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2006 Toyota Tundra Review

Dependable build quality and reliability.

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The 2006 Toyota Tundra is a successful full-size truck worthy of attention. While competing against many excellent trucks, the 2006 Toyota Tundra continues to deliver a truck for all types of drivers. Toyota figured out the idea behind every truck’s sales success is the V-8 engine, which the Tundra incorporated from its beginning.

While the 2006 Toyota Tundra full-size truck may not be quite as big as some domestic trucks on the market, there are many drivers that find all of the extra options to be superfluous. For construction or contract workers, it may not have all of the other features, but for the average consumer, the first full-size Toyota truck is more than strong enough. The 2006 Toyota Tundra is, and will continue to be, a successful vehicle in the Toyota lineup.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, double cab, access cab
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Tundra, Tundra SR5, Tundra Limited

What's New

There are no major changes for 2006 Toyota Tundra other than a drop in the stated power of V-8 and V-6 engines, due to Toyota’s new measuring procedure.


The 2006 Toyota Tundra comes in three exterior versions. The regular cab has a long-bed structure, while the Double Cab and Access Cab are only available with short beds. The Access Cab has rear doors that are reverse-opening, which allows for easy rear-seat access, but the Double Cab has four doors on a full size and a longer wheelbase.

The three models are base and SR5, and Limited. The features for the exterior of the base model are 16-inch wheels of steel, painted finish bumpers, and intermittent wipers. The Tundra SR5 model adds the body-colored bumpers and a chrome grille, whereas the Limited model offers alloy wheels as standard features. Optional exterior features include the cold-weather package, towing package, sport suspension package, and off-road package. Various exterior colors are available on each model.


The 2006 Toyota Tundra interior features include cloth bench seats and CD player on the base regular cab. The SR5 adds air-conditioning and front-seat captain’s chairs, and then the Limited model includes power windows, CD player in-dash, power mirrors, power locks, power driver’s seat, and power windows. An optional entertainment system with DVD player is available only on the Double Cab models.

The simple layout of the controls adds functionality, but some folks feel the interior may be a bit bland and unimpressive. The Double Cab model has rear seats with the 60/40-split which is ample compared to other domestic trucks. The cab seems a little narrow on shoulder room but is very adequate overall.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Toyota Tundra comes with two engine types: four-liter V-6 that produces 236 horsepower with 226 lb-ft torque, and the 4.7-liter V-8 that makes 271 hp and torque of 313 lb-ft. The V-6 has a choice of five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions, while the V-8 has an automatic five-speed. Both engines can be made with four-wheel drive and 7100 pounds maximum towing capacity.

The 2006 Toyota Tundra with the V-6 can easily handle light-duty jobs, but the V-8 is powerful enough to perform basic hauling and towing jobs, along with everyday driving. The Tundra is smaller than the full-size competition, which makes the vehicle much easier to maneuver within crowded areas. Serious hauling may cause the V-8 to tire quickly, but the comfortable commuting is preferable over its peers.


2006 Toyota Tundra standard safety features include an anti-lock brake system and tire pressure monitoring. The side-impact front airbags and side full-length curtain airbags that include the rollover sensor can be added optionally on the Double Cab models.

In the government crash testing for safety during frontal-impact, the 2006 Toyota Tundra was awarded four stars. For the front-passenger protection, it received five stars. The 2006 Toyota Tundra earned the perfect rating of five stars concerning the side-impact protection of front occupants. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety awarded the full-size truck with the best rating of ""good"" for frontal-impact crash testing.

EPA Fuel Economy

Tundra: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Tundra Limited: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Tundra SR5: 16/21 mpg city/ highway

You'll Like

  • Reliability
  • Nimble when off-road
  • Refined and smooth V-8
  • Most carlike
  • Build quality

You Won't Like

  • Not suitable for heavy hauling and towing
  • Narrow Cabin
  • Seat comfort

Sum Up

Dependable build quality and reliability.

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