The current-generation Tundra bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Dramatically growing in size and losing much of the refinement of the previous smaller-scale model, the Tundra has so far failed to make inroads into the Detroit-dominated segment.
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 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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 standard from 2003. ESC, side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. FCW and AEB standard from 2018.
Road Test

The current-generation Tundra bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Dramatically growing in size and losing much of the refinement of the previous smaller-scale model, the Tundra has so far failed to make inroads into the Detroit-dominated segment. Even worse, while all of the major players have been fully redesigned since this Tundra came out, the Toyota solders on, virtually unchanged except for a cosmetic facelift in 2014. Ironically, while the Tundra was once considered the Camry of pickups -- fully-modern and easy to live with -- it now is one of the least refined and most dated.

Easily the Tundra's best attribute is its 5.7-liter V8, which 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 that you can raise and lower easily. The Tundra is also the most reliable full-sized truck on the market.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
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 2016 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 push pin frozen in one rear brake"

Jeffery T., MI (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Mechanic noticed leak from master cylinder. 4 months later took it in for repair. Repairs done in June 2020. Was covered by extended protection plan purchased at point of sale."

Anonymous, (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"When breaks were applied. They were soft"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"This truck is used primarily in the winter. Because I don't drive it more than once a week in the summer, the brakes suffered a lot of corrosion. The calipers were still under warranty. I had to pay for the rotors."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"I don't feel the Tundra has adequately robust brakes for trailer towing. Furthermore the integrated brake controller does not have adequate output to maximize the trailer brakes. The truck brakes are prone to overheating as a result when descending long steep grades with a medium sized camper trailer in tow. I replaced the rotors and pads with high performance aftermarket parts and have been happy with the results so far."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Needed new brake pads at 34,000 miles and was told to have rotors re-surfaced. I thought this was excessive wear, but was told by dealer and Toyota corporate that this was normal wear."

Terry C., MA (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"A few month ago the vehicle developed a noticeable vibration in the front end when braking, both hard and normal. Research indicates this is likely caused by warped rotors and this is fairly common issue with Tundra."

Douglas B., NE (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"At 50k+ miles I started getting a vibration in the front end when braking. Discussed with service tech and while the pads were still in relatively good shape but the rotors were warped and needed replacement, so the recommendation was to replace both."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"Normal brake service due to mileage."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors needed to be turned after only 20,000 miles, never had this on any truck before"

John C., TX (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Rotors on a vehicle with heavy-duty and off-road capabilities (TRD model) and 50K+ miles should not be an issue."

Douglas B., NE (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"The rotors warped at approximately 50k+ miles causing a vibration in the front. I was told by my service tech this was a common problem and to replace both rotors and pads."

Anonymous, NE (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"Squeaks in morning when first starting out."

John R., CA (2016 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

"Recall notice about rear bumber trim"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"The molding around the window was the first problem on the driver side. It started to come out from the top going to the bottom. Now the molding on the passenger side, top corner is coming up on both pieces that meet in that corner. Same piece as on the other side and now also the long piece that goes from the windshield back to the back window on the roof."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Handle passenger grabs to pull themselves into front seat of truck. Molding covering bolts would not stay on"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chipping"

Anonymous, AR (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Toyota could have made a harder paint for the Tundra. It's too soft scratches easy."

Rick J., NV (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Rust

"Some rust in tailgate interior components....kind of minor but unexpeded...Bumper are a joke...tissue paper front and rear....bad"

James L., NY (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 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

Display screen freezes up

"my iphone X causes the screen to freeze and reset while driving and then will not reconnect. replacement head unit ordered"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"infotainment system would crash and reboot when making phone calls. Resolved after software update"

Joseph C., CA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"In the daytime if you have your headlights on the gps screen dims and cannot be viewed."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"The radio's HD feature cuts in and out when listening to a radio station. Seems like the antennae is not hooked up correctly or not effective."

Robert K., WI (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 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

"a/c apparently wasn't filled up with refrigerant at the factory, unit was filled and unit has operated satisfactorily since"

Frank U., NJ (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"When the blower (fan) motor began to fail, it caused a high pitch whine within the cabin. It occurred every time the heat was operated, and eventually became unbearable to listen to, prompting its replacement."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Condenser

"Not entirely a design problem, but it could be improved. A rock got kicked up by the car in front of me and it punctured my condenser coils. They could be made stronger, or have a grill that protects them better. I ended up zip-tieing some metal bug screen behind the grill to protect in the future. $1400 repair at dealership"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Evaporator

"Here was the problem. Water was leaking into the passenger side mat from below the dash when running the A/C. Brought in to get fixed and they said it was all set ( used a pipe cleaner to free up to blockage in the hose ). Couple weeks later same problem. Called Toyota and said I'm fed up with their service ( other issues previously ) which this got their attn. They finally gave it to a competent mechanic who found the problem. At the factory they left the plastic packaging on the foam part that is a noise cancelling part that goes around the transmission which clogged up the drain hole. Thus, to fix it they had to lower the transmission to get it out. He also gave me the packaging with some of the foam on it. I bought the Toyota for quality, but the issues I have been having they are slipping."

Anonymous, CT (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Faulty sensor right front"

Ross M., AB (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"faulty sensor warning"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"One sensor quit working and had to be replaced"

Marcel D., ON (2016 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

Alignment

"Front tires were wearing unevenly. Dealer did front end alignment and rotated tires"

Anonymous, NH (2016 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Wheel balance

"Steering wheel shake at 60mph"

Anonymous, CA (2016 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"just air leaks continue to increase interior noise."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Wind noise

"Wind noise continues to increase."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Tundra Platinum 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

Locks and latches

"Lock on tailgate would not lock all the time when locking vehicle. It would unlock every time when I unlocked truck but would not lock every time when I locked truck. It worked when took to dealership to fix so they did nothing. I finally disconnected electronic lock/unlock on tailgate. I lock and unlock manually with key."

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"exterior door handles were sticking"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 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

Rough shifting

"Seems when I take off it is long time shifting to second"

John M., FL (2016 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"trans drive sensor, started instantly with no warning, took to toyota shop and 280.00 later repaired"

Anonymous, NC (2016 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

Differential

"Started hearing a "growling" sound, similar to tire road noise. Rear differential was replaced. Ok now"

Anonymous, BC (2016 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Driveshaft or axle

"Left rear bearing replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2016 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Power door locks don't always respond to the key fob or the lock button on the door handle. It is an intermittent problem and effects all doors randomly"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Locks on all doors intermittently would stop responding to the lock and unlock buttons on the key fob or the door panel and had to be manually locked or unlocked"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

"Alternator started whining after 100000 miles (3 years)"

Earl B., MD (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"When the truck sits for at least a week and then is started there is a lag between shifting and going into gear. The longer it sits between starts the longer the lag time is. If the truck is left to idle for about 30 seconds, or less, this problem does not show up."

Ray R., CO (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Serpentine belt was replaced while under warranty. Belt was squeaking. Did not think that was normal to have to replace the belt on a vehicle with <40K miles."

Bruce S., AZ (2016 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

Fuel injection system

"Throttlebody needs constant cleaning and truck tends to run very rich on fuel"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Engine Major

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

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