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2019 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2019 Toyota Tundra has a powerful V8 engine and lots of driver assistance technology, but it lags behind most class rivals when it comes to capability, versatility, and modernity. That's why it finishes near the bottom of our full-size pickup truck rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Brisk, powerful standard V8 engine
  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Class-leading predicted reliability rating
  • Below-average fuel economy rating
  • Lower towing and hauling ratings than rivals
  • Limited engine options and cargo bed upgrades
  • Lower safety score than rivals

 Is the Toyota Tundra a Good Truck?

The Tundra is an OK truck. It doesn't place high in our full-size pickup truck rankings, however, simply because its competition is better and newer. Quite a few rivals can be equipped with a turbocharged diesel or gasoline engine, can tow more, and get better fuel economy.

Some are also more polished when it comes to ride quality and interior styling, and all of them have higher safety scores. So while the Tundra does very little wrong, most other trucks do more and do it better. In its favor though, the Tundra has a class-leading predicted reliability rating. 

2019 Toyota Tundra Dimensions

  • Length: 19 feet, 1 inch to 20 feet, 8 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 4 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,100 to 5,680 pounds

Should I Buy the Toyota Tundra?

You should buy a Tundra if you want the peace of mind often associated with owning a Toyota. Just like many other vehicles from this brand, the Tundra has an impressive record of predicted reliability over the past few years, and it maintains a high resale value. This is also a good truck for explorers, who will want to seek out one of the adventure-ready trims or packages.

For everyone else, you may want to look elsewhere. The Ford F-150 is a workhorse that can tow up to 13,200 pounds and haul almost twice the payload of the Tundra. For a truck that's both rugged and refined, take a drive in the Ram 1500, which has one of the nicest interiors in the class.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Tundra?

The 2019 Tundra is part of a generation that launched for 2007. This generation has seen only minor updates over the past few years, so buying a used Tundra will likely save you money while giving you a vehicle that's nearly identical to a new Tundra.

There are a couple updates from recent model years to be aware of. From 2015 on, only V8 engines are available in the Tundra. For 2018, a suite of advanced safety features became standard, and the Regular Cab was discontinued. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Tundra and 2018 Tundra reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Toyota Tundra in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 113 professional Toyota Tundra reviews.

This 2019 Toyota Tundra review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which runs from 2007 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Toyota Tundra Cost?

The 2019 Tundra starts at $31,670, which is a typical starting price for a new full-size pickup truck. Uplevel trims include the Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax ($36,075), the Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab ($40,935), and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax ($49,895). You can see more information on pricing, available configurations, and standard features in our Which Toyota Tundra Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Toyota Tundra Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Tundra or Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 is a well-rounded truck and better than the Tundra in almost every way. Other than the Toyota's higher predicted reliability rating, the Ford's specs are superior. The F-150 has a higher tow rating and better fuel economy estimates. Ford also offers more engine options and interior upgrades, giving you more customization options.

Which Is Better: Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan?

Both the Tundra and Nissan Titan sit lower in our class rankings than their domestic rivals, and each brings a few things to the table the other doesn't. The Titan is more recently redesigned and has a more modern interior and better crash test results, while the Tundra has more standard driver assistance features and a better predicted reliability rating. The choice between these two trucks ultimately comes down to personal preference.

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Tundra Performance

Tundra Engine: 2 Robust V8 Engines

Both Tundra engines are powerful and responsive. The standard 4.6-liter V8 engine has a 310-horsepower rating. A 5.7-liter V8 that cranks out 381-horsepower is available in lower trims for about $1,300 and standard in uplevel trims. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Few full-size trucks come standard with a V8 engine or have a base engine with such a high horsepower rating.

Tundra Gas Mileage: Drink Up

The disadvantage of employing a V8 engine is poor fuel economy. The Tundra's base engine gets 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which are some of the lowest ratings in our full-size pickup truck rankings.

Tundra Ride and Handling: Rough Riding

The Tundra's light steering makes it easier to maneuver such a large vehicle through parking lots, and its brakes are reliable and strong. On the highway, the Tundra is mostly quiet, but its ride quality is on the firm side.

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Tundra Interior

How Many People Does the Tundra Seat?

