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Since 1999, the Toyota Tundra has been the brand’s full-size truck. And over its three generations, there have been some pretty major changes. From dropping the V8 engine in favor of a twin-turbocharged V6 to offering some serious luxury features found in the Tundra Capstone, this pickup truck has come a long way. But what if you want to get a used Tundra? These are three models that might be worthy of consideration. 

Is a used Tundra worth it?

Depending on which Tundra truck you are looking at, a used pick might be a good option. There are a variety of configurations out there, and Toyota does have a perceived reputation for making reliable vehicles. Just keep in mind that not every Toyota Tundra is created equally. 

As you would expect from a pickup truck that has been around for this long, there have been some problematic years. At the same time, some models are safer picks than others. Although, when shopping used, things can really be on a case-by-case basis. 

3. 2018 Toyota Tundra

The 2018 Tundra marks some firsts for this full-size truck. One of the more notable is the fact that it comes standard with the Toyota safety suite. This safety package adds a variety of standard safety features, ultimately giving the Tundra praise from the NHTSA. 

A 2018 Toyota Tundra full-size truck sits on display at an auto show.
2018 Toyota Tundra | Bull Doser

So, if safety is a big priority for you, the 2018 Toyota Tundra could make the case. Although because it is newer, prices will be higher than that of an older model. 

2. 2014 Toyota Tundra

According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2014 Tundra has some of the best resale value. This year of the Toyota tundra also appears to have praise from actual owners. And that is always a good thing to see when looking for a used truck. 

A 2014 Toyota Tundra sits in front of a lake.
2014 Toyota Tundra | Jim Mahoney via Getty Images

That’s not to say the 2014 Tundra doesn’t have its problems. Door lock actuator failure, oil leaks, and worn-out brake pads seem to be common problems. Those issues are something that you should keep in mind with this full-size truck. 

1. 2007 Toyota Tundra

OK, it’s hard for me not to mention the 2007 Tundra on this list. Sure, it is an old truck, but it has also achieved a fairly amazing feat. Are you familiar with the million-mile Tundra? Well, that was a pickup owned by Victor Sheppard, and it was able to achieve one million miles on its odometer. 

A 2007 Toyota Tundra, similar to the million-mile Tundra.
2007 Toyota Tundra | Mark Von Holden via Getty Images
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According to MotorTrend, the truck retained important components like its original engine and transmission. And while not everyone will rack up that many miles on their pickup truck, it is cool to see a product that can last that long. 

What are the worst years for the Tundra?

2016 might be one of the worst years for this full-size truck. It has a high number of recalls, and that’s not always indicative of a reliable vehicle. 2010 is also a problematic year; that version of the Tundra has 16 recalls. And that is something that I would consider a high number.