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Looking for a great used pickup truck? The Tundra checks all the right boxes.

The rugged, capable pickup truck is an American icon, right up there with apple pie and the white-painted Hollywood sign. Of course, the truck should be American-built, preferably with a bench seat for three and room for a dog. Something like the Toyota Tundra, perhaps?

We like the Toyota Tundra so much, we profiled it in both a Tundra video and a head-to-head video comparison of the Toyota Tundra and the Toyota Tacoma!

The latest flagship pickups from Toyota — the 2016 Tundra and the 2017 Tundra — have been built in Texas since 2007. They’re big, imposing, and very capable. The Tundra could be every inch the truck you need for work or play.




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Meet the Tundra

We Americans love our trucks, so it's hard to believe Toyota didn't have a full-sized pickup to offer its customers until 1999. Launched as a 2000 model, Toyota aimed the Tundra directly at the Dodge Ram 1500Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500, and Ford F-150 market.

Facelifted in 2014, the Tundra remains in production today and recently made the CarMax top 15 trucks of 2017 list.

Let’s take a look at the latest trim levels for the 2016 and 2017 models.

2016 Toyota Tundra trim levels

Trim Levels:  Average CarMax Price: Standard and Optional Features include
(but are not limited to):
Tundra SR $28,859* 
  • Regular or double cab
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Bench seats
  • 380-hp, 5.7L V8 engine 
Tundra SR5 $34,761*
  • 9,800-lb towing capacity
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Bucket seats
  • 380-hp, 5.7L V8 engine
  • Entune® 
Tundra Limited $39,911*
  • Heated leather seats
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Navigation
  • Rearview camera 
Tundra Platinum $44,335*
  • Leather seats
  • JBL® sound system
  • Entune®
  • Sunroof 
Tundra 1794 $44,763*
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • JBL® sound system
  • Wood-trimmed steering wheel and dashboard
  • Western-themed interior 
Tundra RDP Pro $47,876*
  • Underbody skid plate
  • Larger off-road tires
  • Bilstein® shock absorbers
  • Heavy-duty raised suspension 

2017 Toyota Tundra trim levels

Trim Levels:  Average CarMax Price: Standard and Optional Features include
(but are not limited to):
Tundra SR $30,150* 
  • Regular or double cab
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Bench seats
  • 380-hp, 5.7L V8 engine 
Tundra SR5 $39,395*
  • 9,800-lb towing capacity
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 380-hp, 5.7L V8 engine
  • Entune® 
Tundra Limited  $43,221*
  • Heated leather seats
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Navigation
  • Rearview camera 
Tundra Platinum $44,335*
  • Leather seats
  • JBL® sound system
  • Entune®
  • Sunroof 
Tundra 1794 $46,674*
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • JBL® sound system
  • Wood-trimmed steering wheel and dashboard
  • Western-themed interior 
Tundra RDP Pro $47,665*
  • Underbody skid plate
  • Larger off-road tires
  • Bilstein® shock absorbers
  • Heavy-duty raised suspension 

Cabs, beds, and engines

Reasons to Buy a Toyota Tundra | CarMax

The 2016 and 2017 Tundras come with a choice of three cabs: regular, double, and crew cab, and three bed lengths: short (at 67 inches long, it holds lots of stuff), standard (79 inches, for carrying even more gear and equipment) and long (at 98 inches long, you can load in slabs of sheetrock or drywall). As with the competitors, though, you can't combine the biggest cab with the longest bed. Going long requires you to stay with either the regular or double cab. Conversely, the short bed only comes with the CrewMax® cab. Regular-cab Tundras seat three across on a bench, while the double and CrewMax cabs can accommodate five or six adults, depending on whether they get bucket or bench seating.

In terms of engines, until 2014 buyers could choose between a V6 and two V8s — one of 4.6 liters, the other 5.7 liters. The V6 was dropped for the 2015 model year, so all newer Tundras you come across will be V8-powered. The V6 got slightly better EPA mileage ratings, but was less powerful. Also, some V6-engined models, like the 2014 Tundra SR, were only available with 2WD.




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10 Reasons to Buy a Tundra

The Tundra may not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of pickup trucks. But it does deserve serious consideration. Here are ten reasons to consider one.

