2009 Toyota Tundra

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$22,490

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2009 Toyota Tundra

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Spacious interior with convenience options
  • Powerful engine with wide torque band
  • Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II rating
  • Full complement of safety equipment
  • Available 10,000-pound-plus tow rating for every cab/bed configuration
  • Massive front brakes with excellent stopping power
  • Advanced features on six-speed automatic transmission

The bad:

  • Cold, sterile interior materials
  • Uninspired exterior styling
  • CrewMax is huge, but has no rear captain's chairs in luxury model
  • Long reach for some controls
  • Stability control alarms distract during intentional hard maneuvers
  • Instrument gauges sit in deep cylinders in the instrument panel

9 trims

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Notable features

  • Flex-fuel 5.7-liter V-8 sold in select regions
  • TRD Rock Warrior package adds offroad equipment
  • TRD Sport package adds street credibility
  • Chrome bumper standard on Double Cab, CrewMax

2009 Toyota Tundra review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Toyota went for the jugular in the 2007 model year when it introduced the second-generation Tundra. It sported the most powerful V-8 engine of any mainstream half-ton truck — exceeded only by the special edition GMC Sierra Denali — and all cab/bed configurations could be equipped to tow at least 10,000 pounds.

The truck featured imposing size and styling to avoid any memories of the first-generation Tundra, which was referred to by many critics as a seven-eighths-scale truck. The Tundra comes in two- or four-wheel drive, and in three cab styles: Regular Cab, Quad Cab and CrewMax. The CrewMax is a few inches longer than most crew cabs, but it’s not as big as Dodge’s Mega Cab. The CrewMax comes only with a 5-foot, 6-inch bed, while other versions can be ordered with either a 6-foot, 6-inch or an 8-foot cargo bed. Trim levels include Tundra Grade, SR5 and Limited.

New for 2009
Toyota added flex-fuel capability to the 5.7-liter V-8 Tundra sold in select regions, including the Midwest, where most E85 stations are located. Toyota is also releasing two TRD option packages designed for off-roaders and street enthusiasts. The TRD Rock Warrior adds 17-inch alloy wheels, BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, Bilstein shock absorbers, a color-keyed front bumper and grille surround, bedside decals, and special interior trim. The TRD Sport also goes with a color-keyed appearance, 20-inch alloy wheels and interior upgrades. The Rock Warrior package is available on Tundra Grade Double Cab and CrewMax four-wheel-drive models with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine. The Sport package is available on Tundra Grade Regular Cab and Double Cab two-wheel-drive models equipped with a standard bed and 5.7-liter engine.

Exterior
Toyota made sure this Tundra wouldn’t have sand kicked in its face by designing a big, brawny pickup that looks like it could bully any truck on the market — at least from the front. A massive three-bar grille, sculptured hood and husky bumper present an intimidating head-on view. From the side, the Tundra is rather conventional. A deck-rail adjustable tie-down system is available for all cargo beds.

  • Tailgate assist
  • Telescoping tow mirrors available
  • Available moonroof on CrewMax
  • TRD Rock Warrior available only in Black or Super White exterior finish
  • TRD Sport available only in Black or Radiant Red

Interior
The Tundra’s interior is designed to appeal to and accommodate working people. The control knobs are easy to grip, even in work gloves, and the gauges are easy to read at a glance. There are plenty of storage options, especially with a center console that can hold a laptop and hanging files. Even the Regular Cab has enough room behind the seats to hold five-gallon paint buckets. The Tundra Limited lacks some of the essence of luxury found in the new Dodge and Ford trucks, but the seats are wide, supportive and comfortable, and the ride is especially quiet. The available JBL sound system (standard in Limited versions) and DVD navigation system are particularly appealing, with 440 watts and 10 speakers (12 in the CrewMax).

  • Power vertical-sliding rear window in CrewMax
  • Available rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • TRD Rock Warrior, Sport packages include black cloth interior and pedal covers
  • Three 12-volt power outlets in CrewMax and Double Cab

Under the Hood

  • 236-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with aluminum block/cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder makes 266 pounds-feet of torque
  • 276-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 with iron block/aluminum cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder makes 313 pounds-feet of torque
  • 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 with aluminum block/cylinder heads, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder makes 401 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission (standard with V-6 and 4.7-liter V-8)
  • Six-speed automatic (standard with 5.7-liter V-8)

Safety
Toyota emphasizes safety with a suite of electronic braking technologies that help drivers avoid accidents. All are tied into the antilock braking system, including traction control, brake assist and electronic stability control. Toyota also has electronic brake-force distribution, which adjusts braking pressure according to cargo load. The Tundra doesn’t hold back on airbags, with front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags standard on all versions.

  • Front and rear sonar parking aids
  • Available backup camera
  • Three-point seat belts at all positions

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 7,000-7,200 pounds (CrewMax 4×4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,990 pounds (Regular Cab 4×2)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 10,800 pounds (Regular Cab 4×2)
  • Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallons
  • Axle ratio: 3.90:1, 4.10:1, 4.30:1
  • Transfer case low range: 2.618:1
  • Crawl ratio: 37.52:1 (6A w/4.30:1 axle)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 10-10.2 inches (4×2); 10.4-10.6 inches (4×4)
  • Approach angle: 27-29 degrees
  • Departure angle: 24-27 degrees
  • Cargo floor length: 66.7 inches (CrewMax); 78.7 inches (standard bed); 97.6 inches (long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 66.4 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 50 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 22.2 inches

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 3.8
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Low rpm monster

The 5.7 iforce in this thing is a beast. It’s an all aluminum big v8 motor with a double overhead valve train, and old fashioned water pump mounted fan assembly. The steady clatter from the heads at idle remind me of a Diesel engine and I love it. Another thing I love about this monster is it’s torque. Even at low rpms, this motor pulls hard, she doesn’t need to down downshift going up hills pulling heavy loads. The transmission shifts are as smooth as milk, it’s tuned perfectly to the motor and will hold a gear just fine in overdrive so you don’t have to worry about it switching gears back and forth like a ford because it lacks low end torque. That being said, the engineers at Toyota stuffed In a beefy rear end and equipped it was a super low 4.30 gear if you have the tow package, excellent for accelerating a heavy load without breaking anything and lighting up your rear tires whenever your wife decides to stay home. You touch that gas peddle and that big 5.7 will blow your wife’s back out if you catch her off guard. I really like that about this truck, it’s a lot of fun. Don’t have to much fun though because the gas needle moves at an alarming rate if you get carried away. I’d opt for the larger 38 gallon fuel tank. Your gonna need it if your like me and enjoy lighting up your tires every now and again or realigning your buddy’s spinal cord. This truck has a very smooth ride and at times, feels like I’m driving over clouds the way it floats over potholes and dips like they’re non existent. The interior is very simple, and easy to use. It doesn’t have a hundred fancy buttons in it and hidden features your never going to use like a lot of these late model trucks that take forever to learn. What you see is what you get and nothing more, perfect. One last thing, they literally last forever. Buy one and don’t look back!

5.0

Great truck, power, speed, looks, comfort.

I hate to sell this truck but life changes. It looks great, has great power, comfort, economy. Oil change every 5k. Every mx issue address immediately. Someone is gonna be really happy with this truck.

3.7

So far reliable consumes more fuel then others

The interior is adequate I need to go back to the dealership to explain to me how to work the radio and so forth for I am not very internet savvy

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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