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2024 Toyota Tundra Review: Aspiring To Truck Greatness

The previous-generation Tundra truck was as reliable as the sun, but by 2021, it was 15 years old, out of date, and out of its depth against rivals such as the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado - models that have all been redesigned far more recently. So when a completely redesigned and thoroughly modernized new Toyota Tundra arrived at a price not much higher than the old one for the 2022 model year, everybody took note. Maybe this was the car that would break Toyota into the big league dominated by the domestic truck makers. Not a single part was carried over, and no longer would a naturally aspirated V8 be offered at all; the new Tundra comes only with a twin-turbocharged V6 with outputs varying from 348 to 437 horsepower, the latter from a hybridized setup. For 2024, the Toyota gets a few additional tweaks to try bring it in line.

The available powertrains offer strong performance and improved gas mileage, but while its new coil-sprung rear end mimics that of the Ram, it doesn't deliver the same ride quality or towing stability. The Tundra is also hamstrung by the lack of a permanent AWD option or a two-door regular cab, since only Double Cab and Crew Max body styles are available. Unlike domestic rivals, no nifty multifunctional tailgate is available either. It's no class leader, then, so what are its strengths, and to what extent can they make up for its weaknesses?

Summary

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New for 2024

The 2024 Tundra receives changes to its options and packages. The Nightshade package that blacks out the exterior trim is now available on the Limited trim, while the TRD Off-Road package is extended to the Platinum trim's options list. This year, the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is made standard on all Tundras from the Limited grade and up. The head-up display - standard on the Capstone and optional on the Platinum and up - was previously part of a package but is now sold as a standalone option. A new burnt orange exterior paint color called Terra is added, too, but it's available on the TRD Pro trim only.

All trims in the range, except for the TRD Pro, will be eligible for a three-inch factory suspension lift kit from now on. The Tundra 1794 Limited Edition will again be offered as a limited-run trim for the 2024 model year. Only 1,500 examples will be made available to buyers in the USA, and it receives some changes over last year's 1794, specifically blacked-out exterior trim, a 1.1-inch suspension lift, and FOX dampers. It has a premium interior decked out in leather designed by the Saddleback Leather Company and comes with exclusive Saddleback accessories. Unlike previously, the 1794 Edition is now only available with the hybrid powertrain. The 2024 Toyota Tundra's price list starts at a whisker under $40k.

2024 Toyota Tundra Price: Which One to Buy

The base price of a new Toyota Tundra is $39,965 this year, and it's for the SR trim - the only Tundra that remains under the $40k mark. This is followed by the SR5 at $45,500, the Limited at $51,855, the Platinum at $61,775, and the 1794 Edition at $62,460. This pricing is MSRP for the respective trims in their most basic configurations. The TRD Pro at $72,130 and the Capstone at $78,845 are exclusively sold as hybrids.

Upgrading the SR Double Cab to the 8.1-ft bed will cost you $330, and upgrading it to CrewMax with the 5.5-ft bed costs $2,050. Almost endless permutations are possible, with some trims giving you more body options, so you'll have to check the configurator for your preferred combination and its pricing. Upgrading any trim from 2WD to 4WD costs $3,000, and upgrading the Limited or Platinum from regular gas to i-Force hybrid will cost you $3,930. These prices don't include Toyota's $1,850 destination charge.

The $52k gas Tundra Limited makes the most sense to us. It gets the full-power engine from the SR5, 20-inch alloys, and access to all the extras you need, such as the TRD Off-Road package. It has enough standard features and luxuries to make it a pleasure to use every day, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, climate-controlled power front seats, a heated steering wheel, the large touchscreen, a tow hitch, and more driver assists. We wouldn't stretch another $4k for the hybrid because it doesn't add enough in terms of performance or economy to justify the extra outlay.

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Interior and Features

The cabin's design emphasizes width and is suitably contemporary. It's also relatively spacious, built to a high standard, and well-equipped above the base trims.

The smart interior looks right at home in a modern truck, and although the materials aren't plush in the base trims - where you get cloth upholstery and hard plastics - it's solid and rattle-free. It's all a bit drab and black in the SR, with some satin-finish metallic accents lifting the SR5's cabin, but the Tundra's interior comes into its own from Limited level and up. The Limited receives more soft-touch surfaces on the dashboard and doors, leatherette upholstery, more color choices, and a larger touchscreen, lifting its ambiance considerably above that of the base trims. It's practical and easy to use as well, with hard buttons for the climate control.

