Buyer's Guide

2021 Toyota Tundra
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2021 Toyota Tundra MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Standard V-8 engine
  • Off-road ready TRD Pro model
  • Attractive exterior

Cons

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Outdated interior
  • Over a decade old

It's easy enough to settle on a run-of-the-mill American truck, but what if you want something different? The Toyota Tundra could be an answer. This full-size pickup originally made its debut for the year 2000, and the current second-generation truck went on sale for 2007. All Tundra models are equipped with a V-8 engine. What's more, the Tundra is built in Toyota's factory in San Antonio, Texas.

The Toyota Tundra is a 2021 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value winner.

What's New

  • The Nightshade Edition, which features dark-colored styling cues, is added to the range
  • The Trail Edition offers outdoors-oriented and premium equipment

What We Think

The Tundra was once a great truckā€”it earned MotorTrend's Truck of the Year award way back in 2008. But a lot has changed in the Tundra's decade-plus on the market.

Whereas newer competitors offer downsized turbocharged engines and transmissions with up to 10 speeds, the Tundra sticks with a tried-and-true V-8 and six-speed automatic. This drivetrain feels powerful and is reasonably capable, but it's less refined and efficient than newer competitors. The fan-favorite TRD Pro model faces stiff competition from other off-road trucks.

The Tundra's cabin is spacious, and higher-end trims are well appointed, although newer trucks have more technology and features. Driver-assist features like adaptive cruise control are included, but that system switches off below 25 mph, reducing its utility in traffic.

Age is the Tundra's main drawback. Its time-tested abilities have a certain appeal, but other, newer trucks simply offer more. Rumors have swirled for years that a next-generation Tundra is in development, so it could be worthwhile to wait and see what Toyota reveals.

Is Toyota Coming Out With a New Tundra?

This generation of the Tundra went on sale way back in 2007, making it one of the oldest vehicles still on sale in 2021. It's time for a full redesign, and we expect Toyota to release a next-gen Tundra for the 2022 model year. Key changes could include a switch to a coil-spring suspension and a twin-turbo V-6 engine as well as a possible hybrid. Modernized design and technology should be part of the package, too. Here's everything we know about the 2022 Toyota Tundra.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All Tundra models are powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 producing 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. It's connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, with RWD standard and 4WD optional. In MotorTrend testing, a 4WD-equipped Tundra accelerated to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Fuel economy for all models is EPA-rated at 13/17 mpg city/highway.

Safety

From the NHTSA, the Tundra gets a four-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). All models are equipped with the TSS (Toyota Safety Sense) suite of driver-assist and active-safety features, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high-beams.

How Big Is the 2021 Tundra's Bed?

The standard bed on a Tundra measures 66.7 inches, while the long bed is 97.6 inches. Both beds are 22.2 inches deep. Width measures 66.4 inches at the tailgate and 50.0 inches between the wheelwells.

What Is the 2021 Tundra's Towing Capacity?

Towing capacity ranges from 9,800 pounds in the crew cab 4WD model and up to 10,200 pounds in the double cab RWD model.

The Toyota Tundra can haul at least 1,560 pounds (that rating is the crew cab 4WD model). Maximum payload is 1,730 pounds, achieved in the double cab RWD model.

Technology

The Tundra's standard infotainment touchscreen measures 7.0 inches, and an 8.0-inch unit is available. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and Bluetooth connectivity are included, while built-in navigation is optional or added depending on trim. All models feature three USB ports. Double cab models have a seven-speaker audio system, and crew cab models get a nine-speaker setup.

What Does the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Package Include?

If you want to go off-roading in your Tundra, the TRD Pro model is the best option. Compared to the standard Tundra, the TRD Pro gets a 2.0-inch lift thanks to its Fox suspension setup. Black 18-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in all-terrain tires. A front skidplate helps protect against tough terrain. The V-8's sound is improved by a TRD exhaust system. The Tundra TRD Pro looks cool, too, thanks to its special grille, hood scoop, LED headlights, and blacked-out exterior trim details. Inside, it features leather upholstery with red contrast stitching and TRD shift knob.

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2021 TOYOTA TUNDRA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V8 5.7 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, ECT-i 6 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (AB60E)
Trim
1794 Edition 5.7L 2WD Short Bed CrewMax
Class
Full-Size Pickup LD
Horsepower
381@5,600
Standard MPG
13/18
Body Style
Truck
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
24
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
25,000
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Acceptable
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021
$500 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 07-06-2021