2018 Toyota Tundra

MSRP $36,520 - $50,330

Ranked #3 in Pickup-truck

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2018 Toyota Tundra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax has been launched this year for a minor price bump of $200 and starts at $34,450. The 2018 Tundra CrewMax has dropped the TRD Pro model this year and has added the Toyota Safety Sense package as standard. The 2018 Tundra gets two V8 engine options going with either one of them ensures good performance and towing capacity but the lower payload capacity and gas mileage are the pain points of the aging Tundra. 

2018 Toyota Tundra

Speaking of aging Tundra, the 2018 Tundra gets minimal updates to be it for the interiors or the exterior while the infotainment system still lacks smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That said, even with the Toyota Safety Sense, the 2018 Tundra failed to score top safety scores from either the NHTSA or IIHS. Thus, except for the bullet-proof reliability and fuss-free ownership experience, there is hardly anything left in the Tundra to offer better than the rivals.

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Pros

Good reliability score

Powerful V8 engine

Accomodative cabin

Standard safety features

Cons

Feels dated

Payload capacity lower than rivals

Low fuel economy

Low safety ratings

What's New?

The 2018 Toyota Tundra skips the Regular cab and TRD pro models this year.

The 2018 Toyota Tundra gets Toyota Safety Sense-P as standard.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50330

bodystyle

4dr CrewMax

passenger capacity

5

top speed

108 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

346 cu.in.

horsepower

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

401 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

146 in.

length

229 in.

width

80 in.

height

76 in.

curb weight

5670 lbs.

ground clearance

10 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

57 cu ft.

towing capacity

8800 lbs.

payload capacity

1530 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/15/17 mpg

highway range

646.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

1794$47,080 onwards

SR5$36,520 onwards

Limited$42,250 onwards

Platinum$47,080 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Toyota Tundra in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

5.1

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax priced at a $200 premium now gets advanced driver-assist and safety features as standard while we are yet to see Tundra's infotainment system getting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Tundra offers two V8 engine options and either one of them can be had as both offer plenty of performance and pulling power although on the flip side both the V8 s are gas-guzzlers. 

2018 Toyota Tundra

The 2018 Tundra's cabin is spacious but lacks the refinement and better quality material being used which are now common on the rivals' trucks. The exterior looks of the Tundra also have started showing its age and the old Tundra even with the standard safety features failed to score high safety ratings. That said, the 2018 Toyota Tundra rivals the likes of Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Nissan Titan.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.1/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2018 Toyota Tundra Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax is available in four trims SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition. The base SR trim is only available on the Tundra Double Cab cab style. The 2018 Tundra CrewMax can only be had in the 5.5-foot bed length but offers two engine options a 4.6-liter V8 which is standard on the SR5 trim and the 5.7-liter V8 which is optional on the SR5 but standard on the rest all trims. Coming to the trims the SR5 trim starts at $35,450 for the 2WD model powered by a 4.6-liter V8 while the SR5 is powered by the 5.7-liter V8 costs $36,720 and getting the SR5 in 4WD version costs $3,050 more. Next comes the Limited trim that starts at $42,450 that comes with bigger alloy wheels than the base trim, all-LED exterior lights, and more creature comfort features compared to the SR5 trim.

The Platinum trim is the top-of-the-line trim of the Tundra CrewMax and starts at $47,280. The Platinum trim upgrades the sound system to a JBL unit, adds more creature comfort features, and a sunroof. For 2018, the Tundra CrewMax gets one more trim i.e. 1794 Edition trim which is similarly priced as the Platinum trim and just adds special edition exterior and interior cosmetic enhancements. Other than the standard equipment list, you also get optional packages and two of them worth mentioning include the SR5's upgrade package and the other being a TRD Pro package available on all but Platinum trim. The TRD Pro package adds TRD-style alloy wheels, skid plates, more off-road specific shock absorbers, LED headlights, off-road tires, and tow hooks. While the SR5's upgrade package contains the features which are standard on the Limited trim and not available on the SR5 trim.

