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Introduced in 2007, this generation of the Tundra was bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Growing dramatically in size, but losing much of the refinement of the previous model, the Tundra, once considered the Camry of pickups -- fully-modern and easy to live with -- became one of the least refined and most dated. Shortcomings abound.
Alerts
There are 11 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2007. Side and head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2007.
Road Test

Introduced in 2007, this generation of the Tundra was bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Growing dramatically in size, but losing much of the refinement of the previous model, the Tundra, once considered the Camry of pickups -- fully-modern and easy to live with -- became one of the least refined and most dated. Shortcomings abound. Among them, the Tundra's ride is jittery, especially with the TRD off-road package. Build configurations and options were limited as well.

On the plus side, Tundra's 5.7-liter V8 produces effortless power and a still-competitive 15 mpg. Off-road capability is impressive, as is towing capacity. A neat feature is the hydraulically damped tailgate, which falls opens gracefully instead of flopping down.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (236 hp)
  • 4.7-liter V8 (271 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Caliper rusting causes deep wear in rotors, necessitating replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Caliper on driver side locked up destroying the rotor and pads and necessitated complete brake job of both calipers, rotors and pads”

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

“Calipers wore as a result of 'frozen' cylinder on rear wheel”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

“Tundra brakes and calipers seem to rust and malfunction quickly”

Anonymous, OH (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“experienced a problem with flooding. it is the second time this has happened with the Tundra, they don't know what caused it. premature brake wear is an ongoing problem from new, due to design, they have since changed the design on newer models to solve the problem”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“warped”

Trudy B., BC (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)

“Brake pads were replaced but it was suggested that I replace the rotors as they would warp in short order. It appears that you don't turn rotors on a Toyota. They do not have enough meat on them for this type of service”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Antilock system (ABS)

“Warning lights (ABS / anti-skid / VSC / brake warning lights have just recently been coming on intermittently with no indication these items are actually disengaging. Have not yet checked it out”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Actuator went out. Cost to repair was over $2000. Decided to get a used one for $400”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Air injection system failed. Repaired by dealership at no cost. Minor inconvenience”

Anonymous, LA (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“SAS (secondary air system) covered by toyota under an company issued extended warranty. Evidently a known and recurring problem”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“oxygen pump failed. Toyota extended the warranty to cover fixing it, and they did”

Anonymous, OK (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel cap

“The third cap I tried finally caused the warning light to go out and stay out”

Ronald M., CO (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Sensor indicates a fuel link. Mechanics can't find leak, tried three fuel caps. Warning light kept coming on”

Ronald M., CO (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel gauge/sender

“The fuel gauge shows a quarter tank and I have run out of gas twice now I go by mileage. Family member with a 2007 has the same problem I haven't looked it up but I'm thinking this is an issue with these trucks”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 4.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“problem with fuel injection was flooding, to the point the tundra would not run. still no answer as to why it does that”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“related to water pump issue”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)

“Anti freeze leaking due to water pump”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

“the dealer poked two holes in the radiator but couldn't prove it”

Anonymous, AK (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Water pump

“Unexpected water pump leak led to early replacement of timing belt and other unexpected repairs/cost”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 4.7-L V8)

“Water pump leaking, discovered during a routine oil change”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Front bumper plate clips come loose frequently and need to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Loose window insulation”

Cindy M., MO (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Noticed paint is fading in circles on hood. Becoming chalky looking. Have not had repaired. This truck is parked in under covered parking while at work and in a garage at home”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Paint flaking off in a couple spots on the front of the vehicle”

Anonymous, MT (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Rust

“Vehicle has rusted out in 4 places where the box is attached to the frame. This is despite the fact that we had both undercoating and additional paint coating done”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“when going up a hill between approx 30 to 50 mph truck will vibrate, the sound and feel in the truck is similar to running over a rumble strip”

Michael O., ME (2009 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)

“Has been diagnosed but needs confirmation and repair”

Anonymous, IL (2009 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.7-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission was slipping at 50000 miles took to the dealer and they said it was my torque converter luckily I was still under the used vehicle warranty which is better than the new they ended up replacing both the transmission and torque converter”

Anonymous, AR (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

“Repaired by Dealer 3000 miles outside of warranty”

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Bearings went bad”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

“truck dies right after u start it takes multiple try sometimes to get going”

Anonymous, AK (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Starter

“Starter failed. Due to its location in the engine, the labor charge for the repair was significant, total bill was $1200”

Patrick W., NC (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

“Door lock drivers door stopped working. Motor needed to be replaced. Door lock on rear driver side stopped working. Motor needed to be replaced. Door lock rear passenger side stopped working. Motor needed to be replaced. Over $1000 in repair co”

Anonymous, UT (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

“Tire valve which contains monitor was leaking and needed to be replaced. Was replaced by my mechanic with after market valve but was unable to reset the tire monitor system. Had to be done at dealer which was $90 to have done”

Anonymous, KY (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Rear hub noise which can be repaired by a Toyota service bulletin but its not a recall. My truck had less than 36000 miles but time on warranty expired. Great truck but Toyota would not repair for free. Had the hubs shaved so I didnt have to listen t”

Lisa C., NH (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Air or water leaks

“Water pump failed also idler pulley bearing failed”

Jeff C., CA (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“tire fell off truck at 65 mph ball joint failed”

Sylvia M., CA (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Reported erratic fan speeds many times. Finally replaced after the blower stopped working. Supplemental warranty covered cost after deductible”

W B., SC (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.7-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Top half engine rebuild costing $3300”

Patrick W., NC (2009 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“oil pressure sensor was not working properly”

Anonymous, AB (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

“The manifold cracked and had to be replaced. Additionally there was an air pump issue that was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

“Sunroof has never moved operated smooth”

Anonymous, WA (2009 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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