2009 Toyota Tundra Performance
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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
The Tundra offers a 4.0-liter V6 or a 4.7-liter V8, as well as a new 5.7-liter V8. Reviewers find the base engines adequate, but most are overwhelmed with how fast and powerful 5.7-liter V8-equipped Tundras feel. The Environmental Protection Agency rates the two-wheel drive Tundra with the V6 at 15/19 mpg city/highway, while the 4.7-liter model scores 14/17 mpg city/highway. The 5.7-liter V8 is rated at 14/18 mpg city/highway. 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
Most reviewers say the ride isn't as refined when compared to the more solid rides offered by the new Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram. Several find the Tundra's power rack-and-pinion steering is numb as well.
- "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
- "Disappoints with slow, numb steering feel, lazy reactions and some noseplow in quick changes of direction." -- Consumer Guide
- "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