Of all the available used full-size pickup trucks, the 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tundra are the worst from their perspective model years. Only six automakers make the list as not many full-size pickup trucks are left on the market. One would think with such minimal competition, an industry giant like Toyota could do very well in the full-size pickup truck segment. For a few different reasons, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Toyota Tundra dead last among its peers for back-to-back model years. Buying a used pickup truck can be difficult, so you might want to avoid the 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tundra.
2018 and 2019 Toyota Tundra price
The first and most noticeable detriment to the Toyota Tundra coming in each of these model years is the price. The average price paid for each of the full-size pickup trucks provided by U.S. News shows the Tundra is higher than every other truck in the segment. The average price paid for a 2018 Tundra is $30,622 at the lowest, while a 2019 Tundra is $37,846. Every other used 2018 full-size pickup costs under $28,000 on average. For the 2019 model year, the GMC Sierra 1500 comes in at the second-highest price and is still only $35,442. Regardless of features and capabilities in any vehicle, the first and most important thing people look for is a great price. When these used Tundras are consistently the most expensive in the segment, many buyers are turned off.
For both model years, the Toyota Tundra maintains the worst gas mileage in its segment. Though most truck owners purchase knowing they’ll average pretty poor gas mileage, the Tundra’s is particularly bad. The 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tundras both average 13-15 city and 17-19 highway mpg. Compared to the 2019 Ford F-150 which averages 15-22 city and 18-30 highway mpg, that’s not very good. The 2018 and 2019 Tundras are gas guzzlers that’ll keep hitting your wallet after purchase.
2018 Toyota Tundra
The 2018 Toyota Tundra ranks sixth out of six on the best used full-size pickups for the 2018 list. Though it’s ranked worse than the other trucks in its segment, it does have some positive attributes. The 2018 Tundra has a 4.5/5 reliability rating from J.D. Power, as well as an 8.1/10 safety rating. Reliability is something Toyota is known for so that’s no surprise, but safety is something everyone values. Especially when the new full-size pickup trucks are able to seat five or six, which makes a Toyota Tundra a bit of a family vehicle.
In 2018, the Toyota Safety Sense package became standard for all Tundra models. The TRD Pro trim also disappeared for this model year. This Tundra has lower towing and hauling capacities than the competition, topping out at 10,200 pounds when fully equipped.
2019 Toyota Tundra
The 2019 model year Tundra brought back the TRD pro trim, however, it maintained the same negative attributes as 2018. Poor fuel economy, cheap and dated interior, and the same 10,200 pounds of maximum towing capacity when fully equipped to do so. Not much changed from 2018 to 2019 about the Toyota Tundra, and neither did its ranking on the list of best used full-size pickups from U.S. News.
The brand new third-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra was just unveiled, and with it comes a ton of positives. The hybrid engine, all-new look, and more make the 2022 Tundra a great option for a new full-size pickup truck. If a new truck isn’t what you’re looking for, we recommend steering clear of the past few years of Toyota Tundra models. A recently announced redesign usually means the most recent model years are old, dated, and needed an upgrade. These are the main reasons why the 2018 and 2019 Toyota Tundras rank dead last on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best used full-size pickup trucks.