A new truck model year is an annual tradition. It is around this time of year we get to see what our favorite vehicle has updated and what has remained unchanged.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra brings with it some pretty cool upgrades we were impressed with. It also left some out.
What are the pros for the 2020 Toyota Tundra?
For our Pros section, here are the updates we were excited about.
Thanks for adding CarPlay and Android Auto to 2020 Tundra
Toyota is adding the popular applications Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to all models as quickly as it can, beginning with the 2020 Tundra. A lack of Android Auto is a reason many truck shoppers gave for why they have not yet upgraded their Toyota.
It makes sense, too, as these apps make listening to music, finding navigation destinations, sending and receiving texts and many other functions both convenient and less distracting.
2020 Tundra will have larger screen sizes
It is not like people say they will buy or not buy a truck based on multimedia screen sizes, but this critique used to come up all the time with vehicles like Tundra and 4Runner. Toyota is correcting this by upgrading the screen size for both the 2020 Tundra and 2020 4Runner.
Tundra will see a 7” multimedia screen size in the SR grade level, and it will jump up to 8” screen on all levels SR5 and above.
Smart Key Features added to Tundra
All 2020 Toyota Tundra trim levels that are SR5 and above will have standard smart key with push button start. This feature makes opening and starting your vehicle both more convenient and it adds a level of safety, since you do not need to take time fumbling for your keys before you open your doors.
2020 TRD Pro Tundra has more options
Toyota opened up the options for customers looking to buy a 2020 Tundra TRD Pro. Truck buyers can choose from Double Cab or CrewMax cab configurations, depending on whether they want more space in the cab or the bed. The larger cabin CrewMax comes standard with a 5.5’ bed while the Double Cab has a 6.5’ bed.
Also, the exclusive TRD Pro color for 2020 is Army Green and customers can choose this color, along with Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic or Midnight Black Metallic for their TRD Pro. The 2020 Tacoma, along with the 2020 Sequoia and 2020 4Runner TRD Pro models will have Army Green as a color option.
Tundra owners will benefit due to resale value
The Toyota Tundra has an excellent projected resale value. Kelley Blue Book placed the 2019 Tundra in its Top 5 (it ranked number 3) for highest resale value across all brands at the beginning of the year. On a side note, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma had the highest resale value in the entire country.
This bodes well for owners of the 2019 Tundra, and definitely for people who end up buying the new 2020 Tundra as well. They will have an incredibly dependable, high quality full-size truck that holds its value well over time.
The 2020 Tundra has a couple cons
Toyota Tundra is celebrating its 20th year anniversary with the 2020 model year. This is a very dependable, tough full-size truck with an excellent reputation for long-term reliability. However, it has been several years since undergoing major changes.
2020 Tundra Body Style Unchanged
Although in its 20th year, Toyota is still on its 2nd generation Tundra. The first generation was from 2000 to 2006, while the 2nd generation is from 2007 until its present model year. It has been awhile and is due a redesign.
The most recent refresh year was 2014, which featured an updated grille, more enhanced fenders in the front and rear, a redesigned tailgate and taillights, as well as redesigned interior styling.
With a complete redesign coming in the next 1-2 years, there was no need for a new refreshed exterior. However, it is still worth noting.
2020 Tundra Powertrain Relatively Unchanged
The lone engine changes were the discontinuation of the 4.6-liter V8 engine along with the 5.7-liter V8 flex fuel option.
Toyota is riding solo with just one engine choice for the 2020 Tundra model year. However, this 5.7-liter delivers 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque, and it is one of the most dependable engines in the entire Toyota fleet. Drivers should appreciate this simplified engine selection.
Final thoughts on the 2020 Tundra
Since it is not a complete redesign year, Toyota could have easily decided to leave the 2020 entry completely unchanged. But, luckily for people in the market for a new full-size truck, Tundra is receiving some valuable updates that customers have been suggesting and asking about for years.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra in any form is definitely worth strong consideration.
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