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Dark Times Ahead for All-New 2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade

Get a closer look, including pictures, at Toyota Tundra’s newest entry – 2021 Nightshade.


This is the time of year when we start learning more about each auto manufacturer’s next model year lineup, whether it is new trim levels, a refreshed model, or a completely redesigned one. Toyota recently rolled out 7 new members of its fleet. This includes an exciting Highlander XSE, along with practical Trail Special Editions for Tacoma, 4Runner and Tundra.

Tundra, Sequoia and Tacoma are also launching their own unique Nightshade versions, which should arrive at local dealerships late summer to early fall of 2020. The 2021 Tundra seems particularly interesting.

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Tell us more about 2021 Tundra Nightshade

Unlike the 2021 Tundra Trail, its Nightshade entry will be based on the luxurious Limited trim level. Expect similar features, buttons and controls that are found in Tundra Limited, but with a dark atmosphere to go along with it. It will be offered in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, providing versatility for potential buyers.

2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade Magnetic Gray profile

Tundra Nightshade, like the popular 4Runner Nightshade, will feature darkened accents throughout both the exterior and interior. Look for black leather seating to set the mood inside the cabin.

2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade black front seats

Exterior highlights will be black wheels that are more than likely 20”, since this is the size of 2020 Tundra Limited wheels. Also plan to see 2021 Tundra Nightshade with a darkened chrome grille, as well as black door handles, side mirror caps and exhaust tip.

2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade black wheelsJoin the Toyota Nightshade club

When the 2021 Tundra Nightshade reaches dealerships later this summer, it will join a prestigious club of Nightshade members. Already available are Toyota Nightshade Camry, Corolla sedan, Corolla Hatchback, 4Runner and Sienna. With this new class, this brings the total number to 8 Toyota Nightshade models. Nothing like adding a strong edge to fit a very distinct personality.

2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade front endTime for your thoughts on 2021 Tundra Nightshade

This is an exciting time to be a fan of Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs. In addition to all the new trim levels being introduced in rapid fashion, Toyota has refreshed many of their most popular favorites, including 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra. Also, Toyota plans to offer a hybrid / alternative fuel option for every one of their vehicles within the next 5 or so years.

2021 Toyota Tundra Nightshade back end and profile

What do you think of the idea of Nightshade models joining the Toyota fleet? Are you someone who likes the features and vibe a Nightshade gives off? What Toyota model has your favorite Nightshade?

YOU MAY ENJOY: See differences between 2019 and 2020 4Runner Nightshade in my video review.

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I detail Tundra's newest friend, 2021 Tacoma Nightshade, including a brand new Tacoma color.

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T q (not verified)    February 27, 2020 - 10:02PM

Still the same old out of touch tundra. Do something special or the tundra will be dead on arrival.

Jon vueans (not verified)    February 28, 2020 - 12:11PM

In reply to by Mark (not verified)

I agree, Toyota is dropping the ball here, thg hey should offer a diesel, they have a very good diesel engine in other markets just never in America. It not very nice of them to refuse to give us what we want.

Cornishrooster (not verified)    February 28, 2020 - 10:12AM

Ready to buy a Tundra but there’s zero chance it’ll happen until the the next version comes out and it has better gas mileage.

Bill (not verified)    February 28, 2020 - 1:37PM

Never will I own another Toyota truck. I've owned 7 and they are expensive have terrible gas mileage and not the quality they once were. I will drive my current tundra until it dies, then it's on to something else.

Mark (not verified)    February 28, 2020 - 1:49PM

They are dangerous! You cannot see them at night, particularly broadside when coming from a cross street.
They will need side running lights, or reflective paint, or flourescrnt tape.
Why be an unseen target?

Mestro (not verified)    February 28, 2020 - 8:09PM

When will they change the Tundra's ugly interior?!!!
It's been like what...10+ years of the basic ugly interior!!!

Wamh143 (not verified)    February 29, 2020 - 9:49AM

I REFUSE to replace my 2008 Tundra! Other newer trucks have more bells & Whistles but I just don’t care. My truck looks and still feels like new

Sam Mitchell (not verified)    February 29, 2020 - 11:18PM

I have a 2008 Toyota Tundra and I love
Mine, I have custom chrome wheels on it, running boards, and a leather top for the bed, 178,000 miles an runs like
It’s brand new!
And I only paid $15,000.00 compared to the new ones with the same horse power and torque.
Just Saying

R peeler (not verified)    March 1, 2020 - 8:56AM

I bought a 2006 Tacoma in 2009 and was a very reliable truck. Wanted a tundra for years but just wasnt in budget. Finally in 2016 it was my time to get me one. To be honest I did not want to have tunnel vision and just go get one. I did look at other manufacturers. leather and sunroof was in the budget. Went to all manf to look at 1500/150 series trucks 4x4 with leather and moon roof. Looked for about a month before I made a decision. I soon realized that other manf. Offered more standard options than Toyota was offering. On average the other guys 4or trucks that had leather and moon roof, was 4-6k more than the toyota platinum/1794 trucks. I must say I began to see things that toyota was NOT doing that the other truck manf were doing and been doing for a few years. Push button start, for example. Gonna try not to bore you with all the options that I had to add to my Tundra just to be up to par with the competition. LED HL, LED interior lights, even a deleted old school antenna (which Tundra finally did). Oh, had to add remote start when I ordered my Tundra when most other manf. Comes with, even the base model!!!! Crazy right!!! I will say DO NOT get the toyota remote start for tundra. They put a safety feature on their RS that cut the vehicle s off when you unlock truck. Yes, I use it now , but hated it in the beginning and still do. Anyways, I went with the tundra for the reliability over tech. Its 2020 now and every year I see the other manf. On what they are doing to stay up to date with latest goodies for their vehicles and toyotas truck k is still just the same ol stuff. I challenge toyota to step outside their box and take some chance and give their owners options that they may would like.
So I have my truck serviced at toyota and have been monitoring the Tundra and other toyota vehicles. Side note I have become very interested in the XSE Camry and the Avalon!! Wow 2020 Avalon is awesome!!! So props to Toyota for that.
Well, back to Tundra. Finally, after 3plus years of me looking at them when I have truck serviced, tundra has ventured into LED HLand Fogs, DELETED ANTENNA!!! Shark fin!! It looks good Toyota!! Just wish it was 3 years ago when it was my turn to get what I wanted. Yes I spent the bucks to change out that stuff after the fact. Keep taking chances Toyota, push your tech people, to get caught up with the tech ON THE TUNDRA, Tacoma has had push button for many years.
Get that Tundra to next level!!! The following are the things would like to see. Please Toyota do not disregard our suggestions, for we are the ones that keep yall in biz. You are loosing me as a truck buyer and I feel that way, must be 1000s more to feel the same. The following should be a standard for the limited and up.
REMOTE START fix this so says on when you unlock.
LED EVERYTHING interior and exterior
PANORAMIC ROOF doing it for the Camry.
TAILGATE LOCK I had to add that when I ordered.
CAMERAS do a front camera so we dont bump the front.

pixaloop (not verified)    March 2, 2020 - 8:31PM

In reply to by R peeler (not verified)

All sounds like great suggestions but it also means more $$$.
I actually like that the Tundra is still a truck at its roots. I would gladly pay more for reliability over tech any day of the week. The amount of tech on the current Tundra has been spot on. I hope Toyota does not go at the pace of other manufacturers. Their pace and change is just right if you're looking for a solid, great looking and ultra reliable truck.