2021 Toyota Tundra review

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Toyota Tundra highlights

Customer rating


  • Toyota Safety Sense™ driver aids come standard
  • TRD model ups the Tundra's off-road capabilities


  • EPA-estimated fuel economy trails rivals
  • Key competitors offer better ride comfort

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 17 highway, 14 combined

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The 2021 Tundra closes out a generation with utility as its main appeal

Nobody can accuse Toyota of not getting its value out of its Tundra. This model has been around since 2007, with a slight refresh in 2014. A lot has happened in the pickup truck landscape since then, and the Tundra's rivals have left the big, capable Toyota behind in relation to comfort, driving dynamics, refinement, and EPA-estimated fuel economy. Still, the Tundra appeals to a number of buyers who aren't so concerned about such things and are instead focused on utility. The 2021 Tundra isn't short of it, either, with a choice of three cabs, three bed lengths, rear- or four-wheel drive, and six trim levels. The trim lineup is SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and the off-road-specific TRD Pro. For 2021, the final year of production for this generation, the Tundra adds a pair of special-edition packages, the Nightshade Special Edition and the Trail Edition.

There's less choice when it comes to what powers the Tundra—the only engine is a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp. It's not short on power, but its EPA-estimated fuel economy trails rivals, one of the key reasons the Tundra is difficult to recommend. Similarly, the suspension lacks the ride quality of newer competitors, which limits the Tundra's appeal to those who prize utility over everything. For everyone else who likes the idea of a big pickup from Toyota, we'd recommend checking out the 2022 redesign.

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What is new for the 2021 Toyota Tundra?

  • The Tundra is available in a variety of new trims, including the Limited Night Shade and Trail Special Edition.
  • Tundra trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats and Cruise Control as standard equipment this year.
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SR5 trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.
  • The SR trim now comes with Parking Sensors as standard equipment.

2021 Toyota Tundra trims

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  • Includes halogen headlights, deck rail and tailgate caps, high solar-energy absorbing glass, easy lower and lift tailgate, remote keyless entry, sliding rear window, two front 12V auxiliary power outlets, optional TRD off-road packages and 1794 Edition, and much more.

  • View all Toyota Tundra SR5s in stock


  • Comes with LED fog lights, dual zone climate control with dust and pollen filter, 20-inch split five-spoke wheels, special edition Nightshade edition option with black features, and much more.

  • View all Toyota Tundra Limiteds in stock


  • Offers leather trimmed steering wheel with embedded tech controls, anti-theft system with alarm and glass-break sensors, 20-inch premium six-spoke wheels, and much more.

  • View all Toyota Tundra platinums in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Toyota Tundra

1. Impressive towing capacity

The 2021 Toyota Tundra can haul pretty much anything you like, from horse trailers and campers to utility trailers and boats. The standard tow package on the SR5 and Limited models with the V8 engine pulls an estimated 10,100 lbs. with an available payload up to an estimated 1,730 lbs., when properly equipped.

This makes it the perfect vehicle if you're tackling remodeling projects, are a construction industry professional, or have a crew of adventure seekers.

2. Twelve color options

If a head-turning vehicle is on your wish list, the color palette offered for the 2021 Toyota Tundra won't disappoint. In addition to standard black, red and white options, you'll also have a few uncommon hues to pursue including the gray-tinted Calvary Blue, the vibrant Voodoo Blue, the shimmery Wind Chill Pearl, and the rich brown Smoked Mesquite. Love the military? Perhaps the classic Army Green will catch your eye! Color availability varies per trim so keep an eye out for your favorite.

3. Additional driving control

Handling a big vehicle is made simple with the driving control features found in the 2021 Toyota Tundra. The standard 4WD and active traction control make it easier to manage snowy weather, limited-access gravel roads, or rocky trail adventures. You'll hear the automatic limited-slip differential lock into place and distribute power where it's most needed to keep you moving forward in all weather and terrain.

4. Modern tech conveniences

2021 Toyota Tundra Review: Dashboard | CarMax

If you love playing with the latest connectivity and online assistants, the 2021 Toyota Tundra is ready to sync with your favorite tech, from Apple to Android services. The eight-inch touchscreen display can fire up the navigation system, your favorite podcast, music playlist, or digital assistant (like Alexa, Siri, or Cortana) to start an app on your connected SmartPhone.

This convenient tech helps makes long journeys as entertaining as possible for you and your passengers.

5. Ample seating for family and friends

2021 Toyota Tundra Review: Backseat | CarMax

The base model SR5 Tundra seats up to six people, while the Limited and Platinum editions make room for five. So, go ahead and ask the neighbor to join you on your next outing. Or, let the kids bring a friend along to family pizza night. For those who enjoy spending weekends hiking or taking the dog along, the backseat can easily accommodate a canine companion.

2021 Toyota Tundra video review

The Toyota Tundra is a popular large truck that rivals other full-size trucks including the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500. But what makes a used Toyota Tundra stand out in a crowded large truck segment? In this video, Desola Balogun from Edmunds reviews the 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 and finds out how it stacks up against the competition. Desola also talks about what we like and don't like about the used Tundra and helps you determine whether Toyota's large truck is a good choice for your next used truck purchase. This is our expert review of the 2021 Toyota Tundra.

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The 2019 Toyota Tacoma base SR trim offers all the classic truck bells and whistles including a tow hitch, traction control, and power locks/windows/mirrors. This midsize pickup comfortably accommodates up to five passengers (with a four-door double cab) as well as a trailer for tools, a boat or horses, when properly equipped. Standard features on the 2019 Toyota Tacoma include:

  • Rear-wheel drive with optional upgrade to 4WD

  • Fiber-reinforced bed-liner to resist scratching

  • Standard and long-bed options

  • Six trim options

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Toyota Tundra an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Toyota Tundra 6th out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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Toyota Tundra features and specs

SR5 2WD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear Defroster
  • Running Boards
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.5"/R 42.3"

Head room

F 39.7"/R 38.9"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

1010/10100 lbs.



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Color Options

Exterior colors

  • Army Green (available on the SR5 and 1794 Edition)

  • Barcelona Red Metallic (available on SR5, Limited, platinum and 1794 Edition)

  • Calvary Blue (available on the Limited)

  • Cement (available on the SR5 and Limited)

  • Lunar Rock (available on the TRD Pro)

  • Magnetic Gray Metallic (available on the SR5, Limited, Platinum and TRD Pro)

  • Midnight Black Metallic (available on the SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and 1794 Edition)

  • Silver Sky Metallic (available on the SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition)

  • Smoked Mesquite (available on the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition)

  • Super White (available on the SR5, Limited, TRD Pro and 1794 Edition)

  • Voodoo Blue (available on the SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition)

  • Wind Chill Pearl (available on Platinum and 1794 Edition)

Interior details

  • 60/40 split fold-up rear seats

  • Carpeted flooring

  • Overhead storage console (SR5 and Platinum only)

  • Front and rear cup holders

  • Two front and one rear 12V auxiliary power outlets

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