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2009 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

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2009 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab Review

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The current Toyota Tundra, which came onto the scene in 2007 fresh from a redesign, matches or beats domestic full-size pickups when it comes to size, performance and price. For 2009, the Tundra lineup expands to include two new upgrade packages, as well as offer E85 Flex Fuel compatibility. The U.S.-built Tundra features standard side airbags and electronic stability control and is the first full-sized pickup to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award. The Tundra competes directly with full-sized pickups from Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, GMC and Nissan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you haul a lot of stuff and/or people, the Tundra is up for the job. Depending upon configuration, the payload can exceed one ton and towing capacity can reach 10,800 pounds. Pulling that load can be the available 5.7-liter V8 with 401 pound-feet of torque.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who enjoyed the more nimble, economical Toyota pickups of the past may find the 2009 Toyota Tundra far too large. The Tundra's size means it can be challenging to maneuver in tight situations and, understandably, it is not particularly fuel-efficient. Shorter people and older folks may have difficulty climbing up and into four-wheel-drive versions.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, the Toyota Tundra adds two new TRD trim packages. The TRD Sport emphasizes and aggressive street appearance, while the Rock Warrior edition is geared more toward off-road adventuring. An E85-compatible 5.7-liter V8 is now available in certain regions.

Driving the Tundra Regular Cab

Driving Impressions From the driver's seat, there's no mistaking the 2009 Toyota Tundra is a very big vehicle. The tall seating position makes it easy to see the highway ahead, but its...

considerable size means the Tundra may require some concentration to keep it correctly positioned on narrow roads and in crowded parking lots. The available sonar warning system and backup camera will be welcome when parking, maneuvering off-road or connecting to a trailer. The Tundra offers excellent steering feel and a better highway ride than some of its competitors. This is thanks in part to its frame, which has a stiff fully-boxed front section, partially-boxed C-channel under the passenger compartment and more flexible open C-channel below the bed. The optional 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 will easily and comfortably accelerate an unloaded Tundra into fast-moving traffic.

Comprehensive Accessories
Toyota offers a comprehensive assortment of more than three dozen dealer-installed items, including exterior and interior trim upgrades, cargo-bed accessories and performance and handling enhancements from Toyota's performance brand, TRD.

i-Force 5.7-liter V8
The Tundra's optional i-Force 5.7-liter V8 makes 105 more horsepower than the also-optional 4.7-liter V8, yet, with the technology of variable valve timing and the benefits of a six-speed automatic transmission, almost matches the fuel economy of the standard V6. Both the engine and transmission are built in the U.S.

2009 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab Details
2009 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab photo Interior

Big jobs can call for several people and lots of stuff. Four-door versions of the 2009 Toyota Tundra accommodate up to six adults and have numerous storage areas and work surfaces. The Double Cab's non-adjustable rear seatback has more rearward inclination than those in most similar pickukps. Still, some may find it a bit too upright for long road trips. The rear seat in the larger four-door CrewMax is adjustable both for fore-aft positioning and seatback inclination. However, it doesn't enjoy the same ability to be quickly folded up as the rear seat in the Double Cab.

Exterior
2009 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab photo

The 2009 Toyota Tundra projects the assertive image that buyers of full-size pickups desire. Its tall grille and hood and pronounced front fenders make it as imposing as any big truck. However, it retains its Toyota identity. A longer cab, larger rear doors and a shorter bed distinguish the CrewMax from the Double Cab. Upgrades giving Toyota's lowest-cost version of the two-door Regular Cab model styling more consistent with that of a work truck carry over from the 2008 model. Elements include a chrome bumper and matte-black grille surround.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment on the most basic Regular Cab model includes a V6 engine, limited slip differential, dual-zone climate controls and an AM/FM stereo with a single CD player. The SR5 trim of the Double Cab and CrewMax includes power front seats, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and heated outside mirrors. The Limited trim level includes front and rear parking sonar, heated leather seats, a bedrail system and a JBL audio unit. With 236-horsepower, the standard 4.0-liter V6 is more powerful than many V8s of the recent past. Only those who regularly haul massive loads and tow large trailers will truly miss the extra power of the optional V8s.

