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2013 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2013 Toyota Tundra ranks among the best full-size pickup trucks, thanks to its superb reliability rating, great safety scores, and burly engine performance. However, it has a firm ride and a less attractive interior than many of its rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Muscular V8 engines
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Fairly stiff ride quality




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.2
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2013 Toyota Tundra Overview

Is the 2013 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

The 2013 Toyota Tundra is a great choice if you’re shopping for a used full-size pickup truck. The Tundra has an excellent record of reliability, roomy seating for up to six, and strong engine options that make it a formidable choice for towing heavy loads. It also rates well for crash safety. That said, the Tundra doesn’t soak up road imperfections like the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. You’ll want to give these pickups a look if ride quality is a primary concern.

Used 2013 Toyota Tundra Performance and Interior

The Toyota Tundra has three engine options: a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 horsepower, a 4.6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower, and a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower. The V8s are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission; the V6 has a five-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive (4WD) is available, but only with the V8s.

The Tundra’s V6 offers adequate muscle for everyday driving, but the V8s feel brawnier and provide stronger acceleration when hauling cargo. The V6 delivers 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, and the 4.6-liter V8 returns 15/20 mpg city/highway. Both estimates are decent by class standards. The 5.7-liter V8 is thirstier, at just 13/18 mpg. The Tundra can tow up to 10,400 pounds when properly equipped.

Some full-size pickups feel smaller to drive than they actually are. The Toyota Tundra isn’t one of them. Its steering is slow, which makes the truck feel cumbersome on tight city streets and in parking lots. The truck’s ride is somewhat firm as well, especially when the bed is empty. The suspension tends to skip and jitter over rough pavement, rather than maintain a smooth ride.

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The Toyota Tundra seats three in Regular Cab models and up to six in the four-door Double Cab and CrewMax models. In all cab configurations, the front seats are comfortable and fairly supportive. Forward visibility is great as well, thanks to the truck’s large windshield and tall ride height. The Double Cab’s rear seats have ample head- and legroom for adults to sit comfortably. However, the CrewMax has limo-like accommodations with a class-leading 44.5 inches of rear legroom. These rear seats can also recline. Toyota offers the Tundra with various bed lengths: 5.5, 6.5, and 8.1 feet. Payload ratings range from 1,250 to 1,885 pounds, depending on model.

Look beyond the Tundra’s generous seating space, and you’ll find a rather drab interior. There have been few changes to its dashboard design since the 2007 model year. Most cabin surfaces are covered with hard, cheap-looking plastics – even in higher trim levels. That said, the audio and climate controls are simple and easy to use. Toyota’s available 6.1-inch touch-screen navigation system is also user-friendly. A 7-inch screen with navigation is also available, but this system is older and less intuitive.

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Used 2013 Toyota Tundra Prices

The price of a used 2013 Tundra ranges from around $16,000 for base models to $30,100 for Platinum models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Toyota Tundra?

The 2013 Tundra has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Tundra?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Tundra a 2013 Top Safety Pick. It gave the pickup the highest rating of Good in all four areas tested. However, CrewMax models earned the second-lowest rating of Acceptable for roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Tundra a five-star rating (out of five) for side impact safety, as well as four stars for overall and frontal crash safety. Four-wheel-drive models earned four stars for rollover safety, though rear-wheel-drive models earned three stars.

The Tundra is available with a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors.

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Is the 2013 Tundra the Best Model Year to Buy?

Toyota introduced the second-generation Tundra for the 2007 model year. The pickup received an updated interior and an additional 310-horsepower V8 engine option for 2010, plus a more-powerful V6 for 2011. Otherwise, there were no other major changes through 2013. You can save money by shopping for earlier 2010 and 2011 models while still finding many of the same features as late-2012 and 2013 models. On the other hand, you may want to consider the heavily updated 2014 Tundra instead. It offers a higher-quality cabin and more safety features like blind spot monitoring.

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Which Used Toyota Tundra Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Tundra comes in three body styles (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and CrewMax), three bed lengths, and three main trim levels: Tundra, Limited, and Platinum. The base Tundra model has a satellite radio, CD player, power windows and door locks, dual-zone air conditioning, and cloth seats. Double Cab and CrewMax models add cruise control and remote keyless entry.

The Toyota Tundra Limited trim adds a USB input, Bluetooth, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, parking sensors, alloy wheels, and adjustable cargo tie-down cleats. Many of these features were optional in the Tundra trim. Additional available features include fog lights, a 6.1-inch touch-screen navigation system, a rear-seat DVD player, and the TRD Rock Warrior and Off-Road packages with heavy-duty shock absorbers and skid plates. Lastly, the Toyota Tundra Platinum trim adds a 7-inch touch-screen navigation system, a moonroof, and ventilated front seats.

You may also want to consider buying the Tundra as a certified pre-owned vehicle. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2013 Toyota Tundra and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Tundra or 2013 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2013 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra are both great picks if you’re looking for a used truck, thanks to their solid reliability ratings. That said, each has trade-offs. The compact Tacoma offers higher fuel economy (up to 21/25 mpg), better off-road driving abilities, and lower average prices. However, he full-size Tundra boasts a much roomier interior and substantially higher tow ratings.

Which Is Better: 2013 Toyota Tundra or 2013 Ford F-150?

The 2013 Ford F-150 has nicer cabin materials than the Tundra, better fuel economy (up to 17/23 mpg), and even better towing capabilities. Used F-150 models also tend to have lower average prices than comparable Tundra models. The Ford is the more refined and more capable truck. Just know that it falls short of the Toyota when it comes to reliability.

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