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2016 Toyota Tundra

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Truck
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

  • Visual separation between trim levels
  • V-8 exhaust note
  • Spacious cabins
  • Drop-down power rear window available

The Bad

  • Cheap, plasticky interior materials
  • Fuel economy
  • No driver-side grab handle
  • Limited options vs. domestic brands
2016 Toyota Tundra exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Toyota Tundra
  • New front-end styling for SR5, 1794 Edition models
  • TRD Pro Series version available
  • 38-gallon gas tank available
  • Choice of V-8 engines

Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

The big players in the half-ton pickup truck segment like Ford, Ram and GM have recently launched significant changes to their half-ton trucks in the form of new powertrains, suspensions and specialty option packages. Toyota decided to take a more conservative approach with its Tundra full-size pickup truck, which gained a freshened exterior look and a redesigned interior for the 2014 model year.
New for 2016
The SR5 and 1794 Edition models have new front-end styling, and uplevel trims now have a 38-gallon fuel tank. Trucks with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine add a standard trailer-brake controller.
Significant Standard Features

  • 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Four-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
Vehicle Overview

The big players in the half-ton pickup truck segment like Ford, Ram and GM have recently launched significant changes to their half-ton trucks in the form of new powertrains, suspensions and specialty option packages. Toyota decided to take a more conservative approach with its Tundra full-size pickup truck, which gained a freshened exterior look and a redesigned interior for the 2014 model year.
New for 2016
The SR5 and 1794 Edition models have new front-end styling, and uplevel trims now have a 38-gallon fuel tank. Trucks with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine add a standard trailer-brake controller.
Significant Standard Features

  • 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Four-wheel drive
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
71 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

New (used 2016) Tundra owner

by Derwood from Weaverville, NC on November 10, 2018

Switched from an 06 Chevy 2500 4WD to Tundra 4WD. Haven't owned long enough to really say much except we own a Prius with 115,000 miles and a Tacoma with 175,000 miles so I'm confident it will live up ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most dependable Truck we've owned

by jadams8869 from Chapin, SC on November 5, 2018

This truck met and exceeded every demand we threw at it. We owned a 4x2 but it was the most family friendly and comfortable vehicle we've owned and we have previously owned Chevrolets and Hondas that ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Toyota Tundra currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Toyota Tundra SR 4.6L V8

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

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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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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker