By Carolyn Patten, Basin Life Magazine
Trucks are all about utility, and the 2019 Toyota Tundra is a perfect combination of comfort and utility — a true workhorse that powers through the week and goes out to play on the weekend. It’s a full-size pickup with lots of comfort, leg room, a big back seat, quiet ride, real power and smart touches like a rear window that lowers completely when you want to savor the fresh air or haul a 12-foot-long hunk of lumber.
According to US News, “Buy a Tundra if you want the peace of mind often associated with owning a Toyota. The Tundra has an impressive record of predicted reliability over the past few years, and it maintains a high resale value. This is also a good truck for explorers, who will want to seek out one of the adventure-ready trims or packages.”
Car & Driver’s pick of the models is the SR5: “We’d choose the CrewMax cab for its spacious rear seat, and we’d opt for the larger 5.7-liter V-8 for its greater towing capacity versus the 4.6-liter, as well as for the ability to add
the TRD Off-Road package (18-inch TRD wheels with all-terrain tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shocks, and engine and fuel tank skid plates), which isn’t offered with the smaller engine. Find yours now at Klamath Falls Toyota! Check out the link for the latest inventory now!
“We’d also add the SR5 Upgrade package with its tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat.” There’s also an SX package for SR5 double-cab models, featuring front bucket seats, monochrome exterior trim, and black 18-inch wheels.
All 2019 Tundra models have a fresh new selection of paint colors an updated paint color palette. This year also marks the return of the 4WD off-road TRD Pro. Only available as a crew cab, it’s loaded with Fox internal-
bypass shocks, TRD-tuned springs with more inches of lift, LED fog lights, a hood scoop, 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, leather seats, a 1/4-inch TRD Pro skid plate, and TRD Pro dual exhaust system.
The base engine is a 4.6-liter V-8 with 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque; the optional 5.7-liter V-8 has 381 horses and 401 lb-ft. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional for both setups, but not for
all cab-and-bed configurations. The Tundra’s minimum tow rating is 6,800 pounds, with a maximum of 10,500 pounds – more than most people will need.
Toyota’s Entune system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard on base models, and the 7.0-inch unit is standard on the SR5 trim and up. Fancier trim levels have an advanced package with more speakers for the audio system and integrated navigation.
Toyota Safety Sense-P is standard, with a slew of safety and driver aids, including forward-collision warning, automatic high-beams, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on all but the base SR grade.