2009 Toyota Tundra Performance
This performance review was written when the 2009 Toyota Tundra was new.
Reviewers agree that the highlight of the 2009 Toyota Tundra's performance is its powerful 5.7 liter V8 engine. But the Tundra still provides a truckier ride than some expected.
- "In the world of half-ton pickups, the Tundra's new 5.7 V-8 rules, and that rule is absolute."-- Car and Driver
- "It proved to be a capable workhorse that tackled all our towing, hauling and commuting needs without breaking a sweat." -- Edmunds
- "Those who enjoyed the more nimble, economical Toyota pickups of the past may find the 2009 Toyota Tundra far too large." -- Kelley Blue Book
Acceleration and Power
Previous models of the Tundra came with a choice of a 4.0-liter V6 or a 4.7-liter V8. These engines are still available, but most favor the new 5.7-liter iForce V8. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the two-wheel drive Tundra with the 4.0-liter engine at 15 miles per gallon in the city and 19 on the highway, while the 4.7-liter model scores 14 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway and the 5.7-liter V8 is rated at 14 in the city and 18 on the highway. The four-wheel drive Tundra rates at 13/16 mpg city/highway with the 4.7-liter engine, and at 13/17 with the 5.7 V8. Some reviewers aren't thrilled with the gas mileage.
- "My test Tundra with the 5.7 V8 was the fastest full-size stock half-ton pickup I've driven, doing 0-60 mph in 6 seconds flat with its considerable torque and quick-thinking automatic transmission." --MSN
- "as smooth and powerful as the best of its competitors."-- Motor Trend
- "Wow, I'd sure hate to buy gas for this thing." -- The Sacramento Bee
- "Its strapping 5.7-liter V8 and responsive six-speed automatic consistently impressed, " -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
The 2009 Toyota Tundra is a large, heavy vehicle that's not expected to have snappy handling. The Tundra's trucky handling mainly becomes a problem when the driver attempts to park it. The Tundra's independent double wishbone front suspension and rear leaf springs produce ride that some reviewers say is too jiggly when compared to the more solid rides offered by the new Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram, but several find the Tundra's power rack-and-pinion steering is numb.
- "This is a big pickup and it responds like a big pickup, which is to say deliberately. No one will confuse it with a sports car." Car and Driver
- "Its considerable size means the Tundra may require some concentration to keep it correctly positioned on narrow roads and in crowded parking lots." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "We were satisfied with the Tundra's ride quality a few years ago, but the new Dodge Ram's rear coil spring suspension and the Ford F-150's sturdier frame make the Tundra seem jiggly by comparison." -- Edmunds
- "Not particularly smooth, but not punishing." --The Orlando Sentinel
- "Disappoints with slow, numb steering feel, lazy reactions and some noseplow in quick changes of direction." --Consumer Guide
- "For all the system power, brake pedal feel is as numb as your tongue in the aftermath of a root canal."-- Car and Driver
- "In normal driving, the brakes did their job, but the numb pedal feel left plenty to be desired. The Silverado has a real edge here." -- Cars.com