Standard Toyota Safety Sense driver safety and assist system
Highly capable off-road TRD models
Below-average fuel economy
Stiffer ride than other trucks
Feels especially large when driven on tight, congested roads
Not as many customization possibilities compared to rivals
Trail and Nightshade special editions debut
Part of the second Tundra generation introduced for 2007
Despite a handful of updates over the years, the Toyota Tundra is one of the oldest vehicles on sale in America today. When the current Tundra debuted in 2007, it was a compelling alternative to the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500. And while we still like some things about the Tundra — the standard V8 engine, roomy interior and decent list of driver aids — there isn't much else to separate it from the crowd. And all of its competitors have seen at least one full redesign since 2007.
Toyota has made only minor changes to the Tundra for 2021, with a pair of new special edition models that focus on changes to the truck's styling rather than improvements to features. Overall, we think it's worth taking a closer look at the competition from Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan and Ram.
Edmunds' Expert Rating
Used solely as a work truck, the Tundra has a lot to offer, including impressive standard towing capability and interior utility. But modern trucks are expected to be family transportation too. From a refinement and feature standpoint, the Tundra falls behind almost all its major rivals.
The 5.7-liter V8 has plenty of thrust, but that's about the best thing we can say about the Tundra's performance. The brake pedal is numb and provides little driver confidence during emergency braking. Around corners, the steering is vague and the large steering wheel doesn't return to center well. Handling feels unsettled at times too, especially on tight roads.
We do like that Toyota offers the off-road-ready TRD Pro version. But for routine driving, nearly every full-size truck is more agile, maneuverable and modern.
Comfort is below average in the Tundra. The seats are stiffly padded and aren't very supportive — most drivers will have issues getting comfortable. The Tundra rides OK over small ruts, but you'll definitely feel larger bumps and potholes because of the stiff and unforgiving suspension. We imagine a significant payload would settle things down a bit, but it's hard to live with every day. Wind and road noise is present most of the time.
Our SR5 test vehicle didn't have many creature comforts, but the single-zone climate control is easy to master because of its logical layout and big, easy-to-grasp knobs. The small vents mean you have to crank up the A/C to cool down the cabin in a hurry.
The Tundra's interior is functional but dated. The controls are large and well labeled, and the redundant buttons next to the touchscreen are useful. It's spacious inside too, with enough room for adults in all the major seating positions.
Forward visibility is good. However, there's a huge blind spot over both shoulders, and the blind-spot monitoring system doesn't always detect what's back there. The lack of visibility also makes maneuvering into a parking spot a challenge.
Technology is a weak point for the Tundra. The base stereo is an underpowered six-speaker unit that doesn't get very loud. And when you turn it up, it distorts easily. At least Bluetooth and USB audio connect relatively quickly on a consistent basis.
The factory voice controls for music and phone calls work well but only under a very specific menu structure — the system doesn't respond well to casual language. On the plus side, the Tundra comes standard with features such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking and lane departure monitoring. On the minus side, some of these systems are overly sensitive to neighboring vehicles.
The max payload rating for the Tundra is competitive, but the bed's load-in height is high. You can't get a fancy tailgate like you can on some of the newer trucks either. Thankfully, the 5.7-liter V8 and standard 4.30 axle ratio give most Tundras a tow rating around 10,000 pounds. Plus, the Tundra comes standard with an integrated electronic trailer brake controller.
The back seat is massive, so you can fit most child seats without a problem. But it's poorly laid out for hauling large cargo items because of a sizable hump in the center of the floor. Small-item storage is lacking because many of the spaces are small by segment standards.
The Tundra's EPA ratings are well below average. The six-speed automatic holds it back, as does the standard high axle ratio. Other truckmakers hide the negative effects of towing axle ratios by making them optional, but at least with them, you get the choice. As a silver lining, we've found the EPA estimates to be achievable in real-world testing.
For a bare-bones work truck, the Tundra has some appeal. But when you start adding options, the pricing becomes less competitive. Almost every rival packs better bang for the buck. The cabin materials feel cheap and dated, even if the tolerances are tight.
The standard three-year/36,000-mile warranty and five years/60,000 miles for powertrain coverage are about average for the segment. Scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance for two years/25,000 miles are on the house, which is nice.
What the Tundra lacks in objective performance metrics, it makes up for with a bit of personality. The 5.7-liter V8 gives you a great soundtrack, and any of the off-road packages will make you feel like a hero in the dirt. Plus, no matter where you go or what you do, this big Toyota won't let you forget that you're driving a brute-force pickup, not some compromised daily driver.