Strong horizontal lines emphasize the cabin's width and reinforce the impression of spaciousness, but interior space isn't a particular highlight and less than you'll find in rivals. The seats are comfortable, and the cabin is quiet on the move, but getting inside is a bit of a step up, which is typical for a truck with a high ground clearance. Only the top trims make this easier with power-deploying running boards. The high vantage point is great for planning your next move in traffic but makes it more difficult to see low cars behind you, so you'll rely on the backup camera because standard parking sensors only appear on the Limited, and a surround-view monitor is only standard on the Platinum.

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The base trims are a little spartan, but higher up, you get plusher materials, soft-touch finishes, and more features.

Space

All Tundras provide seating for five people in two rows. There is no regular cab with two doors as you'd find in rivals, just a smaller Double Cab and a larger CrewMax cab configuration. They all have the same roomy first row, but the Double Cab is decidedly more snug in the second row than most rivals; about the same as an F-150 QuadCab, but with around two inches less legroom than the Silverado Double Cab and Ram 1500 Quad Cab. Legroom is generous in the longer CrewMax's second row, though still several inches short of the competition.

Cargo

The Tundra offers three different bed lengths. The 8.1-foot bed is only available on the Double Cab, but either 5.5- or 6.5-foot beds can be had in conjunction with either the Double Cab or the CrewMax cabs. These bed-volume options are fairly similar to what the competition offers. The lengths are self-explanatory, and total width is 58.7, or 48.7 inches between the wheel wells. All three beds have a depth of 20.9 inches. Toyota constructs the Tundra's beds out of an aluminum composite that is said to be very resistant to denting and casual damage. An easy-lift tailgate is standard, but a configurable one like that on its rivals isn't available.

Cabin storage is ample, and every passenger gets access to cupholders and four roomy door pockets. There's the obligatory lidded center-console storage bin, uncovered center-console storage for smaller items, including a wireless charging pad on trims so equipped, and an overhead console with a sunglasses holder. There's additional storage with removable and adjustable partitions under the gas trims' rear seats, but not the hybrids', which use that space for the hybrid hardware and battery.

Toyota TundraFord F-150Ram 1500
Seating
5-seater3/5/6-seater5/6-seater
Headroom
41 in. front
38.5 in. rear
40.8 in. front40.3 in. rear SuperCab40.4 in. rear SuperCrew40.9 in. front
39.2 in. rear Quad Cab39.8 in. rear Crew Cab
Legroom
41.2 in. front
33.3 in. rear Double Cab
41.6 in. rear CrewMax
43.9 in. front
33.5 in. rear SuperCab
43.6 in. rear SuperCrew
40.9 in. front
35.6 in. rear Quad Cab
45.2 in. rear Crew Cab
Maximum Payload
1,575 - 1,875 lbs1,650 - 2,900 lbs1,220 - 2,020 lbs
Bed Size
5.5-, 6.5-, and 8.1-ft beds5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-ft beds5.7- and 6.4-ft beds
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Materials and Colors

The SR's plain black interior comes with black cloth on the seats only, and it has a urethane steering wheel and shift knob. The SR5 gives access to Boulder (gray) cloth as well, and while its interior can be further upgraded with various packages that add leatherette upholstery and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, these two upgrades come standard on the Limited, with its seats rendered in either black or Boulder Soft-Tex leatherette. The TRD Pro is also dressed in leatherette, but in either Black or Cockpit Red, with various red highlights throughout the interior, such as TRD scripts on the seats and steering wheel, and red stripes on the top of the tiller's rim and the shifter knob.

The Platinum reduces the choice of interior colors to one - Black - but gets standard leather upholstery. The 1794 Edition's interior is trimmed in Tan leather designed and supplied by the Saddleback Leather Company, complete with matching leather accessories. This includes a tool roll, a large overnight bag, a small pouch, and a key glove. The Capstone trim comes with a Black and White interior with semi-aniline two-tone leather upholstery and Dark American Walnut woodgrain trim.

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Base trims are workmanlike, but the flagships get real leather and woodgrain trim, while the TRD Pro focuses on a sense of adventure with various red interior highlights.

Features and Infotainment

The SR trim is a rather basic workhorse trim, so you have to make do with manually adjustable cloth seats, a manually tilting/telescoping urethane steering wheel, and single-zone climate control. Standard features include keyless entry with push-button start, one-touch up-and-down power windows, and heated power side mirrors. The higher you move up the trims, the more features are added, and these include leatherette or leather upholstery, power front seats, climate-controlled front and rear seats, selectable drive modes, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a power panoramic sunroof, and more.

