Changes on the new 2025 Toyota Tundra won’t be big. The current lineup will be back in the next couple of seasons. The company will still have to update a few things on the truck. The hybrid engine is still new, so it will probably need a revisit after the first feedbacks. The fresh styling definitely draws attention, but the Tundra is still far away from the American “Big Three” truckmakers. There are fans of the Japanese half-ton pickup, but even they admit there are some issues that need to be fixed soon.
The truck replaced an old V8 engine and now works with a turbocharged V6. There is also a hybrid version with 435 hp and improved gas mileage. Towing capacity is also better. TRD Pro model was the same and we expect an updated package. In the meantime, Toyota launched a new off-road grade caller Trailhunter. Enthusiasts thought it is a new truck, but when it finally appeared, the package joined Tundra’s lineup. Soon we’ll see it on Tacoma as well.
Like always, you can make various selections. There are cab configurations, bed lengths, trim levels, colors, optional upgrades, and many other choices available for the legendary truck.
Best Things About the 2025 Toyota Tundra
There are no doubts – the 2025 Toyota Tundra will be one of the most comfortable trucks in the market, not only in the half-ton segment. Higher trim levels offer premium materials for an even better experience. Toyota people have been working on improvements in the technology department and today we have a modern infotainment system with a large screen, good sound, easy commands, and smartphone integration services. The company didn’t offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for a long time. One of the best features is a 360-degree camera that offers great angles and improves safety. There are six modes to improve the overall driving impression.
What Needs to be Better?
The new truck should be perfect. But it also leaves room for some novelties not to work great with truckers. It is cool to hear that Toyota added some innovations, such as a hybrid engine. According to the company, combined mileage is 19-20 mpg. But, in the real world, owners report around 17 mpg. Again, that is better than the previous record by the V8 engine.
The riding quality is also not great. The Japanese company has to do something about maneuvering and handling. The turning radius is wider than for most other half-ton trucks. Finally, there are some safety concerns with limited visibility. The rearview is limited since it shows bed, and headrests in the back can cover it even more. Even the big side mirrors are not quite useful with a few blind spots. So, blind-spot monitors are recommended.
Under the Hood: I Force and I Force Max Hybrid
Changes in the engine room didn’t surprise fans of the Japanese carmaker. The company started downsizing powerplants for their vehicles some while ago. We saw turbo-four mills replacing V6s. Now, an old and reliable V8 had to be substituted by a more efficient system. It is called the I Force and combines a twin-turbo V6 plant with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Total output of the new powertrain is 389 hp an it also adds 479 lb-ft of torque. Maximum towing capacity is 12,000 pounds and the company promises 19-20 mpg combined.
The I Force Max is the same engine but with a hybrid system. Electric motors help the drivetrain achieve 437 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Since the outputs are up, the fuel economy is not gaining too many miles per gallon. The hybrid truck is rated 19-22 mpg, depending on trim levels, drive system, and a few other factors. The towing capacity drops to 11,450 pounds.
2025 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro vs Trailhunter
Toyota already owned one of the best off-road trucks with the Tundra TRD Pro. Now, there is the Trilhunter, which is positioned above the TRD Pro as the most expensive version. The overlanding package brings unique upgrades, such as OME monotube shocks and special suspension. An electronic rear differential is standard, aluminum skid plates are also added, and rock rails guarantee even more protection.
Fans expect changes on the 2025 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro version. It is the same package that debuted in 2015. Yes, it delivers an ultimate off-road driving impression, but improvements are needed to keep the offer fresh. Owners love it because there are plenty of aftermarket upgrades that fit the TRD Pro model.
2025 Toyota Tundra Prices
The 2025 Tundra keeps the pricing at the same level for carry-over trims. The SR is now at $37,000, but not too many truckers will be happy with the things it offers. So, we recommend adding at least $5,000 and getting the SR5. Limited version is already at $50,000 before you start adding optional upgrades. Each next trim, Limited, TRD Pro and Trailhunter, add around $10,000.