2016 Toyota Tundra

#5 in 2016 Full Size Pickup Trucks Overall Score: 7.9 / 10
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2016 Toyota Tundra Overview

The 2016 Toyota Tundra's overly firm ride, poor fuel economy, and lack of engine options are a few of the reasons it ranks toward the bottom of the class. 











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Pros & Cons

  • Spacious rear seats on Double Cab and CrewMax models
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Strong off-road performance
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Rough ride 
  • Limited engine options

Notable for 2016


  • Upgraded Entune infotainment system


Toyota Tundra Rankings and Research

The 2016 Toyota Tundra ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Full Size Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Toyota Tundra has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 102 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 8.7
Reliability: 4_5

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2016 Toyota Tundra Review

By Courtney Jones August 3, 2017

The 2016 Toyota Tundra's overly firm ride, poor fuel economy, and lack of engine options are a few of the reasons it ranks toward the bottom of the class. 

Is the 2016 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra is a decent full-size pickup truck for daily driving or towing and hauling. However, it can't compete with other rival trucks, most of which offer a range of engines, better fuel economy, and a nicer, more up-to-date cabin.  

Used 2016 Toyota Tundra Performance and Interior

A 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 310 horsepower and quick acceleration powers the 2016 Toyota Tundra. A 381-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the Tundra achieves up to 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is a little lower than the estimates of most other full-size trucks. The Tundra has accurate steering that makes the truck easy to maneuver in tighter spaces. Its ride quality, however, is on the harsh side.

When properly equipped, the Tundra has a maximum payload capacity of 2,060 pounds, and it can tow up to 10,500 pounds. Both figures are about average for this small but competitive class. If you plan to take on some trails, the Tundra TRD Pro is the perfect companion. It comes with a sturdy suspension and high ground clearance to help you tackle a variety of terrain.

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The cabin in the 2016 Toyota Tundra is sturdy, but the base model's styling looks and feels outdated. The front seats are comfortable, and the back seats in the four-door Double Cab and CrewMax models are pretty spacious for a truck. The standard infotainment system is also easy to operate.

To install child safety seats in the Tundra, you'll need a four-door model. These models have complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the middle seat.

The Tundra comes with push-button start, Bluetooth, an Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include automatic dual-zone climate control, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, a larger touch screen, navigation, and smartphone app integration.

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Used 2016 Toyota Tundra Prices

The average cost of a used 2016 Toyota Tundra ranges from about $30,500 for the base SR Regular Cab to about $49,200 for the 4WD Platinum CrewMax. Each Tundra's sale price will depend on its location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 102 Pieces of Data Analyzed

This 2016 Toyota Tundra review isn't based on our own points of view. Instead, our Best Cars staff researched and analyzed professional reviews and several other data sources to give you a detailed overview of how the Tundra compares to other full-size trucks.  

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined, and we have been ranking vehicles for 10 years. To keep our reviews impartial, we never take expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party oversees our advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Tundra?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra has a predicted reliability score of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That is a better rating than most other cars on the market. 

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How Safe Is the Tundra?

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing, the Tundra received the top score of Good in four tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength) and the second-highest score of Acceptable in the fifth (small overlap). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Tundra four out of five stars for overall safety and in the frontal crash test. It gave the Tundra five stars in the side crash test and three stars in the rollover test. These scores are good, but most trucks in this class score higher.

The Tundra comes standard with a rearview camera. Front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tundra?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra is a part of the truck's second generation, which started in 2007 and includes the 2017 model year. Consider buying a 2014 or 2015 Tundra, as they cost less but come with most of the 2016 model's features and styling. Models prior to 2014 don’t have a standard rearview camera or the updated exterior styling.

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Which Used Toyota Tundra Is Right for Me?

The Tundra comes in three body styles (Regular Cab, Double Cab, and CrewMax) and six trims (SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro). The base Tundra SR comes with push-button start, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. The SR is also available as a Double Cab. The Tundra SR5 adds a few standard features like a second row of seats, intermittent wipers, and fog lights. A more fuel-efficient V8 engine is available in the SR5.

The Tundra Limited comes with dual-zone climate control, navigation, Entune Premium, leather-trimmed seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a power-sliding rear window. If you want an off-roading truck, go with the Tundra TRD Pro, which adds four-wheel drive, an upgraded suspension, a front skid plate, performance dual exhaust, and leather-trimmed seats with red stitching.

The two top trim levels are the Tundra Platinum and Tundra 1794 Edition. Both models are available with four-wheel drive, heated and cooled power-adjustable front seats, a 12-speaker Entune Premium JBL audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. These trims are only available in the CrewMax body style. 

Toyota also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned 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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2016 Toyota Tundra and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Tundra or 2016 Ford F-150?

The Ford F-150 is, by far, a superior truck to the Tundra. The F-150 has powerful turbocharged engines, composed handling, and spacious seats. The F-150's base V6 isn't quite as strong as the Tundra's V8, but it delivers good fuel economy estimates for the class. Additionally, there are a few potent, twin-turbocharged engines available. The Ford F-150 has a comfortable and spacious cabin in both rows, and it has one of the best safety scores in the class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota Tundra or 2016 Ram 1500?

If you prefer luxury over ruggedness, consider the Ram 1500. Its cabin is one of the nicest in the class, boasting top-quality materials and handsome styling. The Ram 1500's refinement doesn’t stop there; it also has one of the smoothest rides in the class. It also has more available engines than the Tundra, including a slightly more powerful V8 and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. Additionally, the Ram 1500 is one of few pickup trucks available with a diesel engine, and it was also named our 2016 Best Full Size Truck for the Money.

Which Is Better: Toyota Tundra or Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

For most shoppers, the Chevrolet Silverado is the better truck. It's more upscale than the Tundra, with high-quality cabin materials and handsome styling. Its seats are spacious and comfortable, and there are lots of available tech features, including the straightforward MyLink infotainment system. The Silverado's base engine is a V6, but it's available with one of the strongest V8 engines in the class. The V8 delivers a class-leading maximum towing capacity of 12,500 pounds.

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