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Pre-Owned: 2007 to 2013 Toyota Tundra

Pre-Owned

Colin Ryan
Sep 27, 2017
Photographers: Courtesy of Toyota
The Tundra is Toyota’s contender in the fullsize, half-ton pickup world. We thought we would state the obvious, in case anyone hasn’t been paying attention to non-American brands. As it happens, the Tundra is made in Texas and, up until 2009, Indiana. This bigger and tougher second-generation established the Tundra as a credible rival to the homegrown offerings from Ford, GM, and Ram. As with virtually every Toyota, it can be a smart used buy, not least because of its exemplary reliability.
If there were any doubts that this was meant to be an out-and-out work truck, they would be dispelled by the headrests that are specially designed so riders don’t have to take off their hardhats.
The range starts off with a three-seater regular cab, along with a choice of 6.5- or 8-foot beds. The Double Cab has seating for five or six and the same bed options. The CrewMax has a 5-foot bed only, plus generous accommodations for occupants.
Photo 2/8   |   Tundra Crewmax Platinum Pkg Rear
Trim levels started out as DX, SR5, and Limited. DX is basic, with things like 18-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, and a four-speaker audio system. The regular-cab model was only available as a DX. The SR5 brings another couple of speakers, power windows and locks, plus extra adjustment for the front seats. The Double Cab version of the SR5 has more towing-appropriate equipment, while the CrewMax SR5 has heated mirrors and a few more creature comforts.
The real amenities, though, come in the Limited trim. These include better front seats, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a steering wheel that adjusts for reach as well as height, electro-luminescent gauges, bed rails with adjustable lashing points, alloy wheels, plus a 10-speaker JBL system in the Double Cab or a 12-speaker setup in the CrewMax.
An optional TRD Off-Road package includes a dedicated suspension and all-terrain tires. Other extras like navigation, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera were also available.
Initial engine choices ran to a 4.0L V-6 making 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The upgrade unit was a 4.7L V-8 that developed 271 hp and 313 lb-ft of torque. The big gun that was optional throughout the range was a 5.7L V-8 generating 381 hp and 401 lb-ft.
The ’08 model year saw the DX name discontinued for the basic trim level, but it could now offer the two larger cab sizes. The Limited received parking sensors front and rear. A flex-fuel feature was applied to the ’09 model’s 5.7L engine.
The obligatory mid-generation revamp happened for ’10. The nose and taillamps had a little redesign, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger were fitted, the headlamps became height-adjustable, and the seven-pin towing hitch connector was revised and relocated. In the engine bay, the old 4.7L V-8 was succeeded by a more powerful 4.6L unit, bringing 310 hp and 327 lb-ft on board, now linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Photo 3/8   |   Tundra Crewmax Platinum Pkg Side View
A new, more powerful 4.0L V-6 came along for ’11, endowed with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Trailer sway control also became standard throughout the range. The Limited trim came with a rearview camera as standard from ’12. For this generation’s final model year, the Platinum package was promoted to a distinct trim level for CrewMax models.
Looking up the values of a ’10 double cab—with a 6.5-foot bed, 4.6L V-8, four-wheel drive, SR5 package, 96,646 miles on the odometer, and in good condition—it could fetch $15,663 in a private sale. A comparable Ford F-150 is rated at $13,084, while a similar Chevrolet Silverado is worth around $13,879. The Tundra’s higher price is an indication of how durable and reliable it’s been, endowing it with better resale values typical of a used Toyota.
2005-2014 Toyota Tundra
Body type: 2-door/4-door pickup
Drivetrain: Front engine, RWD/4WD
Airbags: Driver, front passenger, side curtain
Engine: 4.0/236hp (270hp 2011 on) DOHC V-6; 4.7/271hp DOHC V-6 (2007-2009); 4.6/310hp DOHC V-8 (2010 on); 5.7/381hp DOHC V-8)
Brakes, f/r: Disc, disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/retail (KBB): $6,264/$7,714 (2007, RWD, DX regular cab, 4.0 V-6), $27,302/$29,286 (2013, 4WD CrewMax Platinum 5.7 V-8)
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/fr pass: Four stars/four stars

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