If an upcoming family trip is on the radar, can your Toyota Tundra handle everyone and all their belongings? We wonder if the Tundra is as helpful as the Sequoia when it comes to kids, pets, luggage and comfort. So, we went to the 2023 Toyota Tundra for research.
Is the 2023 Toyota Tundra good for family travel?
On paper, yes, the 2023 Toyota Tundra is great for families with plenty of space and fuel economy from the hybrid powertrain. But we took a family adventure for Thanksgiving in the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, which presented challenges.
For example, a tall ride height affects access and the suspension may provide a stiffer ride. But it had a lot in common with other trims we’ve driven, like the Capstone and 1794 Edition.
Does the 2023 Tundra have enough cargo space?
The 2023 Toyota Tundra could benefit from more cargo space. There is no under-seat storage for bags or items. As a result, we had to carry casseroles and things on our laps or put them at our feet.
While the center console and glove box are generous, there isn’t a compartment above the glove box like other trucks. Also, the back is limited with small rear seat pockets, and the cup holders behind the center console can be hard to reach.
The bed sits quite high without corner steps or built-in steps, making it difficult to store items. You need a tall person to help you, or you can flip your bags. However, a power deploying step is available on other trims.
Is the Toyota Tundra comfortable?
The 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a bit mind-blowing because it’s more comfortable on pavement than off-roading trails. It rattles and jerks on dirt trails and gravel but feels smooth on asphalt.
The front seats are huge and supportive. They’re great for long drives, and the back seat sits at a nice backrest angle. There is plenty of room for two adults. However, we put the youngest child in the middle seat, and she kept complaining.
There is a bump in the floor in front of the middle seat, limiting legroom. Also, he was bored because he had no place to lean. Sequoia will provide its own queue.
While wind and road noise are kept at bay, people in front can’t hear you from behind. You need to raise your voice to be included in the conversation. The TRD Pro has constant engine noise, which adds a bit of difficulty.
Climate control can be hard to get behind. Also, the body has some curves that can upset sensitive stomachs.
Does the 2023 Tundra i-FORCE MAX Hybrid have better fuel economy?
The 2023 Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX hybrid can do a little better on fuel. It’s rated at an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 24 mpg on the highway.
On winding mountain roads, country roads, highways, interstates and downtown, we found it difficult to break 15 mpg. But you can stretch that to 20 mpg in Eco mode, which has slower acceleration and response times.
Is the 2023 Tundra fun to drive?
Yes, drivers will have the best time during family outings with the 2023 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. The i-FORCE Max hybrid powertrain puts out 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.6 seconds.
The steering is responsive, and the brakes are confident. Also, you feel in control to overcome obstacles with plenty of off-roading chops
But the Tundra has a 24.3- to 26-foot turning radius, so slow down in tight spots. You may have to modify your parking, and getting off the road in crowded areas is a constant obstacle. At least the available 360-degree camera and parking sensors help.
Although the Burley Tundra is sleek and spacious, it could improve passenger comfort, its hybrid fuel economy and cargo storage. We recommend driving or sitting in the passenger seat while traveling.