Does the 2021 Toyota Tundra Really Deserve Last Place?

We are shocked! The 2021 Toyota Tundra came in last place on a list of the best full-size pickup trucks for 2021. This has to be a mistake, right? Let’s dig into the rankings to see what set the Toyota Tundra back behind the competition. 

Is the 2021 Toyota Tundra a good truck? 

The 2021 Toyota Tundra parked in front of mountains
2021 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

Yes, the 2021 Toyota Tundra is an excellent option to consider. It’s a reliable option with tons of cabin space, plenty of standard features, and the TRD Pro model adds plenty of dexterity to this ride for off-roading. 

However, Car and Driver ranked the Toyota Tundra in last place on their list of the best full-size pickup trucks for 2021. Also, the 2021 Ram 1500 came in first place, outranking the 2021 Ford F-150! But today is all about the Tundra. 

Why does the Tundra rank poorly? 

Car and Driver noted that the 2021 Toyota Tundra is old. It’s had the same form since 2007, which was over a decade ago. This problem is temporary, though, as the 2022 Toyota Tundra has significant changes on the way. Also, when test driving the 1794 Edition, it didn’t feel too old, but the graphics on the infotainment screen could use some updating. 

Most trucks offer a variety of engine options. For example, the Ford F-150 has five. But the Tundra only has the 5.7-liter V8 option with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Car and Driver suggest that it only has a mediocre towing and fuel economy. 

The Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and up to 17 mpg on the highway, so that is pretty lackluster. Also, when properly equipped, it can tow up to 10,200 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,730 lbs. This is behind the competition, but two new engine options are on the way to solve these issues. 

You can get started in the Toyota Tundra for about $34,025. This price is slightly higher than rivals, but the Tundra does come standard with the V8 engine. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

What do critics like about the 2021 Tundra? 

An ice gray 2021 Toyota Tundra splashes through mud.
2021 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

If the fuel economy and age of the 2021 Toyota Tundra isn’t a deal-breaker for you, then there are plenty of features to enjoy. For example, the 5.7-liter V8 provides a peppy acceleration and can easily pass others on the highway. 

The off-roading ready Tundra TRD Pro adds new 2.5-inch internal-bypass shocks and lighter 18-inch BBS wheels for enhanced dexterity. It also comes with a TRD skid plate and a TRD dual exhaust. 

You’ll find that the Toyota Tundra has a spacious and comfortable interior. The front and rear have more than enough room for adults. You can easily install child seats, and an integrated electronic trailer brake controller comes standard. 

A new 8-inch infotainment system is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher trim levels gain integrated navigation. The system works very quickly. It may outpace your smartphone. 

The Tundra has slightly above average crash ratings with tons of safety features. A few standard options include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. 

We don’t necessarily think that the Toyota Tundra truly deserves last place, but it is behind the competition. Hopefully, the 2022 Tundra will offer more strength, convenience, and comfort. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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