Trucks are all about utility, and the 2021 Toyota Tundra is a perfect combination of comfort and utility — a true workhorse that powers through the week and goes out to play on the weekend.
The Tundra from Lithia Toyota of Medford is a full-size pickup with lots of comfort, legroom, a big back seat, quiet ride, real power and smart touches like a rear window that lowers completely when you want to savor the fresh air or haul a 12-foot-long hunk of lumber.
According to US News, “Buy a Tundra if you want the peace of mind often associated with owning a Toyota. The Tundra has an impressive record of predicted reliability over the past few years, and it maintains a high resale value. This is also a good truck for explorers, who will want to seek out one of the adventure-ready trims or packages.”
Car & Driver’s pick of the models is the SR5: “We’d choose the CrewMax cab for its spacious rear seat, and we’d opt for the larger 5.7-liter V-8 for its greater towing capacity versus the 4.6-liter, as well as for the ability to add the TRD Off-Road package (18-inch TRD wheels with all-terrain tires, trail-tuned Bilstein shocks, and engine and fuel tank skid plates), which isn’t offered with the smaller engine.
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“We’d also add the SR5 Upgrade package with its tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat.” There’s also an SX package for SR5 double-cab models, featuring front bucket seats, monochrome exterior trim, and black 18-inch wheels.
The newest Tundra models have a fresh new selection of paint colors an updated paint color palette. This year also marks the return of the 4WD off-road TRD Pro. Only available as a crew cab, it’s loaded with Fox internal-bypass shocks, TRD-tuned springs with more inches of lift, LED fog lights, a hood scoop, 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, leather seats, a 1/4-inch TRD Pro skid plate, and TRD Pro dual exhaust system.
The base engine is a 4.6-liter V-8 with 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque; the optional 5.7-liter V-8 has 381 horses and 401 lb-ft. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional for both setups, but not for all cab-and-bed configurations. The Tundra’s minimum tow rating is 6,800 pounds, with a maximum of 10,500 pounds – more than most people will need.
Toyota’s Entune system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard on base models, and the 7.0-inch unit is standard on the SR5 trim and up. Fancier trim levels have an advanced package with more speakers for the audio system and integrated navigation.
Toyota Safety Sense-P is standard, with a slew of safety and driver aids, including forward-collision warning, automatic high-beams, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on all but the base SR grade.