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It’s no secret that the new Toyota Tundra may have stumbled out of the gate. It arrived with a few quality issues that needed attention and a shockingly low reliability rating. But the 2023 Toyota Tundra compensates for most of the issues with solid power, refinement, and modern tech. 

Common 2023 Toyota Tundra Problems:

  • Weather stripping issues around windows with early wear and tear.
  • Prone to plastic interior trim cracking, especially around seat controls.
  • Lack of tow hooks makes towing difficult in tight spots.
  • Rear bumper without corner step limits bed access (some models have an electronic step).
  • Tech software concerns with a non-intuitive 14.0-inch touchscreen.
  • Inconvenient location of wireless phone charging pad with poor phone security.
  • Limited storage space with no bin above the glove box, and rear seat storage blocked by the hybrid battery.

What are the most frustrating 2023 Toyota Tundra issues? 

The 2023 Toyota Tundra towing a trailer
2023 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

According to actual owners, you may have to settle a few 2023 Toyota Tundra issues. One owner of a 2022 model reviewed a 2023 Tundra and discovered that the trucks have the same problems. 

For example, the weather stripping doesn’t align. It falls short around the windows. Plus, it seems to be prone to wear and tear pretty early on. It will fall off and hang down, which isn’t good for a truck that costs between $37,865 to $64,105. 

Some of the plastic interior trim is prone to cracking. The plastic trim around the seat controls seems to be the most fragile spot, and hundreds of owners have had this piece replaced under warranty. However, it still hasn’t been reinforced. 

A few access points are missing. For example, there aren’t any tow hooks. This isn’t exactly a big deal until you need them to get out of a pickle. Without them, towing yourself or others out of a tight spot gets much harder. 

The rear bumper is capped, meaning it has no corner step to take advantage of. This limits access to the bed. However, some models have a small electronically controlled step that pops out under the bumper. 

Another issue involved the tech software. The massive 14.0-inch touchscreen isn’t the most intuitive unit with no split screen function. You have to switch between navigation and radio unless you rely on Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. 

On that note, the location of the wireless phone charging pad is a little frustrating because your phone isn’t held securely in place. 

Also, the Tundra falls short on storage space compared to rivals. There’s no storage bin above the glove box, and space under the rear seat is blocked by the hybrid battery. 

How reliable is the 2023 Tundra? 

The 2023 Toyota Tundra has an average reliability score from J.D.Power. It earned a score of 78 out of 100. Scores between 70 and 80 are average, while scores between 81 and 90 are above average. 

We know being average doesn’t sound bad, but the 2023 Nissan Titan earned an 88 out of 100. Imagine losing to a truck that’s being discontinued due to a lack of sales. 

The 2022 Tundra also earned a 78, indicating that it didn’t improve between model years. Perhaps the 2024 Tundra has corrected a few quality issues. 

Also, the average Tundra is still expected to make it between 200,000 to 250,000 miles. It’s not uncommon to reach 300,000 miles. The new generation launched in 2022, so it still needs to be put to the test. We could be surprised by how long this generation lasts. 

What’s new for the 2024 Tundra?

The 2024 Toyota Tundra off-roading in dirt
The 2024 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

The 2024 Toyota Tundra is primarily a carryover model with a few cosmetic and package changes. The TRD Off-Road package is now available with the Platinum trim. 

It adds a black grille with a color-keyed surround, black mirror caps, window surrounds, fenders, badging, and body-colored/black door handles. 

The Night Shade package is available with the Limited model, and the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard. The head-u display is a freestanding option, and the factory three-inch lift is available for every trim, but the TRD Pro that has a unique setup. 

There are plenty of reasons to go with the 2023 Toyota Tundra or the 2024 model. It’s fast with smooth transmission shifts, has a standard composite bed, a quiet interior, and physical controls. 

But there might still be a few quality issues and a lack of accessibility to deal with. Do you think these are dealbreakers?