  1. Towing ability. One of the big reasons people buy pickup trucks is because they want to pull a trailer. Some V8-powered Tundras, like the 2015 Tundra CrewMax Limited 4WD, can tow up to 9,800 lbs; the 2WD 2016 regular-cab Tundra SR can tow up to 10,500 lbs. Toyota’s V8-powered Tundras can tow close to 10,000 pounds in 4x4 CrewMax configuration, and up to 10,400 pounds as a 2WD regular cab model. If you plan on towing with your Tundra, look to make sure it has the optional tow package.
  2. Payload. Another reason for buying a pickup is because you've got stuff to haul around. Often, a lot of stuff – tools, equipment, gear, and the like. The 2014 Tundra Limited 4WD CrewMax can hold up to 1,410 lbs in its bed, while the long-bed, 2WD 2016 Tundra SR has a payload capacity of 2,040 lbs. That’s a lot of tools, lumber, or yard waste!
  3. Off-road capabilities. The Tundra is a tall truck, and depending on the model, it has a lot of space underneath to maximize your off-road capabilities. The 4WD 2015 Tundra SR has 10.4 inches of ground clearance (check our list of cars with high ground clearance for more details). Add in the power and torque of the V8s and you've got a truck with the ability to traverse some of the roughest terrain. For even more off-road ability, look for a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.
  4. Interior space. Something reviewers admire about the Tundra is how much room you get in the cab. Inside the 2016 Tundra SR, there’s almost six and a half feet of width across at shoulder height, enough for three guys in winter coats to sit comfortably on the bench. Inside the 2012 extended-cab Tundra and the 2014 Tundra 1794 CrewMax, which both have conventional, hinged doors, there’s a limousine-like 42 inches of backseat legroom.
  5. Luxurious appointments. While the Tundra does come in a more stripped down, base level package, like the 2015 Tundra SR, higher trims like the Limited and 1794 trims come with full leather upholstery and power-adjustable seats. At the top of the range, the 1794 trim includes heated front seats, chrome external accents, and a wood-trimmed steering wheel.
  6. Interior storage.The Tundra offers useful interior storage space for when you don't want to leave loose items or gear in the bed. Double-cab models, like the 2015 Tundra Limited, have a rear under-seat storage tray; both the double-cab and the CrewMax cabs feature rear seats that fold up. This frees up more floor space for things like suitcases and golf bags.
  7. Entune®. Standard since 2014, the Tundra’s audio/multimedia system provides a USB port along with Bluetooth® and a touchscreen. The system on models like the 2017 Tundra SR includes a 6.1-inch screen and HD radio, while the Platinum and 1794 trims for 2017 include a premium JBL® audio system.
    Reasons to Buy a Toyota Tundra | CarMax
  8. Versatility. Some people buy trucks for work, and others drive them because they support their lifestyles. The Tundra can do both. It's at home on the job site, but works just as well for running the kids to a swim meet or going on a camping trip. Plus, the comfort and equipment levels mean you don't need a sedan for those long road trips.
  9. Looks. The Tundra is no wallflower. Tall and broad-shouldered, it has presence yet avoids appearing aggressive. It just looks the way a pickup truck should: ready for anything.
  10. Durability. It's a Toyota. Is there anything else to say? Toyota trucks have a reputation for longevity and being very able to handle any job that’s thrown their way.

Alternatives

Should you decide the Tundra is more truck than you really need, how about its smaller brother, the Tacoma? Still very capable, (read our Tundra vs. Tacoma comparison for details) the Tacoma might be a more practical choice for those who drive in urban environments. Tacoma towing capacity is a bit less than the Tundra’s, but gas mileage is improved.**

As for full-sized pickup alternatives, a little used car research will tell you the sales leaders are the Ram 1500, the Chevy Silverado 1500 (along with the GMC Sierra 1500,) and of course the Ford F-150. All three are well regarded among pickup customers, but ask yourself: do you really want to drive the same truck as everyone else?

A crowd favorite

If you're after a solid and dependable workhorse, a used Toyota Tundra could be a very good buy. And if a pickup truck is more of a lifestyle choice for you than a tool for work, a used Toyota Tundra will not disappoint. Looking for more? Check out the Toyota Tundra vs. Toyota Tacoma comparison video here.

* Average prices based on August 2017 CarMax inventory.

**Mileage based on EPA estimates for vehicles when sold as new. See fueleconomy.gov.

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