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The biggest battle in truck history is about to take place. Is the Toyota Tundra more reliable than the Toyota Tacoma? Looking at the Tundra’s reliability through the Consumer Reports’ lens offers a positive view of the full-size pickup truck. However, the Tacoma’s reliability isn’t anything to overlook, either.

Is the Toyota Tundra a reliable truck?

The reliability of the Toyota Tundra and the Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks
The Toyota Tundra and the Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks off-roading | Toyota

The Toyota Tundra is deemed a full-size truck by Consumer Reports. Looking at the overall reliability verdict from the experts at Consumer Reports, it is above-average. The Toyota Tundra has reliability ratings back to 2000. For the most part, the reliability comes in at a four out of five or a five out of five every year. 2006 was an average year for the Tundra; there is no rating for 2009; otherwise, the scores are good.

Breaking it down to some potential trouble spots such as engine major, engine minor, and engine cooling. These are also above-average. Consumer Reports uses a color scale for easy deciphering, with light green and green being the best scores. The Toyota Tundra primarily shows green and light green for these potential reliability trouble spots.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra saw a slight drop in reliability. Consumer Reports gave it a score of three out of five for the predicted reliability. The predicted owner satisfaction score came in at four out of five. The truck has not been thoroughly tested yet. As a bigger, full-size truck, one can presume this will do more work and carry heavier loads when necessary.

How long will a Toyota Tacoma last?

Looking at the same overall verdict for the Toyota Tacoma reliability, it shows a lot of green. Consumer Reports has a reliability history from 2000, but there are more outliers in this truck. 2002, 2004, and 2019 are the only years that come off as below-average. The other 19 years are also above average. If that is taken at face value, the Tacoma is less reliable than the Tundra.

Looking at the 2022 Toyota Tacoma, the new pickup truck was pretty average. Consumer Reports gave it a 51 out of 100 overall. It only managed to get a 42 out of 100 on the road test. The predicted Toyota Tacoma reliability and owner satisfaction came in at an average three out of five.

Edmunds reviewed the Tacoma and gave it a 7.7 out of 10 overall. “The Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling truck in its segment for a reason,” Edmunds said. The long-standing durability reputation and off-road capability are noted as some of the high points. Beyond that, the pickup truck was easy to drive and pleasant truck. As a smaller pickup truck, one could assume this is a light-duty pickup truck that won’t work as hard as the larger Tundra.

The good news is that pickup trucks are more reliable than ever

Whether you take home a Toyota Tundra or a Toyota Tacoma, both trucks will serve you well. Toyota as a brand is known for having reliable cars, trucks, and SUVs that last a long time. In fact, Toyota and GM are known for making vehicles that last longer than 200,000 miles. If you purchase a new or used Tacoma or Tundra, it is crucial to keep up with routine maintenance.

The Tacoma’s reliability is always going to be a hot topic, but the automaker constantly delivers on making good cars, trucks, and SUVs. This one is billed as a compact truck to the Tundra’s full-size truck label. Depending on your daily needs, both trucks can get the job done.


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