Redesigned for 2022, the full-size 2024 Toyota Tundra pickup continues on the same course it charted when it debuted in 2000: take on the long-time segment leaders with a slightly different and sometimes quirky take on the set-in-stone half-ton pickup formula. For instance, the current 2024 Tundra can’t be configured with a V-8 engine, an act that would border on treason with certain traditional truck-buyer demographics. In its place is a twin-turbocharged V-6 in two states of tune and a third V-6 hybrid variant(reviewed separately). Also of note is its lack of a full-time four-wheel drive option. It hews closer to the traditional truck blueprint in other metrics, however, offering extended- or crew-cab body styles and 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8.1-ft beds. The cab and bed combinations are spread over seven trims ranging from the base SR to the top-tier Capstone. The Tundra also features coil spring rear suspension, a feature it currently shares only with the Ram 1500, which typically delivers a smoother ride but can sap payload capability. Its maximum towing capacity is 12,000 pounds—more than enough for most typical users—though it falls behind the tow ratings of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Ford F-150 or the Ram 1500.
What’s New for 2024?
Tundra sees a few cosmetic and package updates for 2024. The TRD Off-Road package is now available on the Platinum Grade and includes a black grille with color-keyed surround, black mirror caps, window surrounds, over fenders and badging, and body color-and-black door handles. The Nightshade package is now available on the Limited Grade, and the full-size, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is now standard on Limited. The head-up display, formerly only available bundled with the load-leveling air suspension on Platinum and 1794 Grades, is now a freestanding option. A factory three-inch lift kit is now available on all models except the TRD Pro, which comes with its own suspension setup.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Though the entry-level 2024 SR Tundra comes with the 348-hp twin-turbo V-6 and is available as an extended or crew cab (double cab and Crew Max, respectively, in ‘Yota vernacular), it’s limited to manually adjusted seats, rolls on steel wheels, requires an upcharge for a basic trailer class IV hitch, and doesn’t allow for more advanced driver aids beyond the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 driver-assist system. Moving to the SR5 rights all these wrongs with the aforementioned items as either standard or as available content. Horsepower goes up to 389 on this model, and torque jumps to 479 pound-feet. Adding the TRD off-road package brings a lifted suspension with Bilstein dampers, and a host of additional touches designed to take the brunt of occasional off-road use.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2024 Tundra offers three levels of power, all based on a turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6. In the base SR model, the engine is tuned for 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque; otherwise, it makes 389 horses and 479 pound-feet. (The third is the 473-horsepower hybrid, which we review separately.) All use a 10-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the 389-hp, twin-turbo V6, our Limited test truck delivered a 6.1-second zero-to-60-mph time. Like the Ram 1500, the Tundra utilizes coil-spring rear suspension that provides a smoother ride in day-to-day operation. The TRD Off-Road model features all-terrain tires mounted on a special set of black 18-inch wheels, a lifted suspension with Bilstein dampers, a rear locker, skid plates, mudguards, aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped shift knob and, somewhat curiously, a heated leather steering wheel. Those seeking maximum off-road capabilities will want the TRD Pro (note: the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro are two separate packages) with a 1.1-inch front lift, 2.5-inch FOX Internal Bypass coil-overs and rear remote-reservoir shocks and a TRD PRO front stabilizer bar. The TRD Sport package goes in the other direction, offering a half-inch lowered suspension and 20-inch wheels in search of a sportier appearance and sharper on-road behavior.
Towing and Payload Capacity
With a 12,000-pound maximum tow rating the 2024 Tundra can’t be considered a lightweight in the towing and payload arena, yet it’s the least capable in the half-ton class. The Ford F-150 leads with a 14,000-pound rating, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado’s 13,300 and the Ram 1500’s 12,750. The Max payload is 1940 pounds, leaving over 1300 pounds on the table compared to Ford’s 3250-pound payload rating.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In standard, non-hybrid form, the two-wheel drive 2024 Tundra is EPA-rated for up to 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; four-wheel drive reduces those figures by 1 mpg each. However, the Tundra delivered only 19 mpg in our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. Furthermore, that same truck averaged just 14 mpg overall while in our hands.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Though the current Tundra is much better in terms of material quality and design than the previous generation, it fails to bring anything new or revolutionary to the truck segment. There’s a thickset dashboard dotted with prominent air vents and a thick, smooth center section that connects the door panels. Moving up the trim hierarchy brings the usual material and feature upgrades culminating with the top-of-the-line Capstone’s semi-aniline leather upholstery, American Walnut interior trim, acoustically laminated side windows, and heads-up display. Analog gauges and a small driver-information display are standard, but the top trim levels have a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel gauge cluster. The center console is voluminous, and there are plenty of cubbies to collect the detritus of modern life. The extended cab (a.k.a. Double Cab) is available with either a 6.5- or 8.1-foot bed while the crew cab (a.k.a. CrewMax) is offered with either a 5.5- or 6.5-foot bed. Opting for the shorter cab won’t affect front-row comfort but reduces the rear seat legroom from 41.6 inches in the crew cab to just 33.3 in the extended cab.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The SR and SR5 grade Tundras get the standard 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, but a 14-inch screen is available on the SR and is standard on the rest of the lineup. Featuring clear graphics, it dominates the center of the dash and features a useful volume knob but lacks a tuning knob, and the controls on the steering wheel have limited functionality. Audio systems include a base six- (extended cab) or nine-speaker (crew cab) setup, but a 12 Speaker JBL Premium Audio system is standard on the Limited and up; wireless charging is standard on the Platinum and higher. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot is also offered.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
All Tundras are stocked with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of driver-assistance technology that includes automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, and more. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic Alert and trailer detection are standard on Limiteds and up. For more information about the Tundra’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Toyota’s limited and powertrain warranties align with what’s offered on every other full-size pickup truck. However, Toyota’s complimentary scheduled maintenance is unmatched.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles
2022 Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
Base/As Tested: $53,595/$60,188
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 210 in3, 3445 cm3 : Power: 389 hp @ 5200 rpm; Torque: 479 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm
Suspension, F/R: control arms/live axle
Brakes, F/R: 13.9-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
Tires: Falken Wildpeak AT3W
265/60R-20 112H M+S
Wheelbase: 145.7 in
Length: 233.6 in
Width: 81.6 in
Height: 78.0 in
Passenger Volume: 122 ft3
Curb Weight: 5856 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 6.1 sec
100 mph: 15.9 sec
1/4-Mile: 14.5 sec @ 95 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 6.6 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.4 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 108 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.73 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/22 mpg
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
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