Only 3 Toyota Tundra Model Years Aren’t Recommended by Consumer Reports

The Toyota Tundra model has a history of epic reliability. So it’s no surprise really that this truck is so often recommended by critics. That said, there are a few models years that aren’t recommended by Consumer Reports.

The 2019 Toyota Tundra driving on a beach
2019 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

While the Consumer Reports verdict isn’t the only one worth taking into account, it is a helpful place to go for research. Whether you are looking for a used pickup or a brand new model, you want to know that your purchase is worth the spend. So which Toyota Tundra model years are better skipped?

The 2021 Toyota Tundra

For the 2021 model year, Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend any of the full-size pickup trucks it tested. So, naturally, this is one of the Toyota Tundra model years you may want to pass on. The 2020 model offers virtually the same features. They each have the same standard safety suite and run the same V8 engine.

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Aside from fresh editions in the lineup like the 2021 Trail Edition and the 2021 Nightshade Tundra, there’s not much you’ll find in the 2021 model that the 2020 Tundra doesn’t share. The 2020 Toyota Tundra model year is recommended and the 2021 Tundra isn’t, you may want to skip the 2021 model for the 2020 vintage. That said, big things are on the horizon. If you want a new Tundra, waiting for the 2022 model to come out couldn’t hurt.

Older used Toyota Tundra model years

If you are looking for an older truck to save more money, the Tundra is often a go-to. Strong overall reliability and simple engineering mean that these trucks last a seriously long time. Properly maintained, the Toyota Tundra typically outlasts other trucks. Reports of odometers passing the 200,000 mile mark are common.

2008 Toyota Tundra driving up a grassy hill
2008 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

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However, there are two older used Toyota Tundra model years that aren’t recommended by Consumer Reports. If you are interested in buying a used Toyota Tundra that’s over 10 years old, there are two you may want to steer clear of. When so many models are recommended, why go to one that isn’t?

Consumer Reports doesn’t recommend the 2007 and 2009 Tundra models

Missing data for the 2009 Toyota Tundra might explain its lack of recommendation. Consumer Reports either didn’t review this model, or the data was just never updated. However, in a list of Tundras that all wear the badge of recommendation, this one doesn’t. We think it’s still probably worth a look in terms of used truck buying. Still, the 2008 and 2010 models are both recommended. So some shoppers may think “why bother?”

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The 2007 model year wasn’t recommended either. This Toyota Tundra model year has the lowest reliability score on the list with a 3 out of 5 for predicted reliability. So if you are looking for an older Tundra, the 2007 model year might be one to gloss over for greener pastures.

Consumer Reports and pickup trucks

While Consumer reports data can help streamline research, we definitely recommend going elsewhere too. These recommendations are a great way to narrow down your list of potentials. But there are great Toyota Tundra pickup trucks from each model year.

a 2021 toyota tundra trd pro in Lunar Rock shoing up its aggressive stance in the desert
2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro | Toyota USA

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Especially when buying a used truck, it’s important to find one that’s been taken care of. A 2007 Tundra that’s been babied is likely going to be a better used truck than an abused 2008 model––regardless of the Consumer Reports recommendation status. Additionally, we totally understand if you ignore Consumer Reports’ lack of recommendation on the 2021 model because you need it in the Lunar Rock TRD Pro color.