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2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Review

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Upscale and refined, the 2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid offers a complete safety package, a long list of standard features, and a powertrain that delivers the output necessary to both haul a decent payload and tow trailers for work or weekend play.

For 2024, the Tundra Hybrid comes in four trims: Limited, starting at $76,412 (all prices include freight); Limited L, starting at $76,452; Platinum, starting at $85,852; and Capstone, starting at $93,752. The hybrid powertrain is offered exclusively in a crew cab configuration.

Styling: 8/10

The 2024 Toyota Tundra arrives without any major changes or upgrades to the interior or exterior, save for a couple new paint colours. Even so, it’s already a very modern-looking truck with chiseled proportions, and a welcoming interior with an eye-pleasing colour scheme. This tester was fitted with the Tundra TRD Pro package ($13,560), which includes a number of upgrades and cosmetic enhancements that give the Tundra an even more aggressive stance.

Safety: 10/10

Every Tundra comes with an array of airbags, blind-spot monitoring, and more. Forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, junction turn assist, automatic high-beam control, adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assistance, and a sway warning system for towing.

Features: 9/10

The Tundra Hybrid comes with a long list of amenities. The entry-level Limited trim comes with keyless entry, push-button start, push-button tailgate release (a key fob button lowers the tailgate), wireless charging for smartphones, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a massive 14-inch touchscreen, a tow package (heavy duty tow hitch receiver), a 400-watt (120-Volt) power outlet in the bed, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, heated door mirrors, dual zone climate control, and more.

The Platinum trim adds notable goodies like a 12-speaker stereo, head-up display, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, and power running boards. The top-of-the-line Capstone trim gets a few more features like front side laminated glass, better leather throughout, and 22-inch wheels (versus 20-inch alloys for all other trims).

User-Friendliness: 8/10

Getting in and out of the Tundra without running boards takes some effort. Once in, however, everything works as well as you would imagine when driving a Toyota product. Controls are well organized, easy to understand and use, and the huge touchscreen works flawlessly.

Practicality: 9/10

The Tundra Hybrid is a very capable truck. It has plenty of room for five occupants, including generous leg- and headroom in the back. Although the non-hybrid version of the Tundra is available in a smaller four-door configuration, all hybrids come with four full-size doors for easier passenger access.

All three trims come with a 5-foot-6 bed, while the Limited can be fitted with a six-foot-six bed instead. Depending on trim, ground clearance ranges from 277 to 282 mm (10.9 to 11.1 in), towing capacity is 4,690 to 5,067 kg (10,340 to 11,171 lb), and payload is between 675 and 750 kg (1,488 and 1,653 lb.). In comparison, the non-hybrid Tundra can tow 5,045 kg (11,122 lb), and has a max payload of 825 kg (1,819 lb).

Comfort: 9/10

With so much space inside, it’s difficult not to find a comfortable seating position in the Tundra. The heated and ventilated front seats are supportive, and the synthetic leather upholstery in this tester has a quality feel to it. The dual-zone climate control system works well, and rear-seat passengers get their own air ducts. The heated steering wheel is a bonus on cold days, and the entire cabin feels well insulated from the outside world. You won’t need to raise your voice to have a conversation with the passenger beside you, or those in the back seat.

Power: 8/10

Every Tundra Hybrid comes with the same twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine coupled with a small electric motor and a 10-speed automatic transmission. This hybrid powertrain delivers a combined output of 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque at only 2,400 rpm. Toyota says 500 lb-ft of that torque is available from a standing start, which helps the Tundra Hybrid get moving from a dead stop, even with heavy load. In comparison, non-hybrid Tundras use the same engine, but total output is nearly 50 hp less, while torque registers at significantly smaller numbers, depending on trim.

Driving Feel: 8/10

Whether on the highway or on city streets, the Tundra feels solid and civilized, without that quintessential truck feel, due in large part to the coil-spring rear suspension. You never forget that you’re behind the wheel of Toyota’s largest pickup, but it’s more civilized than trucks of old.

Because of its size and mass, don’t expect the Tundra Hybrid to sprint from a red light or stop on a dime. It’s responsive and easy to manoeuvre – for a truck. Finally, thanks to the fact that it’s a hybrid, it’s wonderfully silent when stopped at a red light with the engine off and the onboard battery running all essential functions. Stomp on the gas, however, and you’re immediately rewarded with a deep throaty growl as the V6 comes to life.

Fuel Economy: 6/10

All that size, power, and torque come at a cost, and the Tundra Hybrid is a thirsty truck. According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) it’s rated at 12.9 L/100 km in the city, 11.6 on the highway, and 12.3 combined. However, this test saw it consume 14.5 L/100 km, and that’s without towing a trailer or hauling any cargo. In comparison, the hybrid version of the 2024 Ford F-150 is rated for 11.4 around town, 10.1 on the highway, and 10.8 combined.

Value: 7/10

If you’re shopping for a half-ton truck, Ford, General Motors (GM), and Ram are the de facto choices. If you really want a hybrid, however, the list of contenders shrinks to just two: this Toyota, and the Ford F-150 that starts at $60,635. Notably, it’s missing many of the features included here. Add them and the price gets much closer to what Toyota is asking.

The Verdict

If you’ve already decided on the 2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid, the entry-level Limited model will likely give you the most bang for the buck at $76,000 before tax. It comes with all the features and amenities you’ll find on the pricier trims, except for a few luxuries like the upgraded stereo. It may not have the capabilities of its contemporaries, but it can handle more than its fair share of work and play, with plenty of amenities for the price.

Engine Displacement 3.5L
Engine Cylinders Turbo V6 hybrid
Peak Horsepower 437 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Peak Torque 583 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm
Fuel Economy 12.9 / 11.6 / 12.3 L/100 km cty/hwy/cmb
Cargo Space 1,677 mm (5’6”) bed
Model Tested 2024 Toyota Tundra Hybrid CrewMax Limited
Base Price $73,350
A/C Tax $100
Destination Fee $1,930
Price as Tested $88,940
Optional Equipment
$13,560 – Tundra TRD Pro package, $13,560