The Most Reliable Used Toyota Tundra Model Years

by Gabrielle DeSantis

The Toyota Tundra has a reputation for being one of the most reliable trucks on the market. For those on the hunt for a dependable used truck, that’s great news. Read more to find out the most reliable used Toyota Tundra model years, along with which used Tundra models you should probably steer clear of.

Consumer Reports used Toyota Tundra reliability by year

2019 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

There’s no beating around the bush here. Consumer Reports has praised the Toyota Tundra for being a reliable truck for years. In fact, more often than not, Consumer Reports has given the Tundra a five out of five reliability rating. 

Take, for example, the 2019 Toyota Tundra. Consumer Reports awarded the 2019 Toyota Tundra with a five out of five reliability rating. That’s not all, either. Based on Consumer Report’s data, the 2019 Toyota Tundra also ranks as the most reliable 2019 truck. 

The organization gave the 2016 and 2013 Toyota Tundra similarly high reliability ratings. Both used Toyota trucks are also considered the most reliable used trucks for those particularly model years. And if it’s another used Tundra model year that you’re after? Chances are, Consumer Reports also gave it pretty high ratings.

J.D. Power and used Tundra reliability ratings

Now, Consumer Reports isn’t the only one doling out reliability ratings for used trucks. J.D. Power also provides reliability ratings for both new and used vehicles. Much like Consumer Reports, J.D. Power has given the used Tundra some pretty impressive reliability ratings. 

The organization gave the 2021 Toyota Tundra a Great quality and reliability rating, which is nothing short of impressive. While it is significantly older, J.D. Power also awarded the 2006 Tundra with a Great quality and reliability rating. Meanwhile, the 2004 Tundra landed not one but two J.D. Power awards. The first being a Quality Award and the second being a Dependability award.

Avoid the least reliable used Toyota Tundra model years

A silver 2007 Toyota Tundra climbing rocks, the 2007 Tundra is a used Toyota Truck
2007 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

As reliable as the Tundra is, not every model year was able to secure such high marks. As a matter of fact, Consumer Reports gave the 2007 Toyota Tundra a three out of five reliability rating. The most common 2007 Tundra problems include issues with the Toyota truck’s brakes, electric system, and drive system. Regardless of those issues, however, the 2007 model still ranks as the most reliable 2007 truck.

Consumer Reports also gave the 2002 model a three out of five reliability rating. According to the organization, used Toyota truck owners often experienced issues with the pickup’s exhaust and transmission systems. Unfortunately, the problems are severe enough that the 2002 model ranks as the second most reliable 2002 truck. also recommends steering clear of the 2012 Toyota Tundra. According to the site, the 2012 Tundra has higher repair costs and experiences more problems at lower mileage. As for the most common 2012 Tundra problems? reports that the most frequent issues with the used Toyota truck included problems with its exhaust system, interior accessories, and engine. 

Is the Toyota Tundra a reliable used truck?

Yes, the Tundra is a reliable used truck. In fact, it’s among the most reliable used trucks you can buy. So if you’re in the market for a dependable pickup? You’re going to want to check out this used Toyota truck.

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