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2010 Toyota Tundra Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Toyota Tundra was new.


Performance: 8.2

The 2010 Tundra has one of the most powerful V8 engines in the class. Automobile Magazine says, "The big V-8 purrs silently in cruise mode. When tasked to move a hefty load, the samurai warrior buried in its soul lets out a fierce yowl." While the engine wins praise, reviewers complain about the Tundra's clumsy handling and ride that some say is bouncy when compared to the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.

Performance Summary:

Reviewers agree that the highlight of the 2010 Toyota Tundra's performance is its powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine option, which makes it one of the fastest trucks available. But the Tundra still provides a harsher ride than some expected.

  • "In the world of half-ton pickups, the Tundra's new 5.7 V-8 rules, and that rule is absolute." -- Car and Driver
  • "It proved to be a capable workhorse that tackled all our towing, hauling and commuting needs without breaking a sweat." -- Edmunds
  • "Those who enjoyed the more nimble, economical Toyota pickups of the past may find the 2009 Toyota Tundra far too large." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2010 Tundra comes standard with a 4.6 liter V8 that makes 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 5.7 liter V8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Most reviewers tested the 5.7-liter V8, and are very pleased with its performance. Those that have driven Tundra's with the 5.7 liter engine say it is powerful enough for what buyers are likely to throw at it. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the two-wheel drive Tundra with the 4.6 liter engine at 15/20 mpg city/highway. ith the 5.7 liter engine, fuel economy drops to 14/18 mpg city/highway.

  • "The 4.6-liter reminds us a lot of the 5.7-liter, but it's more casual in going about its duties." -- Automotive.com
  • "My test Tundra with the 5.7 V8 was the fastest full-size stock half-ton pickup I've driven, doing 0-60 mph in 6 seconds flat with its considerable torque and quick-thinking automatic transmission." -- MSN
  • "As smooth and powerful as the best of its competitors." -- Motor Trend
  • "Wow, I'd sure hate to buy gas for this thing." -- Sacramento Bee
  • "Its strapping 5.7-liter V8 and responsive six-speed automatic consistently impressed." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The 2010 Toyota Tundra is a large, heavy vehicle that's not expected to have snappy handling. The Tundra's trucky handling mainly becomes a problem when the driver attempts to park it. Some reviewers say the Tundra's ride is too jiggly when compared to the more solid rides offered by the Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram, and several find the Tundra's steering numb as well.

  • "This is a big pickup and it responds like a big pickup, which is to say deliberately. No one will confuse it with a sports car." -- Car and Driver
  • "Its considerable size means the Tundra may require some concentration to keep it correctly positioned on narrow roads and in crowded parking lots. -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We were satisfied with the Tundra's ride quality a few years ago, but the new Dodge Ram's rear coil spring suspension and the Ford F-150's sturdier frame make the Tundra seem jiggly by comparison." -- Edmunds
  • "Disappoints with slow, numb steering feel, lazy reactions and some noseplow in quick changes of direction." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In normal driving, the brakes did their job, but the numb pedal feel left plenty to be desired. The Silverado has a real edge here." -- Cars.com

Towing and Hauling

Few reviewers report their impressions of the Tundra's towing and hauling capabilities.  However, the Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 10,800 pounds when properly configured, which gives it a 300 pound towing advantage over the Chevy Silverado. The Tundra can haul a maximum of 2,090 pounds in its bed when properly configured. 

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