2021 Toyota Tundra

  • Overview

    A dark grey 2021 Toyota Tundra is angled left.

    When you hear the word Tundra, you are likely transported in your mind to an arctic region full of glaciers, snow, and ice, a land of polar bears and orca where only the strongest survive. And the designers of Toyota must have had this in mind when they needed to come up with a name for their rugged, all-purpose full-size pickup truck. Considering its go-anywhere, do-anything attitude, the Tundra name suits this truck to a tee. Luckily for fans, the word's definition continues to shine through with the 2021 Toyota Tundra.

    This truck features aggressive looks, a powerful stance, and the strength to haul plenty of weight, making your job so much easier. The Tundra is also dependable with a great service record that lets you know that your truck will be able to work as expected regardless of the weather conditions. Let’s face it, nobody wants a truck that can’t stand up to the elements, and this Toyota Tundra is truly built to take it. With six different trims, two different cab styles, and three different payload beds to choose from, you will have little problem finding a Tundra with the features you want and the capabilities you need.

    381

    Horsepower (HP)

    401

    Torque (lb-ft)

    10,100

    Max Towing Capacity (lbs)

    Starting at

    $33,675

  • Performance

    A silver 2021 Toyota Tundra is off-roading in the mud.

    Capable Engines

    All models of the 2021 Toyota Tundra feature a 5.7-liter aluminum i-Force V-8 gas engine. This engine has 32-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshafts and features dual independent variable valve timing with intelligence to improve overall engine efficiency. It also has a 4-2-1 tubular stainless steel exhaust manifold. As a result, this engine gets exceptional performance, providing up to 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. No wonder there is only one engine option; this one offers enough for everyone!

    A Great Transmission

    Toyota has opted to give the 2021 Toyota Tundra a very responsive 6-speed automatic transmission. This is electronically controlled with intelligence so that the transmission provides the greatest amount of control to you. In addition, it features sequential shift mode and uphill/downhill shift logic to maximize overall engine performance, giving you benefits that are normally found in a manual transmission without the drawbacks of handling a stick and a clutch.

    Extremely Efficient

    The 2021 Toyota Tundra is also surprisingly efficient. With the standard rear-wheel drivetrain, the Tundra provides an estimated 13 MPG in city driving, 18 MPG in highway driving, and 15 MPG combined. If you opt for the available 4-wheel drive, you will not get that much difference in fuel economy, as is too often the case. The Tundra with the 4-wheel drivetrain gets an estimated 13 MPG in the city, 17 MPG on the highway, and a combined 14 MPG. Power and efficiency? Now that's a great combination.

    Towing with the Tundra

    One of the things that truck enthusiasts love about their vehicles is their unparalleled ability to move heavy loads. Whether it is filling up a payload bed or towing a trailer, only a pickup truck gives you the strength and durability needed for these tasks. And the 2021 Toyota Tundra is right up there in this department, offering you the capability you need in a truck.

    Your truck’s ability to tow a trailer depends a great deal on its configuration and drivetrain. In general, trucks with a heavier cab, longer payload bed, and 4-wheel drivetrain will not be able to tow as much as a lighter cab, shorter payload, and rear-wheel drivetrain. For example, the Tundra SR5 with a double cab, rear-wheel drive, and a 6.5-foot payload bed can tow up to 10,200 lbs, significantly more than the same trim with a Crewmax cab, 4-wheel drive, and 5.5-foot payload bed with a 9,800-lb maximum trailer capacity.

    The 2021 Tundra SR with a double cab, 6.5-foot bed, and rear-wheel drive can also tow up to 10,200 lbs of trailer. The other models with a superior maximum towing capacity are the Tundra SR with a double cab, 8.1-foot bed, and rear-wheel drive, the SR5 with a crew cab, 5.5-foot bed, and rear-wheel drive, and the Limited with a double cab, 6.5-foot bed, and rear-wheel drive. Each of these can tow up to 10,100 lbs of trailer, which is extremely impressive.

    Payload capacity

    When it comes to carrying cargo, the 2021 Toyota Tundra will give you the capability you need regardless of which trim level you choose. The SR can carry a maximum of 1,730 lbs of cargo, as does the SR5. The Limited has a maximum cargo capacity of 1,660 lbs, while the TRD Pro can carry up to 1,630 lbs, and the Platinum and 1794 Edition can carry up to 1,620 lbs of cargo. So whichever model you choose, the Tundra will be a great choice when you’re moving things around.

  • Configuration and Trims

    A white 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD is off-roading on a trail in the woods.

    Options for Configuration

    The 2021 Toyota Tundra comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but 4-wheel drive is available as an option on all trims except the TRD Pro, which is 4-wheel drive standard. Toyota also offers two different cab styles. The double cab has two full-size doors and two half-doors with two rows of seats. The larger crew cab has four full-size doors with more legroom in the rear seat than the double cab.

    In addition to cab styles, you can choose between three bed lengths. These beds include an 8.1-foot long bed, a 6.5-foot standard bed, and a 5.5-foot short bed, depending on the trim level and cab design you choose.

    Breakdown of Trims

    The base MSRP for the 2021 Toyota Tundra is $33,675 for the SR trim level. This model seats up to six passengers as it comes in a double cab only and includes the Toyota Safety Sense P package and an integrated backup camera. Next up the line, the SR5 trim also seats up to six and has 18-inch wheels for an MSRP of $35,365.

    The Limited has an MSRP of $42,390 and includes LED headlights with LED accent lights, the Toyota Smart Key remote start system, and 20-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels. The Platinum trim adds a premium audio system with dynamic navigation and JBL speakers, as well as perforated, leather-trimmed, heated, and ventilated front bucket seats. The Platinum has an MSRP of $48,895 and only comes with a crew cab, as does the 1794 Edition, which has 20-inch premium 6-spoke wheels, a larger fuel tank for added range, trim specific 1794 badging, and wood-grain style accents.

    The TRD Pro is 4-wheel drive only and designed for the off-road enthusiast. It has an MSRP of $48,775, and adds special off-road features like TRD-tuned FOX shocks with piggyback reservoirs, 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum 5-spoke black TRD Pro alloy wheels, and Rigid Industries fog lights. The Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and 1794 Edition feature front bucket seats, so there is room for up to five passengers. If you are interested in off-roading, you can also get the SR5 trim with either the available TRD Off-Road or TRD Sports packages to improve the capabilities of your Tundra. But no matter what type of performance you are looking for, there is likely a Tundra that fits the bill.

  • Safety

    A blue 2021 Toyota Tundra is parked in front of snow capped mountains.

    Unlike many other truck manufacturers, Toyota has made many active safety features standard on all trim levels of the 2021 Tundra. This means that if you buy a base model Tundra SR, you will get many of the active safety features that you would have to pay a premium for if you purchased a full-size truck from a different automaker. This is all part of two standard packages, the Toyota Safety Sense P and the Star Safety System.

    Toyota Safety Sense P

    The Safety Sense P system includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection so you can better avoid a collision and lane departure alert to keep your truck from straying over the line on a freeway. It also offers automatic high beams that instantly adjust to road conditions at night and dynamic cruise control that adjusts your speed based on vehicles in your path. As you can see, each of these features in the Toyota Safety Sense P system utilizes smart technology to better help you avoid getting into an accident in your Toyota Tundra.

    The Star Safety System

    The Star Safety System features help to compliment those on the Safety Sense P system. These features include vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist to help in emergency braking situations, smart stop technology, 8 airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake controller with multi-integrated display, and an integrated backup camera. In this way, by making safety standard on all 2021 Toyota Tundra models, Toyota shows that it has put premium thought into your safety without making you pay a premium.

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