2021 Toyota Tundra Performance

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Toyota Tundra Performance Rating

2021 Tundra Performance

Toyota, once again, allots the entire Tundra line a single engine in the familiar 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8. A six-speed automatic is also carried over along with the option of rear- or four-wheel-drive. Performance from the powertrain is well-suited to the Tundra as an off-roader or workhorse, but the transmission can be clumsy and doesn't get the most out of what is one of the segment's most powerful standard engines. It's not the quickest from 0 to 60, with those honors going to the Ram 1500 TRX, and nor is it the strongest when it comes to its hauling abilities. But, it can still tow a reasonable 10,200 lbs in 4x2 Double Cab Guise, while the CrewMax options can tow up to 9,900 lbs in 4x2 form. The Ford F-150 bets this by a big margin, towing up to 14,000 lbs.

2021 Tundra Performance Photos

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Engine and Transmission

A 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 is the sole source of power for the entire Tundra lineup, channeling 381 hp and 401 lb-ft through a six-speed automatic gearbox to either a rear-wheel-drivetrain or 4x4 system. While power is ample and delivery consistent, the V8 doesn't ever feel overly eager to get going. It's robust and consistent but it just lacks the killer punch that other rivals possess. It's more than capable of getting up to highway speeds, even with a full payload. The weak link isn't the engine though, it's the gearbox.

Toyota's six-speed auto is passable, but not exemplary by any stretch. With fewer ratios than more modern boxes, it has a tendency to strain the engine at times and can be a little clumsy in selecting the right gear at part throttle when towing a load. In comparison to rivals from Ford, GM, and Ram, it just doesn't feel quite as sharp.

2021 Toyota Tundra Performance Specs:

Toyota Tundra TrimsToyota Tundra EnginesToyota Tundra HorsepowerToyota Tundra TransmissionsToyota Tundra DrivetrainsToyota Tundra MPG/MPGE
SR5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
14 MPG
15 MPG
SR55.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
14 MPG
15 MPG
Limited5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
14 MPG
15 MPG
Platinum5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
14 MPG
15 MPG
1794 Edition5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X4
RWD
14 MPG
15 MPG
TRD Pro5.7L V8 Gas381 hp @ 5600 rpm6-Speed Automatic4X414 MPG

2021 Tundra Gas Mileage

With a burly V8 engine at the helm, the heavy Tundra is, as expected, a very thirsty workhorse. Equipped with 2WD, expect gas mileage figures of 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined. Spring for the 4x4 drivetrain and these figures take a knock, resulting in EPA claims of 13/17/14 mpg. These figures will, ultimately, depend on how the truck is configured and used, going off-road and hauling significant loads will drop fuel economy considerably.

The SR and SR5 boast a 26.4-gallon gas tank as standard, all the others get a 38-gallon tank which is optional on the SR5. With the larger tank equipped, a theoretical range of 500 miles in mixed conditions is possible.

2021 Toyota Tundra Fuel Capacity

Toyota Tundra TrimsSRSR5LimitedPlatinum1794 EditionTRD Pro
Toyota Tundra Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)13/1713/1713/1713/1713/1713/17

2021 Toyota Tundra Trailering

Toyota Tundra TrimsSRSR5LimitedPlatinum1794 EditionTRD Pro
Toyota Tundra Maximum Trailering Capacity10,100 lbs.
10,200 lbs.
9,800 lbs.
9,900 lbs.
10,100 lbs.
10,200 lbs.
9,800 lbs.
9,900 lbs.
10,100 lbs.
8,800 lbs.
9,100 lbs.
9,400 lbs.
8,800 lbs.
9,400 lbs.
8,800 lbs.
9,400 lbs.
9,800 lbs.
Engine5.7L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas5.7L V8 Gas
Transmission6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic6-Speed Automatic
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