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  • (4.2) 19 reviews
  • Available Prices: $9,615–$28,871
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 14-17
  • Engine: 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Towing Capacity: 10,100 lbs.
2009 Toyota Tundra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Toyota Tundra

What We Don't Like

  • 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

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 Reviews

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.

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

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)

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 4x4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,990 pounds (Regular Cab 4x2)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 10,800 pounds (Regular Cab 4x2)
  • 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 (4x2); 10.4-10.6 inches (4x4)
  • 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


Average based on 19 reviews

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Great truck

by BigTex42 from Longview, TX on March 22, 2017

Over a thousand highway miles already, and it has all the power I could ever need and gets better mileage than advertised. A dream to drive, and the perfect truck for me.

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2009 Toyota Tundra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tundra Base 5.7L V8

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Toyota Tundra Base 5.7L V8

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Tundra Base 5.7L V8

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Toyota Tundra Base 5.7L V8

Overall Rollover Rating
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 11 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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