The 2021 Toyota Tundra is a full-sized workhorse of a truck. The fact that the Tundra hasn’t seen a redesign in some time while those major contenders have doesn’t help its cause. As a result, it’s outdated and lacking the refinement it once had.
The problems cited by Consumer Reports weren’t addressed between the 2020 and 2021 models. So, does this mean the Tundra is a bad truck or is it just sticking to a winning formula?
Consumer Reports complaints about the Toytoa Tundra
When testers reviewed the 2020 Toyota Tundra, they mentioned a few shortcomings. They described the ride as jittery, especially when equipped with the TRD off-roading package. Other recently redesigned trucks, like the Ram 1500, are also a bit easier to drive than the awkward Tundra which also doesn’t have the configuration and options of its peers.
In normal handling, the Consumer Reports team found the 2021 Toyota Tundra handles well enough. It feels bigger and more cumbersome than some of its peers, according to the reviewers.
The site gave the Tundra a one out of five rating on braking and it was noticeable when it came to the emergency-handling tests. The Tundra didn’t score well when it came to emergency avoidance maneuvers.
The reviewer also gave the Tundra a one out of five when it comes to fuel efficiency. It gets an unimpressive estimated 10 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg overall. That means you’ll be spending more money on gas to drive it.
What testers liked about the Toyota Tundra
Despite the jittery ride, the tester gave the new Tundra an 81 out of 100 on driving experience and high marks for transmission, acceleration, and comfort. It has the best reliability rating for a full-sized truck on today’s market.
The powerful V8 engine is one of the Tundra’s best assets and gives it real off-roading and towing chops. The Tundra also features a hydraulically damped tailgate that can be easily lowered and raised.
You get a towing package standard that has tow/haul transmission modes, trailer wiring, and a hitch. These are things that cost extra on some of the competition.
The reviewers had good things to say about the Tundra’s towing capabilities. They were able to get up to 60 mph in 16.1 seconds while pulling a 7,400-pound test trailer. Tundra’s maximum towing capacity is on par for most four-door trucks at 10,000 pounds.
The review team also favored the generous amount of storage space. There’s space in the center console and the rear-seat cushions flip up to give you even more space.
Overall it is a reliable and capable truck
It might be the oldest truck in its class, but it’s second to none when it comes to reliability and it’s still a good truck to have when you need to haul and move. If you’re into off-roading, the 2021 Toyota Tundra can do that too.
Despite its flaws, it has an impressive list of standard features and options that make it ideal for any path you want to take. Its interior might be dated, but it’s roomy and comfortable. The Tundra is a hard-working truck that has a lot to offer on the job, for a family, or on all of your off-roading adventures.