Tundra Crewmax Specs – The 2017 Toyota Tundra is a capable full-size pickup, and one of the few in this class that is very serious about off-road performance. Unfortunately, it lags behind its American rivals in a few respects. Try as it might, the Tundra is not quite up to the challenge of the competition despite its bold styling and a handsomely finished interior. It’s available in a myriad of body styles, bed lengths, and rear- or four-wheel drive. Powertrains include either a standard 310-hp 4.6-liter V-8 or an optional 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8; both engines team up with a six-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing rates at 10,500 pounds; maximum payload is 2060 pounds.
Tundra Crewmax Specs Overview
By most measures, there is a lot to like about the 2017 Toyota Tundra. After all, this is a brawny, full-size truck that can tow up to 10,500 pounds or haul just over a ton of cargo. You also get your choice of one of two available V8 engines. And with a lineup that runs the gamut from basic work truck to posh personal pickup or off-road bruiser, there’s bound to be a Tundra that suits your needs.
Unfortunately, times have changed in the full-size pickup segment, and the Tundra hasn’t seen an all-new generation debut since the 2007 Tundra model year. As such, the 2017 Tundra can’t match the advancements the current segment leaders have made in some areas. The Ford F-150, for example, offers a weight-saving aluminum body and an optional turbocharged V6 engine that delivers substantial towing and hauling capability with much better fuel economy. Also on that must-consider list should be the Ram 1500 with its available fuel-efficient EcoDiesel powertrain and smooth-riding coil spring rear suspension. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and new Nissan Titan (and heavier-duty Nissan Titan XD) are worth a look, too.
Ultimately, the made-in-America 2017 Toyota Tundra has its share of good qualities, but it’s not enough to push it to the top of the full-size truck category this year.
Tundra Crewmax Driving
At slow parking lot speeds, the 2017 Toyota Tundra Crewmax seems almost nimble thanks to a light steering feel. That same quality persists at higher speeds, however, where it becomes a liability that contributes (along with the big truck’s weight and overall dimensions) to the Tundra’s ponderous handling. Another downside is the Tundra’s stiff ride quality. Though you expect as much with a truck, some rival trucks are more comfortable.
The 5.7-liter V8 impresses thanks in large part to its generous torque output and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. If you don’t think you’ll need the Tundra’s maximum towing capacity, you’ll find the 4.6-liter V8 provides adequate performance with ever-so-slightly better fuel economy, though both engines lag behind the category leaders on this point.
The Toyota Tundra is a capable pickup. Introduced for 2007, then revised for 2014, it’s the oldest design of the full-size pickups. The 2017 Tundra Crewmax Specs adds new colors to the palette along with a power passenger seat, but otherwise it’s carryover from 2016 when there were some minor updates.
Primarily due to its age, the Tundra ranks at the bottom of a list of superb full-size pickups: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, Nissan Titan, and Ram 1500. Ram is almost as dated, but its replacement will be here shortly. Prices have been lowered on most 2017 Tundra models.
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