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2013 Toyota Tundra Review

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The 2013 Toyota Tundra is a pickup offered in a range of trim levels, including the Regular Cab, the Double Cab, and the Crew Max Base and Limited models. It is built tough, with the working class in mind, and is consistent with Toyota’s long-standing commitment to safety. The Tundra’s main strengths are its horsepower, towing capacity, and long list of available convenience features that help to create a wonderful driving experience.

Drivers of the Tundra enjoy its impressive power, which makes it possible to transport heavy loads and handle any type of road condition. Passengers enjoy a relatively smooth ride with plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Overall, it faces pretty stiff competition. However, leaning upon Toyota’s reputation for reliability and durability, it is a worthy option.

New For 2013

The 2013 Toyota Tundra has a few changes and upgrades:

  • Limited trims now have TRD Rock Warrior and Chrome Appearance packages.
  • The new Platinum trim includes 20-inch silver alloy wheels, heated bucket seats, chrome bumpers, and special badging
  • Larger fuel tank
  • Standard anti-lock brakes


The 2013 Toyota Tundra regular cab models have a 210-inch length, 80-inch width, 76-inch height, 10-inch ground clearance, 127-inch wheelbase, and 4,730-pound curb weight. The length and wheelbase of the extended cab models are about 20 inches longer. Its large dimensions give it a commanding presence on the road. It has a massive athletic stance, which makes it intimidating off the road as well.

From a frontal point of view, its massive chrome grille, bulky chrome bumper, and sculpted hood stand out. It also has square-shaped headlights and daytime running lamps. From the side, it has a fresh and clean look. Its 17-inch, 18-inch, or 20-inch wheels make the most noticeable impression. The rear of the vehicle features a large chrome bumper and basic taillights. Optional features include a power moon roof and power-sliding rear window.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Toyota Tundra regular cab can seat three passengers, while the extended cab is able to accommodate six passengers. The bulky truck is designed with heavy-duty work in mind. It has plenty of storage space, two 12-volt power outlets, and an optional navigation system that features an Entune multimedia system.

Passengers of the Tundra will ride in comfort in style, whether it has standard cloth upholstery or an optional premium leather package. They benefit from plenty of legroom and seat space. Any amount of cargo, from camping equipment to steel pipes, can be carried on its solid beds. All models have comfortable bench seats, dual-zone climate control, and a high-quality factory audio system, which enhances the overall value of the ride.


The 2013 Toyota Tundra has anti-lock disc brakes on all four wheels, along with emergency brake assist. It is equipped with and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system for improved handling. Driver and front passenger front and side-impact airbags are installed. Overhead airbags help prevent damage to passengers during a side collision or rollover, and knee airbags protect the lower extremities of passengers. Front seats have height-adjustable headrests and rear seats have child seat anchors. All seatbelts have pre-tensioners that automatically tighten to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident. The IIHS gives it the Top Safety Pick award, with excellent ratings in front and side-impact crashes.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Toyota Tundra is packed with one of three powerful engines. A 4.0-liter, V-6 pumps out 270-horsepower (hp) and 278 lb-ft of torque. The larger, 4.6-liter V-8 spits out 310-hp and 327 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful engine is a 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks out 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated with either a five or six-speed automatic transmission. It provides strong acceleration, making it easy to climb steep hills. Models with the optional tow package have a maximum towing capacity of more than 10,000 pounds. Average fuel economy is 14/19 mpg city/highway.

The Tundra features an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with leaf springs. This combination ensures that the Tundra provides a relatively smooth ride, soaking up bumps in the road like a sponge and experiencing minimal body lean. Handling is adequate for a big truck. Braking is firm and responsive, allowing for quick stops when needed. A special package can be added to allow for plenty of off-roading fun.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Tundra

  • Ram 1500
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ford F-150
  • GMC Sierra 1500

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