20 Best & Worst Toyota Tundra Years (Pictures & Stats)

The Toyota Tundra is a full size pickup truck that was introduced as a 2000 model year.

Its a real workhorse and despite falling behind competitors in the rankings it shouldn’t be overlooked.

In this article, we’ll be going through all of the best and worst model years of the Tundra.

2023 Tundra

Here’s The Short Answer To What The Best And Worst Years For The Toyota Tundra Are:

The best Toyota Tundra model years are 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2009. The worst model years of the Tundra are 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. This is based on auto industry reviews, NHTSA statistics, reported problems, and consumer feedback.

What Are The Best Years For The Toyota Tundra?

2023 and 2022 Toyota Tundra

The 2023 and 2022 Tundra models are the first two installments of the third generation and they are the best model years by far. Toyota has gone to great lengths to improve every aspect of the truck including the frame, suspension, transmission, performance and steering.

Technologically, the third-gen Tundra is far superior to its predecessors too.

Powered solely by a twin-turbocharged V-6, the more powerful hybrid variant offers 437 horsepower whilst the base version of the engine comes with either 348 or 379 horsepower.

It has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds which is plenty of power for most light-duty truck owners.

Models come in 7 trim levels: SR, Limited, Platinum, 1974 Edition, TRD PRO, and Capstone.

When purchased brand new, pricing ranges from approximately $42,000 to $78,000.

These trucks possess smooth power delivery, easy-to-use controls, standard composite material (to limit dents and scratches), and an available 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

2023 Tundra:

  • Edmunds: 3.4 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 3.4 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 79 / 100

2022 Tundra:

  • Edmunds: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 3.4 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 79 / 100

2022 Tundra, Edmunds review:

“I recently switched from and older 7.3L F-250 to the 22 tundra platinum edition and am very pleased with the truck although I did have some concerns. Obviously I was concerned with the power but let me tell you, this truck moves and has plenty of power to tow boat/trailer while maintaining the comfort and drivability of the vehicle…”

2021 and 2020 Toyota Tundra

The 2021 and 2020 Tundra model years are the final iterations of the second generation which was introduced in 2007. These two model years are backed by a history of reliability although they lack the big updates of the third generation.

New to these models is an upgraded audio system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), the removal of the 4.6-liter v8 from the lineup, and the TRD PRO is now offered with either a Double Cab or CrewMax Cab configuration.

There are 5 trims to pick: SR5, Limited, 1974, Platinum, and TRD PRO. 

In terms of safety, our favorite features are Park Assist Sonar, Blind Spot Monitor and RCTA, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Based on crash tests, NHTSA awarded both models a 4 out of 5 rating. 

2021 Tundra:

  • Edmunds: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 82 / 100

2020 Tundra:

  • Edmunds: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2021 Tundra, Edmunds review:

“I am on my second Tundra. My 2013 went just under 100K miles, without a single problem. Sure, it is an old design, but it is built like a tank. It pulls and hauls without effort. If you want a solid, trouble free truck to drive, this is the one to buy.”

2019 Toyota Tundra

The 2019 Tundra offers great V8 power, roomy rear seating, and Toyota’s patented Safety Sense Driver Safety and Assist System.

New to this particular model is the re-introduction of the TRD PRO (after a one-year hiatus) that now comes with an improved suspension and better stock wheels. 

Owners praised the following aspects of this truck: reliability, manufacturing quality, towing, comfort, appearance, ride quality, and spaciousness.

Fuel economy is as expected for a full-size truck.

EPA estimates claim 16 MPG for combined driving, 15 MPG for city driving, and 19 MPG for highway driving. 

  • Edmunds: 4.1 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2019 Tundra, Edmunds review:

“I’ve been a GM guy all my life, and our last purchase was the 2014 GMC Silverado. Problem after problem, recall after recall. GM didn’t stand behind their obvious design defects, and I’ve finally just had it with GM. Never again. Our contractor has a Tundra with 300,000 miles, and NEVER a failure. So, we went for a new Tundra, primarily for reliability reasons. Though the mileage was quoted 13-17 mpg, we live in a flat area with 55 mph speed limits, and average better than 18 mpg around town. 20 mpg if driving less than 70 mph, and 16.5 mpg at 80 mph. Much better than I’d expected.”

