2010 Toyota Tundra Performance
This performance review was written when the 2010 Toyota Tundra was new.
The 2010 Tundra has one of the most powerful V8 engines in the class. Automobile Magazine says, "The big V-8 purrs silently in cruise mode. When tasked to move a hefty load, the samurai warrior buried in its soul lets out a fierce yowl." While the engine wins praise, reviewers complain about the Tundra's too-big handling and ride that some say is bouncy when compared to the Dodge Ram and Ford F-150.
Reviewers agree that the highlight of the 2009 Toyota Tundra's performance is its powerful (but optional) 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 2010 Tundra comes with a 4.6 liter V8 that makes 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can also opt for a 5.7 liter V8 engine that makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. While reviewers haven't had a chance to test the 4.6 liter engine, several say they're excited to do so. Those that have driven Tundra's with the 5.7 liter engine say it is powerful enough for what buyers are likely to throw at it. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the two-wheel drive Tundra with the 4.6 liter engines at 15/20 miles per gallon city/highway. Two-wheel drive Tundras with the 5.7 liter engine have a fuel economy of 14/18 miles per gallon city/highway. While the 4.6 liter engine offers a fuel economy improvement over last year's base engine, some reviewers are less-than-pleased with the 5.7 liter's gas mileage.
- "The old axiom that "there's no replacement for displacement" is no longer as relevant as it once was. We're entering the age of smaller, lighter, more powerful eight-cylinder motors . . . That's where Toyota's all-new 4.6-liter i-Force V-8 comes in. . . . The 4.6-liter reminds us a lot of the 5.7-liter, but it's more casual in going about its duties." -- Automotive.com
- "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 2010 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
Towing and Hauling
Few reviewers report their impressions of the Tundra's towing and hauling capabilities. However, the Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 10,800 pounds when properly configured, which gives it a 300 pound towing advantage over the Chevy Silverado. The Tundra can haul all maximum of 2090 pounds in its bed when properly configured.