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A high towing capacity and potent engine are what most consumers look for when deciding which pickup truck to buy. Because of the nature of towing jobs and some off-roading adventures, a good truck should also have a decent amount of standard safety features as well as some high crash test scores. Along the same line, the ideal dependable truck also would have a good reliability rating.

J.D. Power collects statistics from each car model every year to see which one holds up the best over time. In terms of trucks from 2016, the Toyota Tundra has proven to be the most reliable truck for that year. Here are some of the specs that helped the truck get such a good rating.

Interior features that are built to last

Both the cabin and the second row of the interior is comfortable and spacious, no matter which cab you select. Both the front and rear seats can be reclined. In CrewMax and Double Cab models, up to six people can ride inside the Tundra.

Cloth upholstery is standard with the option to upgrade to higher-quality leather. Some rivals’ interiors are more upscale, but the Tundra’s proved to be the most durable over a three-year period.

The Tundra also has good seating arrangements for drivers with larger families. In the second row, there are two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. In models that can seat six passengers, there’s another tether for the middle seat.

Dependable engines

One of the biggest parts of having a dependable truck is having a good engine. The 2016 Tundra has a powerful V8 capable of 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. Another V8 with an upgraded 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque is available. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of speed, the bigger 5.7-liter engine performs the best. In a test performed with the 2015 model, the truck could accelerate from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds. However, both engines are below average in terms of fuel economy. The base engine gets 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on highway roads.

Cargo capacity

While not as powerful as the other top-selling full-size pickups, the Tundra has an ample maximum towing capacity of 10,500 pounds. It can haul up to 2,060 pounds in its truck bed. The Regular cabs come with a long but narrow 8-foot-2-inch cargo box.

If you need additional space, the CrewMax cabs come with 5-foot-7-inch cargo beds. With Double Cabs, you can either have the standard 8-foot or a 6-foot-7-inch bed. For anything you don’t want to store in the bed, the Tundra features storage compartments under the seats.


The Tundra is somewhat lagging in the technology department, but its Entune system is good enough for simple needs. A 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard, which most drivers reported was very user-friendly. Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, smartphone connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system is also standard.

Upgrades include dual-zone climate control, navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite or HD radio, and a bigger 12-speaker audio system. For those who aren’t as tech-savvy, the climate and audio levels can be adjusted with physical knobs and buttons.

Safety features galore

The NHTSA gave the 2016 Tundra very high crash test scores, with Crew Cab models performing the best. This is a big deal because a dependable truck means little if it isn’t safe.

Luckily, the Tundra also has a large number of standard safety features, including forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assistance. Blind-spot monitoring is available on some trims.

Each trim comes with standard airbags on both the front and side of the passenger seats, as well as knee-airbags. Overall, the 2016 Tundra is a very capable truck. You can feel safe buying a used Tundra over the newest model and save some money in the process.