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2024 Toyota Tundra Videos and Review on Everyman Driver

The third-generation Tundra, which debuted two years ago, immediately left a significant mark on the segment. This was largely due to the inclusion of new twin-turbo V6 powertrains, with the hybrid variant being the most potent. As we move into 2024, the Tundra brings fresh options for exterior aesthetics and off-road capabilities. The Nightshade package has been introduced to infuse the Tundra with enhanced style and attitude. Notably, the ever-popular TRD Off-Road Package is now available for Platinum grade 4×4 models, along with a factory-installed TRD 3” suspension lift kit.

Catering to a diverse range of preferences, the 2024 Tundra lineup encompasses SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 grades. The TRD Pro and flagship Capstone grades remain integral parts of the Tundra series, both exclusively offered with the i-FORCE MAX powertrain. A novel addition for 2024, the Tundra now offers the option to equip a factory-installed TRD 3” suspension lift kit, which enhances the already capable Tundra with increased clearance. Furthermore, the Tundra Platinum 4×4 models can now be equipped with the revered TRD Off-Road package for enhanced performance both on and off the trails, while maintaining premium creature comforts.

When it comes to power, the 2024 Tundra boasts impressive options: a twin-turbo V6 engine and a hybrid twin-turbo V6. These engines collaborate with a 10-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECTi). The new 10-speed transmission is equipped with a sequential shift mode, uphill/downhill shift logic, and TOW/HAUL driving modes.

The i-FORCE twin-turbo V6 harnesses the power of DOHC 24-valve cylinder heads and Dual VVTi systems, yielding an impressive 389 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. However, the pinnacle of the Tundra line is represented by the available i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain, delivering 437 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and a remarkable 583 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 2,400 rpm. Surprisingly, this robust powerhouse also excels in efficiency, with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of up to 20 MPG city/24 MPG highway/22 MPG combined, dependent on model grade and drivetrain.

While the electric motor primarily operates at lower speeds, once exceeding 18 mph, the gasoline engine remains engaged for optimal mid- and high-speed performance. In TOW/HAUL mode, the i-FORCE MAX system seamlessly integrates to deliver impressive acceleration and torque for towing requirements.

For Tundra TRD Pro models and 4×4 trucks with the TRD Off-Road package, an array of off-road enhancements elevates off-pavement exploration. The Multi-Terrain Select offers adjustable settings to regulate wheel spin on various terrains. The CRAWL Control serves as a low-speed, off-road cruise control, allowing the driver to focus on steering while the Tundra maintains a selected speed. Additionally, the Downhill Assist Control assists the driver in navigating steep descents by regulating the vehicle’s speed.

Both TRD Pro and 4×4 Tundras equipped with the TRD Off-Road package come equipped with an electronically locking rear differential, providing enhanced traction in 4WD Low applications. The Multi-Terrain Monitor is standard for the Pro and TRD Off-Road 4×4 variants, allowing the driver to assess the immediate surroundings for potential obstacles. Activating a button on the console activates front, rear, and side-camera views on the central display.

The interior boasts premium materials to uphold the Tundra’s storied pedigree, especially in high-contact areas. Pads along the dash, wrapped armrests, and other touchpoints feature premium materials on most trims.

The chassis incorporates high-strength steel extensively, significantly enhancing rigidity compared to the previous Tundra generation. Aluminum is strategically used to reduce weight in key areas. Frame crossmembers have doubled in size, reinforcing the structure. A new front cross member augments steering, increasing rigidity while enhancing steering input and handling dynamics. The Limited grade and above feature a hydraulic mount system that connects the cab to the frame, enhancing ride comfort.

The Tundra’s bed boasts a combination of lightweight and exceptional strength, thanks to the innovative sheet-molded compound (SMC) construction and aluminum reinforcing cross members. The SMC bed offers superior protection against dents, impact dings, and rust, outperforming traditional steel decks. Even the tailgate employs lightweight construction techniques, reducing weight by 20% compared to the previous generation. All Tundras include a power release tailgate controlled via the key fob. The third-generation Tundra ditches leaf springs, adopting a new multi-link rear suspension. This shift results in improved ride comfort, straight-line stability, handling dynamics, and enhanced towing capabilities compared to the previous model. Tundra’s maximum towing capacity has surged 17.6% over the previous generation, reaching 12,000 pounds. The maximum payload capacity also increases to 1,940 pounds, an impressive improvement of more than 11%.

The double wishbone front suspension enhances ride comfort, driving performance, and overall durability. The TRD Off-Road packages incorporate Bilstein monotube shocks to enhance damping for both on- and off-road driving. For ultimate off-road prowess, TRD Pro grades sport 2.5-inch diameter FOX internal bypass shocks. The front FOX shocks provide a 1.1-inch front lift for the truck. TRD Pro models feature various off-road upgrades, including a new TRD Pro front stabilizer bar, aluminum front skid plate, extra underbody protection, and distinctive all-terrain Falken tires. The suspension components are accented with red paint, adding a unique TRD design touch.

For the first time, the Tundra offers a rear air suspension system with automatic and manual leveling functions. Additionally, the available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system, borrowed from luxury vehicles, continually adjusts damping force based on ever-changing road conditions. This enhancement enhances both ride quality and handling.

Beyond chassis strength, the Tundra introduces an array of features to facilitate towing. The Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) offers additional visibility while trailering, displaying a top-down view of the truck on the available 14-inch display. This view includes the rear truck bed for cargo checks, a rear split view to assess surroundings on each side of the trailer, and a hitch view for trailer connection assistance.

The available power-extending and folding tow mirrors provide an improved view of the trailer thanks to their taller profile and revised mirror curvature. These mirrors are equipped with heating, integrated turn signals, and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) notifications. The mirrors also house the cameras for the PVM/MTM systems. LED trailering lights on the mirrors can be controlled from inside the cabin to illuminate the trailer’s rear.

With Toyota’s integrated trailer brake controller, the Tundra’s available Blind Spot Monitor can detect blind spots for both the truck and trailer. Furthermore, the available air suspension system allows for rear height load-leveling to achieve the optimal balance between truck and trailer.

The third-generation Tundra introduces Toyota’s all-new Audio Multimedia system, developed by the Connected Technologies team based in Texas. The enhanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) delivers advanced interaction through sight, touch, and voice activation.

This latest Toyota Audio Multimedia system offers five times greater processing power compared to its predecessor. It includes a standard centrally located 8-inch touchscreen or an available 14-inch touchscreen with enhanced resolution, providing high-quality, crisp visuals. The touch functionality is highly responsive and familiar, featuring pinch and zoom functions akin to smartphones and tablets. Notably, the system retains a large, easy-to-grip dial for audio volume adjustment. The new Toyota Audio Multimedia system also boasts standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility.

Two new instrumentation panels are introduced for the Tundra: the available 12.3-inch TFT panel or a combination meter incorporating a 4.1-inch digital multi-information screen (MID) alongside analog readouts. These displays offer not only vehicle diagnostics but also access to safety features, navigation, audio controls, off-road functions, and towing information.

As before, the new-generation Tundra offers a wide array of configurations, with the Double Cab and CrewMax as the base options. Double Cab models offer a choice between a 6.5-foot bed or an 8.1-foot bed. CrewMax models present options of a 5.5-foot bed or a new 6.5-foot bed.

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