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2017 Toyota Tundra: What You Need to Know

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 8/10/2018 U.S. News & World Report
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The 2017 Toyota Tundra ranks near the bottom of its class. It has a good predicted reliability rating, spacious rear seats, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, it offers only V8 engines and has some of the highest ownership costs among full-size pickup trucks.

Is the 2017 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

The 2017 Tundra is an OK used full-size pickup truck. It can haul and tow without issues, and the TRD Pro model touts some of the best off-roading capabilities in the class. It also has more standard features than some rivals and a solid predicted reliability rating. However, this truck also has poor gas mileage and a rough ride, along with some of the highest ownership costs in its class.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Tundra?

Based on more than 900 listings appearing on our site, you can expect to pay between $29,000 and $46,000 for this truck. Its average list price is $38,200. The price varies based on mileage, condition, location, and features.

How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Tundra Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the Tundra are estimated to cost around $30,500 over five years. Those are some of the highest expected costs among full-size pickup trucks.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tundra?

Toyota refreshed the front exterior styling of all Tundras for the 2018 model year. Additionally, Toyota Safety Sense (a package of advanced safety features) became standard, and the Regular Cab body style was discontinued. Unless you really want that particular body style, these new updates make the 2018 Tundra a compelling choice, especially since its base price of $31,320 is actually lower than the average price of a 2017 model. That said, head-to-head comparisons are difficult across distinct trims and body styles, so you may be able to find a better-equipped older model for less, depending on the configuration you want.

Read about the new Toyota Tundra »

All new pickup trucks have lower starting prices than the average price of a 2017 Tundra. However, considering the range of body styles and combinations, it’s difficult to draw direct comparisons between features and capabilities. For example, you could get a 2018 Ford F-150 for $27,705, but it would be a bare-bones Regular Cab model that wouldn’t even have power accessories.

Which Model Year of the Toyota Tundra Is Best?

The 2017 Toyota Tundra belongs to a generation that began with the 2007 model year. The 2014 Tundra saw a refresh to its exterior and interior styling. It also gained a standard rearview camera, and features like blind spot monitoring and Entune app services became available. This model was the last to offer a V6 engine. Toyota updated the Entune infotainment system for 2016. With minimal updates for the 2017 Tundra, you could save thousands of dollars by shopping for an older model.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Tundra?

The 2017 Tundra has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. 

2017 Toyota Tundra Recalls

As of this writing, four recalls have been issued on the 2017 Tundra. The rear step bumper may break off if the bracket is damaged. Other areas of concern include defective lug nuts that cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle, the rear seat bench shifting in a crash, and an incorrect load information label. Make sure these issues have been addressed before buying this truck.

See more information on Toyota Tundra safety recalls »

Which Used Toyota Tundra Model Is Right for Me?

The Tundra comes in three cab styles (Regular, Double, and CrewMax) and three bed lengths (5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, and 8-foot, depending on cab configuration). There are also six trim levels offered: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro.

The trim and body style that are best for you likely depend on what you’re looking for. The base SR has power accessories (windows, door locks, mirrors), cruise control, air conditioning, push-button start, the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and a rearview camera.

The Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax and Double Cab models add fog lights, HD radio, satellite radio, and a larger 7-inch touch screen with navigation. The Limited trim gains a power sliding rear window, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium audio system, leather upholstery, as well as heated and power-adjustable front seats. Limited-and-above trims switch out the front bench seat with bucket seats, reducing the total seating capacity to five.

Platinum and 1794 Edition trims up the luxury quotient. Both are only available in CrewMax configuration, and both trims feature LED daytime running lights, a moonroof, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. 

Those looking for the best off-road performance should look toward the TRD Pro. This truck comes with standard four-wheel drive, Bilstein shock absorbers, a TRD-tuned exhaust system, a front skid plate, and some other off-road-oriented features.

Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Tundra Warranty

Toyota’s certified pre-owned warranty program rates highly among nonluxury manufacturers. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

How Safe Is the Tundra?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Tundra four out of five stars overall. Rear-wheel-drive models earned four stars in front crash tests, five stars in side crash tests, and three stars in rollover testing. Four-wheel-drive models received the same ratings, except they earned four stars in rollover crash tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Crew Cab models the highest rating of Good in three crash tests – moderate overlap front, side, and rear. The Tundra received an Acceptable rating in roof strength and a Marginal rating in the small overlap front test. Double Cab models received a Good rating in four crash tests and an Acceptable rating in the small overlap front test.

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature in the Tundra. A few others, such as front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available.

