Toyota entered the full-size pickup segment in 1999 with the Tundra model. The second generation was revealed in 2006, and today is more than a decade of life. If we compare sales with previous years, it still sells good, but if we compare sales to an American truck, they are ridiculous.

The only thing that is selling worse than it is Nissan Titan, but the new model was introduced last year, and we will see if this is going to make a difference. Besides Ram, who is three years younger, all the other rivals are significantly cooler. Not having your hopes yet, because we are not here to introduce the new tundra, rather an interesting boost from the existing. Chicago Auto Show is obviously reserved for special editions, trim and packages and 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package is one of those.

2018 Toyota Tundra Redesign

There are three types of TRD packages when we get to Toyota. TRD Sport relies more on visual processing, TRD Off Road improves off-road capability, and TRD Pro provides the absolute maximum in any nature tour. In this case, Tundra has got the Sport package, with Sequoia, which means new sports grille-grille, scoop large hood, LED headlights, day and fog lights, colored bumpers and mirrors and special 20-inch alloys.

Inside, the only change would be the shift lever with TRD logo and floor mats carrying the same. Let’s say the Sport package bring a dose of sportiness with a new grill and scoop hood, but due to the same coloring of the bumpers and mirrors, it also adds elegant side.

2018 Toyota Tundra Engine

Nothing is changed here, 5.7-liter V8 remains, and it still offers 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic. There is also two-speed transfer box as an option, which is a must if you intend to make full use of your truck in uncivilized areas. The intermediate solution is the A-Trac system, part of the 4WD offer, which tries to mimic the locking differential by applying brakes to the wheel which has lost traction, which automatically sends the torque to the wheel that has Actually achieved some adhesion. The use of brakes to distribute torque is an idea that the torque vectorization system uses, but here it is not intended for better turns. A-Trac can indeed shoot beautiful tricks in nature, but it is not a traditional hard-core replacement gearbox that is irreplaceable when the most difficult terrain is involved.

As we mentioned TRD Sport is more about looks, but besides that Toyota has spiced things a bit under the skin too. For example, new well-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers certainly improve the way they ride compared to the regular version, while thicker anti-swing bars are incorporated at both ends to further reduce body roll.


A new thing, which is not directly related to the packaging in question, would be an introduction to the Toyota Sense-P safety features, which are now standard equipment on all versions outside the base. This includes a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, track departure alert and high-tie automatic high beams, as Tundra did not shine so well in the collision.


2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package stays more than ten years old truck. There are many new and more alluring alternatives out there, but if you’re a fan of Toyota, this edition might catch your eye. Good visual adjustments, better handling, and more safety options are there, while the price of this package is still unknown. Anyway, Tundra continues to start with $ 30,000, while it ends somewhere around $ 50,000, there is plenty of room for someone to find his sweet spot in between, and TRD Sport could well be.

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