In the past, the Toyota Tundra has scored well in federal and industry-backed crash tests. With both agencies changing their criteria for 2011, the ratings have changed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet rated the new Tundra. In the past it's earned three and four stars for rollover resistance, and those scores carry over--but front and side impact protection hasn't yet been published. We'll update this review when the results are in.
Over at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a new roof-crush standard has been factored into scoring. The Tundra earns the top "good" rating in the IIHS tests for front and side impacts, but the roof-crush test has not been completed.
The Tundra does well in safety because it's well-equipped with passive and active protection. Dual front, side, curtain and knee airbags are standard on all versions, and so are stability control and anti-lock brakes--features often left off base trucks from the other manufacturers.
A rearview camera and parking sensors are optional on the Tundra, and that's good, because its high tailgate and overall size mean visibility isn't always the best--though the seating position is high, and outward visibility ahead and to the sides is good.