The Tundra is Toyota’s full-size pickup truck model, and, unsurprisingly, one of the brand’s largest vehicles. It’s also among the company’s oldest designs, which dates back to 2007.
What’s New for 2021
This year, the Tundra gains a new trim level, called Trail.
The new Trail trim is one step above the Tundra’s SR5 Plus base model, and is followed by TRD Off Road Premium, TRD Pro, TRD Sport Premium, Platinum, and 1794 Edition.
A CrewMax body style is offered in all trims, but a smaller Double Cab configuration is limited to SR5 Plus, TRD Off Road, and TRD Sport Premium.
All Tundra models use a 5.7L V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
The Tundra’s base interior comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, seven-speaker stereo, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, air conditioning, a 4.2-inch driver info display, power windows and power door locks.
Outside, there are heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, and variable intermittent wipers with a wiper de-icer.
Safety kit includes automatic high beams, forward collision detection with automatic braking, lane departure alert, and radar cruise control.
Trail trim adds dark grey wheels, black cloth seats with tan stitching, a 1794 grille with colour keyed surround, and predator-style side steps.
TRD Off Road gains all-terrain tires, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, passive keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, front parking sensors, LED headlights, colour-keyed bumper trim, and upgraded shocks. TRD Off Road Premium is similar, but adds a spray-in bedliner, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, leather seating, and an upgraded stereo with navigation.
TRD Sport Premium follows on TRD Off Road Premium with sport-tuned shocks, 20-inch wheels and a hood scoop.
TRD also builds on TRD Off Road Premium with special 18-inch wheels, a power front passenger seat, a 12-speaker stereo, and Fox shocks.
Platinum trim brings premium leather seating, heated/ventilated front seats, driver’s seat memory, electric steering wheel adjustments, and 20-inch wheels. A 1794 Edition package adds chrome bumper trim, wood/leather steering wheel and shifter trim, and special badges.
As of this writing, Toyota has not published the 2021 Tundra’s fuel consumption estimates, but they should be similar to, if not the same as, those for the 2020 model, at 18.0/14.2 L/100 km (city/highway).
Toyota competes with just one other Japanese brand in the full-size truck sphere, the Nissan Titan. Otherwise, the Tundra’s competitors are all domestic models: Ford’s F-150, the Ram 1500, and GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.