The Tundra comes standard with a set of bench seats and can carry up to six people. The cushions in the entry-level models are adequate. To dial up the comfort, opt for a pair of cushier front bucket seats (which reduces your roster to five people) or choose a CrewMax cab to stretch rear-seat legroom. The high-end trims boast treats such as perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Though the Tundra once stood out for its cavernous cabin, several recently redesigned rivals now match (or surpass) the Tundra for passenger comfort. These redesigned full-size pickup trucks provide more legroom and swankier upgrades.

Tundra and Child Car Seats

The Toyota Tundra has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

Tundra CrewMax models have a higher rating than Double Cabs when it comes to LATCH system ease of use, earning the second-highest rating of Acceptable from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The lower anchors don't require much effort, though the set directly behind the driver's seat is mounted a little too deep in the seat cushions. You'll have to search a little to find the three tether anchors, though you probably won't mistake them for other hardware.

Tundra Double Cab models received the second-worst rating of Marginal for ease of use. It takes some digging in the seat cushions to locate both sets of lower anchors, and the three tether anchors are difficult to locate and identify.

Tundra Interior Quality

Tundra interiors fall in line with the new norm for pickup trucks, which start with a rugged but spartan base model and end with a top-level trim that is borderline luxury grade. Materials are of good quality and durable, and high-end treatments such as perforated leather seats and grained woodlike trims are available. That said, if you want a truly opulent truck, you will likely prefer the inside of a Ford F-150 or Ram 1500 instead.

Tundra Cargo Space

Tundra CrewMax trucks have a 5-foot-6-inch bed, whereas Double Cab models come with either a 6-foot-6-inch bed or an 8-foot-1-inch bed. Most full-size trucks have a similar selection of sizes, and a few are available with convenient extras such as built-in storage cubbies, which you can't get in the Tundra. This Toyota does have a several storage areas inside, though, and the standard fold-up rear seat makes it easy to securely haul items within the cab.

Tundra Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Compared to the no-frills base models of some rivals, the Tundra comes standard with quite a bit of technology. Every Tundra has an Entune infotainment system with a touch-screen display, advanced voice commands, and a robust suite of safety features. When it comes to ease of use, Entune is a respectable infotainment interface. Unlike some new Toyotas, the 2019 Tundra does not yet come with Apple CarPlay, but the upgraded system does offer limited smartphone integration through the Entune App Suite.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay?

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Tundra Reliability

Is the Toyota Tundra Reliable?

The 2019 Tundra has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Toyota Tundra Warranty

The 2019 Tundra's warranty coverage includes a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Tundra Safety

Tundra Crash Test Results

The 2019 Tundra earned mixed crash test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. On the upside, it received first-place Good ratings in the side, moderate overlap front, and head restraints and seats evaluations. Double Cab models also have a Good roof strength score, and all models provide a top-notch Superior level of front crash prevention.

On the downside, the roof strength rating drops to a second-place Acceptable score for CrewMax models. The Tundra also earned Acceptable to Marginal ratings for the driver-side small overlap front test, and its headlights earned Marginal ratings for outward visibility. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tundra a four-star overall rating, with four stars in front crash tests, five stars in side crash tests, and three stars for rollover crash testing. Models with four-wheel drive earned four stars in rollover crash tests. 

Tundra Safety Features

Every Tundra comes with a rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). This set of advanced safety systems includes a pre-collision system that combines forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, brake assist, and automatic emergency braking. Additional components of TSS-P are lane departure warning, a sway warning system, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. Optional safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Which Toyota Tundra Model Is Right for Me?

Between the trim levels, cab styles, bed sizes, and powertrain options, you can configure the 2019 Tundra in more than two dozen ways. Starting prices for its six trim levels – SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, Platinum, and 1794 Edition – run from $31,670 to $50,680. The SR5 and Limited are the only trim levels available with either a Double Cab or a CrewMax cab. Toyota only builds the SR with a Double Cab, and the top-level TRD Pro, Platinum, and 1794 Edition come only with a CrewMax cab. Double Cab models can be paired with either a 6-foot-6-inch standard bed or an 8-foot-1-inch long bed, while CrewMax models always feature a 5-foot-6-inch short bed. There are two V8 engines available, and most trims have the option to come with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Off-road enthusiasts will be pleased to see the return of the TRD Pro trim. This is the ideal Tundra for adventuring, as its assortment of specialized off-road components equal more ground clearance and increased capabilities on rugged terrain.