The SR and SR5 trims get a smaller eight-inch touchscreen, but the infotainment system incorporates SiriusXM, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six- or nine-speaker audio system, depending on the cab style. The Limited upgrades the touchscreen to 14 inches, while the Platinum and up upgrade the audio system to a 12-speaker JBL setup, while also adding a wireless charging pad.

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Features are added as you move up the ranks, but the Limited is the best value compromise. The same infotainment system features on all trims, but the bottom trims get a smaller touchscreen.
SRLimitedPlatinum
Heated power front seats
14" touchscreen
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Leather upholstery
12-speaker JBL audio system
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Performance

Performance is strong and economy decent, with the hybrids being the swiftest in the lineup. The hybrid system is tuned for optimal torque delivery, though, and not economy.

The engine in the Toyota Tundra is a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 with 348 hp and 405 lb-ft in the SR and 389 hp and 479 lb-ft in all the other gas trims. All the other trims get access to a hybrid system comprising the gas V6 and an electric motor with a 1.87-kWh Ni-MH battery that contributes 48 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a total system output of 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. The hybrid system can only be had with the CrewMax body; the TRD Pro, Capstone, and 1794 Edition are exclusively hybrids - the latter was available with the non-hybrid mill at the time of writing, however. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is optional, except on the TRD Pro, where it's the only available drivetrain configuration. Unlike its rivals, a permanent AWD system is not offered. All Tundras use the same ten-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid powertrain is the most potent and gives the Toyota Tundra a 0-60 sprint of around 5.7 seconds, while the 389-hp gas powertrain does it in around 6.1 seconds. The base 348-hp SR hasn't been tested but should be capable of a 6.7-second time. All Tundras are limited to a top speed of 108 mph. Trailering is not class-leading, but the figures are solid nonetheless, with the Tundra capable of a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds in its optimal configuration. The lowest rating belongs to the SR, which can tow 8,300 pounds.

In terms of the driving experience, it again scores around the middle of the class, with few stand-out features. The steering is accurate enough, and the brake response solid. Handling is predictable and the truck generally feels as big as it actually is, which is always a compliment. However, despite that much-vaunted coil-sprung rear axle emulating what the Ram 1500 has been doing for years now, the Tundra cannot match the Ram for overall ride refinement and directional stability when towing. Neither has the nifty rear suspension banished the typical shuddering and quivering that go with a body-on-frame design. Performance isn't class-leading, but the turbocharged V6 feels punchy and well in command of the mass, especially in hybrid form, where the extra bottom-end torque easily outguns the old 5.7-liter V8 and helps smooth out the ten-speed auto's shifts. You'll either love or hate the fake V8 noises Toyota pipes through the audio system. The TRD Pro gains a useful measure of off-road prowess, but just don't expect the magical damping of an F-150 Raptor.

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Coil suspension is used front and back, offering decent handing and ride quality, but while capable off-road, the TRD Pro is too stiffly sprung.

Fuel Efficiency

The downsized turbocharged V6 benefits the Toyota Tundra's mpg figures, and even without hybrid assistance, all the non-hybrid 4x2 gas Tundras get EPA estimates of 18/23/20 mpg for the city/highway/combined cycles. A base F-150 3.3 V6 2WD FFV still does better at 21 mpg overall, though. The 4WD SR returns 17/23/19 mpg, while the 389-hp 4x4 gas models almost match this, losing just 1 mpg on the highway. Most economical of all are the 4x2 hybrids, which return 20/24/22 mpg, while the figures for the 4x4 hybrids are 19/22/20 mpg - except the high-riding TRD Pro with its all-terrain tires, which returns 18/20/19 mpg.

The SR and SR5 have a 22.5-gallon fuel capacity, giving them a range of between 427 and 450 miles. The other trims have a 32.2-gallon tank, meaning that the thriftiest hybrid can get as far as 708 miles on a tank, while even the thirstiest can still get to 611 miles. The larger fuel tank is an option on the SR5 but not on the SR.

3.4L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
(SR)
3.4L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Hybrid
10-Speed Automatic
Power
348 hp389 hp437 hp
Top speed
108 mph108 mph108 mph
Towing Capacity
Up to 8,300 lbsUp to 12,000 lbsUp to 12,000 lbs
MPG
18 / 23 / 20 mpg - 2WD
17 / 23 / 19 mpg -4WD
18 / 23 / 20 mpg - 2WD
17 / 22 / 19 mpg - 4WD
20 / 24 / 22 mpg - 2WD
19 / 22 / 20 mpg - 4WD
0-60
Est. 6.7 seconds6.1 seconds5.7 seconds

Safety

Safety is top-notch, with class-leading crash tests and a long list of safety features and standard driver assists on every trim.

