2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
When moving the Tundra over the 2021 version, Toyota added a new appearance package. It's called the Nightshade, and it can be added on to the Limited trim. It makes the truck look more aggressive, with black rims, accents, and seats. Otherwise, most things have remained the same.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The most affordable trim is the SR. People should feel confident driving this model since it has multiple driver-assist systems. Its tailgate is easy to lower and lift up, and in the back, it has a 60/40 split bench. Up front, it can accommodate three people. It can either have vinyl or cloth upholstery, and its seven-inch touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM.
Moving up a trim takes one to the SR5. On this trim, there's an eight-inch touchscreen. The SR5 looks nicer than the SR, as it has fog lights, heated side mirrors, and chrome endcaps around its front and rear bumpers. The SR5 can be set up with a double or crew cab. Depending on whether someone selects a front bucket seats or a bench, this trim could accommodate five or six people.
With the Limited, there are even more features to help the truck stand out. It rides on 20-inch wheels and has LED headlights. The smart key system is very convenient, and the navigation system can prove to be useful on a regular basis.
In the Platinum, the level of sophistication is impressive. It has JBL speakers, heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated leather upholstery. The 1794 Edition is similar to the Platinum in many ways, but it has some unique features like special badging and interior accents that look like real wood grain. Note that the Platinum and 1794 Edition are only offered with crew cabs.
Finally, there's the TRD Pro. This truck can handle itself very well in rugged terrain, thanks to its FOX shocks and higher quality suspension system. To reflect the more adventurous spirit of the TRD Pro, Toyota has given it Rigid Industries fog lights, a front skid plate with the TRD badge, and a few other exterior accents.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The TRD Pro is definitely the one to pick if anyone plans on doing a lot of off-roading and wants a truck that will have some flair to it. If people are happy with the standard mechanical components, then any one of the other trims would get the job done. People who need to fit up to five other people in their cabins will have to get models with the front bench seat as an option.
Some things to keep in mind are that the Tundra isn't exactly cheap. While the SR5 is priced under $36,000, the higher trims all cost more than $40,000, with the top three coming close to $50,000. Budget will be a factor in the selection process.
The SR5 is a good choice because of its advanced safety and technology packages along with its more reasonable price. If anyone has a bit more money to spare, the Limited might come out as the winner because it has leather seats, heated front seats, and nicer exterior details.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
A seven-inch touchscreen is included with the base model, but all the other trims have eight-inch touchscreens. Toyota has made Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa all standard. Plus, it provides every 2021 Tundra driver with SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The SR5 trim has the option of getting navigation, which is standard on the Limited and higher trims. Many of those more premium models also have JBL speakers and advanced voice recognition.
How Does It Perform?
The truck runs on a 5.7-liter V8 engine, and it uses a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. This V8 engine is able to deliver 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, so the Toyota feels quite athletic and powerful. The sturdy frame and quality mechanical components give the truck a towing capacity of 10,2000 pounds.
Rear-wheel and four-wheel drive are both available. With rear-wheel drive, there's an automatic limited-slip differential to help with traction. The 4WD system also has that same type of differential, and it has an electronically controlled transfer case.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Toyota made driver-assist technology a standard part of the Tundra's safety package. The truck's pre-collision system can be very effective in preventing frontal collisions with other cars or pedestrians. Another monitoring system warns drivers when their veering out of their lanes. Adaptive cruise control gives the truck the ability to adjust its speed in order to stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front of it, and the automatic high beams can independently turn on and off depending on how dark the road is. Also available on the Tundra are blind spot monitoring, parking assist systems, and rear cross-traffic alert.
What's the Interior Like?
As mentioned earlier, the truck can either have a bench seat up front or a pair of bucket seats. Another choice that customers have is whether to get a double cab or a crew cab, which Toyota calls the CrewMax. The double cab has 34.7 inches of second-row leg room; in contrast, the crew cab has 42.3 inches of second-row leg room. Clearly, a CrewMax would be preferred if adults are going to be riding in the back.
Upholstery could either be vinyl or cloth in the lowest trim, and the mid-level trims could either have fabric or leather. On the higher end of the spectrum, the trims could have perforated leather. Heated and ventilated front seats are available. Multiple cup holders, a power-sliding rear window, and several storage compartments are other features that can be found in the truck.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?Many brands make trucks that are similar in size and style to the Toyota Tundra. They include the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, Nissan Titan, and Ram 1500.
Note: All Toyota Tundra 4WD lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.