2019 Tundra

2017 Toyota Tundra

The 2017 Tundra is a second-gen model that is spacious, powerful, and more than capable of off-road adventures. It is backed by strong consumer reviews and has proven reliability.

When properly equipped, this model can tow up to 10,500 pounds.

This is sufficient enough for travel trailers, boat trailers, pop-up campers, or even motorcycle trailers. 

The entry-level variants are powered by a massive 4.6-liter V8 engine (310 horsepower), paired to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

The higher-end trims, on the other hand, are equipped with an even bigger 5.7-liter V8 engine (381 horsepower).

  • Edmunds: 4.4 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2017 Tundra, Edmunds review:

“This is now my second tundra. I liked my first one so much I bought a second one. I think it is a truck that does just about everything (except fuel economy) pretty damn well. It’s not class leading in most respects but it does everything well. My last tundra had exceptional reliability. The only repair it had was a water pump replaced under warranty @ 80k miles. So far my 17 has been perfect as it should be since it is only 2 years old at this point. If you want a truck that gets the best mpg, look elsewhere, if you want massage seats look elsewhere. If you want a reliable truck that’s a strong performer while maintaining exceptional reliability the tundra may be the truck for you.”

2015, 2014, and 2013 Toyota Tundra

The 2015, 2014, and 2013 Tundra models are full-size pickup trucks that have a lot to offer in terms of power and utility.

They have strong V8 powertrains, a large double cab setup with traditional rear doors, a colossal CrewMax cab, and a unique off-road-themed TRD PRO variant.

New to the 2015 model year is the dropping of the V6 engine, leaving two powerful V8 engines in the lineup.

When properly fitted, these models can tow a little over 10,000 pounds.

Toyota has also added the much anticipated TRD PRO trim that can tackle even the most challenging of terrain.

  • Edmunds: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.5 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 80 / 100

2015 Tundra, Edmunds review:

“Had Fords, Chevys, and GMCs. By far the best truck ever. Strong engine and Powertrain. Tow 7000 lbs with ease at high speeds. Tranny is excellent. Love the sliding/reclining rear seats and rear power window. 54,000 reliable miles. Gas mileage is 13-14 in town. 16-17 highway. 9-12 towing. Worth every penny. Will NEVER go back to Fords and Chevys…”

2013 Tundra

2009 Toyota Tundra

The 2009 Tundra was ahead of its time in terms of features, configurations, customizability, and value.

It offers a wide range of cab and bed styles, an excellent 5.7-liter V8 engine, a comfortable and spacious cabin, and several safety and convenience tech.

New to this particular model is the introduction of special edition TRD packages, namely Sport and Rock Warrior.

A flex-fuel version of the 5.7-liter V8 powertrain has also been made available for the four-wheel-drive models. 

Critics have praised this model year for formulating the right balance of performance, functionality, and available versions, despite being in a highly competitive segment. 

  • Edmunds: 4.6 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: NA

2009 Tundra, Edmunds review:

“I was very close to buying a diesel pick-up for hauling and longevity but after much research and many test drives I purchased the Tundra. It has TONS of power, rides as smooth as a car. I have hauled very heavy loads in the bed 1000+ lbs and I really can’t tell the difference. I do a lot of hunting in the mountains (Colorado) and it has done everything I need and then some. 15000 miles and absolutely no issues!”

2009 Tundra

Consumer Scores For Best Toyota Tundra Years

Model YearEdmunds
Consumer Rating
Kelley Blue Book
Consumer Rating
JD Power
Consumer Rating
2023 Toyota Tundra3.4 / 5.03.4 / 5.079 / 100
2022 Toyota Tundra3.5 / 5.03.4 / 5.079 / 100
2021 Toyota Tundra4.5 / 5.04.5 / 5.082 / 100
2020 Toyota Tundra4.5 / 5.04.5 / 5.0NA
2019 Toyota Tundra4.1 / 5.04.5 / 5.0NA
2017 Toyota Tundra4.4 / 5.04.5 / 5.0NA
2015 Toyota Tundra4.6 / 5.04.5 / 5.080 / 100
2014 Toyota Tundra4.4 / 5.04.5 / 5.0NA
2013 Toyota Tundra4.0 / 5.04.6 / 5.085 / 100
2009 Toyota Tundra4.6 / 5.04.6 / 5.0NA

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What Are The Worst Years For The Toyota Tundra?

