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2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Performance: Engine, 0-60, Quarter Mile, Top Speed And MPG

Updated on: March 12, 2021

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The 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax will move into the new year without any changes in the specs and features that it offers. Launched in July 2020, the trim levels remain the same with 4 trims on offer namely SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition. However, 2021 does see the arrival of the Nightshade appearance package for the Limited trim, and the debut of a limited production Trail Special Edition that is based on the SR5 trim, for 5000 units. Available for sale at a starting MSRP of $37,970, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax has a 5.5-foot short bed at the back and offers a towing capacity of 10,100 lbs and a payload capacity of 1,660 lbs.

2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax with Nightshade Package

In the performance arena, all of the trims of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax, including the off-roading TRD Pro model are powered by the same big-block 5.7L V8 engine that produces 381 hp. Hooked up to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, the power is put on the wheels by a 4x2 drivetrain as standard while the 4x4 remains optional across the lineup. Being the oldest truck in the modern-day pickup trucks, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax faces competition from the Ford F-150 Supercrew, RAM 1500 Crew Cab, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab. Time to find out if the oldie has what it takes to tough it out in today's time. 

 


"Compared with newer and more advanced powertrains, the Tundra's engine and transmission are prehistoric." Car and Driver

2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Engine: Power, Torque, and Transmission Options

Under the hood of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax is the same old gas-guzzling big-block 5.7L V8 from the outgoing model and it produces a beefy 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain comes hooked up to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that puts the power to the rear wheels via the 4x2 drivetrain as standard. 

The 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax has a 5.7L V8 engine

The 4x4 drivetrain remains available across all the trims of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax for $3,050 extra. The engine grunts quite a lot and takes a fair bit of spurring in order to get moving while the transmission is not smooth at all and takes a fair bit of time in order to shift up or down the gear cycles.

Models 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 2021 Ford F-150 Supercrew 2021 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
MSRP $37,970 $36,650 $35,045 $37,195
Engine 5.7L V8 3.3L V6 3.6L V6 with eTorque Mild Hybrid System 4.3L V6
Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD AWD
Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic 10-speed shiftable automatic 8-speed shiftable automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic
Power  381 hp @ 5,600 rpm 290 hp @ 6,500rpm 305 hp @ 6,400 rpm 285 hp @ 5,300 rpm
Torque 401 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm 265 lb-ft @ 4,000rpm 269 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm 305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

The Toyota Tundra Crewmax pushes out the segment-leading horsepower and torque as compared to its rivals. The RAM 1500 Crew Cab truck uses a mild hybrid system that aids performance while drinking a lot less fuel. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab takes second place when it comes to torque figures but is the least powerful overall. The country's sweetheart, the Ford F-150 Supercrew saves its hide marginally with its numbers.


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2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Acceleration: 0-60 and Quarter Mile Times

If you want to get that adrenaline rush, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax can complete the 0-60 mph run in just 6.4 seconds. Push it further for the quarter-mile and that comes up in 15.0 seconds since the engine loses its flair in the mid-rev range. Given that the V8 is the most powerful of the competitors, this still seems surprising.

The 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds

Pickup trucks like the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax are not exactly made for blistering fast 0-60 mph performance, however, they still manage to come close. Push the pedal, and the truck prances forward in a jiffy as you are thrust back into your seat. The engine grunts quite a lot but gets moving immediately which helps in giving you the thrill.

Models 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 2021 Ford F-150 Supercrew 2021 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

0-60 MPH

6.4 secs

7.2 secs

7.7 secs

7.2 secs

Quarter Mile

15.0 secs

14.7 secs

14.7 secs

15.5 secs

Top Speed

110 MPH

120 MPH

120 MPH

135 MPH

Engine 5.7L V8 3.3L V6 3.6L V6 with eTorque Mild Hybrid System 4.3L V6

Among the modern-day pickup trucks, the Tundra Crewmax actually comes out on top with its 0-60 mph time. The F-150 Supercrew and the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab tie in second place while the top-rated RAM 1500 Crew Cab actually loses out on the 0-60 mph sprint and does not place on the podium.

How do the brakes of the Toyota Tundra Crewmax perform in the 60-0 mph?

When you have an almost 5500 lbs truck like the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax that can is the fastest off the starting line, you need brakes that can keep it under control. To that avail, ventilated disk brakes are provided that can stop the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax from 60-0 mph in a distance of 137 feet. Given its sheer weight and length, this is actually still acceptable enough for a 13-year old truck.


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2021 Toyota Tundra CrewMax has front and rear brake rotor 13.9" and 13.6"

You get 13.9-inch rotors in the front, and 13.6-inch rotors in the back, all of which are ABS capable. The brake pedal starts out soft but suddenly comes to life as you pass the mid-way point during actuation. Owing to its size, there is slight nose dive but is kept to a bare minimum. Even under harsh conditions, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax actually manages to remain cool and does not break a sweat.