Trims SR5 Limited Platinum 1794 Edition
MSRP (2WD) $35,450 $42,450 $47,280 $47,280
MSRP (4WD) $38,500 $45,500 $50,330 $50,330
Features 310 hp, 4.6-liter V8 engine Adds or upgrades to 'SR5' Adds or upgrades to 'Limited' Adds or upgrades to 'Platinum'
  18-inch steel wheels 381 hp, 5.7-liter v8 engine LED daytime running lights 1794 Edition exclusive interior and exterior styling
  Foglights 20-inch alloy wheels JBL sound system  
  Power opening rear window Automatic dual-zone climate control Sunroof  
  7-inch touchscreen Automatic headlights Heated and ventilated front seats  
  Navigation Leather upholstery Power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirror  
  Rearview camera Power-adjustable front seats Driver's seat memory function  
  Damped tailgate LED headlights and foglights    

We Recommend

We suggest going with the SR5 trim powered by the 5.7-liter V8 engine and add the TRD Pro package to it. This combo will make the Tundra the ultimate pickup truck among the standard Tundra. With the suggested combo the price of theTundra CrewMax SR5 with TRD Pro package would only reach forty-two grands which is similar to the Limited trim but for the price, you would get a more off-road capable truck that comes equipped with all the essential features without breaking the bank. 

2018 Toyota Tundra Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Driving the Tundra is like listening to CDs—it’s tolerable, but it still feels like a blast from the past. While it isn’t terrible to drive, it does feel archaic compared with the competition.” – Car and Driver

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Engines and Transmission

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that puts out 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. This V8 engine is only available on the SR5 trim while the 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque is the one that you get in higher trims as standard while it is available as an option on the SR5 trim for a $1,270 premium.

2018 Toyota Tundra Engine Bay

Both the engines are mated with a six-speed automatic gearbox and power the rear wheels as standard. The Tundra CrewMax can also be had in 4Wd but for the same, you will need to shell out $3,050 extra. Both the V8 engines offer sufficient grunt to pull this big truck but the bigger V8 although more powerful remains a gas guzzler.

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 
MSRP $35,450 $34,245 $39,700 $35,930
Engine 4.6-liter V8 3.3-liter V6 4.3-liter V6 5.6-liter V8
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Power 310 hp @ 5600 rpm 290 hp @ 6500 rpm 285 hp @ 5300 rpm 390 hp @ 3900 rpm
Torque 327 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm 265 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 305 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm 394 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

Among the rivals, the Tundra and the Nissan Titan are the only two pickup trucks that come with a V8 engine as standard while the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado are powered by a V6 engine. As evident powered by a big V8 the Nissan Titan puts out the highest power and torque figures which are 80 hp and 67 lb-ft more than what the Tundra puts out.

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Acceleration

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax can go from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 15.1 seconds. 

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 

0-60 MPH

6.4 7.6 7.0 7.3

Quarter mile

15.1 15.9 15.4 15.6
Engine 4.6-liter V8 3.3-liter V6 4.3-liter V6 5.6-liter V8

None of the rivals could beat the timings of the Tundra in either of the runs. The closest is the Silverado which was 0.6 seconds slower in the 0-60 mph run compared to the Tundra.

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Ride and Handling

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax underpins a body-on-frame chassis and that has its inherent characteristics of getting unsettled over minor imperfections and undulations. Toyota has tried hard to minimize it to an extent yet the results are not enough to pass it as a comfortable daily driver as the modern-day rivals. Although the Tundra even in the stock form tackles the road terrain or off-roading with ease and the ones equipped with the options TRD Off-Road package makes it even more capable. The steering feedback of the Toyota Tundra feels reassuring even though it is light. Toyota has fine-tuned the steering a lot to make it easier to maneuver the big Tundra at parking speed without losing on the steering accuracy. 

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Braking

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax gets a 13.9-inches rotor at the front and a 13.6-inches rotor at the back. The Tundra stops from 60-0 mph in 138 feet which is a bit long but considering it weighs around 5,240 pounds the figures seem respectable.

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 

Brake Pad Front (in.)

13.9 13.8 13.0 13.8

Brake Pad Rear (in.)

13.6 13.7 13.6 13.6

Curb weight(lbs.)

5,240 4,529 5,036 5,508

60-0 MPH (ft.)

138 139 134 205 (70-0 MPH)

Among the rivals, the Chevrolet Silverado took the least 134 feet to stop from 60-0 mph thus taking 4 feet less than what the heavier Tundra took to stop.

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Towing and Payload capacity

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax can tow from 6,800 to 10,200 pounds while the Tundra has a payload or load carrying capacity ranging from 1,440 to 1,730 pounds depending upon the engine and the drivetrain configuration you choose.

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 

Towing Capacity (lbs)

6,800

7,700

7,600

9,730

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1,440 1,485 2,170 2,000

The V8-powered Nissan Titan offers a much higher towing capacity (2,930 pounds more) while the Chevrolet Silverado offers a higher carrying capacity (730 pounds more) compared to the Tundra.