2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Toyota Tundra

The 2000 Tundra is the most problematic model year ever produced, and unsurprisingly it was also the first model ever produced. The 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 model years also followed suit, racking up large numbers of complaints from owners.

The main areas of concern that affected all of these models are the structure, brake system and suspension

Regarding structural issues, hundreds of owners suffered from severe rusting of the frame. Here is what they had to say:

“Severe frame rust on 2000 Toyota Tundra. I had this inspected last year and they said Toyota did not have anything in place to prevent the frame from rusting. The truck was in for wheel alignment and now I am told they can no longer align the vehicle because of the rust and structural defect from the rust.”

“1. Noticed severe under body rust and frame rust on 2000 Toyota Tundra when washing truck. 2. Rust getting worse, making the vehicle less safe to drive and use as intended.”

Brake problems were extremely common too with owners reporting excessive and severe vibration when applying the brakes. Owners were forced to replace the brake rotors and pads on multiple occasions.

The brake issues were more than an inconvenience though, with many owners reporting they didn’t feel the truck was safe to drive.

Here is what owners had to say:

“I have experienced brake shudder since the mid 30,000 miles. The brakes have been replaced twice (rotors turned twice). The problem still exist. I understand that Toyota has a design problem with the brakes and there’s a TSB’s to make major corrections (approximately $2000 cost). On at least two occasions I have had to make an emergency stop and almost lost control due to the severity of the brake shudder.”

“Severe vibration in the vehicle almost resulted in loss of control. This occurred on 3 different occasions each time resulting in brake problems. Under warranty I had the front brake rotors turned and dealer refused to do anything else at the time. Since then the front rotors had to be replaced and then I developed rear brake vibrations.”

Suspension issues were another widely reported issue.

Numerous owners have described that the lower ball joints separated from the knuckle whilst driving, which in a number of cases resulted in a crash.

  • The 2000 Tundra had a total of 1,284 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 17 complaints at CarComplaints.com.
  • The 2001 Tundra had a total of 514 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 14 complaints at CarComplaints.com.
  • The 2002 Tundra had a total of 607 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 19 complaints at CarComplaints.com.
  • The 2003 Tundra had a total of 476 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 14 complaints at CarComplaints.com.
  • The 2004 Tundra had a total of 599 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 30 complaints at CarComplaints.com.

Common problems:

  • Starter failed
  • Steering column shifter broke
  • Rusted frame
  • Blown front differential
  • Battery constantly drains
  • Frame rot
  • Front suspension lower ball joint problems
  • Transmission went out
  • Body rusting
  • Brakes pulse/shudder
  • ABS failure
  • Fan disintegrated
2004 Tundra

2005 and 2006 Toyota Tundra

The 2005 and 2006 Tundra models shared many of the same issues as their predecessors albeit to a lesser degree such as frame rot and suspension issues.

Essentially the trucks would rust very easily to the point where they were not safe to drive, and a number of owners reported the suspension breaking apart.

Most complaints for the 2005 and 2006 Tundra’s however, were due to the Takata airbag recall.

The airbags were known to have an explosive inflator, which had the ability to fire metal shrapnel into the cabin resulting in serious injury or death.

As so many vehicles were affected, parts were not readily available, leading to unreasonable waiting times, meaning owners were left to drive unsafe vehicles.

  • The 2005 Tundra had a total of 454 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 57 complaints at CarComplaints.com.
  • The 2006 Tundra had a total of 615 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 50 complaints at CarComplaints.com.

Common problems:

  • Frame rusting
  • Secondary air pump failure
  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Check engine light on
  • Paint on roof badly faded
  • Rear end shot
  • Ball joint broke while driving

2007 and 2008 Toyota Tundra

The 2007 and 2008 Tundra’s were problematic for various reasons, the biggest issue however was with acceleration – some of these issues were rectified by a widespread recall for the gas pedal.

