One of the reasons the Toyota Tundra remains firmly placed among favorite pickup trucks is its reliability. As a staple on the American landscape since 1999, the Tundra’s 2020 model is poised to hit the roadways with some much-anticipated updates. Chief among them are standard features that are certain to raise the popularity flag among full-size light-duty enthusiasts.
What’s behind the curtain?
While the Tundra has held its own among America’s big three truck competitors, it’s maintained a low-profile minimalist presence by comparison. With the newest generation’s arrival in 2007 and the latest update in 2014, the Toyota pickup was beginning to feel a bit stale.
The Toyota Tundra tech package
The tech lineup includes the following standard key features:
- Apple CarPlay: Use your compatible iPhone to connect to the audio multimedia system to listen to music, get directions, send and receive messages, and make calls.
- Push Button Start: The Tundra intuitively senses the Smart Key System key fob in close proximity, allowing you to use the push button to easily start or stop the engine.
- Android Auto: Connect your compatible Android with the Tundra’s system to access Google Assistant and receive real-time alerts, send and receive phone calls, and listen to music.
- Multi-Information Display: The 4.2-inch multi-information display provides easily viewable fuel, odometer, trip meter, and speedometer gauges.
- Integrated Navigation: Includes an eight-inch high-resolution touch screen display with integrated navigation to assist with directions.
- Smart Key System: Allows for the convenience of unlocking the doors without removing keys from your purse or pocket.
Apple CarPlay Features
Using a version of Apple’s iOS 8, the software overrides the vehicle’s factory equipment. The customizable infotainment system allows access to the iPhone’s apps, Siri interface, maps, and phone contacts while keeping your hands on the wheel.
A closer look at what Apple CarPlay offers:
- Siri voice control allows you to press and hold the steering wheel’s voice control button to access the features you need without taking your eyes off the road.
- Use the touchscreen to access data.
- You also have the option to control your screen and CarPlay through the knobs, buttons, and dials.
- Apple Maps offers such intuitive features as using your calendar, text messages, and emails to determine your route.
- You also have the option to input coordinates and receive detailed audio directions enhanced with 3D graphics to help you reach your destination.
- Enjoy the option of making and receiving calls through your own input or with the assistance of Siri.
- Thanks to the convenience CarPlay offers, you’re able to send and receive messages, simply by instructing Siri. With a voice command, you can listen to your texts while you’re driving, and if you’re running late, let Siri know, and she takes care of the rest.
- There’s no need to grow drowsy listening to cookie-cutter radio stations or trying to find your favorite music while driving. With Apple Music, you’re able to readily access pre-programmed apps and audibly search for a song, album, or artist.
- Alternatively, use Spotify or other streaming apps to enjoy music or podcasts.
- Begin and end each day with a quick review of the agenda. Let Apple CarPlay take care of your directions.
- Customize your infotainment system with your favorite apps, including audiobooks, news stations, podcasts, and music subscription services.
- By adapting the system to the Toyota Tundra, the automaker’s finally joining the ranks of their techno-embracing competitors in creating a more diverse and user-friendly infotainment platform.