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Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 8.7
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2016 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2016 Toyota Tundra's overly firm ride, poor fuel economy, and lack of engine choices are among the reasons it ranks toward the bottom of the pick-up truck class.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious rear seats in Double Cab and CrewMax models
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Rough ride 
  • Limited engine options

2016 Toyota Tundra Overview

Is the 2016 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra is a decent full size pickup truck for daily driving or times when you need to tow and haul. However, many of its rivals offer a wider range of engines, better fuel economy, and nicer cabins.

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How Much Is the 2016 Toyota Tundra?

You can expect to pay between $27,900 and $43,000 for a used 2016 Tundra. We base that range on the nearly 1,600 listings on our site for this vehicle. The average list price is $36,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Toyota Tundra Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Tundra are $31,389. That amount is much more than you can expect to pay for many other 2016 full-size pickups. The 2016 Ford F-150’s five-year costs are $25,159; the 2016 Chevy Silverado’s are $26,488; and the 2016 Ram 1500’s costs are $27,338.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tundra?

The 2018 Toyota Tundra starts at $31,120, and climbs to over $50,000. Head-to-head comparisons with used 2016 models are difficult with so many cab sizes, trims, and models. Still, you’ll likely save several thousand dollars with a used 2016 Tundra compared to a 2018 model. For example, the base 2016 Tundra saves you at least $3,100 over a base 2018 model. In terms of features, the new Tundra has a nice range of standard advanced safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. But you can also find these on 2016 models, likely for less money.

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You can certainly find new full-size pickup trucks for less than the 2016 Tundra’s average price of $36,000. The starting MSRPs of the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ram 1500 are about the same as a used 2016 Tundra’s average price.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota Tundra?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the industry.

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2016 Toyota Tundra Recalls

As of this writing, there are four recalls for the 2016 Tundra. These recalls address incorrectly installed airbags, defective lug nuts, and a rear step bumper that can break. Make sure recall services have been performed by a Toyota dealer before purchasing this vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Tundra Is Best?

The 2016 Toyota Tundra is a part of a generation that started in 2007. Changes since 2013 have been minor. For 2014, a rearview camera became standard. The 2014 Tundra received refreshed interior and exterior designs. Changes were minor from 2014 through 2017. Save yourself some money – buy a 2014 or 2015 Tundra.

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Which Used Toyota Tundra Model 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 the 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.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Tundra Warranty

Even with the Tundra’s above-average reliability, you still may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

Toyota’s CPO program is competitive. It’s on par with Chevrolet’s program, but it’s slightly better than what Ford and Ram offer.

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How Safe Is the Tundra?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Toyota Tundra four stars (out of five) in rollover and frontal crash testing. It earned five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tundra Extended Cab the highest score of Good  in all but the overlap front crash test. For that, it received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

Tundra Crew Cab models received a score of Good in moderate overlap, side, and rear crash testing. They received an Acceptable rating for the roof strength test, and a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for the driver’s side small overlap front crash test.

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2016 Toyota Tundra Versus the Competition

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

The 2016 Ford F-150 is, by far, a superior truck to the Tundra. The F-150 has powerful turbocharged engines, composed handling, and spacious seats. Its base V6 isn't quite as strong as the Tundra's V8, but it delivers good fuel economy 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 2016 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 has more available engines than the Tundra, including a slightly more powerful V8 and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine. 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: 2016 Toyota Tundra or 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500?

For most shoppers, the 2016 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 offers one of the most potent V8 engines in the class. The V8 has a class-leading maximum towing capacity of 12,500 pounds.

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2016 Tundra Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota Tundra Drive?

The 2016 Tundra delivers a rough ride that jostles passengers when the bed is empty or not towing something. However, it drives like a smaller vehicle, and the steering is reactive. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Tundra, and four-wheel drive is available.

The Tundra features a 310-horsepower, V8 base engine. A powerful and responsiveness 381-horsepower V8 is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Does the 2016 Toyota Tundra Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class. The 380-horsepower V8 Tundra with four-wheel-drive has an EPA rating of 13/17 mpg city/highway.

2016 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2016 Tundra has a max payload of 2,060 pounds and a max towing capacity of 10,500 pounds. Driver assistance features like trailer sway control are available. The Tundra has commendable hauling abilities, but the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado feels more stable during heavy towing

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2016 Tundra Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Tundra Seat?

The Toyota Tundra seats three in Regular Cab models and six (five with available bucket seats) in Double Cab and CrewMax models. Cloth upholstery and a split-folding front bench seat are standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and reclining rear seats are available. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seats of Double Cab and CrewMax models are spacious enough for adults. The reclining rear seat backs are a nice touch of comfort.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota Tundra?

The Tundra has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tundra’s LATCH system the second-lowest score of Marginal for ease of use. The Tundra Crew Cab has an Acceptable rating for its LATCH system.

2016 Toyota Tundra Features

Standard features include Bluetooth, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, voice recognition and Siri Eyes Free. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, and an upgraded Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio and smartphone app integration.

The infotainment system is easy to use, with its intuitive touch-screen interface and smartphone connectivity. There are also physical controls for climate and audio functions, but some may find them tiresome to adjust.

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2016 Toyota Tundra Dimensions

Toyota Tundra Cargo Space

Regular Cab Tundra models come with an 8-foot-2-inch bed. Double Cab models are available with either a 6-foot-7-inch or an 8-foot-2-inch bed. Lastly, CrewMax models come with a 5-foot-7-inch bed. Fold-up rear seats and a rear under-seat storage compartment are available in the Double Cab and CrewMax models.

Rivals offer better cargo hauling features, such as the 2016 Ram 1500’s cargo management system and the Ford F-150’s tailgate steps.

2016 Tundra Length and Weight

The 2016 Toyota Tundra can be up to 20.6 feet long, depending on the trim level. Its curb weight ranges from 4,940 pounds to 5,690 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 6,700 up to 7,200 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota Tundra Built?

Toyota manufactured the 2016 Tundra in Texas.

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