Which Tundra does Edmunds recommend?
The midlevel SR5 trim is the way to go. It has a handful of upgrades over the base model and is available with a number of options including the off-road-focused TRD Sport package.
Toyota Tundra models
The Toyota Tundra is available in six trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Pro. The new Nightshade Special Edition and TrailEdition packages are optional on certain trims. The Tundra is available in double-cab, crew-cab and the larger CrewMax configurations with three available bed lengths. All Tundras are powered by a 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp, 401 lb-ft) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.
The base SR model comes equipped with:
Integrated trailer brake controller
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Six-speaker audio system
Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
Automatic high beams
Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Tundra and the car in front)
Stepping up to the SR5 gets you everything included on the SR, adding:
8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
Options on the SR5 include:
SR5 Upgrade package
Larger 38-gallon fuel tank
Front bucket seats
Power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar
Premium Audio with Navigation
Seven-speaker (Double Cab) or nine-speaker (CrewMax) audio system
USB media port and fwo USB charging ports
Front and rear parking sensors
Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
TRD Sport package
Bilstein shock absorbers
TRD front and rear sway bars
LED headlights and foglights
Keyless entry with push-button start
TRD floor mats, shift knob and decals
Color changes to grille, bumpers and mirror caps
Unique 18-inch wheels
Lockable bed storage box
Grille from the 1794 trim
Black seats with tan stitching
The Limited trim builds off the SR5 with features including:
Silver grille with a chrome surround
Standard LED lighting
Standard 38-gallon fuel tank
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Heated front seats
Power-sliding rear window
TRD Off-Road package
TRD Sport features
Nightshade Special Edition
Black 20-inch wheels
Dark chrome grille
Black mirror caps, exhaust tip, door handles and badging
Black leather-trimmed seats
The Platinum only available in CrewMax/short-bed configuration and is loaded with more creature comforts, including:
Full leather seating
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Heated and ventilated front seats
Upgraded navigation and JBL audio system
Black honeycomb-style grille
Heated exterior mirrors
The 1794 Edition is equipped the same as the Platinum model, replacing most of the exterior trim with chrome accents.
This rough-and-tumble model is meant for off-road enthusiasts. Features include:
MSRP includes delivery, processing and handling fee, which may be subject to change at any time. Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price will vary.
I am on my second Tundra. My 2013 went just under 100K miles, without a single problem. Sure, it is an old design, but it is built like a tank. I pulls and hauls without effort. If you want a solid, trouble free truck to drive, this is the one to buy.
4/5 stars, Engines routinely go 300,000 miles
Limited 4dr CrewMax SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
1 Lousy gas mileage, 2 Seats not to be considered comfortable, The rest is all good. Low maintenance, Powerful, Towing and load capacity of a 3/4 ton, Wont fall apart, no annoying body or interior noises, Built to last.
5/5 stars, Such a beast!
SR5 4dr CrewMax 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
This truck is such a beast. Not thrilled that the gas mileage is less than optimal, but the room in the Tundra is fantastic. I would like to have automatic windows for the front, but that is just on the wish list. Overall, this is a fabulous truck!
4/5 stars, Great truck, horrible mileage
Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
Love this beast, but 13 mpg does suck.
But I bought it for the longevity and reliability.
Wish it had an inverter for 110
Warns if you're about to hit a car or object near your car. Extremely helpful for parking a large vehicle in tight spaces.
Blind-Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Lets you know if there is traffic in your blind spot before you change lanes and if there's oncoming side traffic when you're reversing.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Uses radar to automatically help keep the Tundra a set distance from the car ahead.
NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
4 / 5
4 / 5
4 / 5
Side Crash Rating
5 / 5
Side Barrier Rating
5 / 5
5 / 5
5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
5 / 5
5 / 5
3 / 5
Dynamic Test Result
Risk Of Rollover
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
Side Impact Test
Roof Strength Test
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Toyota Tundra vs. the competition
2021 Toyota Tundra
2020 Ford F-150
Toyota Tundra vs. Ford F-150
The Ford F-150, one of the best-selling vehicles in America, now sits at No. 2 in our large truck rankings, and a redesigned F-150 is coming in 2021. We like the Ford's wide variety of configurations and engines (though it lacks the Toyota's standard V8) and excellent towing and payload ratings. It also offers a variety of trims, from a bare-bones work truck to top-of-the-line model that feels closer to a luxury car than a farm vehicle. It's not as affordable as the Tundra, but it also feels like a far more modern vehicle.
