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2009 Toyota Tundra Review

This review was written when the 2009 Toyota Tundra was new.

For 2009, the full-size pickup class has grown more competitive and the Tundra finds itself fighting to stay near the top of the pack.

UPDATE:  Toyota has halted sales and production of the Tundra, and seven other models nationwide while the company investigates reports of a problem that could cause the car’s accelerator pedal to stick, making the car accelerate without any input from the driver.  We will update this review as soon as the company has resolved the matter, and resumed selling, and building, the Tundra. If you own a 2009 Tundra, and you experience this problem, apply steady pressure to the brakes and put the car into neutral. Don't drive your car again until a fix is available; as soon as one is, we'll let you know. See Toyota's FAQ about the problem

Completely redesigned in 2007, the Tundra is both larger and more powerful than the previous generation. Some say the Tundra's biggest flaw is that it's as good as, but not better than its competition. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says though the truck "cannot be described as revolutionary, the Tundra has a number of features to distinguish itself from the competition." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram adds that the Tundra, "should be able to hold its own among the Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram."

However, since those reviews came in, Dodge introduced its redesigned Ram, and Ford released the all-new 2009 F-150.  When compared to the very latest that the market has to offer, several reviewers say the Tundra doesn't look as good as it once did.  Several reviewers say the Tundra's ride is bouncy when compred to the F-150 and the Ram, while others say that the interior refinement that buyers can opt for on other trucks isn't available on the Tundra.  Still, the concensus seems to be that though the Tundra is outclassed by newer trucks in some areas, like most full-size pickups, it is still an excellent all-around choice.

One extra the Tundra offers is its excellent safety scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2009 Toyota Tundra one of its Top Safety Picks, an honor the Toyota shares with the Ford F-150.

If you're shopping for a full size pickup but not convinced of the Tundra's qualifications, consider the class leaders, the Chevy Silverado or Ford F-150.  Both have better fuel economy than the Tundra.

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  • "Finally, a Toyota truck with no excuses. And it sure won't need any." -- Car and Driver
  • "It's big, it's powerful, and it promises more potency than a Viagra commercial." -- Detroit News
  • "The current Toyota Tundra, which came onto the scene in 2007 fresh from a redesign, matches or beats domestic full-size pickups when it comes to size, performance and price." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's exactly what I thought it would be: a half-earnest, half-mocking tribute to the American pickup truck, bigger and saccharine-sweeter than its competitors, with major-league engineering...and focus-group features galore, including half a dozen of the biggest cup holders this side of the NFL." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The new trucks from Dodge and Ford are impressive, but so are the GM full-sizers -- and don't forget about Nissan's Titan, which still holds appeal for buyers who don't require a wide range of body styles and options. Nonetheless, the 2009 Toyota Tundra remains a well-built and thoroughly competent truck. Make sure it's on your to-drive list if you're shopping for one of these beasts of burden." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 1/27/10

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