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2011 Toyota Tundra Review

Big, bold truck ready for the hard haul

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Toyota Tundra is a full-size truck you can get configured as with a regular, long or short bed, and with a regular cab, double cab, or extended cab. This big truck is equipped with either a 4.0 liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, a 4.6 liter V-8 engine with 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, or a 5.7 liter V-8 engine with 381 horsepower 401 pound-feet of torque.

The biggest engine the Tundra offers weighs less than the engine it replaced so fuel efficiency has been improving over the years and is now in the 15 mpg city/17 mpg highway range. The Toyota Tundra comes with either rear wheel or four wheel drive, and you also have a choice of a five- or six-speed automatic transmission. Most of Toyota's famous safety features come standard on the Tundra.

New for 2011

Since the Toyota Tundra received a new V-8 engine and a slight restyle in 2010, changes for 2011 were minor. The 2011 Toyota Tundra received dual VVT-i and roller rocker arms on the 4.0-liter V-6. Trailer sway control and a brake override system were added to the truck. Inside, a 12-volt power port replaced the cigarette lighter, and the Tundra's ashtray is no longer available. Also 10 low-volume configurations in the lineup were discontinued.


Engines: 4.0L V-6, 4.6L V-8, 5.7L V-8
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Body Style: Truck
Trims: Regular Cab, Double Cab, CrewMax

On the Outside

While the exterior of the 2011 Toyota Tundra aggressive overall, its corners are more rounded than previous Toyotas. 18-inch wheels are standard, and 20-inch wheels are optional on the 5.7-liter V-8 Tundra or come as part of the Tundra's Sport Package.

From the Inside

The Toyota allows you to configure their Tundra trucks with so many different choices and options, depending on whether you want your truck to be a work-horse truck or a luxury-ride truck. For example you have a choice of seating for three to six people gauges, tow packages, DVD navigation, power doors/locks/windows, and everything from rubber floor to carpet.

Driving Performance

The Toyota Tundra's ride can be a little rough and choppy, especially when it's not loaded with cargo in the bed. In terms of speed, the 4.6-liter V-8 engine can go 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds, while the 5.7-liter V-8 can do it 6.0 seconds. Stopping from 60-0 mph takes 138 feet with the 4.6-liter V8 4x4 Double Cab, but the 5.7-liter V-8 4x4 Double Cab takes 139 feet.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the Toyota Tundra are dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, dual front knee airbags, and front and rear roll-sensing side curtain airbags. Four-wheel disc ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, stability control, and traction control are also standard.

Gas Mileage

Regular Cab, Double Cab, CrewMax: 13-15 mpg city/17-20 mpg highway


  • Wide range of features
  • Powerful engines
  • Prodigious towing and payload capability
  • Better fuel economy
  • Quite quiet


  • Aggressive styling
  • Options can add up
  • Choppy ride with empty bed
  • Some clumsy controls


Big, bold truck ready for the hard haul

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