Toyota Updates 2018 Tundra and Sequoia, Adds Available TRD Sport Package
Sport Suspension Helps Aging Platform Stay Relevant
As predicted yesterday, Toyota will update its largest offerings for 2018, giving the Tundra and Sequoia some much-needed styling and functional upgrades. The modernized pickup and SUV will take their bow at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week.
2018 Toyota TundraToyota’s fullsize Tundra will now be available in one more trim level, with the TRD Sport aping the treatment given to the smaller Tacoma. Color-keyed mirrors, bumpers, and hood scoop join smoked-chrome LED headlights and a mesh grille, giving the Tundra TRD Sport a decidedly aggressive mien. Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the company’s in-house performance arm, applied its magic to the TRD Sport’s Bilstein shocks front and rear, and the big truck also gets stiffer front and rear sway bars.
The package is definitely oriented more toward on-road performance, and it will be available with four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive, in both CrewMax and Double Cab bodystyles. Every TRD Sport will be powered by Toyota’s 381hp 5.7L V-8 engine routing power to silver-painted 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 2018 Tundra will also see a suite of equipment changes. Foremost among these is the addition of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) as standard equipment for every trim level. TSS-P adds lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, radar-based adaptive cruise control, and forward collision monitoring and mitigation (including pedestrian detection).
A new mesh grille will also be available on select trims (including the TRD Sport), while the Tundra Limited and Tundra Platinum will get unique, billet-style grilles. The Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition get new LED headlights with unique, signature daytime running lamps and LED foglights. LED front lighting is also available on SR5 models equipped with the TRD Off-Road package. The standard SR and SR5 trim levels receive reshaped halogen headlights with LED daytime running lamps, situated in black bezels.
2018 Toyota SequoiaLike the related Tundra, the 2018 Toyota Sequoia receives a few updates. A TRD Sport package is likewise available, in either 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. A new front grille, black mirror caps, black alloy 20-inch wheels, darker taillights, and dark badging gives the Sequoia a more sinister appearance, highlighted by the monochromatic paint colors: Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic. As on the Tundra TRD Sport, the Sequoia gets sport-tuned Bilstein shocks and TRD front and rear sway bars, enhancing roadholding. Inside, the TRD Sport gets black fabric seating, with front and middle-row captain’s chairs and a third-row bench seat. Black leather is optional.
All 2018 Sequoia models receive standard, reshaped LED headlights, daytime running lamps, and foglights. TSS-P is also standard on the 2018 Sequoia, keeping it competitive with other modern fullsize SUVs in terms of active safety and convenience. The 2018 Sequoia also receives a new gauge cluster with a 4.2-inch center display, the styling of which echoes that of the Tundra, which enjoyed a redesigned interior in 2014. Unfortunately, the rest of the Sequoia’s interior is the same as it’s been since 2008, except for minor trim and styling changes. The dated interior plastics need an update ASAP.
Overall, the changes made to the 2018 Toyota Sequoia and Tundra are slight, but the updated styling and safety features, plus the road-hugging suspension bits on the TRD Sport, should be enough to convince some of the Toyota faithful to trade in their old models. Remember, these are still the same reliable trucks they’ve always been, and the updated 2018 versions will do nothing to ruin Toyota’s reputation for quality and longevity.