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Six Types of Toyota Tundra Owners

If you think you have things that are common with other fellow Toyota Tundra owners, see if you can find yourself in one of these six types.


It appears that Toyota Tundra owners have many things in common, just like Jeep owners or Corvette owners. Few days ago I asked in All Out Tundra Group on Facebook about things that Tundra truck owners have in common. One of the group members, named Jeovanni, summarized everything into six groups. In which group do you see yourself if you are a Toyota Tundra owner?

"I think tundra owners are broken into a few groups," writes Jeovanni and lists these 6 groups.

1. The first group of Toyota Tundra owners are those who have only owned Toyota cars. They have never owned anything (in terms of cars), but Toyota vehicles only.

2. The second group of Tundra owners are those, who have for some reason let down by American trucks. This is Jeovanni's opinion. I personally think that the American car manufacturers have come a long way in the past 20 years in terms of quality and appeal.

3. There are Tundra owners who have bought their Tundra trucks because they wanted something little different. Tundra trucks stand out and this review of the 2016 Toyota Tundra Limited shows why. These are the 3rd type.

4. The fourth are the modded truck guys. Tundra owners are very creative when it comes to modding their trucks. Here see this story discussing if a Tundra bed cover really increases its MPG.

5. The fifth type is the small business owner. I remember years ago when with a group of automotive journalists I was touring the Toyota SE in Jacksonville, FL, Toyota officials were specifically stressing the benefits of having a Tundra if you are a small business owner working in certain industries.

6. And the last, but not the least are those people who have outgrown their Toyota Tacomas or 4Runers and now need to tow more. I guess this group members could also fall under the number one group also.

Here are top 5 reasons Toyota Tundra pickup trucks are a good investment.

If you are a Tundra owner let us know in the comments section if you see yourself in one of these groups. Or you may have other types. Let's discuss them in the comments section please.


Joe (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 8:30PM

Type 7. Need a full size truck to tow and didnt want all the electronic doodads that Ford loads their trucks with. What sold me was the lower price and made in Texas.

Ron Baran (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 9:01PM

Bought my 2008 TRD SR5 because I owned 3 Tacomas and it was time to upgrade. I mean C'mon Man when the 2007 2nd Gen came out it was King. Love my Tundra

Joe (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 9:38PM

Or type 8. Grew up with Americna cars and thought pre 100k breakdowns was normal. Until adulthood and got my first Toyota and learned that cars can last much longer.

Jeremiah (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 9:40PM

Potentially group 2. Been let down by American vehicles in general. When looking for a used truck, the tundras with 2-3x as many miles as comparable American trucks drove nice and tight, felt solid still, not even close. The American trucks felt worn out by 100k miles.

Gabriel (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 10:42PM

My Dad bought it 4 years before he was killed in a logging accident and intended for it to be the last vehicle he ever bought. I'm planning to honor his legacy by making it the last thing I ever own.

It's got 167k on it now (2005 crew cab) I figure I got another 20 years in me at about 20k a year. Half a million miles doesn't seem too unreasonable.

RJ Giese (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 10:44PM

Toyotas are the most dependable vehicle. Still have my 1995 Tacoma, has a 1997 Camry, have a 2016 Sienna and of course y 2014 Tundra

C Nelson (not verified)    November 15, 2017 - 10:59PM

None of the above. Owned a 2008 tundra put 160k miles on it and it was tighter with less noise than my father in-laws new silverado. So I bought a 2016 tundra without thinking twice

Mark Collins (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 6:13AM

Not sure on the category maybe #2. Always been a truck guy. When i spotted the limited addition Darrell Waltrip signature series truck I had to have. That was 2006, we have lived together for 164,000 miles and it will be until death I depart.

Randy Spane (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 6:48AM

I'm in group 2 & 6. Became a Toyota fan after driving a Prius for 7 years. I up graded to a V8 Tundra after purchasing a 4800 lbs. camper. The '07 Nissan Frontier which was a great truck but didn't the power for this camper when pulling it in the hills.

H2O MAN (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 7:32AM

After owning a few more than 50 different cars, I found myself needing a pick up truck for the very first time late in '99. My first was a V6 T100, then a V8 1st Generation Tundra. Now I have the 1st generation Tundra, plus a 2007 2nd generation Tundra with the 5.7L. Excellent reliability, ride, and performance... 99.8% of my driving is on-road.

BILL Lanning (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 9:35AM

My previous truck an 09 F150 crew started ticking in the valvetrain after checking forums this was a common problem leading to cam phaser failures leading to expensive repairs. Ford washed their hands of the problem knowing failure would most likely occur after warranty was up.
Purchased a Tundra and truck is by far the best I've owned.Have had 2 F150s,1 F250,Dodge,GMC.