Numerous owners reported that their Tundra would become unresponsive to acceleration attempts and owners also reported that after having the recall they still experienced issues such as an overly sensitive gas pedal.

Similarly, there were complaints for unintentional acceleration, as one filed report describes below:

“The contact owns 2008 Toyota Tundra. While driving 60mph and changing lanes, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and the gas pedal extended to the floor. She was forced to shift into neutral gear and drive onto the emergency lane. The engine continued to rev prior to shutting the engine off.”

There were a large number of complaints regarding the transmission too, owners reported rough shifting, jerking and shuddering.

Severe frame rot and under-body corrosion was still an ongoing problem which in many cases caused issues with the suspension.

  • The 2007 Tundra had a total of 502 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 72 complaints at CarComplaints.com.
  • The 2008 Tundra had a total of 422 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 50 complaints at CarComplaints.com.

Common problems:

  • Air injection pump failure
  • Acceleration issues
  • Charcoal canister contaminated with fuel
  • Secondary air pump stuck
  • Check engine light on
  • Alternator died
  • Air vent stuck on defrost
2008 Tundra

2010 Toyota Tundra

The 2010 Tundra model had a large number of complaints for leaf springs snapping. A leaf spring is a simple form of spring commonly used for suspension in heavy vehicles.

Here is what one owner experienced:

“I noticed a rattling coming from the rear end of the vehicle while driving. I stopped to investigate and found a broken leaf spring rubbing against the rear passenger side tire. There was damage to the inside of the tire. Had I been on the highway it may have caused the tire to pop. There are multiple posts detailing the same break of the leaf spring and the resulting tire damage on the internet.”

This model was also affected by the gas pedal recall.

Owners experienced vibration of the gas pedal, unintended acceleration, unresponsive acceleration and shuddering of the vehicle.

A number of owners reported more pedal-related problems after having the recall “fixed”.

The 2010 Tundra had a total of 200 problems according to CarProblemZoo.com and 28 complaints at CarComplaints.com.

Common problems:

  • Rack and pinion seals blew out
  • Engine shuts down while driving
  • Broken leaf springs

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What Years Have The Most Complaints?

Model YearComplaints
2023 Toyota Tundra0180
2022 Toyota Tundra11950
2021 Toyota Tundra1160
2020 Toyota Tundra2410
2019 Toyota Tundra3600
2018 Toyota Tundra101170
2017 Toyota Tundra12910
2016 Toyota Tundra181310
2015 Toyota Tundra8480
2014 Toyota Tundra25970
2013 Toyota Tundra12960
2012 Toyota Tundra331970
2011 Toyota Tundra291650
2010 Toyota Tundra282000
2009 Toyota Tundra2520
2008 Toyota Tundra504220
2007 Toyota Tundra725028
2006 Toyota Tundra506158
2005 Toyota Tundra574548
2004 Toyota Tundra305997
2003 Toyota Tundra144766
2002 Toyota Tundra196071
2001 Toyota Tundra145140
2000 Toyota Tundra171,2841

What Problems Do Toyota Tundras Have?

  • Air induction pump stopped working
  • Secondary air pump failure
  • Premature transmission failure
  • Charcoal canister contaminated with fuel
  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Check engine light on
  • Alternator died
  • Air vents stuck on defrost
  • Paint on roof badly faded
  • Rear end problems
  • Ball joint broke while driving
  • Secondary air injection system failed

What Are The Best Alternatives To The Toyota Tundra?

Make & ModelScoreMSRPFuel Economy (MPG)
Ram 15009.0$30,695 – $84,355City: 10 – 21 /Highway: 14 – 29
Ford F-1508.9$34,585 – $84,910City: 16 – 20 /Highway: 20 – 26
GMC Sierra 15008.5$44,695 – $83,995City: 14 – 24 /Highway: 17 – 29
Chevrolet Silverado 15008.3$43,895 – $73,395City: 14 – 24 /Highway: 17 – 29
Toyota Tundra8.1$37,865 – $76,145City: 17 – 20 /Highway: 20 – 24
Nissan titan7.2$39,700 – $61,980City: 15 – 16 /Highway: 20 – 21

Source: cars.usnews.com, edmunds.com

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