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.

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 2018 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It just doesn’t work...for the second time."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Toyota Tundra)

"Subject of a recall."

Anonymous, BC (2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Radar sensor was blocked with insect debris"

Anonymous, NV (2018 Toyota Tundra Base 5.7-L V8)

"System generates false alarms and vehicle is currently under recall."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"The same sensors and equipment are responsible for multiple warnings and dash lights coming on warning me to brake when the vehicle was actually on either side of my vehicle and not in danger of colliding."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Multiple brake applications were activated when no actual danger was present. Sensor, radar, camera, are not available for the recall ordered presently."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"This was an issue with this year of Tundra. Toyota as totally revolved this issue to my satisfaction."

William L., CO (2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"When using my cruise control it would not maintain a steady speed . Would set it at 65 and it would go up to 85 then drop down to 45. They repaired it but a few months later it doesn’t work at all. They said it was a faulty sensor again. Have also he’d 2 recalls for faulty sensors."

Anonymous, VT (2018 Toyota Tundra)

"Cruise control sees traffic to the right of the vehicle and slows the vehicle unnecessarily"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Vehicle slowed itself with nothing in front. Trailer warning and collision lights came on"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"two recalls due to software updates causing erroneous alerts."

F T., CO (2018 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

Display screen freezes up

"While starting or driving screen would stop functioning and nothing would happen for about 5 minutes then clear itself. Last service dealer checked system couldn't get it to fail and hasn't fail since last service. My other car 4 Runner was doing the same thing and dealer suggested replacing the in dash unit, but like the Tundra it seemed to clear itself"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When a call would come in while steaming via bluetooth, the entire system would reboot."

Robert W., CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Hardware replacement

"Entune system did not work correctly from the beginning. Have up and bought an Alpine system. That system would not communicate correctly with the on board computer causing dash instrument malfuntion. Toyota put new Entune system back in. Seems to be working now"

Anonymous, (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Unable to display texts on the screen"

Jeffrey R., AK (2018 Toyota Tundra 5.7-L V8)
Software update fixes

"It's been a pain, we've had to take the truck back to Toyota every time we turn around. And sometimes I get notice of necessary sensor checks or software updates and call the dealer to schedule, and they say they aren't sure they apply to my vehicle! So why does Toyota send them to me with my VIN on the paperwork if they don't apply. Management problems, I think!"

William B., AK (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"This was a recall which applied to our Tundra. We had not yet experienced the problem but it was a safety issue."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)

"Warranty recall notified by Toyota before dealer was aware of the recall. Have no idea what it was but the driver information system went wonky only once before I received the recall notice."

Kent S., AL (2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"See the previous reply. you are asking the same questions twice."

Kent S., AL (2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Voice control commands

"Started when bought vehicle. Unable to fix. Can only understand limited number of request."

Anonymous, (2018 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

"I thought the truck would include remote keying, The doors auto lock from with in the vehicle. The service depart told me told me that it would need complete new doors to have remote keying?"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Tundra Base 4.6-L V8)
Windows

"Windshield trim came loose requiring entire windshield to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Windshield was delivered with a scratch windshield and Neither Toyota or dealer would repair it"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Tundra was delivered with a scratched windshield and neither dealer or Toyota would stand behind the tundra and repair it."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Windshield was scuffed, like a brill pad rubbed on it. Defect was there on delivery and I noticed it after getting home. Dealer and Toyota would not honor warranty I went through all appeals process with no help. I am a long time Toyota buyer but will not buy another one."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 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

"Weatherstrip around windshield came loose, requiring entire windshield to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Headliner is ill-fitting, poor quality workmanship, frayed exposed edge entire length of where it meets the back window. Appears short, as it is not covered by window trim and is inferior in appearance."

Anonymous, GA (2018 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

4WD/AWD components

"Front transfer case blew, in first few days. New unit was installed quickly, no cost to me"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Starter would not stop trying to rurn over the engine. This was intermittent and caused us not to drive for fear of being stranded. Dealer attempted fix twice before revealing there was a nation wide problem that couldn't be solved with about 1200 trucks. We were without the vehicle for 6 weeks. Toyota is buying it back. We are unsure about another Toyota purchase."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Toyota Tundra Platinum 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

"Dealer could not get alignment correct. Had to pay local shop to fix it correctly"

Robert B., SC (2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Steering wheel vibration

"The problem comes and goes. Problem surfaced within 12 months of truck purchase. I had the same problem with my new 2009 model."

Anonymous, (2018 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The front directional lights are overwhelmed by the driving lights to the extent other drivers often do not realize the directional lights are being used. The respective driving lights should turn off when a directional light is activated."

Anonymous, NH (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"LED running lights overpower front directional lights so oncoming drivers do not recognize a turn is indicated. LED running lights do not turn off as with other car manufacturers. Also no turn signal on outside mirrors. Safety could be much improved by Toyota with better turn signal system."

Anonymous, NH (2018 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"OEM Battery in our 2018 Toyota Tundra failed after only 2 years and 18K miles of service. In our climate normal battery life is 5 years. I believe Toyota is cost cutting with their suppliers."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"front transmission seal failed it was replaced"

Anonymous, LA (2018 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

"I believe we are in for major engine failure soon which is totally insane for a 2 year old 50K truck with only 18K miles. It started with refusing to start at all or sometimes a hard start on cold mornings almost immediately after purchase. Dealer said they couldn't replicate the problem. Now when it's started after it sits for a day or so big clouds of blue smoke pour out of the exhaust which means there is likely oil leaking down into the combustion chamber from the valve seals. As usual when we take it to the dealer they just shrug it off. I assume they are just hoping that the warranty will be up when the thing finally blows. We will be selling the truck before the warranty is up and going to another manufacturer. We have owned many Toyota vehicles but this is likely to be our last."

Anonymous, OR (2018 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Secondary air injection pump failed at 15000 miles and had to be replaced. Check engine light came on when I started it and vehicle would not go over 35 mph. Had it towed to a toyota dealer who replaced it under warranty. Only happened the one time, but we were away from home traveling, on a Sunday, pulling a trailer, so a major inconvenience."

Anonymous, CA (2018 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

Refrigerant leaks

"AUG 2019 It was fixed at no cost"

Anonymous, CT (2018 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Body Integrity

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

Brakes

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

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

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