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2017 Toyota Tundra: Real World Review
Buying a full-size pickup truck is not a "one-size fits all" scenario. There are a lot of great options out there, like the 2017 Toyota Tundra. There's a reason Toyota loyalists love this truck: It's resilient, dependable and has award-winning resale value. It's also built right here in the USA.
The Tundra is available in six different trim levels, either with a 4.7-liter or 5.7-liter V8. You also can choose from three different cab configurations and three different bed lengths.
Granted, the Tundra's big V8 is thirsty, but the truck is outfitted with a 38-gallon fuel tank, so you can expect a fill-up to last a while.
On the road, the Tundra is surprisingly quiet and composed, absorbing most bumps much like a a high-end crossover would. But that's just part of its appeal...
The Tundra is also a bit of a beast. Most hauling and towing actions are no issue, as the Tundra's max capacity comes in around 10,000 pounds, which is plenty for most boats and campers. And with the Tow/Haul mode setting, integrated trailer braking and sway control, you can maneuver your toys with ease.
This truck also includes a TRD off-road package, which adds underbody protection, Bilstein shocks and 18-inch alloy wheels that are ready for some light off-roading adventure. But if you're looking to do some more aggressive off-roading, look at the TRD Pro -- that model is fully designed for more hardcore trail experiences.
In the upper trim levels, it's all about comfort, thanks to features like heated leather seats, a 7-in touchscreen, a power moonroof and dual-zone climate controls. And we like that the rear seat is spacious enough for the average adult and folds up for extra interior cargo space.
The truck bed's deck rail includes four adjustable tie-downs and a hydraulic lift gate and makes loading and securing your stuff a lot easier, too.
And while the Tundra has plenty of basic safety features, including a back-up camera, audible parking sensors and front knee airbags, it still feels a bit lacking when it comes to advanced driver-assistance technologies. Other than blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, which do come in handy on a truck of this size, there's not much offered compared to some of its rivals.
With its proven reliability, strong resale value and overall toughness, the 2017 Toyota Tundra is a solid offering for those wanting a spacious, versatile pickup that can handle itself well on the highway or at the jobsite or campsite.