Tundra is finally updated. The pickup is now available with a new engine and styling, which is enough to draw more truckers to buy it. But, what’s left for the following season? We can hear that the TRD Pro update is close. The 2023 Toyota Tundra is about to introduce the 4×4 package with a lot of upgrades, so if the regular lineup is not too good for you, take your time and wait for the next edition.
First impressions about the new model are here. Truckers love the engine update. A V8 is replaced with a V6. Plus, a hybrid version is also here. Tundra is a rare truck with such a configuration. Toyota did a great job and introduced hybrid truck before the competition. The Japanese company kept some of its well-known features. But, there are a few downsides as well. A battery from the hybrid model is taking away the space for storage. Also, the base price of the 2023 Toyota Tundra is above the average. The company should offer an entry-level version, so-called working truck.
2023 Toyota Tundra Specifications
Forget about a V8. Rumors came true and the Japanese company replaced a big engine with a lighter unit. Now, the 2023 Toyota Tundra is offering a couple of systems centered around a V6 mill. A 3.5-liter displacement features twin-turbo setup to maximize power. A six-cylinder engine is good for 389 hp and 479 lb-ft. Compared to the V8, that is 10 ponies and 80 pound-feet more. This configuration is called i-Force. Nevertheless, the towing capacity numbers are not available yet.
The i-Force Max is a hybrid version of the same system. Batteries are boosting outputs to 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. We don’t know what to expect from the towing capacity, but the gas mileage should get a significant boost. A ten-speed automatic transmission transfers power to rear wheels, or optionally all four corners of the truck.
Interior and Exterior Changes
Toyota could deliver the new Tundra a long time ago. The previous version of the truck was quite old. The redesign is going to make the pickup more tempting to buyers. The cabin of the 2023 Toyota Tundra offers 8-inch touchscreen and advanced infotainment system compared to the previous version. Plus, the upscale materials are there. Optionally, you can get 12-inch screen, but it takes significant upgrades. The second row is more comfortable.
Outside, the new shapes won’t change the Tundra too much, so you can’t recognize the pickup. Still, lighter materials will reduce the overall weight. The company still needs to catch up with the competition. First, the tailgate systems are improved, and that is the area where Toyota needs to make a revisit.
2023 Toyota Tundra Prices
The base MSRP starts at $35,000, which is above the competition. Most other full-size trucks can be found for $2,000 or $3,000 cheaper. Nevertheless, high-end versions are at the same level. Platinum package is the most luxurious, while the TRD Pro offers incredible off-road skills. Both upgrades will make the price go up to $55,000.
Main rival: Nissan Titan – read a review HERE