Over the last few years, half-ton trucks have transformed into tech-laden, luxury-grade statement pieces. Range-topping trims flaunt real wood trim, supple leather seats, big tablet infotainment systems, panoramic sunroofs, and just about every convenience feature one could ever need or want. Powertrains have also stepped into the future, as several manufacturers offer four-cylinder, V6, and diesel engine options with either electric or forced-induction systems. Automatic transmissions with eight or 10 speeds also deliver impressive fuel efficiency without any performance drawbacks.
Amidst the changing tide, Toyota has deployed an anchor. The Tundra clings to V8-exclusive power, a six-speed automatic transmission, and an aging interior design. To stay competitive, the 2019 Tundra TRD Sport champions ride quality, abundant power, and high-value packaging. Read on to see if Toyota’s full-size pickup is still a top pick in a dynamic segment.