The NHTSA's safety review of the Toyota Tundra reveals that it's an extremely safe truck, scoring a maximum of five stars overall and for all tests except the four-star rollover test - a typical result for a truck. The IIHS hasn't tested the 2024 Tundra at the time of writing, but the identical 2023 model scored Good for every test except for the base headlight specification, which scored Acceptable. This was still good enough to bag it a Top Safety Pick+ award.

The standard safety specification naturally includes the typical ABS, stability control, backup camera, and tire-pressure monitoring, while every Tundra also comes with eight airbags. Toyota adds to this the TSS 2.5 driver-assistance suite right from SR level, which includes front-collision alert with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing, road-sign recognition, and automatic LED headlights with auto high beams. Also standard are hill-start assist and an electric parking brake. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on the SR5 and standard on the Limited, which also gets reverse tilt-down side mirrors, an auto-dimming feature for all three of its rearview mirrors, and trailer-merge alert. The Platinum adds to these features rain-sensing wipers, a HomeLink transceiver, a surround-view monitor, and a camera-based digital rearview mirror. The Capstone is the only trim to get a standard ten-inch head-up display.

SRLimitedPlatinum
Adaptive cruise control
Lane-departure alert with steering assist
Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
Road-sign recognition
Surround-view camera

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Reliability

One thing that's worse on the latest-generation Toyota Tundra is its reliability. Whereas JD Power gave the previous generation an excellent Quality & Reliability rating of 86, the 2023 Tundra could do no better than a mediocre 70, so we're hoping that these are just teething troubles typical of a brand-new design and that these ratings will improve. No recalls have been recorded for the 2024 Tundra at the time of writing, but the 2023 model was recalled six times for a variety of reasons, from incorrect load-capacity labels, detaching tonneau covers, and failing spare-tire carrier chains to a blank backup-camera display and a fuel leak.

The 2024 Toyota Tundra's warranty is also rather average. The limited warranty is valid for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powertrain warranty runs for five years or 60,000 miles, and complimentary servicing is included for two years or 25,000 miles.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

Design

Toyota has made the Tundra as tall, boxy, and imposing as a full-size truck should be, and its intimidating countenance will be seen by most as appropriate for this type of car. Compact LED headlights sit on either side of a huge grille, whose treatment varies by trim from plain black at the bottom of the range to chrome slats or a mesh pattern, whatever the case might be. In all cases, the frame of the grille widens as it descends, bracketing a black bumper insert that makes it look as if the grille goes all the way down to the bottom. Every Tundra has subtle styling differences, and higher trims gain foglights and a panoramic sunroof.

The SR makes do with 18-inch steel wheels, but the Limited, Platinum, and 1794 runs on 20s and the Capstone on big 22s. In between are the SR5 and TRD Pro, which get 18-inch alloys, the latter black forged BBS wheels with all-terrain tires. The TRD Pro can also be recognized by its off-road appearance, with a higher ride height, red exterior accenting, TRD Pro-stamped tailgate, and an LED light bar on the grille. All trims get the same tough, weight-saving aluminum-composite load bed. The only available paint colors for the 1794 Limited Edition are Wind Chill Pearl, Blueprint, Smoked Mesquite, and Midnight Black Metallic. It gets bespoke exterior badging, all its exterior trim and its wheels are blacked out, and it has a uniquely stamped tailgate.

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The Tundra's eye-catching, boxy truck styling has the right blend of modernity and muscular appeal, and each trim's exterior details differ.

Verdict: Is The 2024 Toyota Tundra A Good Truck?

The Toyota Tundra is a solid effort, and its blend of talents should win it many new fans. It doesn't come with all the variety buyers expect in the truck market nowadays, so if you're looking for a multi-purpose tailgate, permanent all-wheel drive, or a regular cab, you're out of luck. The advanced new powertrains are punchy, and most people won't miss a V8, but the Tundra is not as fuel-efficient as we'd hoped. It's also a bit smaller inside, but the cabin is comfortable and stylish. Ride quality on the coil suspension is good, but it can't beat the Ram, while most rivals also tow more. It ranks near the middle of the class in most respects and doesn't disgrace itself in any discipline. It certainly deserves a spot on your shortlist and a test drive.

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