Models 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 2021 Ford F-150SuperCrew 2021 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Front Brakes (in)

13.9

13.8

14.9

13.5

Rear Brakes (in)

13.6

13.2

14.8

13.6

Curb Weight

5,340 lbs

4,465 lbs

4,971 lbs

4,702 lbs

60-0 MPH

137 feet

127 feet

125 feet

129 feet

Among the competitors, the Toyota Tundra Crewmax does not do much to impress since it has the longest stopping distance, which can be owed to its burly build. On the other hand, the RAM 1500 Crew Cab has the shortest stopping distance and takes the top spot. The Ford F-150 is the lightest truck of the lot and yet takes slightly longer to come to a stop while the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab is in third place with its performance.

2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Ride and Handling

Toyotas are often one of the most amenable vehicles, however, the 2021 Tundra Crewmax is actually a different story altogether. The truck feels every bit of the weight that it carries and that creeps in very evidently into its handling. The steering wheel is weighted perfectly and allows you to maneuver it with ease, but the body roll is very evident when you turn it around. Cutting sharp corners is definitely not something the 2021 Tundra Crewmax is made for, but doing it slowly might help considerably. The suspension setup goes a long way in controlling the overall demeanor of the ride.

The ride quality of the 2021 Toyota Tundra is on the rougher side

You get a leaf spring suspension system at the back and the standard double wishbone in the front both of which are slightly on the stiffer side. Most of the road bumps and imperfections are smoothed out and the interior stays calm and serene overall, but every now and then you might feel some vibrations or jitters seeping through. Overall, the ride and handling are nowhere near the refinement that is expected from modern pickup trucks as its adversaries offer. Hopefully, the 2022 remodel of the Toyota Tundra will help the case for the drive experience as well. 

What MPG figures does the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax offer?

The 5.7L V8 packed under the hood of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax is not exactly made to be fuel-efficient. The 2021 Tundra Crewmax offers 13 MPG in the city, 18 MPG on the highway, and 15 MPG combined which is clearly mediocre in today's day and age.

The 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax offers two different fuel tank capacities.

The 2021 Toyota Tundra SR5 comes with a 26.4-gallon fuel tank that gets you an overall combined range of 396 miles after a full refuel. To make up for the low MPG figures, the brand offers a bigger 38-gallon fuel tank from all the trims from Limited to the 1794 Edition. With this fuel tank, you can get a combined overall range of 570 miles in a full tank.

Models 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 2021 Ford F-150 Supercrew 2021 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

MPG (City)

13

20

20

16

MPG (Highway)

18

24

25

21 

MPG (Combined)

15

21

22

17

Fuel Capacity

26.4 gallons

26.0 gallons

23.0 gallons

24.0 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

343 / 475 / 396 miles

520 / 624 / 526 miles

460 / 575 / 506 miles

384 / 504 / 384 miles

The RAM 1500 Crew Cab offers the best MPG figures in this lineup while the Toyota Tundra Crewmax offers the worst MPG figures. The Ford F-150 Supercrew is behind the RAM with only marginally lower highway and combined MPG figures and hence is in second place. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab is more fuel-efficient than the Tundra Crewmax, but still has a lot of room for improvement.

2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Performance Verdict

The 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax has its own positive and negative outlines. Even though the Tundra is a gas guzzler with its mammoth V8, it offers decent performance and towing capabilities for a bargain price considering its age. So, If you’re looking for a full-sized truck you might want to look elsewhere unless you are frequent to rocky and extremely bad patches of road, which is what the 2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax is made for.

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2021 Toyota Tundra Crewmax Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will there be a hybrid Toyota Tundra?

Toyota has already announced that its lineup of vehicles will be electrified by 2025. So, there are high chances that the next generation of the Toyota Tundra will also have a hybrid model.

What is the towing capacity of the 2021 Toyota Tundra?

The 2021 Toyota Tundra offers a short bed of 5.5-feet and has a maximum towing capacity of 10,100 lbs and a payload capacity of 1,660 lbs.

Does the 2021 Toyota Tundra have a remote start?

The 2020 and 2021 models of Toyota Tundra that have the push to start functionality, also have a remote start function that can be accessed through the My Toyota app, and by pressing the lock button on the key fob thrice.

Will Toyota release a diesel Tundra?

Toyota has not announced any plans for a diesel Tundra, so the chances of a Toyota Tundra diesel are slim.

 

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Limited 4dr CrewMax 5.6 ft. SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 5, 2021

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Pros - Good towing capacity, better design, brake indicators

Cons - Carpet floor mats, Poor outward visibility

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1794 Edition 4dr CrewMax 5.6 ft. SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

8

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Cons - No V6, infotainment could be better engaging, storage compartments are small

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Richard H. McCoy

2021 Toyota Tundra

Limited 4dr CrewMax 5.6 ft. SB (5.7L 8cyl 6A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 23, 2021

My new Toyota Tundra

Pros - Powerful V8, rugged looks, cabin space

Cons - Transmission can be better

Tundra in 2021 Toyota Tundra really has been a mixed bag for me, I’m happy with the pickup or acceleration but the engine noises are annoying. The power delivery is linear but the transmission is trash. Especially when you downshift the transmission makes a CLUNK noise which is not pleasant or very confidence-inspiring. I took it to the dealership, they fixed it but after some time it started again. Except for transmission, I’m very happy with the way it has performed so far. Got the car we wanted but the price was a little higher than what we were expected to pay.

8/10
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Design
10/10
Safety
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