2017 Toyota Tundra Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Tundra or 2017 Ford F-150?

The 2017 Ford F-150 is one of the best pickup trucks you can buy. It can tow up to 12,200 pounds – more than the Tundra – and it boasts higher safety scores. It also leads the class in payload capacity. The F-150 offers a wider range of powertrain choices – including a base V6, two turbocharged V6s, and a V8 – and it delivers sharper handling and a more comfortable ride than the Tundra. The Toyota is one of the few pickup trucks to come with a standard touch-screen infotainment system. The Toyota is also costs about $2,100 less than the F-150, on average. However, you should go for the F-150 if it’s in your budget. 

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Tundra or 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is another outstanding pickup truck. It has the highest towing capacity in its class, and it’s the only full-size pickup truck to get a higher predicted reliability rating than the Tundra. The Silverado has a nice interior, and it also can go toe-to-toe with the Tundra in tech features. The Chevy also offers features you can’t get in the Toyota, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. One area where the Tundra wins out is price. On average, the Tundra will save you $4,300 over the Silverado. However, the Silverado is the better choice if your budget has any room to stretch.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Tundra or 2017 Ram 1500?

The 2017 Ram 1500 has one of the nicest interiors you can get in a pickup truck. Its ride quality is also among the best in the class. That’s true over uneven pavement as well, which is in stark contrast to the Tundra. The Ram 1500’s average price is about $8,000 lower than the Toyota’s. However, the Tundra has higher towing and payload capacities, better safety and predicted reliability ratings, as well as more safety features than the Ram. Choosing between these two trucks depends on your needs, but the Ram is a better choice for most folks.

2017 Tundra Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Tundra Drive?

The Toyota Tundra has two i-Force V8 engine options. One is a 4.6-liter engine rated at 310 horsepower, while the other is a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 381 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard; four-wheel drive is available.

The 4.6-liter V8 provides plenty of power for driving around town or on the highway, but shoppers looking to maximize towing should select a model with the 5.7-liter engine. While most trucks offer smoother rides, the Tundra’s ride quality remains stiff and rough. Occupants will feel nearly every bump in the road. That said, the TRD Pro trim can handle virtually any terrain and ranks among the most capable off-roaders in the class.

Does the 2017 Toyota Tundra Get Good Gas Mileage?

Large trucks aren’t known for their fuel economy, but the Tundra's ratings are low even by this class' standards. The 4.6-liter V8 engine gets 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway (14/18 mpg for four-wheel drive models). The larger 5.7-liter V8 engine gets 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway (13/17 mpg with four-wheel drive). Unlike its rivals, the Tundra does not offer a base V6 engine with a higher fuel economy rating.

2017 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity

The 2017 Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 10,500 pounds when equipped with a trailer hitch and other towing features. Its maximum payload capacity is 2,080 pounds. A trailer sway control comes standard to assist with towing.

2017 Tundra Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Tundra Seat?

The Toyota Tundra seats three in Regular Cab models and up to six in Double Cab and CrewMax models. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are available, along with heated and ventilated front seats.

The front seats are supportive and spacious. The same applies to the rear seats in Double Cab and CrewMax models. Most adults can ride in the back comfortably, and the CrewMax offers a reclining seatback to increase comfort. The cabin itself is utilitarian, prioritizing functionality over comfort. The Tundra’s age starts to show with its outdated interior materials. Hard plastics keep this pickup truck from feeling as upscale on the inside as some competitors.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Tundra?

In Tundras with a second row, there are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard seats, as well as an additional tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave CrewMax models the second-highest rating of Acceptable for LATCH ease of use. Double Cab models received a Marginal rating. In both cases, some tether anchors were hard to find, and some of the lower anchors were buried too deeply in the seats.

2017 Toyota Tundra Features

The Tundra offers a decent amount of standard equipment for the segment, including power windows and door locks, air conditioning, and push-button start. The standard Entune infotainment system comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, a six-speaker stereo, a CD player, Siri Eyes Free, and a rearview camera. Available features include a larger touch screen, navigation, a premium JBL audio system, a moonroof, and a handful of advanced safety features.

2017 Toyota Tundra Dimensions

Toyota Tundra Cargo Space

The Tundra offers three bed lengths, but not every bed configuration is available with every cab style. Regular Cab Tundra models come with an 8-foot-1-inch bed. Double Cab models are available with that bed or with a 6.6-foot bed. Lastly, CrewMax models come with a 5.6-foot bed. Folding rear seats and a storage compartment beneath the rear seats are available in the Double Cab and CrewMax models.

2017 Tundra Length and Weight

Depending on configuration, the 2017 Tundra measures somewhere between 19.1 feet and 20.7 feet. Its curb weight ranges from 4,920 pounds up to 5,670 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating is between 6,700 and 7,200 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Tundra Built?

Toyota manufactured the 2017 Tundra in Texas.

Read the full 2017 Toyota Tundra review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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