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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$22,726
BASE MSRP
$24,435
Quick Take
The interior may be a letdown in quality, but the 2011 Toyota Tundra is every bit as big and tough as the other full-size trucks. Read more »
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Motor Trend »

from the side, the Tundra looks disproportionate

Detroit News »

Attractive gauges are not as easy to read as they could be

Edmunds »

The massive grille, sculptured hood and husky bumper present an intimidating head-on view. From the side, the Tundra is rather conventional.

Cars.com »

Its tall grille and hood and pronounced front fenders make it as imposing as any big truck.

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$24,435 $42,955
MSRP $24,435
INVOICE $22,726 Browse used listings in your area
Reg 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/20 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 4.0L
EPA Class No Data
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 3
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style Regular Cab Pickup - Standard Bed
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The Basics:

The Toyota Tundra has been a massive--some say failed--experiment in changing American truck buyers' tastes. Toyota spent a billion and a half dollars to reinvent its nearly-full-size Tundra into a true gargantuan truck with more hauling and towing capacity than any other pickup, and moved its production from the Midwest to Texas, the heart of pickup truck territory.

It hasn't worked, and Tundra sales once estimated at 200,000 units a year haven't even met half that goal.

Despite all that, the Tundra still does what Toyota said it would do, when it was redesigned for the 2007 model year. It planted the truck in the heart of the full-size segment; it won, if only briefly, the kudos for the highest towing capacity in the class; and it changed the fundamental assumption that trucks have to look completely boxy to be butch, even if the Tundra's looks don't exactly win us over.

Since truck sales have dropped precipitously in the past few years, the 2011 Tundra is essentially the same as last year's model, with an updated base engine and now, far fewer versions to offer buyers. Once it was a poster child for do-it-yourselfers who needed a custom truck; now Toyota ships only 28 distinct versions to dealers, leaving a raft of accessories to be installed at dealers, much like the company does with its Scion cars.

You'll probably be happier in the long run with a more fuel-efficient Ford F-150, or a better-riding Ram 1500, but there's nothing perfectly wrong with the Tundra, while it does a thing or two perfectly right.

Likes:

  • Great V-8 engines and six-speed automatic
  • More standard features than many full-sizers
  • Lots of storage cubbies inside
  • CrewMax has exceptional leg room

Dislikes:

  • Even the V-6 isn't great on fuel economy
  • Styling is gimmicky, inside and out
  • A huge truck that can be hard to maneuver
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