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 3 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 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 2015 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Radio

"XM radio went out within 6 hours of owning the vehicle. Took almost 2 weeks to get the part. Radio still has intermittent issues when it rains"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Electronic screen keeps freezing uo"

Billie G., TX (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"I usually only listen to music using the USB port. Right after the 2 year warranty expired (of course) the system began freezing up and not playing music properly. Even the on/off button wouldn't work. I have to wait around 60-90 seconds of the system being frozen for it to re-boot itself"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Repaired under warranty. Repair was made to replace electronics head unit (because of defective USB ports) before I owned it and mechanic didn't plug GPS back into the head unit"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The Bluetooth will not pair with a basic phone, just with certain smart phones. Toyota does not state this non-feature in the owner's manual and did not instruct the dealers of this issue until sometime in 2016"

Anonymous, WI (2015 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

Squeaks or rattles

"rattle in front end"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"passenger side dash"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Interior is poorly constructed compared to my 2006 Tundra. Cheap plastic which creaks and vibrates. Dash has an annoying creak when turning left or right. Dealer unable to fix. Door panels rattle when playing stereo with a little volume especially wh"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"My model is a 1794 edition and has good sound dampening. It may be that the squeal that emanates from the air intake box is easier to hear becasue of this....when the engine hits 2000 RPM it creates a high pitched squeal with a pitch that fluctuates with the RPMs. It's quite annoying. I have had my local dealership try to fix it 3 times and the last time the mechanic said he has the same issue with his own pickup and he has run into the same problem on other Tundras. That said, Toyota has not is"

Chris D., AR (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"This truck is lightly used and fairly low miles, so having issues with the brakes was a surprise to me"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors warp when towing"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"breaks made noise when backing up"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

Automatic climate control

"AC compressor stays on even if switched off on front vent setting"

Tony S., CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
A/C compressor

"I have auto start and it normally will not start when using the system. Have to manually start A/C and heat"

John D., KY (2015 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

"Problem with maintaining alignment adjustments"

Robert S., CO (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Dealer found leaking power steering hose, and replaced it. However, it still makes noises when barely turn the wheel. Not turning to extremes either. I would expect noise when turning the wheel to the extrem left or right"

David O., AZ (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-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

"The roof rubber molding on the passenger side came off. Until in came off I had an intermittent tapping sound that drove me crazy. It sounded like something was mechanically wrong and the dealership could not find what was wrong. In fact a friend spotted the what was wrong when he was following me. Then it took the dealership more than one trip from me before they could repair the problem. The repair was covered by the warranty"

James P., CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Rust

"Have factory installed steps. The hardware used to mount the steps to the body are rusting badly. And Toyota won't fix the problem under the warrantee"

Anonymous, WI (2015 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

"Rear oil seal leak found by dealer and promptly replaced under warranty"

Kathy A., MT (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

Slipping transmission

"Transmission hunt at highway speeds"

Anonymous, OR (2015 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

Tire pressure monitor

"The light stayed on when purchased. Had to return it several times to get it fixed"

Anonymous, TX (2015 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.

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

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

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.

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