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An excellent pickup truck, Tundra is comfortable, quiet, handles relatively well and has a super smooth powertrain. It also performs towing and hauling tasks admirably. Good offset-crash-test results are a considerable plus. A crew cab with optional stability control was added to the lineup for the 2004 model year.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“It is a very well built vehicle”

DAVID C., IN (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Very good comfortable ride for a 4X4 pickup. Very smooth quiet engine.”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“great power”

JOHN H., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“The V-8 power plant is more than adequate for normal driving and cargo loads. The turning circle is quite large, making it difficult to park head first into perpendicular parking spaces. I usually need to pull in part way, back up for a better angle, then pull in again. It's easier to just back into a space.”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Rides rough but accelerates very well”

GREG T., FL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Everything is a very good truck”

ENGELBERTO H., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Very reliable!”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“It is still extremely tight after all of these years. Has the best brakes of any car that I have driven. Handles extremely well. My only complaint is the poor gas mileage, especially in city driving. I suppose with the V8 engine, and a truck, it was normal. I still like it and should drive it more. ( I have a 1992 Mazda Miata that I also must keep driving)”

Anonymous, LA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“RPM's drop too low before it downshifts,so have to depress accelerator to floor. Then it goes wild with RPM's.”

CHARLES K., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“With the TRD suspension package the handling is very secure and free of body lean even when driving enthusiastically. The V-8, while smaller than the engines in other trucks, provides very competitive acceleration and very decent mileage even when towing a trailer. My only complaint is I wish it had a 5-speed auto transmission instead of the 4 speed.”

LANCE N., OR (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“I test drove the Tacoma. After having a Volvo 740 Turbo (a drunk smashed & totaled it when it was parked) the acceleration was disappointing. I also learned that Tundra was #1 for safety-that made the difference for me. Love my Truck”

MARTHA C., FL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Very comfortable ride and highway cruising vehicle.”

DAVID T., NC (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Excellent off- road vehicle with great creature for 2003”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Tundra)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“Comfortable ride”

CHARLES N., TN (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“The seats are very comfortable, climate control works well, road noise is minimal, and ride is smooth.”

NANCY H., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“We have the base model with a bench seat. I wish there was a split seat option in the base model.”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Nice. Very comfortable”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“The ride is somewhat harsh.Unlike how my 2002 Sequoia rides.It is very comfortable.”

LINDA-MICHAEL B., AZ (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“You don't feel that your driving a truck, but more like a comfortable SUV.”

NANCY D., NY (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“wish we had got seats that had more room in back”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“seats are ok not real supportive. with age having more rattles.turning radius always has been bad.”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Not enough leg room for tall man or woman in passenger seat or back seat. had problems with radio after purchase. taken in twice. was fixed. works great. cassette player died 2013 CD player still going strong. The AC Rocks! cold in seconds, heater great! purchased seat covers in matching fabric at purchase and so far the cloth covers and upholstery great even though in sun all day! Paint still looks great! This truck has carried everything including massive concrete and sand to x-mas trees. Its”

STACY G., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“The seat belts have had known issue with retracting after you unbuckle.”

STUART K., FL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Very comfortable ride and right sixe for me”

DICK J., FL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

“get one”

FLOYD J., WA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“I would buy this truck again.”

JOHN M., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Very reliable”

CHARLES N., TN (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Still running like new”

ENGELBERTO H., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Very reliable for its age. I drove for 5 years. 40-50,000 miles per year, 1/2 on logging roads. These last 3-4 years, I've put 1,500-2,000 per year for Maint and repairs, but it's much less than buying something new and making loan payments. Nearly 250,000 miles now.”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Initial cost was high. I have 175000 miles. So I definitely got my money back”

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Extremely low maintenance costs”

GREG T., FL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“It was a Certified Used Vehicle, and the price was very good.”

Anonymous, WV (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Considering the mileage on this truck, I couldn't be happier with the reliability or cost of ownership.”

ELAN B., AL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Affordable used truck that should stay running without expensive repairs for as little as I use it - 3rd vehicle for me.”

CHRIS J., NC (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Truck 13 years old have not had any issues. Still runs well over 200k miles!”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Excellent reliability and functionality”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“good price for a workhorse”

JOHN H., CA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“There have been several occasions that people have come to me to asked about the truck. That want to know what year it is. They like the looks and would like to get one similar.”

EILEEN M., OH (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“doors and trim”

FLOYD J., WA (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Ok”

E H., FL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

“Looks good.”

R W., AL (2003 Toyota Tundra)

Would you buy this car again?

2003 vehicles
Ford F-150
GMC Sierra 1500
Toyota Tundra
Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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