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2004 Toyota Tundra

2004 Toyota Tundra

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$3,284 — $18,816 USED
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3-6 Seats
15-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Refinement
  • Ride comfort
  • Quietness
  • Front-seat interior space
  • Resale value, except regular cab

The Bad

  • Dimensions not quite full size
  • Limited capacity
  • Interior space of Access Cab

What to Know

about the 2004 Toyota Tundra
  • New Double Cab model
  • Available V-8
  • StepSide version
  • Variety of configurations
  • Off-Road and Sport packages

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2004 Toyota Tundra Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
When it emerged for the 2000 model year, Toyota’s Tundra was the first full-size Japanese-brand pickup truck. It was also the first pickup from a Japanese automaker with a V-8 engine option. A new V-8 StepSide Access Cab model joined the lineup for 2003; it is offered in either SR5 or Limited trim.

Toyota has made a major addition to the Tundra lineup for 2004. A larger Double Cab model with a cargo bed as long as the one in the Access Cab is now offered. Available in SR5 or Limited trim, the new truck stretches 13 inches longer overall than other Tundras. According to Don Esmond, Toyota Division senior vice president and general manager, it’s “the longest, widest, deepest and roomiest Tundra we have ever built.”

Tundras come in three trim levels: base, SR5 and Limited. Regular-cab models have a 98.2-inch cargo bed, while the new Double Cab and extended-cab trucks with rear-hinged back doors (called Access Cabs) carry a 76.5-inch bed. Both a V-6 and V-8 engine are available. Tundra pickups serve as the basis for the company’s Sequoia sport utility vehicle and are built at the same plant in Indiana.

Exterior
Toyota’s new Double Cab truck has four, conventional, front-hinged doors. The Access Cab has two rear-hinged back doors that can’t be opened until the front doors are open. Unlike some extended-cab models, the narrow rear doors have exterior handles.

Regular-cab and Access Cab body styles ride a 128.3-inch wheelbase and stretch to 217.5 inches long overal...

Vehicle Overview
When it emerged for the 2000 model year, Toyota’s Tundra was the first full-size Japanese-brand pickup truck. It was also the first pickup from a Japanese automaker with a V-8 engine option. A new V-8 StepSide Access Cab model joined the lineup for 2003; it is offered in either SR5 or Limited trim.

Toyota has made a major addition to the Tundra lineup for 2004. A larger Double Cab model with a cargo bed as long as the one in the Access Cab is now offered. Available in SR5 or Limited trim, the new truck stretches 13 inches longer overall than other Tundras. According to Don Esmond, Toyota Division senior vice president and general manager, it’s “the longest, widest, deepest and roomiest Tundra we have ever built.”

Tundras come in three trim levels: base, SR5 and Limited. Regular-cab models have a 98.2-inch cargo bed, while the new Double Cab and extended-cab trucks with rear-hinged back doors (called Access Cabs) carry a 76.5-inch bed. Both a V-6 and V-8 engine are available. Tundra pickups serve as the basis for the company’s Sequoia sport utility vehicle and are built at the same plant in Indiana.

Exterior
Toyota’s new Double Cab truck has four, conventional, front-hinged doors. The Access Cab has two rear-hinged back doors that can’t be opened until the front doors are open. Unlike some extended-cab models, the narrow rear doors have exterior handles.

Regular-cab and Access Cab body styles ride a 128.3-inch wheelbase and stretch to 217.5 inches long overall. A regular-cab Ford F-150 with an 8-foot cargo bed is almost 13 inches longer. The Tundra’s maximum payload is 1,800 pounds, while the F-150 has a 3,000-pound maximum. Double Cab models ride a 140.5-inch wheelbase and measure 230.1 inches long overall.

An optional TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road Package features progressive-rate springs, Bilstein gas shocks, all-terrain tires on 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fender flares, fog lamps and mudguards. The TRD Sport Package includes Tokico shocks, tuned springs, a rear stabilizer bar, a limited-slip differential and graphite-toned 17-inch wheels.

Interior
Regular-cab and Access Cab Tundras may be equipped with either a pair of captain’s chairs or a 60/40-split front bench seat that holds up to three occupants. Access Cabs add a three-place 60/40-split backseat with a fold-down center armrest. Double Cab trucks have captain’s chairs and a split, folding rear bench. The sun visors have pullout extensions.

Under the Hood
A standard 190-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 engine mates with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The optional 240-hp, 4.7-liter i-Force V-8 teams only with the automatic; this power plant is standard in Double Cab models. The V-8 Tundra’s Touch Select four-wheel-drive system can be shifted into or out of 4WD-High on the move using dashboard buttons. Towing capacity is as high as 7,200 pounds.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Dual front airbags include a passenger-side cutoff switch.

Driving Impressions
The Tundra is more refined than typical domestic pickups, and it produces a satisfying ride without much excess bouncing or harshness. Except for a little engine drone, it’s also quiet for a pickup. The seats are comfortable in the roomy cab, and the StepSide cargo box adds extra flair.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
35 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

By far the best truck I've ever owned

by Old xxxxxxx from Mississippi on February 28, 2020

Bought this truck in early 2005 with 5000 miles on it. It now has 374,000 miles and it's been through just about everything. Long/short trips, on the farm, in the city, hauling and towing. Other than ... Read full review

(5.0)

130,000 miles and still going strong

by Dave Peters from Acworth, Ga on February 26, 2020

Gets me from point A to B with no worries! Could get better mileage but it’s a truck. Has a good payload. Moved a lot of furniture. Great truck Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Toyota Tundra currently has 12 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Toyota Tundra has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tundra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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