The full-size 2024 Toyota Tundra, redesigned for 2022, continues on the same path it established when it debuted in 2000: take on the long-time segment leaders with a somewhat different and often eccentric take on the set-in-stone half-ton pickup formula.
For example, the current 2024 Toyota Tundra cannot be equipped with a V-8 engine, which would be considered treasonous by certain conventional truck-buyer demographics. In its place comes a twin-turbocharged V-6 in two flavors, as well as a third V-6 hybrid type (evaluated separately). It’s also worth noting that it lacks a full-time four-wheel drive option.
In other ways, it adheres to the classic truck blueprint, with extended- or crew-cab body variants and 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8.1-foot beds.
The cab and bed configurations are available in seven trim levels, ranging from the entry-level SR to the top-tier Capstone. The Tundra also has coil-spring rear suspension, which is shared only with the Ram 1500 and provides a smoother ride but reduces payload capability.
Its maximum towing capability is 12,000 pounds, which is more than enough for most regular users, but it falls short of the towing ratings of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500.
What is new in the 2024 Toyota Tundra?
Tundra will receive a few cosmetic and packaging improvements in 2024. The TRD Off-Road option, which features a black grille with color-keyed surround, black mirror caps, window surrounds, over-fenders and badging, and body color-and-black door handles, is now available on the Platinum Grade.
The Limited Grade now includes the Nightshade package, and the full-size, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is standard. The head-up display, previously exclusive to Platinum and 1794 Grades, is now available as a standalone option.
All versions of the TRD Pro, except for the TRD Pro, now come with a factory three-inch lift kit.
The 2024 SR Tundra, with a 348-hp twin-turbo V-6 engine, is available in extended or crew cab options but lacks advanced driver aids beyond the base Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 system.
Moving to The SR5 corrects all of these flaws by including the aforementioned elements as standard or optional material.
This variant has 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The TRD off-road package adds a raised suspension with Bilstein dampers and a slew of other features meant to withstand light off-roading.
Performance, Engine, and Transmission
The 2024 Toyota Tundra comes in three power levels, all based on a turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine.
The engine is adjusted for 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque in the base SR model; otherwise, it produces 389 horses and 479 pound-feet. (The third vehicle is a 473-horsepower hybrid, which we will discuss separately.) All of them have a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Our Limited test truck, powered by a 389-hp twin-turbo V6, reached 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The Tundra, like the Ram 1500, has coil-spring rear suspension for a smoother ride on a daily basis.
The TRD Off-Road model features all-terrain tires, raised suspension, Bilstein dampers, a rear locker, skid plates, mudguards, aluminum pedals, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a heated leather steering wheel.
2024 Toyota Tundra: Capacity for Towing and Payload
The 2024 Tundra, while not lightweight, is the least competent in the half-ton class with a maximum tow rating of 12,000 pounds. The Ford F-150 has the highest rating at 14,000 pounds, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado at 13,300 pounds and the Ram 1500 at 12,750 pounds. When compared to Ford’s 3250-pound payload limit, the maximum payload is 1940 pounds, leaving over 1300 pounds on the table.
2024 Toyota Tundra: Cargo, Interior, and Comfort
The 2024 Tundra, despite its superior material quality and design compared to the previous generation, lacks any groundbreaking innovation or innovation in the truck category.
The dashboard is thick, with conspicuous air vents and a large, smooth middle area connecting the door panels. The top-tier Capstone boasts semi-aniline leather upholstery, American Walnut interior trim, acoustically laminated side windows, and a heads-up display, enhancing its standard material and feature enhancements.
Standard features include analog gauges and a tiny driver-information display, but higher trim levels have a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel gauge cluster. The central console is spacious, and there are plenty of nooks for storing modern-day clutter.
The Crew Max, also known as the extended cab, is a Double Cab variant with a 6.5- or 6.5-foot bed.
Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy
The two-wheel drive 2024 Tundra is EPA-rated for up to 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway in its basic, non-hybrid configuration; four-wheel drive drops those values by 1 mpg apiece.
Connectivity and infotainment
The SR and SR5 Tundras feature an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, while the SR offers a 14-inch optional and standard screen. The dashboard features a volume knob but lacks a tuning knob, and the steering wheel controls have limited functionality. The vehicle’s audio system is standard with six or nine speakers, with a 12-speaker JBL Premium Audio system on the Limited, and includes wireless charging for Platinum and above models. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and a Wi-Fi hotspot with a subscription is also available.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 driver-assistance technology is standard on all Tundras and includes automatic high lights, lane departure alert with steering aid, and other features. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and trailer recognition are standard on Limited and higher trim levels.
Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) websites for more information on Tundra’s crash-test performance. The following are important safety features:
- Automatic emergency braking and front collision warning are standard features.
- Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance are standard.
- Adaptive cruise control is a standard
Warranty and Maintenance Protection
Toyota’s limited and powertrain warranties are comparable to those found on every other full-size pickup truck. Toyota, on the other hand, provides unrivaled complimentary planned maintenance.
Three years, or 36,000 miles, is the length of the limited warranty.
The powertrain warranty is valid for five years or 60,000 miles.
Free maintenance is provided for two years or 25,000 miles.
Wrapping it Up
The 2024 Tundra enters the fleet market with new external styling and off-road performance options.
A Nightshade bundle has been added.
The TRD Off-Road Package for Platinum-grade 44s is now available.
On Platinum-grade 4x4s, a TRD 3″ suspension lift kit is now available as a factory-installed option.
The 2024 Tundra portfolio has something for everyone, with SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 trim levels available. TRD Pro and the premium Capstone grades remain in the Tundra lineup, both with the i-FORCE MAX powertrain.