By KBB.com Editors
Given the hype surrounding the introduction of Toyota's all-new Tundra, you'd think Toyota's product team had discovered at least a cure for the common cold. A full-size truck from Toyota is big news and, after Toyota's two previous attempts at the full-size market (the T-100, introduced in 1993, and the first-generation Tundra, introduced in 2000), it does heighten expectations. The newest Tundra is not, however, the reinvention of the pickup. Rather, with its new Tundra, Toyota hopes to hit the sweet spot in the marketplace and, while not reinventing the pickup, its launch significantly raises the stakes in the full-size segment.
If in need of a full-size pickup for loading, towing or commercial applications, Toyota's new pickup won't disappoint, especially for those customers accustomed to Toyota levels of reliability and refinement. If that's the case, the new Tundra should be right up your (paved or dirt) alley.
If you're a Chevy, Dodge or Ford loyalist you'll probably not see the point of changing truck brands, especially when Toyota's entry offers nothing in the way of ground-breaking content. And, for those with heavy-duty needs, a three-quarter-ton or one-ton variant is still the province of the domestic brands.
With the exception of its 4.0-liter V6 and 4.7-liter V8, virtually everything is new on the all-new Tundra. That includes the chassis, the sheetmetal (a product of Toyota's Calty Design), the signature 5.7-liter V8 and even the main Tundra plant that was built on a green-field site near San Antonio, Texas. Rarely, if ever, has a vehicle built and assembled by an importer enjoyed the degree of American involvement in its design and engineering as the Tundra. And, given the number of cab, bed and model configurations (31) available to consumers, Toyota's expanded commitment to the segment is also all-new.
Driving Impressions With an all-new chassis and big-displacement V8 we were expecting a giant stride in the Tundra's ride, handling and driving dynamic, and the new Tundra doesn't disappoint. We found the...ride over uneven surfaces to be composed and controlled, while the big displacement V8 does your bidding in a way you'd fully expect from 381 horsepower. Although we didn't have a chance to sample either the V6 or 4.7-liter V8, those are known entities, and we'd expect them to perform appropriately in this new application. Towing a 10,000-pound test load over approximately sixty miles of highway was as non-eventful as Toyota claimed it would be, helped in no small part by the Tundra's accurate steering and four-wheel disc braking. When combining the 5.7-liter V8 with the regular cab/short bed you have a recipe for notable performance (assuming, of course, you're no longer towing 10,000 pounds).
Even in the context of a regular cab, Toyota offers a generous amount of interior storage. Two glove boxes (upper and lower) set the tone, while the center console provides storage for a laptop computer or hanging files. Each front door holds two 22-ounce bottles, while rear doors on the Double Cab each hold one bottle.
Spec your Tundra with the Navigation System and you'll enjoy the added benefit of a backup camera. In addition to its safety aspect, the camera makes it easy, even in low-light conditions, to line up the truck's hitch ball with a trailer's hitch, thus making connecting up to the trailer a true one-person operation.
We like the overall design and content of the new Tundra interior, while wishing the interior plastics provided a little higher impression of quality. Still, the ergonomics, design, generous space and seating comfort of the Tundra's interior should be more than enough for just about anybody except, maybe, a basketball star.Exterior
The Tundra's assertive shape is not for the timid. In a vein similar to the latest Tacoma, Toyota's design team has given consumers an overt expression of toughness and utility. From the in-your-rearview-mirror grille to flared wheel wells and expressive cabin, no one will confuse this Tundra with any previous iteration. We especially liked the simplicity of the regular cab and visual balance provided by the (four-door) CrewMax. The Double Cab, which replaces the previous Access Cab, offers a forward-hinged rear door, aiding access in tight parking spots.
Standard equipment on the Tundra includes an AM/FM/CD with four speakers and an audio input jack, dual-zone climate control, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, a 40/20/40 split-bench front seat and two 12-volt outlets. The running gear includes a 4.0-liter V6 engine, 18-inch wheels and tires and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).
A 4.7-liter V8 is standard on the four-door CrewMax and optional on all others, while optional on all three cab configurations is an all-new 5.7-liter V8, delivering 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. In conjunction with this powerplant is an optional towing package, boosting towing capability to a segment-leading 10,800 pounds. If you want comfort and convenience to go with your power, Toyota's SR5 adds power seats, windows, door locks and mirrors, along with keyless entry and upgraded upholstery. The Limited brings dual-zone climate control, a JBL audio system and the availability of 20-inch wheels. Other options include navigation with rearview camera, rear-seat entertainment and a wide range of accessories available from your Toyota dealer.
As noted, Toyota rounds out the Tundra's performance picture with an all-new, big-displacement V8 of 5.7 liters Prodigious horsepower and torque, however, are only part of the storythe new powerplant also meets California's ULEV II emission standard, and is rated Tier2 Bin 5 by the federal government, making it easier on the environment.