The Silverado isn't our favorite large truck, but it scores well in many of the areas we value in a pickup. There's an endless variety of bed, cab and engine configurations, as well as a breadth of trims that make it appealing to a wide range of truck buyers. But even though the Silverado's relatively new, its interior feels dated, and it doesn't ride as comfortably as some other full-size pickups. Still, the same can be said about the Tundra, which hasn't been fully redesigned since 2007.
The Ram 1500 is easily our top-ranked large truck. It does just about everything well, from towing and hauling to feeling quiet, comfortable and roomy. The interior is the best in the class in terms of design, tech and premium feel. Like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, it's available in an array of cab, bed and engine configurations. That said, expect to pay more than you would for a Tundra with similar features.
For 2021, the Toyota Tundra gets two new option packages that are mostly cosmetic. First up, the Trail Special Edition that is based on the SR5 CrewMax model with the SR5 Upgrade package (larger gas tank, upgraded front seats, tilt-and-telescoping wheel and anti-theft systems). To this, shoppers can select two of the coolest paint colors from Toyota: Cement Grey and Army Green, as well as the regular black or white. You also get black exterior badging, black upholstery with tan stitching, and all-weather floor mats.
The most useful part of the Trail Special Edition is the inclusion of lockable bins in the bed. The driver's side bin is even insulated so you can use it as a cooler. The Nightshade is based on the Limited model and features black wheels, black exterior trim and black leather upholstery. Yawn.
Look for both of these packages on 2021 Toyota Tundra models when they arrive in dealerships this summer. Toyota plans to make only 5,000 of each.
2021 Toyota Tundra
The last time the Toyota Tundra was redesigned, George W. Bush was still in office. Seems like a lifetime ago, right? With that in mind, it's not surprising that the Tundra is at a distinct disadvantage compared to its competition. Sure, it's been updated over the decades, and it continues to benefit from a beefy standard V8 engine, roomy rear seats and strong TRD off-road models. On the downside, that engine isn't as efficient as rivals, the ride quality is pretty stiff (even for a truck), and it doesn't offer as many customization choices as other pickups.
2021 Toyota Tundra
Is the Toyota Tundra a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Tundra both on the road and at the track, giving it a 6.7 out of 10. You probably care about Toyota Tundra fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 14 mpg to 15 mpg, depending on the configuration. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Tundra. Learn more
What's new in the 2021 Toyota Tundra?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Toyota Tundra:
Trail and Nightshade special editions debut
Part of the second Tundra generation introduced for 2007
To determine whether the Toyota Tundra is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Tundra. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Tundra's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2021 Toyota Tundra a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Toyota Tundra is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Tundra and gave it a 6.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Tundra is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2021 Toyota Tundra?
The least-expensive 2021 Toyota Tundra is the 2021 Toyota Tundra SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $34,025.
Other versions include:
SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $38,765
SR5 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $35,715
Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $45,790
SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $34,025
SR 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $37,075
SR 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $37,405
Limited 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $42,740
SR 4dr Double Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $34,355
SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $39,095
SR5 4dr Double Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $36,045
TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $49,125
If you're interested in the Toyota Tundra, the next question is, which Tundra model is right for you? Tundra variants include SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), and SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A). For a full list of Tundra models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more
More about the 2021 Toyota Tundra
2021 Toyota Tundra Overview
The 2021 Toyota Tundra is offered in the following submodels: Tundra CrewMax, Tundra Double Cab. Available styles include SR5 4dr CrewMax 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr CrewMax 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr CrewMax SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), TRD PRO 4dr CrewMax 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), 1794 4dr CrewMax 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Platinum 4dr CrewMax 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr CrewMax SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Platinum 4dr CrewMax SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR 4dr Double Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), SR5 4dr Double Cab LB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), 1794 4dr CrewMax SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A), and TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A).
Toyota Tundra models are available with a 5.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 381 hp, depending on engine type.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 2 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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2021 Toyota Tundra SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
The 2021 Toyota Tundra SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,612. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Tundra SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is trending $663 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Tundra SR 4dr Double Cab SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is 1.8% below the MSRP.
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The 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,628. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is trending $629 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is 1.4% below the MSRP.
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The 2021 Toyota Tundra Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $49,399. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Tundra Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is trending $679 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Tundra Limited 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is 1.4% below the MSRP.
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2021 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)
The 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,028. The average price paid for a new 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is trending $721 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A) is 1.4% below the MSRP.
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