Optional Equipment

Most optional equipment on the 2009 Toyota Tundra is packaged into either the mid-level SR5 or the up-scale Limited trims. One significant stand-alone option is a bundle that includes a DVD-based satellite navigation system, backup camera and a JBL audio system. The two-door Regular Cab and four-door Double Cab are available in two bed lengths – six-and-a-half and eight feet – while the CrewMax has a five-and-half-foot bed. The TRD Rock Warrior package adds an off-road suspension, Bilstein shocks, 17-inch tires with BF Goodrich all-terrain T/A tires, fog lights and a color-keyed front bumper and grille surround. The 2009 Toyota Tundra offers a long list of dealer-installable accessories. These include remote engine start, 22-inch wheels, bed extender and numerous TRD items.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Toyota Tundra offers three engine choices: The standard 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, a 276-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 or the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. The first two come with five-speed automatic transmissions, while the 5.7-liter is mated to a six-speed automatic. Since the 5.7-liter makes 105 horsepower more than the 4.7-liter and gets almost the same fuel mileage as the V6, the vast majority of Tundra buyers select the big engine. Toyota employed several technologies to allow the 5.7-liter V8 to produce both big power and reasonable economy. Variable valve timing optimizes engine performance for changing conditions and demands, and the six-speed automatic transmission employs a low first gear to aid low-speed acceleration and two overdrive gears to maximize highway economy.

4.0-liter V6
236 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19

4.7-liter V8
276 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
313 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/17 (2WD); 13/16 (4WD)

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD); 13/17 (4WD), 10/13 (4WD, E85)

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2009 Toyota Tundra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 989 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

5 years, no problems

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "best by far"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this 4x4 tundra limited to replace totaled out 2007 tundra limited. I have only serviced the truck by the book and replaced one set of tires in 31000 miles. the only replacement required was a back up lamp bulb. will never buy any other truck and I have had all of them over the past 50 years. Chevys, Fords, Dodges and none of them even came close to the Tundra for reliability, value or trouble free driving, and it was made in America!!!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best truck!!!

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,960

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great truck!!! Very reliable and safe."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great truck. I drive it everywhere and it has proven to be reliable and safe. For it's size, it gets great mileage."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

The best truck ever read this!!

By on Saturday, July 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Powerful , smooth ride, envy for my neighbors 4x4"

Cons: "Nothing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm have owned so many trucks and cars but since I got a Toyota Tacoma it was the best truck the only thing it needed is gas I still own it so I decided to get a tundra this truck was a monster compared to my Tacoma but they have the same quality people talk about how much gas consumption but is not really bad for the power you get I think is fair .. Even my truck has a 7" inch lift still feels amazing I took it mudding it did such good job I'm amazed with this truck love it!!!"

17 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Way better than I expected. What a Great Truck.

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Ride - Looks Great - 4x4 work effortlessly"

Cons: "Factory Tires don't last long enough."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fantastic Truck. I feel I made a great choice. Toyota Quality can be felt from the moment you turn the key. Rides and Looks Great. No issues what so ever. Trouble free and fun to drive, very durable."

20 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Get what you pay for

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "gps/backup display is a bit hard to read in glare"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my first tundra upgrade from a 4 runner in '04 because it looked survivable in a hi speed collision. Nine years later a drunk forced me into a 60 mph head on. While horrific in nature the cab was never breached, and I'm still here. I love my airbags and seatbelt. Nothing broken or cut. Near two y.o. new '14 Tundra build very well. No rattles, no junk, made with quality in mind. The building process is top notch. I call the interior so close to a Lexus. No messing around. 400hp, again, no messing around. Not so hot mileage? Lets see the real world mileage of the other trucks hauling and pulling."

14 people out of 30 found this review helpful

We love it - V6 has great gas mileage

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "Rides stiff when empty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Easy to drive, very comfortable especially with a little weight in the back. Gets excellent gas mileage and has been very reliable."

12 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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