2013 Toyota Tundra
For an aging XK50 platform, the 2013 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup still packs a ton of options and configuration. It is a truck of threes, as there are three engine choices, three cab configurations, three bed lengths, three wheel bases and finally, three trim levels (base, Limited and Platinum). The base engine for 2WD regular cab and double cab models is a 4.0L V6 engine rated at 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. While the V6 is fairly capable, in order to achieve any real level of payload or tow ability, the next-in-line 4.6L V8 (310 HP 327 TQ) is really the mandatory baseline engine. While producing decent power and returning slightly better than average fuel economy, compared to the other half-ton trucks in the market, the 4.6L is still underpowered. That's why the majority of Tundra pickups sold in 2013 were equipped with Toyota's final engine option, a 5.7L gas V8 engine turning out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and paired with a 4.30:1 axle ratio, the Tundra maxed out at 10,400 lbs towing capacity with this larger V8.
Updated Front End Style
The last major refresh of the XK50-platform Tundra was back in 2007, thereby making the looks of the 2013 Tundra truck already somewhat outdated even when it was new and rolling off the factory production line. One modification you can make to make your Tundra a little more bold and in line with the times is with a new front grille. There are three types of grilles to choose from:
- Overlay grille
- Replacement grille
- Insert grille
While all three functionally change the front end appearance, the way they install (and the amount they cost) varies greatly. Overlay grilles, for instance, is the easiest to install and generally the most inexpensive. These grilles are simply placed over the factory unit, sharing bolt locations or in some cases using automotive specialty tape. On the flip side, these grilles will have further forward protrusion, and depending on the style and spacing of the slats, may leave some of the OEM grille visible behind. Replacement grilles are as specified - they replace the entire grille and mounting structure of the OEM piece. From an installation perspective, they are pretty straightforward and can incorporate some cool features like perimeter accent lighting or an integrated light bar. Insert grilles are a hybrid between an overlay and replacement grille. They can offer the same features as a replacement grille, but re-use the existing mounting structure of the OEM grille. While more labor intensive (requires cutting of the OEM piece), they aren't as expensive as an entire replacement.
Wide Body Stance
Another noteworthy modification to give a 2013 Tundra a more commanding and modern stance is with the addition of a set of fender flares. Securing to the factory fender edges, fender flares add a wide, chiseled look in addition to creating extra tire coverage. Fender flares are mainly constructed from duraflex plastic, which is an exterior grade plastic that has very good rigidity and an impact resistant polymer structure. This means small stones, sticks and trail brush should bounce off without leaving any lasting marks. Mainly sold in the natural matte black of the plastic, fender fares can be painted to match the body color, but most owners stick with the off-road styled black look.