Although all the other major players have been redesigned in the past few years, the Tundra is a decade-old design—making it the least refined and most dated in the segment. Still, it has an enviable reliability record that the other pickups can’t beat.

Shortcomings abound. Though the TRD package makes the Tundra an off-road champ, the on-road ride is stiff and jittery. The newer competitors are quieter, handle more responsively, and are easier to drive. Wet and dry braking distances are among the longest.

Various engines are available, but the best choice is the 381-hp, 5.7-liter V8. It delivers very strong performance and is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Our truck averaged 15 mpg overall.

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With the standard towing package, including tow/haul transmission modes, a hitch, and trailer wiring, our Tundra pulled a 7,400-pound test trailer to 60 mph in a very quick 16.1 seconds. Maximum towing capacity is a competitive 10,000 to 10,200 pounds.

Interior finish is par for the course. Dashboard and door plastics are nicely grained.

Most controls are simple, with massive knobs and buttons, but it is an extremely long reach to some of them. Cabin room is decent, but the very wide center console and squishy, deeply contoured cloth seats make it feel tight up front. Our Double Cab comfortably fit three adults in the rear seat. The CrewMax version is even roomier but makes the Tundra a very
long truck. Interior storage is generous, including covered storage under the rear seats.

Wide roof pillars and huge rear head restraints obstruct the view to the rear and sides. Though a rear camera is standard, the only way to get blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning on the SR5 is to buy the pricey TRD off-road package.

Read the complete Toyota Tundra road test.

Why Buy One

  • Excellent 5.7-liter powertrain
  • High tow ratings
  • Most reliable full-sized truck

Why Not Buy One

  • Limited array of build configurations 
  • Feels bulky to drive, even for a pickup truck
  • Long braking distances
  • Oldest truck in the segment, and it feels every bit of it

Best Version to Get

Go for the Limited with the Limited Premium Package, which gives you the 5.7-liter V8 and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warnings without forcing you into a TRD off-road suspension package. It costs more than a similarly equipped SR5, but the ride quality is worth it.

2017 Toyota Tundra.