2017 Toyota Tundra review with video

The Basics:
Base Price: $30,675
As tested: $60,025 (CrewMax TRD Pro)
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 15.9 L/100 kms (14 US MPG)
Competition: Dodge Ram, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, etc.

The Tundra was first launched back in 1999 and in typical Toyota style, you still see many of those first generation trucks reliably humming down the highway to this day. Which is why the Tundra won the Canadian Black book best resale value award for 2017. Fast forward to 2014 and the latest version of this truck was released. And while there are very few changes here for 2017, the Tundra is getting an update for 2018. Details are scant about just how much this truck will change, however. In the meantime, take a look at our video above for a full review of the current Tundra and then scroll through our report card below for our quick list of pros and cons.

– Great looks, especially with the heritage front grill in our TRD Pro tester – which is the more hardcore, offroad ready variant of this truck
– Best in class headroom, legroom and hip room makes this truck very comfortable for big and tall drivers
– And the optional CrewMax cab, like we had in our tester, is roomier than a Texas quarter section
– Seat comfort in both rows is really excellent and supportive, too
– Great, smooth power from the 5.7 L V8, which comes standard on all but one trim in Canada. This old school 381 horsepower V8 is a throaty pleasure
– It has a huge 144 litre fuel tank that’s the largest in the class and offers great range despite its rather dismal fuel economy

– Cabin noise with the dual exhaust in our TRD Pro trim is loud – which you’ll either really like or really not. But it’s not as irritating as the note that came out of the Tacoma TRD Pro which sounded more like the muffler had been torn off than something you’d actually want
– And while the TRD Pro trim now has blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert standard as of 2017, it is missing quite a number of features for a $60,000 truck: no keyless entry or proximity key, automatic climate control and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the infotainment system
– This truck has a surprisingly poor payload capacity of just 1200 lbs with the CrewMax models. The max is 1770 lbs in the lighter, more basic 4×2 regular cab trim… amazingly, the Tacoma actually has a near comparable maximum payload capacity at up to 1500 lbs.
– Meanwhile, towing capacity is around 9800 in the CrewMax (give or take depending on the trim). Or 10,400 in the 4×2 models. Compare that to the F-150 with an Eco-boost engine (and better overall fuel economy) and it can two up to 12,000 lbs and has a payload capacity of up to 3,270 lbs… that payload capacity is nearly twice as good
– Meanwhile, its fuel economy is pretty poor for the segment. We actually saw better efficiency out of the one ton Ford Super Duty were were in a few months back – while Ford and Dodge are offering 8, even 10 speed transmissions in their half tons, we still have a more traditional 6 speed in the Tundra so efficiency just isn’t as solid
– Considering how much safer all vehicles – yes, even trucks – are getting, the Tundra has some pretty low safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It got a marginal rating for small front overlap collisions, an average rating for roof strength and poor grading for its headlight strength at night
– While the CrewMax cab is great for families, the 5.5 foot box is not very functional. A shorter wheelbase will be better for off roaders but for the daily practicality of a truck, even a pair of skis have to go crossways, it would be nice to have a longer box option with the CrewMax. The less roomy double cab offers a 6.5 ft box and the regular cab offers an 8 ft box
– Unlike the Sierra, the F-150 and the Ram, the floor in the back seat is not flat when the seats flip up, which makes it much less versatile

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 2.5/5 (68 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 5/5 (in the CrewMax cab)
Family Wheels truck bed score: 3/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 35.5/50= 71%

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