A Review of the 2013 Toyota Tundra

The 2013 Toyota Tundra brings class and a stylish appearance to the work site, and durability and capability for the long haul comes with it. With extended cab options, the small workforce needed for the job can catch a ride as well.

2013 Toyota Tundra Exterior

The Tundra is available in various colors for the 2013 models. These include Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Pyrite Mica, Radiant Red, Nautical Blue Mica, Spruce Mica Super White, Black and Silver Sky Metallic. Interior choices include bucket seats with limited leather in Sand Beige, Graphite or Red Rock.

Multi-reflecting halogen headlights with manual level control, daytime running lights and a chrome rear bumper are some of the exterior features that are standard with all Tundra models. Fog lights are standard for the Limited and Platinum models and available for other models. An easy lower and lift tailgate and deck rails and tailgate caps come standard, as do a windshield wiper and solar absorbing glass. Variable intermittent windshield wipers are standard for all models other than the Regular Cab and the trucks with the Work Truck Package. Heated power outside mirrors are a nice standard feature on the Regular Cab, Double Cab and CrewMax models.

Standard interior features include a choice of bucket or bench seats, cruise control, carpet flooring and fabric-trimmed fold-up rear seats in the Double Cab or CrewMax and leather trim (CrewMax) model. Power windows – including a power vertical sliding back window in the CrewMax models, a console overhead that has storage space for sunglasses and dual zone climate control are also available. Dual front 12V power outlets come standard, with a third outlet in the Double Cab and CrewMax models. A front maplight also comes standard in all Tundra models, with an additional rear maplight for the CrewMax and the Double Cab trim models. .

Entertainment in the Tundra models varies from the standard AM/FM CD Player in the Regular Cab, Double Cab and CrewMax models to a system with Display Navigation and Entune with a 6.1-in. high resolution touch screen and SiriusXM Radio compatible features in the optional entertainment system for the Double Cab and CrewMax models. The Limited Double Cab and Limited CrewMax models add voice-activated navigation, 12 speakers with subwoofer and a four-disc CD changer, while the Limited models add a six-disc CD changer. The CrewMax models have a DVD entertainment system with a 9-in. display, RCA jacks and two wireless headphones available as an option as well.

2013 Toyota Tundra Interior

The 2013 Toyota Tundra comes with three motor options: the 4.0L-V6, the 4.6L-V8 and the 5.7L-V8. Respectively, this means 16 miles per gallon for city driving and 20 for highway with the 4.0L, 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for the 4.6L and 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway with the 5.7L.

2013 Toyota Tundra Engine

The 26.4-gallon fuel tank helps extend those trips between gas station visits. The towing capacity for the V8s range from 9,000 lbs for the four-wheel drive CrewMax to 16,000 for all of the available models with the additional Tow Package added.

The Tundra is available with any of the above mentioned engines in a regular cab and Double Cab with two-wheel drive, while a CrewMax comes standard with a 4.6L-V8 and is available in the 5.7L-V8. The four-wheel drive models are available with either V8 engine and in regular cab and Double Cab. The 4.6L-V8 Double Cab comes standard with a long bed but is also available with a short bed. The regular cab seats three people, while the Double Cab and CrewMax each seat 5-6 individuals total. This number depends on whether the truck offers bucket seats or bench seats.

There are numerous packages – 23 actually – available for the Tundra. The Tow Package can be added to any of the available Tundras and comes standard on the V8 regular cab, the long bed Double Cab, the Limited Double Cab with a V8 engine, the Limited CrewMax with a V8 engine and the Platinum CrewMax. Other packages include the Work Truck Package, Chrome Appearance Package, Sport Appearance Package, Memory Package, TRD Sport Package, TRD Off-Road Package, TRD Rock Warrior Package, the Convenience Package, Upgrade Package for the CrewMax and the SR5 and SR5 Upgrade Packages.

The TRD Rock Warrior Package, for example, is for the Grade four-wheel drive models and includes 17-in., split six-spoke, gunmetal color-finished alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, shock absorbers, fuel tank skid plates and TRD Rock Warrior graphics. Exterior colors for this package are Black, Super White, Radiant Red, and Magnetic Gray Metallic only. Meanwhile, the Convenience Package adds fog lights (on standard bed V8s only), a sliding back window with privacy glass and an under seat storage tray, the Memory Package adds a two-position memory function for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors and the Sport Appearance Package adds color-keyed front and rear bumpers, cruise control, grille surround, front seats featuring four-way adjustment options, , remote keyless entry and a middle console shift lever. The standard tow equipment is not available with the Sport Appearance Package, however. All of these options mean the truck of your dreams is only a short negotiation away.

Safety is, as always for Toyota, a main concern. With that in mind, the Tundra comes standard with the operator and front passenger airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, child protecting door locks in the rear door in the Double Cab and CrewMax models, a built-in alarm and an engine disabilizer and LATCH systems (on front passenger and center seat of regular cab and outboard rear seats and rear center seats on Double Cab and CrewMax). A Trailer-Sway Control and a Tire Pressure Monitor System help keep conditions optimal for long-distance or short hauls.

Front and rear parking assist sonar is standard on the Limited Double Cab V8, the Limited CrewMax V8 and the Platinum CrewMax. It is an option available for the other models of the Tundra. This adds a feeling of safety for situations where visibility might be impaired in some way.

The price tag for a 2013 Tundra starts at $25,355 for a regular cab, $27,565 for a Double Cab and $30,535 for a CrewMax.