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Toyota has a reputation for holding its value in the pre-owned market, and the full-size Tundra pickup truck is no exception. Since full-size pickup trucks tend to hold greater value longer than other used cars, which are the best used Toyota Tundra model years to consider? And where do those used Tundras rank compared to other used full-size truck models?

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The three best used Toyota Tundra model years under $25,000

U.S. News recently combed through its massive database to sort out 70 of the best used full-size trucks under $25,000. While the Toyota Tundra didn’t take the top spot, it did take seven total spots.

The top three models were the 2009 Tundra in a six-way tie for fourth, 2013 in a six-way tie for 21st, and 2011 in a three-way tie for 42nd place. Other Tundra model years on the list include 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015.

2009 Toyota Tundra

U.S. News put the 2009 Toyota Tundra on top of its 2009 full-size pickup trucks list. A used 2009 Tundra’s average price is between $12,000 and $23,000, depending on the model and included options.

While the 2009 Tundras came with three engine options, including a V6 and two different V8s, the V6-equipped two-wheel drive optioned models get the best gas mileage, and the 5.7-liter V8 offers the most towing capacity.

Like all Tundras, the 2009 model offers seating for three in the regular cab model, and the double cab and crew cab versions seat up to six. It isn’t as plush as its rivals, but it does include standard features like “dual-zone manual climate control and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack.”

Other available features included on some trims and optional on others include:

  • Power windows, locks, and external mirrors
  • Upgraded stereo systems
  • Bluetooth
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front bucket seats
  • Backup camera
  • Navigation
  • Four-wheel drive (4WD)


2013 Toyota Tundra

The 2013 Toyota Tundra finished second on U.S. News’ list of “2013 Full-Size Pickup Trucks.” The average price for a used 2013 Tundra today is between $15,700 and $32,000, depending on options and vehicle condition.

Like the 2009 model, the 2013 Tundra offers three available engines; a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, a 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8, and a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. The V6 powertrain includes a five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, whereas the V8 powertrains come with a six-speed automatic and include the option for 4WD.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra is a large truck that feels even larger in parking lots and crowded city streets thanks to its slow steering. In addition, its stiff suspension delivers a rough ride, especially over rough roads.

The crew cab model features “limo-like accommodations” for backseat passengers with ample legroom and reclining rear seats. However, that’s the highlight of the Tundra’s interior compared to the dashboard design that’s stayed the same since 2007 and the plethora of hard, cheap-looking plastic pieces.

2011 Toyota Tundra

The 2011 model is the third Tundra on the list, tied with the 2010 Tundra for 42nd place overall. In addition, both Tundras finished sixth out of nine in their respective model year’s U.S. News rankings. Used prices for 2011 Tundras average between $14,000 and $24,000, with the 2010s averaging about $3,000 less.

The 2011 Tundra is similar to the 2009 and 2013 model years, with identical cab configurations, engine lineups, and drivetrain options. However, it is noteworthy that the Tundra offers good safety ratings with an NHTSA four-star overall rating and “Good” scores in the applied IIHS crash tests. Still, its rivals offer more upscale interiors and cushier rides.

Is a used Toyota Tundra a good truck?

Toyotas generally feature outstanding resale value, so buying a well-maintained used Tundra comes with little risk. If you find the Tundra’s ride, handling, and interior accommodations satisfactory in your price range, it’s a worthwhile investment. However, there are better options if you’re looking for a more refined pickup truck with more towing and payload capacity.

Leaked patent images of the next-generation Toyota Tacoma pick-up in the US have provided an insight into what the 2025 Toyota HiLux could look like.

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The next-generation Toyota Tacoma pick-up is slightly larger than a Toyota HiLux, but is expected to share its DNA and core ingredients.

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Toyota calls the new heavy-duty frame (or chassis) TNGA-F, short for 'Toyota New Global Architecture – Frame'.

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In the meantime, Toyota has invested heavily in major upgrades to the HiLux to keep it fresh amid newer competition.

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Despite its age, the Toyota HiLux continues to dominate the ute segment locally – and has been Australia's top-selling vehicle outright for the past seven years in a row.

It is the first time in Australian automotive history a ute has topped the sales charts – and for so long.

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