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 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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

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)
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)

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

Windows

"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)

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)

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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

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)

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)

"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)

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Body Integrity

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

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

Climate System

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

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Recalls
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING
Jul 15 2020
If the turn signals or hazard lamps do not flash brightly enough, other drivers may fail to see that the turn signal or hazard lamp functions have been activated, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2020 Toyota Tundra vehicles equipped with LED headlight assemblies. Due to a wiring error, the front turn signals may not flash brightly enough. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will modify the wire harness connected to the front turn signal bulbs free of charge. The recall began August 17, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is 20TB12/20TA12.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V410000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 183397
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Jan 13 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began May 4, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Oct 11 2018
Since the incorrect label is not within 1% of the additional weight, the vehicles are not compliant with the FMVSS.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Toyota Tundra vehicles. The accessory all-weather floormats may have been counted twice when creating the load carrying capacity modification label, resulting in the capacity modification label incorrectly overstating the additional weight by 10 pounds. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
All vehicle owners will be sent a corrected label. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0Z.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V711000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 508
AIR BAGS
Oct 04 2018
If the air bags do not deploy as intended, it can increase the risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia vehicles and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid vehicles. The air bag electronic control unit (ECU) may erroneously detect a fault during the vehicle start-up self check. If this occurs, the ECU may not deploy the airbags as intended, in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection," and 214, "Side Impact Protection."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the air bag ECU, free of charge. The recall began October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0X. Note: 18V-122 was superseded by this recall. The software remedy also includes the updates to the software for 18V-122.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V685000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 168187
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL
Feb 20 2018
Deactivation of the vehicle stability control system can increase the risk of a crash in certain conditions.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia vehicles. Electrical interference within the power supply circuit may cause the vehicle's electronic stability control system to be deactivated. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle's software, free of charge. The recall began March 14, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0H. Note: This recall has been superseded by 18V-685. The software remedy for 18V-685 includes the updates to the software for this recall.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V122000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64901
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Dec 20 2017
An incorrect load information label can result in the operator overloading the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner and Tundra, 2018 Toyota Highlander, RAV4 and Lexus GX460 and 2017 Toyota Sienna and Tacoma vehicles. These vehicles may have incorrect load carrying capacity modification labels. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners and provide them with corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began on January 23, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are H0Z for Toyota vehicles, and HLF for Lexus vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V831000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 649
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