The stealthy-looking appearance package is exclusive to the SR5.
Revealed in September last year, the third-generation Toyota Tundra brought the aging nameplate into the modern era. With a tech-filled cabin and the available V6 hybrid powertrain, it poses a threat to trucks such as the F-150 and Ram 1500. The advent of the Capstone luxury trim level only added further appeal and now, for 2023, there's even more choice.
For the new model year, the Tundra SR5 is now available with the SX Package. The already imposing styling is made more distinctive, thanks to 18-inch Dark Gray Metallic wheels and body-colored trim. In keeping with the streamlined, minimalist theme, the SX Package does away with the Tundra door badging, while the 4x4 model badging is blacked out.
Climb aboard the SX Package-equipped 2023 Tundra and you'll find a similar styling theme; black trim accents now sit where the smoked silver inlays once were. Several stealthy color options are available, such as Midnight Black Metallic, White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Celestial Silver Metallic.
As mentioned, the new SX Package is only available on Tundra SR5 models with 4x2 or 4x4. Toyota notes the style-enhancing option is available on double cab derivatives with the 6.4-foot bed and CrewMax models with the 5.5-foot bed. The Tundra is, essentially, a new model, so little else has changed for the 2023 model year.
Two engines are available for the pickup truck; both are 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 mills, but it's the Tundra Hybrid derivative that has the most power. The i-Force Max hybrid option brings a heady 437 horsepower and diesel-rivaling muscle in the form of 583 lb-ft of torque. Impressive that may be, the standard engine is sufficiently powerful and boasts outputs of 389 hp and 479 lb-ft.
Impressively, the electrically-assisted model is capable of achieving an EPA rating of up to 22 mpg on the combined cycle. All models utilize a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, regardless of driven wheels or engine choice. As a reminder, the Tundra is capable of towing up to 12,000 lbs.
Despite its rugged demeanor, the Tundra is filled to the brim with the latest in active and passive safety features.
Even base models receive Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 as standard, which includes road sign assist, radar-guided cruise control, lane keep assist, and a pre-collision system, among other things. For 2023, the Japanese automaker has added Toyota's Rear Seat Reminder.
In terms of technology, base models receive an eight-inch touchscreen (mid-spec and top trim levels receive a 14-inch item) which, thanks to the new Toyota Audio Multimedia system, now offers standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Except for the addition of a new package for the SR5 trim, not much else has changed on the Tundra, so we don't expect pricing to change by much. The price of the SX add-ons is yet to be detailed, but Toyota has said it comes "without a hefty price tag." Current 2022 pricing starts at $35,950 for the SR and continues all the way up to $73,530 for the plush Capstone derivative.