The Tundra's handling is composed and confidant, and does a nice job of isolating even the largest road imperfections in around-town driving. At freeway speeds, the story is pretty much the same: a feeling of security and unaffected by crosswinds, grooved pavement, or pavement irregularities. The suspension has a great deal of travel and does a nice job of absorbing even larger potholes. We should also point out that interior noise levels are one of the high points of the Tundra with sound levels comparable to a number of luxury sedans we've driven.
The 5.7-liter V8, paired to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic, offers outstanding acceleration accompanied by a muscle-car-like soundtrack. For those wishing to venture off the beaten path, the TRD Off-Road Package (not to be confused with the hell-bent-for-leather TRD Pro model) option includes special 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin LTX A/T2 tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shocks, skid plates for the engine and fuel tank, front tow hooks, and heavy-duty TRD rubber floor mats, along with exterior bed-side decals.
At the same time, steering is light but numb, no diesel engine is offered, and, although the Tundra comes with advanced active safety features, its crash-test results are average, at best.
Finally, fuel economy with any of the engine/drivetrain combinations is poor. Our Limited tester, equipped with the 5.7-liter V8, came with an EPA-estimated 13 miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg on the highway, and 14 combined. We only managed a vehicle-measured 11 mpg in suburban-heavy driving.