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The 2021 Toyota Tundra

2021 Toyota Tundra Limited Nightshade Edition
Beautiful 2021 Toyota Tundra Limited in Nightshade Edition

The 2021 Toyota Tundra is a large pickup truck equipped with a potent V-8 engine, offering various bed sizes and body styles. New for 2021, it introduces two additional trims – Nightshade and Trail Special Editions. Customers can select between an extended cab or crew cab and choose from three bed lengths. Notably, all Tundras come standard with automatic emergency braking, a feature that is not common in many other trucks.

The Tundra is powered by a 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine that delivers robust performance, producing a satisfying roar when accelerating. Despite the engine’s size, the acceleration is surprisingly smooth. Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the combination allows the Tundra to tow up to 10,200 pounds or carry 1,730 pounds in its bed.

The author test drove the Limited Crewmax in the Nightshade Special Edition.

Driving Experience

Driving the Toyota Tundra is described as enjoyable and versatile, capable of handling various terrains with ease. Though the gas mileage may not be exceptional, the truck offers excellent handling and responsive steering despite its size. When accelerating, the engine produces a satisfying sound, highlighting the Tundra’s capability to tackle tasks efficiently.


The truck’s interior provides ample space for passengers, featuring ten cup holders among its notable attributes. While additional storage space would be appreciated, the existing arrangement is deemed sufficient for most drivers. The JBL Premium sound system with 12 speakers offers a quality audio experience, complemented by good acoustics within the cab.

The interior design exudes a classic truck aesthetic with its expansive dashboard and minimal curved surfaces. The gauge cluster and center console follow a straightforward layout, emphasizing functionality over aesthetics, particularly in the Tundra TRD model.


The Nightshade Special Edition boasts distinctive features such as black 20-inch wheels, a darkened chrome grille, and black accents throughout the exterior. Available in Midnight Black Metallic or Magnetic Gray Metallic, with optional colors like Windchill Pearl and Super White, the Tundra’s imposing presence is accentuated by its large grille, elevated ride height, and bold lighting elements.

Engine / Powertrain

The Tundra is equipped with a robust 5.7-liter V8 engine featuring variable valve timing, delivering 381 HP and up to 401 lb/ft of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and mechanical locking differential, the Tundra excels in towing, able to haul heavy loads effortlessly, making it a reliable choice for work-related tasks.


The Toyota Tundra comes equipped with Toyota’s suite of safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights, ensuring a safe driving experience.


The Toyota Tundra is a dependable truck that exudes confidence on and off the road. Its rugged yet versatile nature paired with its driving pleasure makes it a compelling choice for individuals seeking a reliable and capable vehicle. With its strong value proposition relative to its MSRP, the Toyota Tundra stands out as a solid option for those in search of a durable truck.

For more information on the Toyota Tundra, visit the official website:

Starting at an MSRP of $34,025 and tested at $53,354.

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