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2004 Toyota Tundra Review

Runs with the pack of American pickups.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 2004 Toyota Tundra does not look as large as competing pickup trucks, but it still gets the job done. While not ideal for hauling rocks or trailer homes, it makes an outstanding pickup for everyday use and for carrying cargo. Slightly smaller and lighter than competing trucks it has better and more refined maneuverability.

This truck comes in three basic models: the base, the SR5, and the Limited. The SR5 can keep the Regular Cab or be fitted with an Access Cab or the new Double Cab. The Limited skips the Regular Cab and only comes with either the Access Cab or the Double Cab. The Regular Cab for the Tundra remains smaller and only has two doors, but this gives the pickup bed up to eight feet of length. The Access Cab and Double Cab feature four doors and more passenger space, but only six feet of bed length.

For the Tundra, Toyota offers two engine options as well.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab pickup truck, access cab pickup truck, double cab pickup truck
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6 engine, 4.7-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tundra SR5, Toyota Tundra Access Cab SR5, Toyota Tundra Access Cab Limited, Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5, Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited

What's New

Toyota introduces a Double Cab version of the Toyota Tundra for the 2004 line. The Double Cab has a cargo bed that matches the Access Cab’s at just over six feet long.

The Double Cab and Access Cab both use a four-door body design, whereas the Base only has two doors.


The exterior varies depending on the cab chosen. The Regular Cab has two doors and measures shorter, leaving more room on the wheelbase for the truck bed. This can fitted on the 2004 Toyota Tundra Base or on the Tundra SR5, which allows for the longer truck bed to be paired with the 4.7-liter V-8 engine. The Access Cab proves larger, with four doors, and comes in the SR5 and the Limited. This option reduces the bed length by a couple of feet. For 2004, Toyota introduces the Double Cab for the SR5 and Limited trims. This trim also has a shorter truck bed, but it stands three inches taller, making the bed a little deeper.

Regardless of which cab or trim drivers choose, this provides a smaller and less boxy pickup truck. It looks and performs well at bringing furniture home from the store or hauling gear up to the trail head.


Cramped best describes the back seats of the 2004 Toyota Tundra. The seating seems mildly better with the Access Cab and Double Cab, but not enough for a family to want to take road trips in it. Comfortable cloth upholstery improves the seats for all models and air-conditioning comes standard on all models except the Base. The Limited offers options for leather seats and DVD entertainment.

Performance & Handling

The Tundra seems light for a pickup truck and it moves easily. It does not win any towing competitions, but it still gets the job done. It also offers rear drive or four-wheel drive.

The 2004 Toyota Tundra Base comes solely with a solid 3.4-liter V-6 engine. The SR5 model can be fitted either with the 3.4-liter engine or a 4.7-liter V-8 engine. The Limited trim automatically uses the 4.7-liter engine. All trims can be equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, but only the trucks using the 3.4-liter engine have the option of using a five-speed manual.


All models of the 2004 Toyota Tundra come with ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes with electronic brake force distribution. Each model also has child seat anchors and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. With the addition of rear doors for the Access Cab and Double Cab, child safety locks and better headrests improve safety in the rear seats.

EPA Fuel Economy

Toyota Tundra Base: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra SR5: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Access Cab SR5: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Access Cab Limited: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5: 13/16 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited: 13/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fairly maneuverable
  • Plenty of cab and engine options
  • Double Cab much roomier

You Won't Like

  • Not a super-duty towing machine
  • Confined rear quarters
  • Lack of interior customization

Sum Up

Runs with the pack of American pickups.

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See the New 2015 Tundra.


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