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.

Want to know the details of Toyota’s TRD Sport package? Keep reading to find out.

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The TRD Sport package brings an added level of on-road driving performance with upgraded suspension parts designed to reduce body roll and handle the rigors of spirited hustling. Matching the suspension upgrades, Toyota gave both Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport models updated exterior features and a handful of interior bits.

As an added bonus, all trim levels of the Tundra and Sequoia will now come with Toyota Safety Sense – Plus, a comprehensive active safety system that includes Pre-Collision System with automatic emergency braking; Lane Departure Alert; Automatic High Beams; Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection Function; and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

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"The TRD Sport package brings an added level of on-road driving performance with upgraded suspension parts designed to reduce body roll and handle the rigors of spirited hustling."

These safety systems will allow both Tundra and Sequoia to contend for the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award, which can only go to vehicles with active safety features. Toyota did not mention any structural updates to either vehicle in regards to crashworthiness.

2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

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The TRD Sport package is available on the 2018 Tundra with the Double Cab (extended cab) and CrewMax (crew cab) optioned with the 5.7-liter V-8. The exterior denotes the TRD Sport package with color-keyed mirrors and bumpers, a non-functional hood scoop, 20-inch alloy silver sport wheels, LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels, LED daytime running lights and fog lights, a unique mesh grille with body-colored surround, and of course TRD Sport graphics at the rear of the cargo bed.

The Tundra TRD Sport comes in Super White, Magnetic Gray, Midnight Black Pearl, Blazing Blue Pearl and Barcelona Red Metallic.

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"The exterior denotes the TRD Sport package with color-keyed mirrors and bumpers, a non-functional hood scoop, 20-inch alloy silver sport wheels, LED headlights with smoked chrome bezels, LED daytime running lights and fog lights, a unique mesh grille with body-colored surround, and of course TRD Sport graphics at the rear of the cargo bed."

Inside, the Tundra TRD Sport gets a TRD-branded gear shifter and floor mats. The only other change is an upgraded gauge cluster with a new Multi-Information Display. This not only looks better than before, it also allows the driver to control the TSS-P system.

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Of course, the most drastic change the TRD Sport package brings are the upgrade suspension parts. The Tundra receives TRD-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and TRD-branded front and rear sway bars. Toyota has not released any empirical date that details improved driving dynamics, but the difference will likely be noticeable from behind the wheel.

2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport

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it’s a magical day – I have the rare-found pleasure of writing about an updated Sequoia. Yes, the same Sequoia that’s been slowly dribbling out of Toyota dealerships since the 2008 model year. For some reason, Toyota felt it not necessary to update the Sequoia in the last decade, despite the Tundra getting an extensive facelift for the 2014 model year. Thankfully though, the times are changing. Just not by much…

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Every 2018 Sequoia now comes with an updated gauge cluster with an honest 4.2-inch TFT display, a slightly revised center console, and LED headlights complementing a revised front fascia. The TTS-P system also makes its way to the SUV. The TRD Sport package brings several updates, not the least of which is a trim-specific grille. The LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and fog lights are present here, too.

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"The same Sequoia that’s been slowly dribbling out of Toyota dealerships since the 2008 model year. Every 2018 Sequoia now comes with an updated gauge cluster with an honest 4.2-inch TFT display, a slightly revised center console, and LED headlights complementing a revised front fascia."

Other TRD Sport add-ons include metallic black mirror caps, 20-inch alloy black sport wheels, smoked taillight lenses, and black satin TRD Sport badges on the front doors. Exterior colors include three new choices. They are Midnight Black Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, and Toasted Walnut Pearl. Carry-over colors include Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Sizzling Crimson. The interior features a TRD shift knob, floor mats, and sill protectors, along with the new 4.2-inch TFT display in the gauge cluster.

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Suspension wise, the Sequoia TRD Sport receives the same treatment as the Tundra: TRD-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and TRD-branded front and rear sway bars. And like the Tundra, the Sequoia TRD Sport can be had in RWD or 4WD models. The TRD Sport will join the familiar trim levels already available on the Sequoia, which include the SR5, Limited, and Platinum models.

Pricing for both models will be announced closer to their on-sale dates later this year.

