2019 Toyota Tundra Driving Impressions

Both V-8s do the job, whether the 4.6-liter with 310 horsepower on the SR and SR5, or the 5.7-liter with 381 hp on the other models. The engines are smooth at low rpm and each can tow up to 10,300 pounds when properly equipped. The 6-speed automatic is slick-shifting and programmed for the shifts to come in the correct places. It’s predictable.

The ride is soft and generally composed and isolated even over rough pavement. It tracks better than most. With an empty bed the Tundra can be bouncy, but so can any full-size pickup.

The TRD Pro has upgraded Fox shocks that are tuned to handle just about any bump that might be encountered. They improve the highway ride while making the Tundra better for bounding over dirt roads or in the sand.

The steering is heftier than some rivals, while the wide turning radius can make it ungainly in parking lots and tight spaces. It maneuvers like a truck.

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