5.7 liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)
By Mr. Unhappy on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Cons: "Bad exhaust drone!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"My truck came with a horrible exhaust drone. Have spent over $500 to date to help eliminate the drone. Was giving me migraines and nausea. Dealer said they were all like this so Toyota did not see it as a problem. Told me to go away and not come back. Toyota knows about the problem. Have told over 30 people not to buy a Tundra. Next thing to do to deal with drone is sound absorbing undercoat or trade in and take a bath on the trade in. Again, don't buy a Tundra. Last note, cup holders won't hold a regular coffee cup, only tapered coffee mugs."
4 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Will on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "15 Cup Holders, Sounds Great, Chicks Dig It"
Cons: "Large Trailer Hitch, Size around town, Gas Guzzler"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had this truck for 5 months now, and put roughly 8000 miles on it. I have taken it on 300 mile road trips and around town. It does great on the highway, however gas mileage drastically decreases from 55 to 70 MPH. Around town, the 5.7 Liter V8 is quick off the line. After towing a 4500 lb. boat around (more than 3,000 more than the limit), the truck showed no fatigue or problem. It did struggle, but that should be expected after nearly quadrupling the max. towing. The hitch receiver is very large, and I had to buy an extra large locking pin in order for it to fit. However Toyota has placed the connections for trailer lights above integrated into the bumper as to not rip out cords when you are off roading and rocks are hitting your bumper. The Limited interior is well laid out, providing lots of leather and wood trim. And holy cow! The back seats are massive! My 6'7" 270 pound uncle fits in the back no problem at all! The legroom is incredible. One thing to improve on in the back is that the air conditioning takes a while to reach all the way back, as there is only one small vent for all three back seats while there are 4 vents for the front seats. The rear seats fold up, and the large back door allows you to easily take in and out large, heavy objects. One thing that I wish toyota had put on the truck is an under hood light, as that would have significantly increased the ease of checking your engine (as if you were to ever break down - this truck doesn't do that) at night. The adjustable headlights allow you to not blind the driver in front of you at night when you have 4500 pounds of weight dragging the back end down. The humongous center console could hold a small adult inside of it, and has a charging port inside. The entune navigation system is very user friendly and easily allows you to input destinations, change radio stations, and change vehicle settings. The refreshed exterior is tasteful, but does not show off. The tailgate of the truck is a easy lift and lower tailgate, and you can take if off in 45 seconds. I've timed myself :-). Cup Holders are in no short supply - there are 15 of them. Everything is removable from the truck with some basic tools, so you can add accessories and clean certain bits. I have taken the front and rear seats out several times already to clean the interor of the truck really well. The rear power sliding window (by the way, it it the whole window that slides down, not just a small square of window) drastically improves the airflow through the truck when the windows are down. Despite all the upsides, it is a bit of a lumber bus around town since it is as wide as is legal in the US and is plenty long with the crew cab. Bottom line, I would absolutely reccommend this truck to anyone and would buy it again in a heartbeat. Not to mention, I can run it to ten million miles with just oil changes because its a Toyota!"
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By KJ on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Safety. Price. Comfort. Handling. Torque. Fun!"
Cons: "Need a lock on gas cover or cap."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I purchased my Rock Warrior because of it's stats for safety. I am impressed by it's ride and comfort. Most new vehicles the seats dip down' the Tundra are 'flat' and adjustable. Also, the back of the seat is a fantastic height for tall people and do not 'force' you into a 'C' position whereas your shoulders are forced forward. The MPH is not bad for such a large engine. I just pulled a near 8000 lb. older trailer for my son to Texas from Vermont. Yes, the fuel bill was high... but with the tow package; the Rock Warrior was stupendous regarding stability. All I am waiting for is for Toyota to come out with a diesel engine of their own or the Cummings."
15 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By hundbite on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,050overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fast,strong,reliable,nice looking"
Cons: "on the 08, none really"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I wish they kept all the same features in the limited. now i would have to buy a platinum just to get most of the features i have in my limited. problem is platinum only comes in a crewmax with a shorter bed! Also, the 14's feel cheap inside compared to GMC and Dodge. Sadly, this is why i will not be purchasing a new Tundra. My 08 is a great truck with no real issues."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By bigfatred on Monday, November 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "toyota quality"
Cons: "none after 7 1/2 years of ownership"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"although there have been a number of recalls, we did not have any issues. our only repairs were common maintenance. another fine vehicle from Toyota & assembled in texas by AMERICANS."
8 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Geno on Monday, November 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives great--very confortable lots of power"
Cons: "unreliable--design flaw that Toyota will not fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"These vehicles have a design flaw 2010-2013 models. The seals blow out prematurely on the power steering racks which they changed design/vendors in 2010. Mine just went out at 62k miles and it is $3100 to fix--I looked it up and there are numerous reports of this same problem. It is widespread and systemic. Toyota has done nothing to remedy the situation."
26 people out of 39 found this review helpful