The first thing to ask yourself is "what do I want the vehicle to do?" I had a 2008 Tundra, and I loved it. Power, comfort, reliability, good looks... had it all. Then I asked the question above when my job changed and I needed something more suited to transporting passengers. Sold the Tundra and got a Honda Pilot. Great SUV, loved it and still have it (now the wife's car). What I found was that I wasn't hauling passengers as often as I thought and was hauling/towing things more often than I planned. I needed another truck. So, I went truck shopping: Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Toyota. Once the initial shock of how much prices have risen wore off... I could see that price for comparably equipped trucks was essentially a wash. That favored Toyota, as even the Chevy salesman conceded the Tundra has the highest resale value. When the smoke cleared, Toyota made the best deal on what was actually the truck I wanted: a Blazing Blue Pearl Platinum edition CrewMax. After spending some time with it, I love the truck every bit as much as expected. Ride is plush, electronics are great (much improved from 2008), complete back window raise lower is cool, leather is slick, seats heated AND cooled (wife loved that one), and is beautiful inside and out. Mileage is the same as my old one, and about the same as any big V8 in any brand, but more powerful and torquey than most. Interior storage is my only real gripe, with no storage under or behind the rear seat. That's a serious faux pas on Toyota's part, and needs attention. I have read some trailer brake gripes, but haven't been able to test with a trailer with brakes (I normally pull smaller trailers without brakes) so I can't comment for better or worse. The storage being a single minus against a bed full of plusses, it's an easy 5 stars. VERY glad to be back in a Tundra. NOTE: The application would not let me select best/worst features and just added everything... suffice the information above to say I like the power, comfort, electronics, space inside, looks, towing ability, and resale value. Neutral on mileage: I would like it to be better but it isn't far off any other large V8. Negative is the limited back seat storage. For such a huge area, this should be much better.
When did the light-duty trucks become judged based on features and fuel economy? Is this the new way of judging work trucks? For me, a light-duty truck needs to be reliable, simple, and be able to perform duties consistent with a light-duty truck. Ford has now come out with a lighter body to compensate for its weaker turbo-charged engine. In addition, when I test drove the truck I still couldn't figure out the electronics after spending 2 hours with the system. This truck just screams low reliability, high repair bills and low resale value. The GM brands are definitely a step up from the Ford in terms of logic for electronic systems, but can you trust them with as many recalls that they've had in the past few years? The Ram (in my opinion) is the closest in terms of what I consider to be a good work truck, but personally I don't trust their drive train (clearly they don't either as they're reducing their warranty program). I was looking for a reliable truck that's easy to use and can get the job done, the Tundra was the only option that I was comfortable with. As a previous reviewer noted, the Tundra is tied (per Edmunds article by Carroll Lachnit) with the Ford for the "Most American" truck based on percentage of U.S. / Canadian content, so you can't use the argument to "buy American" against the Tundra. Even if it's global headquarters are in Japan, it's ownership (like Ford, GM, and Chrysler) is scattered throughout the world as a publicly traded company. I just hope the engineers are very careful to not "follow the Jones'" to a luxury vehicle and stick with one of the last great light duty work trucks.
Hello... Please let me explain.. I am a LOYAL Toyota Fan Boy! Actually 56 years old. This is my 3rd Toyota Tundra. 2006, 2010, and this one I'm rating is 2016 Tundra Crewmax Limited. I love this truck. But I am rating this a "1" star for the following reasons. And please, read this if you are considering purchasing one and this tip to do on the test drive. I purchased my 2016 Crewmax new and at about 1,000 miles the truck started vibrating at approximately 48-50 mph when it was in 6th gear (overdrive). The Tundra is a 6 speed automatic (overdrive). I took it to the dealer I purchased it from and the mechanic diagnosed and verified my problem. This is where the problems begin. He then got on the phone to "Toyota Tech Line" and they had him "move the tires around", which he did. Bottom line. It didn't fix the vibration around 48-50 mph. So I met with the "regional corporate dude" who went for a ride with me and he even verified the issue but said that the "new one" we drove on the lot did it worse so it was classified as "characteristic". What??? Worse than mine?? That my friends is "corporate speak" for "blow off" / "cover up". So, I took it to another Toyota Dealer and had the mechanic go for a ride. He verified and diagnosed that I had a problem. He even took his laptop computer on a ride after speaking to the Toyota Tech Line and they said to hit the button on his laptop computer every time he felt the problem. He came back and told me he "hit the button" over 100 times. Thus.. Houston, we have a problem verified by 2 Toyota mechanics and the "regional dude". I am heading back for one more time to attempt to get it fixed. The problem is actually getting worse. I currently have about 8,000 miles on my truck. As I stated earlier, I am a complete "Toyota Fan Boy", but the sheer and utter disrespect shown not only to me, but the Toyota Certified Mechanics who are working hard and wanting to fix the problem shown by the "corporate regional guy" is unacceptable and something I would expect from GM, Ford, or Chrysler. But Toyota.... No way. I know they try to "care" about their customers, but with the way I have been "jerked around" and humiliated by the "corporate regional guy" has taken its toll. I guess that's why God created "Lemon Law Attorneys". So, PLEASE READ THIS..... IF YOU ARE THINKING OF BUYING A TOYOTA TUNDRA, PLEASE, ON YOUR TEST RIDE, GO APPROX. 48-50 MPH AND LET IT BE IN 6TH GEAR AND HOLD IT THERE. If you feel the vibration, RUN. Know that they are not going to fix it and call it "characteristic". If you can live with that, then so be it. But, don't say I didn't try to inform and help you in this matter. In fact, according to the 2 mechanics that worked on the truck, apparently there are more people than me "squeaking" about this problem. It is a problem / issue! Best wishes!
After 18 years of driving nothing but Dodge, I finally broke ranks and bought a Platinum CrewMax. This is without a doubt the most luxurious thing I have ever owned?or been in. Seriously. This thing is on par with my wife?s Range Rover. Actually?with the air-conditioned seats (which the RR doesn?t have) it is in my opinion more luxurious. With the CM cab, it is like having a small apartment in the rear and we find ourselves opting to take the Tundra on trips rather than the RR. If you are interested in the Tundra CrewMax, I would recommend shopping the used market from 2013 and under. Don't worry about getting a used truck, these things last forever (my parents both have 200K+ on the odometer). In 2014, for some stupid reason, Toyota did away with the slide and recline rear seats in the CrewMax which negates the plethora of behind-the-seat storage in the back. From 2014 forward, all the rear seats do is fold from the floor up which is slightly less than useless. Without going into detail, this truck has every option besides remote start. The interior is amazing, quiet, comfortable, well thought out, and just plain works. The parking assist sonar and camera are awesome. The Sat Nav/infotainment is very easy to setup, pair the phone (up to 4), and other Bluetooth players (up to 2). The ventilated seats are a God send in Texas. And the power?my God you could jump start the Earth with the pulling power this thing has. And to the people moaning over mileage, you bought a 5.7 Liter V8?what were you expecting? When not towing, this package rides like a Cadillac. It is so quiet and comfortable it is almost criminal for a pickup truck. Bottom line, some magazine say other trucks have passed the Tundra, but I think they are still catching up?big time. 5 Stars. All the way.
If you want a true American built truck and built by Americans then your only choice is the Tundra. Great truck. No regrets for buying. Find the right dealer though because I probably paid more then I should have.