For busy households in search of a good value, we recommend the Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax. Rear-seat legroom grows by 7.6 inches from the Double Cab body style. With extra space to stretch out and full-size rear doors, the CrewMax is the better cab for those who frequently carry passengers in the back seat. The SR5 trim also comes with a few other goodies not available in the base model, including satellite radio and a larger touch-screen display.

Toyota Tundra Powertrain Options:

  • Base engine: 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque; starts at $31,670 (standard in SR, SR5)
  • Available engines:
    • 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque; starts at $32,940 (available in SR, SR5; standard in Limited, TRD Pro, Platinum, 1794 Edition)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic

Toyota Tundra Appearance Packages:

The Tundra's packages vary by region and dealership, but they frequently include features such as a bed liner, a bed extender, an exhaust tip, brushed stainless steel step boards, and a spare tire lock.

Toyota Tundra Work Packages/Options:

  • SR Work Truck package (drops price of the truck by $275; available in SR): adds durable vinyl seating and flooring and removes wireless door lock feature
  • TRD Off-Road package (prices start at $2,790; available in SR5 with V8 engine, Limited, 1794 Edition): upgrades standard wheels to 18-inch alloy wheels, adds Bilstein shocks, skid plates, and front tow hooks (available in RWD models; standard in 4WD models)
  • TRD Sport package (prices start at $2,790; available in SR5, Limited): upgrades standard wheels to 20-inch alloy wheels, adds Bilstein shocks and front and rear anti-sway bars
Toyota Tundra SR

The entry-level Tundra SR ($31,670) features a 4.6-liter V8 engine, a 6-foot-6-inch standard bed, 18-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and push-button start. Advanced safety features include a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. Options include a 5.7-liter V8 engine ($1,270), a long bed ($1,600), and four-wheel drive ($3,050).

Toyota Tundra SR5

Notable upgrades in the SR5 include a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and halogen fog lights. Prices start at $33,470 for the Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab, with mechanical options and pricing identical to the SR trim's. The Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax starts at $36,075.

Toyota Tundra Limited

The Limited swaps out the bench seat in the front for a set of bucket seats, reducing passenger capacity to five. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-sliding rear window, HD Radio, and 20-inch wheels are among this $40,935 trim level's enhancements.

From the Limited trim and up, the Tundra comes only with the 5.7-liter V8 engine. Options include the CrewMax body style (an additional $2,405) and four-wheel drive (an additional $3,050).

Toyota Tundra Platinum

Swanky additions in the Tundra Platinum include perforated leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, navigation, and smartphone integration via the Entune App suite. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Prices start at $47,630 for the rear-wheel-drive Platinum CrewMax and $50,680 for the four-wheel-drive version.

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Unavailable for 2018, the off-road-ready TRD Pro trim returns for 2019 with a few improvements. The latest iteration features TRD Fox shocks, TRD-tuned springs, 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, a front skid plate, a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, and leather seating surfaces with red stitching. Its sole configuration combines the 5.7-liter V8 engine, four-wheel drive, and the short bed with the CrewMax body style. Prices start at $49,895.

Which Tundra Cab Style Is Right for Me?

While most full-size trucks offer three cab styles, this Toyota pickup only has two: Double Cab and CrewMax. Both cabs seat up to six people. You can swap out the front bench seat for bucket seats, which drops seating capacity to five.

Choosing the right cab boils down to who you'll be transporting in the rear seats and how often they'll be back there. The CrewMax provides more than 7 additional inches of legroom compared to the Double Cab, making it the best choice if you routinely carry multiple adult passengers.

If passenger space isn't as much of a factor, you may want to choose a cab based on bed length, which we cover in the next section.

Which Tundra Bed Length Is Right for Me?

The Tundra is available with three bed lengths, but not every bed comes with each cabin. Double Cab models can be paired with either a 6-foot-6-inch standard bed or an 8-foot-1-inch long bed, while CrewMax models only feature a 5-foot-6-inch short bed. All of the beds have the same width and provide enough space to lay sheets of plywood in between the wheel wells.

Adding to the complexity of this choice is that not every trim is offered with both cabs. In fact, only the SR5 and Limited trims come with either cab. The base SR trim only comes with the Double Cab, while the TRD Pro, Platinum, and 1794 Edition trims only come with the CrewMax.

