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Sometimes the new Toyota Tundra might not get the love it deserves. It’s falling behind the pack against the big three American trucks, including the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevy Silverado 1500. But don’t give up on it yet. The 2023 Toyota Tundra has some strong qualities to reconsider.

How long is the 2023 Toyota Tundra wait? 

The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro on a gravel road
2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

Waiting times for the 2023 Toyota Tundra vary based on demand and which model you choose. The average time it takes to build a new Toyota model is between four to 12 weeks. But supply chain constraints could push the waiting time back by three to six months. 

The Toyota Tundra Hybrid has more demand and could take between six months to over a year. But at least once the dealership receives your truck, it could be delivered in two weeks. See why the Tundra might be worth the wait. 

1. The 2023 Tundra is athletic 

The 2023 Toyota Tundra is fun to drive. The standard 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine cranks out 389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, which is a punchy start. 

However, upgrading to the Hybrid Max setup to pair the same engine with an electric battery provides 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. According to Car and Driver, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.  

That’s more than enough time for merging into traffic and passing others. The 10-speed automatic transmission has a smooth power delivery and quick gear shifts. Plus, the brakes are confident. 

Body lean is well-controlled for corning, and the truck is stable around sharp curves. However, it could absorb rough impacts a little better. 

But the hybrid setup could be more efficient. It gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and up to 22 mpg on the highway. The Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid is a little more efficient, but it’s not as reliable as the Tundra.

2. The new Tundra has great tech 

The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro climbing over rocks
2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

With the standard 2023 Toyota Tundra, you get an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and proximity keyless entry/start. This is more than rivals start with. 

The available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and massive 14.0-inch touchscreen provide crucial driving information and off-roading stats. The system works quickly, and the graphics are attractive. 

Also, the head-up display lets you keep your eyes on the road and displays navigation directions. You may notice that chunky pillars can block visibility while turning, but the 360-degree camera and blind-spot monitoring. 

The adaptive suspension dampeners and load-level rear air suspension contribute to a more comfortable and controlled ride. It’s pretty smooth for highway cruising.

3. The 2023 Tundra is built tough 

2023 Toyota Tundra standard composite bed
2023 Toyota Tundra | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

The 2023 Toyota Tundra has a standard sheet molded compound (SMC) composite bed to offer more durability and protection. It’s reinforced with aluminum to prevent dents, scratches, and rust. It can last much longer than steel. 

Plus, it rides on the TNGA-F body-on-frame platform that withstands the stress of rough roads and rugged terrain while suppressing vibrations and towing heavy loads. The Tundra’s heavy-duty frame includes high-strength steel and other weight-saving materials. 

The rigid chassis enhances durability and contributes to a more peaceful cabin experience. Also, the Tundra has been subjected to independent crash testing programs worldwide to ensure the highest active and passive safety standards. 

The 2023 Tundra can tow up to 12,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,940 lbs. This is plenty of muscle for most projects, but the Ford F-150 can tow up to 14,000 lbs.

It’s time to reconsider the 2023 Tundra if you’re in the market for a large truck. It has an engaging ride, plenty of power, intuitive features, modern tech, and flexes a durable build quality.