Kris Thomassian (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 10:58AM

I am represent #2 type of owner. Twice I bought a Chevy/ GMC Duramax..2005 and 2012.. worst trucks ever purchased. The American trucks are truly disappointing given the amount I paid. Never, ever again will I buy a Chevy or GMC Duramax diesel.
I am so happy with my 2017 Tundra. I know this truck is going to last a long time.
Good for you Toyota for making a very dependable truck

Edward Ciesielczyk (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 11:22AM

Type 2 Tundra quality. Every time I saw a Tundra owner filling up at the gas station I would ask them two questions. How do you like your Tundra? Would you by another Tundra? I always got a reply of "I love it! and " I definitely would buy another one!"
A year later I bought one and I love it and would by another one!

Brad (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 12:28PM

I don’t own a Tundra, so I’m not in any group. I can’t afford $40,000+ on a truck. That’s damn near half the value of my house

Mike (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 2:54PM

Planned on buying a Tundra, but they think too much of them. Wouldn't come off MSRP and no incentives or rebates of any kind. They forget they aren't the only car company to offer trucks. So I purchased a Dodge Ram with a 5.7 Hemi more horsepower and torque than Tundra. Get better mpg also. Even though that's not a determining factor when you buy a truck.They don't hold their value like they want you to think either. Looked up blue book value on my camry I traded in. Not what they try to get you to believe. It was a 2016 model!

Charlie (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 5:26PM

I do most of my home improvement and was looking to replace my 1990 Chevy. When I shopped in 2007, I couldn't resist the price on a 2007 with more than I was looking for when compared to a Chevy with a lot less. I had a Ford prior to my Chevy and it had a lot of rust problems. Sorry to say I'm concerned with my Tundra having a potential rust frame problem now. I do enjoy my Tundra

Bill Cullen (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 6:40PM

#6. Since 1989 I have owned only 2 Toyota Trucks. '89 - '06 I had a true Hilux. Lifted, went anywhere.

'06- current I drive an '06 tundra double cab v8 4wd. 3" front, 1.5" rear lift. 32 x11.50 BFG ATs.

129k and the truck I use for my pool business.

Mr. D (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 7:41PM

#1 and 6 it will always be the only truck for me. My daughter out grew the extra cab taco and moma complained that babi gurl is not comfortable anymore so i sold the 98 extra cab got a 03 double which we still have and of course the big boy next Land cruiser love that whip its so sweeeet

Tony Connors (not verified)    November 16, 2017 - 11:52PM

Number 2. 07 XSP Crewmax. Bought brand new. Best truck for performance, luxury and pulling tons of weight. Especially towing a F700 FORD out of a ditch with the rear wheels free spinning. The driver couldn't believe it. Said that he was going to a Toyota dealership that weekend. LOL Nothing like a Tundra.

Jerry G (not verified)    November 17, 2017 - 12:25AM

Groups 2 and 3 for me, but I fit group 3 the most. There must be a million American Ford, Dodge/Ram, and GMC/Chevy trucks around, so I wanted something different. My old '97 F-150 with 110k miles, never left me stranded, but I was constantly working on it and replacing parts. I still was able to get a good trade on it in January 2015 on my 2014 1794.

Kim Maio (not verified)    November 17, 2017 - 3:10PM

I loved my 3 Tacoma all up and beefy but I needed to up grade and saw the Rock Warrior and had to have it.Trying to get it beefy but not going up want to go wide. And different then anyother.

Eric (not verified)    November 20, 2017 - 6:09AM

I love my Tundra!! There were many reasons: I grew tired of the domestic unreliability, but also I needed 6 seats and I wanted them all to have 3 point seat belts and head rests. I also like having a truck that is different and unique from all the F150s on the road. The investment was an important factor too as the Tundra depreciates far less than the competition. I went with the 2017 because I believe in driving my own vehicle and not having a computer and tech take control for me. I hate all the new "safety" garbage on the vehicles that is just trying to get us gradually used to the idea of self-driving machines. Toyota was also the last manufacturer that I could find that didn't have cylinder deactivation. This was an important factor in my mind for reliability. I don't trust the longevity of the cylinder deactivation for maybe a couple sips of fuel being saved.

Rob (not verified)    November 28, 2017 - 12:52PM

Had a 2000 Limited Tundra, bought for new house projects and such. Now a 2015 Limited Crewmax. After having a 2002 Pathfinder LE for 13 years I went through two more vehicles before buying the 2015. I wanted a flatter, not so stiffly bolstered seat and head restraints that didn't tilt so forward. I drove about 40 different vehicles trying to find room/comfort in the drivers seat. The Tundra is the only vehicle I could find with such a long and wide flat seat. You also got an extra rear head restraint to use for the drivers seats, fits and look perfectly.

YAS (not verified)    April 30, 2022 - 9:47AM

I do not see myself in any of the groups. I have owned Hondas and Toyotas in the past as well as Fords/Lincolns, Chevys, and a Mercedes. I have never been disappointed from any of the vehicles I have owned, except for my very first car, which was a 10 year old Ford Taurus that I bought when I came to the U.S.

I like the 2nd gen Tundra because to me it is the most classic pickup truck. I love it for its simplicity, reliability, spaciousness, and the ride comfort is not bad either. It has few quirks that are easily addressable and other than that it is an awesome truck.