2018 Toyota Tundra Fuel Economy

5.1/10

“The Tundra has the worst fuel economy in its class. While it’s not single-digit bad and its competitors don’t exactly sip fuel either, even the most efficient Tundra can’t get an EPA rating higher than 19 mpg.” – Car and Driver

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax returns an EPA estimated gas mileage of 15 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined, opt for the 4WD and there is a drop of one mpg across the three parameters. While the 5.7-liter V8-powered Tundra returns 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. The Tundra powered by the 4.6-liter V8 gets a 26.4-gallon fuel tank while the 5.7-liter V8-powered Tundra gets a larger 38-gallon fuel tank.

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 
MPG (city) 15 19 18 15
MPG (highway) 19 25 24 21
MPG (combined) 16 22 20 18
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 26.4 26.0 26.0 26.0

Being a V8-powered truck there is no reason to expect that the Tundra would be able to beat the gas mileage figure of the V6-powered rivals. The Ford F-150 is the most efficient among all and returns 4 mpg more in the city, 6 mpg more on the highway, and 6 mpg more combined compared to the Tundra.

2018 Toyota Tundra Interior

9.0/10

“The interior of the Tundra’s 1794 model is covered in perforated, stitched leather. These are among the nicest materials we’ve seen in a full-size truck.” – Edmunds

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Seating and Comfort

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax cabin isn't luxurious by any means but it is well-built and well-put-together. The dials and controls are plus-size for ease of use and there is a lot of empty space around the dash which inadvertently diverts your attention to the hard-touch plastics all-around the dash. That said, the Tundra is a big truck and there is lots of space inside the cabin and the high seating position along with the flat dash ensures you have a good view of what's outside.

2018 Toyota Tundra Cabin

The seats of the Toyota Tundra can be had in two configurations the lower model gets bench seats taking the seating capacity to six passengers while the Limited and higher trims get more comfortable bucket seats but offers seating for only five. The Tundra CrewMax comes in only a shortbed configuration so the available space is utilized for providing more legroom inside the cabin.

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 
Passenger Capacity 6 6 6 6
Front Row (head/ shoulder/ leg) (in.) 39.7/ 65.7/ 42.5 40.8/ 66.7/ 43.9 42.8/ 66.0/ 45.3 41.0/ 63.3/ 41.8
Second Row (head/ shoulder/ leg) (in. 38.9/ 65.5/ 42.3 40.4/ 65.9/ 43.6 40.5/ 65.7/ 40.9 40.4/ 63.6/ 38.5

The Tundra isn't the most spacious truck among all be it in terms of headroom, shoulder room, or legroom even though it has the longest wheelbase, is taller, and wider than the other trucks. For taller folks, the Chevrolet Silverado offers the best front-row headroom and legroom while those who carry passengers in the rear seats should go for the Ford F-150 which offers almost similar front and rear legroom with the rear legroom being the highest among all the trucks.

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Infotainment System

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax gets a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs on Toyota's Entune interface. The Entune interface isn't the most user-friendly in the segment but the touchscreen remains the best in the business. Standard features list gest smartphone connectivity only via Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM, six-speaker sound system, navigation, etc. Higher trims either add a nine-speaker sound system or a 12-speaker JBL sound system an integrated navigation system.

2018 Toyota Tundra Infotainment

Interior Features:

  • Power windows and door lock
  • Under-seat storage
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax offers a 66.7-inches long, 22.2-inches deep, and 50-inches wide cargo bed. The load-carrying capacity of the 2018 Tundra CrewMax varies from 1,440 to 1,730 pounds depending upon the engine and drivetrain configuration you choose.

Model

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 

Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)

N/A 52.8 53.4 N/A

Among the rivals, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado offers the best 53.4-cubic feet of cargo capacity which is attributed to the fact that it gets a longer and wider cargo box compared to the Tundra CrewMax.

2018 Toyota Tundra Exterior

9.0/10

“A mild styling update outside keeps the 2018 Toyota Tundra fresh, although it’s not as stylish as some competitors” – Carconnection

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax looks haven't been updated recently and it has started to look dated among the rivals which have received an all-new exterior now. That said, with time though the grille of the Toyota Tundra has got bigger than usual and now almost dominates the front fascia of a truck which is 79.9-inches in width. Lower down you get a chunky front bumper that gets chrome finished end caps and houses the foglights.

2018 Toyota Tundra Side View

Move to the side and you will see that the Tundra CrewMax measuring 228.98-inches in length and 145.7-inches in wheelbase gets the biggest cab and the shortest bed. The Tundra CrewMax sits 10.2-inches high from the ground giving it tremendous clearance for tackling obstacles and large bumps. At the rear, you get a damped tailgate, a Tundra badging, and side exhaust.   

