We got to spend a wonderful week with the 2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition, and honestly, I didn’t want it to end. You give things that you love a name, and I named this Toyota Tundra model Tundree. You pronounce it like you would say ready, but with tund instead of read. Anyways, here are the highs and lows of the 1794 Edition.
Our 2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition review
The 2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition is where premium luxury and capability combine to create a truck that’s both comfortable and able to get work done. We had the CrewMax Edition with the 5.5-foot bed.
This model begins at around $52,000. This is the MSRP, so you have to trade tons of pretty pennies for it. But the amount of comfort it provides may be worth it. I went from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina, to the flatlands of Chester, South Carolina, to test this beast in a variety of conditions, and it surpassed all expectations.
How does the 2021 Toyota Tundra drive?
The 2021 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition has one heck of a smooth ride. I took it on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the interstate, backcountry roads, down gravel roads, dirt roads, and trails through the woods, and never felt jostled.
The Tundra was able to absorb bumps with ease. Potholes, significant dips in the road, and more didn’t phase drivers or passengers. The truck glided over imperfections in its path without any issues. In areas with rocks on dirt roads, you can confidently go faster than usual without bouncing around.
Alone with a smooth ride, the Tundra also has confident braking. The brakes aren’t too grabby and sensitive, but if you need to bring this Tundra to a stop, you can without any trouble. There isn’t much body roll either, and the tires provide excellent grip around turns.
You could describe this truck as being sporty and agile. It doesn’t feel as big as it is. However, parking proved to be a bit of a challenge, and on some tight turns, I did cross the center line on the road. Getting used to its size may take a few days.
This truck is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, and it can go. According to Car Indigo, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.4 seconds. You can definitely accelerate to pass people easily.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra gets an EPA estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. But it didn’t struggle with its fuel economy. It has a massive fuel tank, and going from Chester to Asheville, around the Blue Ridge Parkway, and back down to Chester didn’t require a fillup.
How is the Toyota Tundra interior?
I have officially been spoiled by the big truck luxury life now. The interior is wrapped in attractive tan leather with wooden veneer accents. The seats are well-padded and massive.
They are incredibly comfortable for long rides. One passenger even took a nap. The controls have a practical layout, and the buttons are easy to reach. The backseat of the Toyota Tundra CrewMax is large enough to fit three adults.
I was worried about hearing people back there, but the interior is so quiet, you don’t even have to raise your voice to have a conversation. The only loud part comes from an occasional engine roar after mashing the acceleration.
There is more than enough storage. I counted seven cup holders in the front seat. Plus, the center console and glove box are very deep. There are plenty of places to store smaller items as well.
The back seats have a 40/60 split and can be folded against the walls to provide extra storage space if needed. My dog, suitcases, and more all fit in the backseat well. This may have been the best road trip vehicle I’ve ever been in.
How is the Toyota Tundra tech?
The 2021 Toyota Tundra has a 7-inch infotainment screen, which felt like an adequate size. The dual display allows you to see your navigation and music at the same time. Also, the voice recognition is very responsive.
This was the first time I could use a vehicle to make calls with an interior that was quiet enough to carry a conversation. In other cars, the cab has been too loud for speakerphone conversations.
I enjoyed the digital cluster display that showed turn-by-turn navigation instructions behind the steering wheel. But in certain situations, sunlight made the infotainment screen challenging to see, and the screen got plenty of fingerprints that I felt the constant need to clean up.
The system is easy to use with fast response times, and Apple CarPlay works very well. There are four USB ports in the front but none in the back. I was surprised that the truck didn’t have a wireless charging pad, but it wasn’t needed.
The safety features such as blind-spot monitoring were a little subtle, and it seemed not to work all the time. I was most impressed with how responsive the adaptive cruise control system was.
You can see a lot with the backup camera, but the lines don’t move. In other vehicles, the camera lines adjust to show you which direction you’re moving in. Also, thank goodness for the front parking sensors. They really help you back up and park without hitting anything.
I shouldn’t have done this, but while driving through long mountain tunnels, I trusted the automatic lights to work. But as soon as I entered the dark tunnel, I couldn’t see and needed to turn on brights, which weren’t very bright. This isn’t surprising as I already knew that the 2021 Toyota Tundra has inadequate visibility according to IIHS.
The dual-zone automatic climate system can keep everyone comfortable, and the heated and ventilated seats are nice. The sunroof allows you to get a breath of fresh air, and the rear window is powered!
How capable is the Toyota Tundra?
The Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition made all of the challenges I lined up seem too easy! It powered up and over steep inclines on trails in the mountains. I couldn’t find any mud or streams to cross, though. My concern was that the 2021 Toyota Tundra would be too heavy for off-roading, but I didn’t manage to get it stuck.
Thank goodness for the running boards that allowed my 5’1” self to get in and out with ease. The tailgate also has a low cargo floor, making it easy to load and unload things. Plus, the tailgate is soft. It slowly lands instead of just dropping with a bang. The doors close softly too. There are four cargo hooks and four tie-down spots.
The 5.5-footbed may limit cargo space, but that’s fine. If I had the 6.5-foot bed, then the truck would be even longer, making it more challenging to park and back up. The Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition can tow up to 9,400 lbs, but other models can tow up to 10,200 lbs.
I put a big round bale of hay in the back and admired the truck’s spray liner. It looks good and feels pretty durable. Hay probably doesn’t weigh much, and the Tundra didn’t seem to notice. However, I did feel extra torque over the rear axle.