The Toyota Tundra is known as a pickup truck that focuses on the little things. You can see the tight-fitting body panels, a sign of good construction. That same attention to detail also shows up in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's stellar crash test scores, earning it top pick status.
Yet, the Tundra still has a six-speed automatic mated to powerful V8 engines, as well as a gigantic six-person CrewMax cab option. The Tundra is a good choice for trades workers and weekend warriors: controls are easy to access even when hands are encumbered, and storage is good next to the supportive seats. While the regular cab with the V6 should be fine as a work truck, other trims are worth a look for amenities.
The CrewMax and Double Cab models are helpful for hauling a number of passengers. A special hinge on the doors makes it easy for people to get in and out. On the other hand, off-roaders should opt for the TRD package which improves the shocks and skid plates. It also might be an option for people who want a stiffer chassis and suspension setup. Horsepower ranges up to 381 HP and 401 lb./ft. of torque, while the best fuel economy comes from the V6 with a 16/20 MPG city/highway split. The 5.7-liter V8 helps with towing, and in fact the rear-axle ratio is the same across all trim lines to make towing easier and with consistent feel throughout the trim lines.
Safety tests are a particular strong suit in spite of the handling, thanks to traction control and six airbags. To compare, many buyers considering the Toyota will have the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 on their list, too. The Ford has many engine options, including a turbodiesel V8 making around 800 lb.-ft. of torque, but it can be less reliable and the interior will be a turn-off for some. The Ram 1500 is a strong option for towing, but it doesn’t have the good reliability or safety records of the Toyota Tundra. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can be smoother on the road, but is also underpowered. So all things considered, it’s likely that you’ll have to spec out your own Tundra to be sure.
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