Model,

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2018 Ford F150 SuperCrew 2018 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab 2018 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5,240 4,529 5,036 5,508
Length (in.) 228.9 231.9 230.0 228.1
Width (in.) 79.9 79.9 80.0 79.5
Height (in.) 75.8 75.6 74.2 75.4
Ground Clearance (in.) 10.2 8.5 8.7 8.3
Wheelbase (in.) 145.7 145.0 143.5 139.8

The 2018 Tundra is the tallest truck with the highest ground clearance and the longest wheelbase among all. While the Ford F-150 is the longest while the Chevrolet Silverado is the widest truck among all. The Tundra is 3-inches smaller than the F-150 and 0.1-inch less wide than the Silverado.

2018 Toyota Tundra Angular Rear

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch steel wheels
  • Foglights
  • Damped tailgate
  • Heated mirrors
  • Available LED headlights and foglights
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sunroof

2018 Toyota Tundra Safety

7.0/10

“In IIHS evaluations, the extended cab variant received a Good score on all crash tests except the front small overlap test wherein received a Marginal rating (Good is the highest possible score).” – Motortrend

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax now comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense and offers advanced driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, etc right from the base trim. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Tundra an overall safety rating of four out of five stars with a perfect score of five stars in the side crash test and four out of five stars in the front crash test. The IIHS on the other hand gave the 2018 Tundra a rating of 'Good' in only three out of six parameters while it got the lowest rating of 'Poor' in the passenger-side small front overlap crash test. The headlights of the 2018 Tundra got the second-lowest rating of 'Marginal'. 

2018 Toyota Tundra IIHS Crash Test

Safety Features:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Pre-Collision System w/ Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert w/ Sway Warning System 
  • Automatic High Beams

2018 Toyota Tundra Competition

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax vs 2018 Ford F150 Super Crew

The 2018 Ford F-150 not only looks modern but offers a better toning and payload capacity compared to the 208 Tundra. The Tundra powered by the V8 engine although manages to beat the less powerful V6 engine-powered F-150 in the 0-60 and quarter-mile runs the latter beast the Tundra when it comes to gas mileage figures.

2018 Ford F-150

The cabin of the Tundra is also no match to the modern and sophisticated cabin of the Ford F-150. That said, the F-150 also gets better cabin space in both rows compared to the Tundra. Thus we see no reason why you would not go with America's highest-selling pickup truck i.e. the Ford F-150.

2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax vs 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is a couple of grand expensive than the Toyota Tundra but except for the power and performance from the big V8 of the Tundra, there is hardly anything where it can beat the Silverado. The Silverado gets higher towing and payload capacity has a larger cargo volume and is much more fuel-efficient than the Tundra.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado

The built quality of the Tundra and the Silverado is similar but the modern cabin of the Silverado finds more favor among the buyers these days. So unless you are a Toyota fanboy, the Silverado is the better choice over the aging Toyota Tundra.

2018 Toyota Tundra Final Verdict

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax is among the most reliable and competent off-road trucks in this segment but the old and aging Tundra is now threatened by the updated and better-equipped rivals. The Tundra offers the V8 engine as standard with the choice of two displacements for the engine but still, the gas mileage of both the engines is the lowest in the segment. The Tundra is although quick of the line and offers good power but being quicker won't cut it for a pickup truck unless you are either a Ford F-150 Raptor or RAM 1500 TRX.

The cabin and the ride quality of the Tundra are also lagging among the rivals and there are better driving and more comfortable pickup truck available at the same price point. With the 2018 Tundra, Toyota has tried to up the safety game of the Tundra but the safety ratings say otherwise. Therefore, just the reliability of a T-badge won't cut it for the aging Tundra this time.


FAQs on the 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax:

How much can the 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax tow?

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax can tow from 6,800 to 10,200 pounds depending upon the configuration and 

What is the bed length of the 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax?

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax offers a 66.7-inches long bed.

What is the fuel tank capacity of the 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax?

The 2018 Toyota Tundra CrewMax powered by the 4.6-liter V8 gets a 26.4-gallon fuel tank while the 5.7-liter V8-powered Tundra CrewMax gets a larger 38-gallon fuel tank.

How reliable is the 2018 Toyota Tundra?

The 2018 Toyota Tundra has a reliability score of 83 out of 100 from J.D.Powers and based on that it ranks in the sixth position under the top ten consumer-rated trucks. 

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