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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 9 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 (sec.) 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

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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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 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

“ALS indicator light would not go out. Dealer replaced the entire unit”

P N., MI (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Calipers

“New York road salt caused rust to freeze up caliper movement, causing pads and rotors to wear excessively”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

“Uneven wear required replacement”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“pulsating rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Front end vibrating”

Rogers B., OK (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“brake pads needed replaced”

Terrance B., CO (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“Front rotors warped because they're too small for the power and weight of the truck”

Paul R., CT (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Rotors needed replaced”

Terrance B., CO (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“Premature wear out at 40000 miles. also premature tire wearout on bridgestone tires at same mileage. Tires were covered by pro-Rata warranty”

Janet M., MI (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Vibration created when applying brakes”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Excessive wear beyond normal use”

Rogers B., OK (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“pulsating rotors”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“The OEM rotors wear out very fast”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

“Noise”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Continuous rubbing noise from rear brakes. mechanic states that rear brake backing plates need replacing at a cost of about $1000 as the rear axles must be removed to make this repair”

Anonymous, NH (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Both left and right drip edge molding on the roof came off in the automatic car wash. I wash frequently”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“gutter molding above drivers door has come lose twice and flaps wildly in the wind”

Rick S., SC (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“loose trim on roof when going throw carwash”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“Rubber trim on top of cab has come off”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint thinest seems to be very thin compared to the Ford f-150 that I previously owned”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Our pickup is white. The paint is fading, but we are not sure this is the factory paint on the front doors. The paint is chipping on the passenger back side panel. This we believe is factory paint”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“There's a spot about the size of a potato that's quite a bit lighter in color -- no idea why”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“This problem was from the time of purchase. The hood appeared to be missing some finish coat in spots. When I first noticed it I thought it was drying spots from the engine heat. Later when they became more pronounced I told the service dept. I was t”

Michael M., FL (2011 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)
Rust

“Surface rust is present throughout the undercarriage of the truck and in limited class A surface areas”

Anonymous, MI (2011 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 pump failure in emissions system. Toyota covered repairs under non-warranty claim, approx $2000”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

“I don't recall the details”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“THE ENTIRE TWO PIECES OF THE EGR SYSTEM HAD TO BE REPLACED AT A COST OF $2500. SEVERAL TRUCKS HAD SAME PROBLEM AND i HAD TO WAIT FOR PARTS. I GOT THE PARTS FOR VEHICLE UNDER WARRANTY SINCE HE HAD A TOYOTA LOANER. DEALER WAS HELPFUL IN THAT . NO WARRANTY BUT PREVIOUS MODEL YEARS HAD SAME PROBLEM BUT WAS COVERED BY WARRANTY”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Truck went in to "Limp Mode" and had to be towed to dealer while on vacation towing a 7000lb Travel Trailer. The Air Pump Inlet, both Air Pump Assemblies were replaced. I was told there was a Technical Service Bulletin on this part”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“Fuel air pressure system”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Needed to replace a emissions sensor switch. Cost $500”

Jason F., MN (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-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

Headlights

“Headlights fill with moisture and lenses are plastic--sun clouds them”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Bulb burned out”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Horn

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, OK (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Factory installed Fog lights went out”

Richard S., VA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

“Put new tires on and the sensor broke”

Cindy L., NY (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Warning lights

“The four wheel light continued blink on and off. It was diagnosed as a broken wire in the wiring harness”

Ronald M., OH (2011 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump failure”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Alignment

“Cannot keep it aligned. Always off. Dealer tells me that they come fixed from factory and they cannot adjust camber nor caster”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“Alignment was messed up, but I believe this was an issue at the time of purchase”

Christopher D., CO (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“Leaking strut was covered 100% under extended warranty. Auto was driveable until the part was available”

Annette A., ME (2011 Toyota Tundra Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“Worn out need to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Steering rack failure. Appears to be a typical issue. Changed out for more reliable 2008 rack and pinion with no issues since”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Movement from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel high or low is hard...bangs in and out”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Gear selector or linkage

“called DRVSHFT on repair order. Could not get key out of ignition when vehicle was in Park and turned off. They replaced a switch with no charge but we noted that this had happened to the previous owner twice. They said an internal part was braking”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)
Slipping transmission

“Constant reoccurring problem- at highway speeds the transmission randomly surges & and jerks noticeably sometimes for hours. Taken to dealership 3 times and gotten a different story very time. Still not fixed”

Rick S., SC (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“Vehicle transmission slips after it has been parked 5-7 days. Dealer after working on it and verifying the problem says this is normal. It didn't do this when new”

Joe B., TN (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“the transmission slips when its on an incline. However, Toyota refuse to work on the problem because I can not replicate the problem at the dealership”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 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

Wind noise

“The road noise is very loud if the road is not fairly new”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“At 60mph or over and if there is a cross-wind, there is a horrible noise that comes from the windshield and sounds like it is going to break it. We have mentioned it to Toyota, but it is very difficult to reproduce this situation "in town". We believ”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“flaw surrounding windshield trim causes nails on chalkboard sound in strong cross wind. Toyota dealership has been very good in assisting us at no cost but seems to be an ongoing issue that has been difficult to resolve due to design”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“The front windshield makes a rubbing noise during cold weather, fine in the summer”

Jay V., TX (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-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.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

“The angle the screen is installed, renders it nearly impossible for the driver to operate in the daylight. Horrible glare”

Andre W., CA (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

“Just randomnly shuts off”

Andre W., CA (2011 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Radio appears to have a short in the AM antenna causing intermittent reception which Toyota could not find when I took it in under warranty. The problem remains as I do not wish to pay to fix it”

John G., ON (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

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

Driveshaft or axle

“Back wheel hub was slipping out. Dealer put heavy duty hubs on both back wheel at no charge”

Anonymous, KY (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“Left rear wheel bearing failed by 65, 000 km. Fortunately covered by powertrain warranty. I was told the right rear bearing was making a slightly suspicious sound, but too early to say for sure, and to keep an eye on it”

Leonard A., BC (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“major failure, repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, NM (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“AC compressor failing and making noise and dealer wants almost $4k to repair”

Anonymous, MT (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Heater system

“Will not transfer heat to the floor after only 60000 miles Two other friends have same truck. Same problem. Toyota refuses to acknowledge problems”

Mark C., NY (2011 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

Alternator

“Two alternators failed- perhaps due to rodent damage”

Tommye D., NY (2011 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Tower cam leak, leaked to exhaust manifold. 2500.00 to repair on side only. Under valve cover but not the valve cover itself and rear driver side”

Edwin V., CT (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Torque converter is continuing to go out and Toyota refuses to fix it”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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