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Families on the go, TRD style! Toyota’s Tundra full-size pickup truck and Sequoia large SUV have long been ideal for adventuresome families in need of that unique combination of performance, utility, towing ability and comfort. For 2018, the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) have developed the new TRD Sport grade for Tundra and Sequoia, offering active families an extra dose of sportier styling and performance for added fun and excitement on their next journey.

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In addition to the new TRD Sport grades, Tundra and Sequoia will receive new styling, convenience and safety features for all 2018 models, including Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) as standard equipment.
Outdoor family fun isn’t exclusive to Toyota’s two largest truck and SUV models. For the 2018 model year, the popular RAV4 compact crossover adds a new Adventure grade for young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places. Already a fun-to-drive crossover for young families with active lifestyles, the new RAV4 Adventure adds a sportier take-me-anywhere attitude for the weekend warrior.

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Tundra TRD Sport
The new Tundra TRD Sport is available on 4x4 and 4x2 grades in CrewMax and Double Cab configurations and powered by the proven 381-horsepower 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine. Driving performance will be enhanced with the addition of TRD Sport Tuned Bilstein Shocks and TRD front and rear anti-sway bars. Key exterior features for the TRD Sport include:

Color-keyed mirrors, front and rear bumpers
Color-keyed hood scoop
20-inch alloy silver sport wheels
LED Headlights with smoked chrome bezel, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and LED Fog Lights
Mesh grille with body color surround
TRD Sport bedside graphic

Exterior colors for the TRD Sport will include Super White, Magnetic Gray, Midnight Black Pearl, Blazing Blue Pearl and Barcelona Red Metallic.

The exterior styling is complemented with interior features that include a TRD shift knob and TRD Sport floor mats.

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The TRD Sport is just part of an overall refresh for the 2018 Tundra. Safety will be enhanced on all Tundra models with the addition of Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS-P) as standard equipment. This multi-feature advanced active safety suite bundles a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Auto High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). Drivers can view the status of TSS-P through an upgraded Multi-information Display.

The 2018 Tundra will receive exterior updates that include a new mesh grille on select trims while the Tundra Limited and 1794 Edition will receive a new billet style grille. The Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition will be equipped with new LED Headlights and Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and LED Fog Lights. LED headlights and Fog Lights are also available when the TRD Off-Road Package is selected on SR5 models. The SR and SR5 grades will receive halogen headlights with a black bezel and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

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Sequoia TRD Sport
The brawny 2018 Sequoia TRD Sport will be available in 4x4 and 4x2 models equipped with the 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine. Road handling is enhanced with TRD Sport Tuned Bilstein Shocks and TRD front and rear anti-sway bars. Key exterior features on the Sequoia TRD Sport will include:

New front grille and bumper grille insert
Metallic black mirror caps
20-inch alloy black sport wheels
Darkened rear tail light housing
Black satin finish TRD Sport badging on the front doors and a Metallic black and chrome Sequoia badge on the liftgate

Exterior colors for the Sequoia TRD Sport will include Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and the new Midnight Black Metallic. The stylish exterior treatment will be complemented by an assortment of interior convenience features exclusive to the Sequoia TRD Sport including:

Standard black fabric seven-passenger seating
Optional Black leather captain chair seats (part of the optional Premium Package)
TRD shift knob
TRD Sport floor mats
TRD Sport sill protectors

In addition to the TRD Sport, Sequoia will be available in SR5, Limited and Platinum grades in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. All will be powered by the i-Force V8 engine. Like Tundra, the 2018 Sequoia will raise the bar in the area of safety as TSS-P will be standard on all models (includes PCS w/PD, LDA, AHB, and DRCC).

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All Sequoia models will also come standard with new LED headlights with LED DRL, and LED fog lights. Additional exterior updates include a new front grille and bumper grille insert, distinctive to each grade. A bumper opening chrome surround will be equipped on TRD Sport, Limited and Platinum grades.

The 2018 Sequoia will be available in eight exterior colors including three new colors: Midnight Black Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl and Toasted Walnut Pearl. Additional colors include: Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, and Sizzling Crimson.

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Inside, all Sequoia models will come standard with a new instrumentation panel gauge cluster and 4.2-inch Multi-information Display (MID) that tracks the status of TSS-P. Also new are an updated center speaker grille smoothed to the surrounding dashboard and interior trim with wood-like accents for Platinum grade.

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