The 2021 Toyota Tundra may not be the most capable pickup in its class, but at a base price of $35,270, it’s one of the most affordable. Those looking to trick out the American-made truck from the Japanese brand can spring for one of two special editions that vary significantly from last year.
A 5.7-liter V8 producing 381 horsepower remains as the sole engine options. The 2019 Toyota Tundra was the last model year that the diminutive 4.6-liter V8 was made available on all variants, including the sportier 2019 Toyota Tundra SR5 and the Toyota Tundra Crew Max (aka the 2019 Toyota Tundra double cab). The larger V8’s maximum towing capacity and payloads of 10,200 pounds and 1,730 pounds, respectively, haven’t changed since 2019.
The stylishly dark Nightshade edition is also returning, but it’s now based on the luxe Limited trim instead of the SE grade. The seats, paint coat, mirror caps and door handles are all blacked out, while the chrome has been darkened and the pipes are tipped in either Midnight Black Metallic or Magnetic Gray Metallic.
While not technically a special edition, the off-road-ready Tundra TRD Pro Model is getting a new Lunar Rock muted green added to the existing colors of Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra is expected to hit dealerships this fall.