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2021 Review: Toyota Tundra

Most pickup buyers have strong brand preferences. If you’re one of them, the all-new Toyota Tundra might make you reconsider those inclinations.

That’s because the third generation of this full-size pickup, which was designed in California, engineered in Michigan and manufactured in Texas is full of American ingenuity. Take, for example, the rear suspension that now uses coil springs for improved ride and handling. An available air suspension helps automatically level the truck when toting heavy loads. Regarding those loads: the new Tundra’s maximum towing capacity is a robust 12,000 pounds.

Power comes from a choice of two twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engines, including a 437-horsepower hybrid version that boosts output with a 36-kilowatt electric motor. Under the hood of the Limited model I drove, the powertrain delivered enough performance that no one will miss the outgoing V8.

Innovations inside include a 14-inch central touchscreen, multiple camera displays and an expansive sunroof.

Add a long list of standard safety features, and I suspect the all-new Tundra will change a lot of minds.

  

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STRENGTHS

  • The base V6 engine is good; the V6/hybrid version is even better.
  • Crew cab model’s spacious rear seats

WEAKNESSES

  • Ride can get a bit bumpy over rough pavement.
  • Limited visibility over the hood/past the outside mirrors

BOTTOM LINE

  • The Tundra’s available hybrid powertrain and other innovations make some trucks seem behind the times.

PRICING

  • Base Price: Not available at press time
  • As Tested: Not available at press time

SAFETY

  • NHTSA/Overall: Not yet rated.

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 18/23 (3.5.0L non-hybrid 2WD)
  • 17/22 (3.5.0L non-hybrid 4WD)