringing along racing legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart as the teams coach and mentor while Toyota’s own Sweers will serve as one of two navigators.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD

Toyota is getting ready for November’s Baja 1000 race in a special way. The team is not only racing a Tundra TRD Pro in the Full Size Stock class, but is sending three support trucks along with it. This Tundra, along with a similarly modified and equipped Tacoma and 4Runner, will be chasing the race truck to provide support, fuel, parts, crew members, and race drivers that will be continually swapped.

Toyota employed the help of N-Fab, a custom builder of off-road trucks to help with equipping the three chase trucks. This Tundra Double Cab started life as a stock, four-wheel-drive Tundra but was transformed thanks to numerous goodies.

Up front, the Tundra’s regular grille was swapped for a TRD Pro grille with "TOYOTA" spelled out. Below that is a LED light bar mounted on a custom N-Fab mount with a Smittybilt XRC 12,000-pound winch hidden behind.

Around back is where the real action happens. A bed-mounted cargo rack holds extra gear and two spare tires for the competition truck while blue and amber LED light bars destroy the darkness behind the truck. Extra fuel is carried in specialized containers and a separate spare tire for this truck is carried above a large, lockable storage box takes up the remainder of the bed.

N-Fab didn’t leave the Tundra’s interior alone either. A custom carbon-fiber interior kit and TRD-stitched headrest covers were added to dress things up. A seven-inch Lowrance GPS system is mounted above the center console for navigating the treacherous 1,000-mile journey.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition

2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition

Toyota is releasing its own special-edition truck aimed at hunters, campers, fishers, and marine enthusiast who live in the Gulf States region of the U.S. Toyota and Bass Pro Shops have teamed up to build the 2015 Tundra Bas Pro Shops Off-Road Edition.

The truck includes some special features that set it apart from other Tundras. The crew-cab Tundra sits on 20-inch, matte-black wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. Pocketed fender flares keep mud off the bespoke Silver paint, while a spray-in bed liner does the same for the cargo box. A stainless-steel exhaust tip and oval side steps, and custom Bass Pro Shops decals finish off the look. Bass Pro Shops-branded carpeted floor mats help protect the interior.

The Tundra is otherwise stock, still sporting that 5.7-liter, i-Force V-8 making 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, and an electronically controlled transfer case sends power to the front axle when traction becomes an issue.

The Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition Tundra will only be available in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas starting in October 2014. The truck will retail for $43,975.

Perhaps the most interesting incentive the truck carries is a “lifestyle package” from Bass Pro Shops worth approximately $1,000. Customers get to choose between fishing, hunting, camping, or marine gear to throw in their Tundra’s bed.

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2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 - Driven

2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 - Driven

The Tundra is an obscure model in the Toyota lineup. In the world that is dominated by the "Detroit Three," Toyota continually strives to create a pickup that is worthy of the masses, even if the sales are far from stellar. The current-generation truck is getting quite old — it debuted in 2007 — so Toyota has given it a full visual overhaul inside and out for 2014. TopSpeed went to the first press drive and came away quite impressed, but how would the truck fair in the real world?

I took possession of a top-level trim 1794 Edition Tundra for a week to put it through its paces. The GM twins are all-new this year, the new Ford F-150 comes out next year, and the Ram should be getting refreshed soon. In this world of fast evolving pickups does the new Tundra have what it takes to stay relevant?

I spent more than 800 miles beating on this beast to see if it had what it takes to be a real truck that sees real work.

Read on to find out what I though of it.

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