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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 4 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 (270 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 2013 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“The drivers side door will not lock with the key fob. The other doors seem to lock fine”

Greg D., IA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“3 out of 4 electric lock actuators have failed”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

“Intermittently recurring failure of the keyless entry system”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“Door lock actuator assembly on three doors failed. Dealer wants $500 per door to fix. This is a known problem with Toyota Tundra trucks”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“Remote would not unlock or lock driver's door”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 4.6-L V8)
Warning lights

“The popper sonar system would fail by constant warning tone in a heavy rain when nothing was an obstruction I was going to come close too or possible hit”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“Mice chewed through sensor wires resulting in warning lights going on and engine going into limp mode. Problem due to all wiring coating being soy based instead of plastic”

Sean S., BC (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“All the dash lights lit up and stayed on. Took to dealer they fixed under recall, 2 months later same thing happen dealer fixed again. working fine ever since”

Robert G., OH (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“Tail light failed, filled with water”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Keyless entry and alarm will not work because of faulty door lock actuator”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Interior lights

“Dome light not working properly. Door switch on driver door was bad and got replaced”

Mark W., PA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Had to replace calipers rotor brakes on all four wheels bc of premature wear”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“Brake wear was indicated in the first 20000 miles”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“both front and back brakes were squeaking bad and were replaced under warranty 6 months apart. They were prematurely wearing out. Front set at about 14000, back 18000 miles. way to soon”

John N., CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 5.7-L V8)

“All brakes needed to be replaced after 30,000 miles”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“rotors warped for no good reason”

Ted D., TN (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“Rotors Severally warped at 8000 miles without hard USge. Trailer towed once and the trailer had its own brakes”

Mark M., NY (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“squeaking was from the premature wearing of the brakes”

John N., CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 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

Shocks or struts

“One strut required replacement”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“leaking shock”

Bejamin W., AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Rack and Pinion pump, or other went out. Replaced, no other problems”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Tie rods

“Bent during manufacture. Not inspected properly at factory or dealer prior to shipping or delivery”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

“Wear was due to factory defect in steering gear”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Wheel balance

“The wheels on the truck were not aligned properly from the factory, tires were worn after 1 year, needed to be replaced. Multiple visits to the dealership to get it corrected”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-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)

“Particular vehicle is a west coast flexfuel model and the ethanol sensor resets to zero (0) or no-ethanol fuel detected causing start failure. Dealer resets software/sensor. This happens about every 18 months. Dealer suggested using only non-ethanol fuel”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

“Check Engine Light P2445, replaced Air Pump. Later Toyota updated the ECM Software, do to recall”

Raymond L., NV (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel injection system

“See above”

Timothy B., CO (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Fuel pump

“difficult to start”

Ted D., TN (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“multiple issues with the flex fuel mode. caused hard starting, smoking at start up, fuel milage down to 8 MPG. Dealer had been helpful in getting the ECU reflashed. sill concerning”

Timothy B., CO (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“all warning light came on with cold weather starts. was reset by dealer. has not been a problem since but truck is now garage kept”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 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.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“The picture on the mirror will not show up at times. This rarely happens but has happen approximately 3 or 4 times”

Greg D., IA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

“Pretty much quit working recently. Works periodically”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“will not retain phone numbers”

Anonymous, AR (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Out of date when purchased and dealer will not update without cost - will not navigate on gravel or secondary roads”

Sheila M., MO (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Radio

“The satellite radio has difficulty locking in a signal during wet or extremely cold weather”

Robert N., CO (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

Driveline vibration

“At speeds over 35mph, you would get a vibration in the steering wheel and could hear a medal on medal sound from the right side of the truck. After 2 served calls and multiple hours of diagnosis, both the front and rear right side bearings had to be replaced”

Mark F., OH (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Stability control (ESC)

“ESC would not engage”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)
Electrical failure

“flex fuel computer malfunction”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
4WD/AWD components

“It was repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Transfer case

“The vehicle disengaged 4 Wheel Drive on an incline of 40 degrees (uphill)”

Anonymous, AB (2013 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The trim on the top of the cab came off. The piece that runs front to back about 6" from the side. Apparently this is a common problem, the dealer keeps the piece in stock”

Robert R., GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint scratches easily”

B B., TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

“paint surface marks easily,not durable”

Dale D., NB (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Rust

“rust was evident on entry floor panel at the bottom of driver and passenger doors. Same issue with 2010 Rav4 plus paint peeling of Rav 4 top-pearl white paint”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-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

“According to Toyota The noise is from a cable bracket. There is no fix for it”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

“brake line brackets attached to the firewall”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

“brakes squeaks but toyota service says its not the pads. just dust. really?”

Anonymous, NV (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

“I did not realize how bad the wind noise was till I started using hearing aids”

Richard W., TX (2013 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

Blower (fan) motor

“I've had to have two act blower motors replaced”

Todd M., FL (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
A/C compressor

“Compressor replaced. Seems that it was a softwawreupdate that fixed this issue”

Chris S., AB (2013 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

Oil leaks

“minor engine leak repaired under warranty also battery cables were replaced do to corrosion”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)

“Cam tower oil leak on both cylinder banks. A common problem with 2013 5.7L engines”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 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

Doors or sliding doors

“The back door handles sometimes stick in the open position and I have to push them back down. I've never had a handle do this”

Robert R., GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Unsure 4.6-L V8)

“3 tries to fix a globe box latch”

Chris S., AB (2013 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Truck battery barely starts truck after not being driven daily. Had battery checked four times in last year. Told it was fine every time. Problem still not resolved. Toyota dealer suggests replacing battery. It is a five year battery & just out of full warranty”

Robert W., AR (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission would slip badly when truck was cold/initial start”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“only 80Kmiles water pump started to leak. Larry Miller dealership quoted an abnormally high price for fixing it. A local Toyota shop did the work for over $200 less”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Toyota never updates the software to be compatible with phone software updates. Have never been able to use Entune since day one with my Iphone”

Mark M., NY (2013 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

“computer software upgrade”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Valve spring broke, fried injector, bent valve. Truck down in Montgomery, Al for 10 days. I live in Nashville, Ar”

Robert W., AR (2013 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
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