Obviously if you need the CrewMax's interior space, then your bed decision is made for you. For Double Cab shoppers, the choice boils down to how often you haul extremely long items. If the answer is anything less than "pretty often," then you'll probably want to stick with the shorter bed. Models with the short bed are about 19 inches shorter than those with the long bed, making short-bed models easier to maneuver.

Which Tundra Model Is Best for Towing and Hauling?

The Tundra's towing capacity depends on its cab size and whether or not it has four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel-drive models can tow 300 pounds more than their 4WD counterparts, and Double Cab models can tow 100 pounds more than the CrewMax.

For the highest towing capacity, you want a Double Cab model with rear-wheel drive, which has a maximum tow rating of 10,200 pounds. However, all Tundra models can tow at least 9,800 pounds.

Maximum payload is affected by the same two factors, but engine size also comes into play here. For the highest payload, you want a RWD Double Cab model with the 5.7-liter V8 engine. That lets you haul up to 1,730 pounds. The same setup can haul 1,600 pounds with the 4.6-liter V8. The 4WD CrewMax with the smaller engine has the lowest maximum payload – 1,440 pounds.

These towing and hauling capacities are nothing to sneeze at, but it's worth noting that nearly every other full-size truck has higher maximum capacities in both categories.

Which Tundra Model Is Best for Off-Roading?

Every Tundra model is available with four-wheel drive and can handle some off-road work, but the clear choice for off-roading enthusiasts is the TRD Pro trim, which returns to the Tundra's lineup in 2019 after a one-year hiatus.

The TRD Pro comes standard with four-wheel drive, and it isn't even available as a rear-wheel-drive-only model. It also features Fox shocks, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, dual exhaust, and a front skid plate. These specialty features make the TRD Pro a more formidable off-road machine than the rest of the lineup.

If you don't want to spring for the Pro model, you might consider a model equipped with the TRD Off-Road package. It comes with unique 18-inch wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, skid plates, and front tow hooks.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for dealer discounts and great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Toyota Tundra is a modest full-size pickup. Its high resale value and above-average predicted reliability rating are some of its strengths. Every model comes equipped with a powerful V8 engine and a full suite of advanced safety systems. However, the Tundra labors to keep up with rival trucks that tow and haul more, use less fuel, have more engine options, and offer classier interiors. Unless you are set on buying Toyota, consider a few other trucks first.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The 2019 Toyota Tundra is a tough full-size pickup truck, but these are tough times when many rivals are newer and offer more features. The qualities that keep the Tundra in consideration are its remarkable reliability and strong resale values, standard active-safety features … and spacious cabins. It also has the muscle that most people need from a half-ton pickup to get the job done. The TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Pro brings another dimension with extra off-roading talent." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Things aren't easy for the 2018 Toyota Tundra, a full-size pickup that was already facing newer, more capable and innovative trucks before it was announced that three key competitors would be completely redesigned for next year. …the Tundra's problem is that its own update a few years ago just wasn't enough to keep it relevant. Sure, Toyota's full-size pickup still offers brawny styling, excellent reliability, the uniquely spacious CrewMax cab and … standard accident avoidance tech. However, there's also its subpar fuel economy, jittery ride, dated interior and general lack of innovation. … So, sure, the Tundra will certainly get the job done, but these days, pickups are expected to do so much more than that." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • Some shoppers will undoubtedly appreciate the Tundra's V8-only powertrains, and others will enjoy the relatively straightforward ordering process compared to domestic rivals. And though the Tundra doesn't have a wealth of bells and whistles to choose from, it does have appealing core competencies. It can tow more than 10,000 pounds and is quite capable on the occasional off-road trip. But rival full-size trucks have all benefited from recent overhauls, and the Tundra hasn't seen an all-new revision since 2007, which means the 2018 Tundra lags in advancements compared to the current segment leaders. Most manufacturers offer a diesel engine option for efficiency and torque over long hauls or turbocharged gasoline engines for superior performance and fuel efficiency. Even suspension technology has increased such that most rival trucks ride more comfortably." -- Edmunds (2018) 

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Last Updated: August 8, 2019

Low Sales: The Toyota Tundra is the second slowest-selling full-size pickup truck, ahead of only the higher-ranked Nissan Titan. So far this year, Toyota dealerships have sold about the same number of Tundra models as they did during the same period in 2018.

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