2023 Toyota Tundra Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine and powertrain are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones | Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Brian Jones Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

The 2023 Toyota Tundra is a full-size truck built by a Japanese manufacturer. The Tundra has been driving on America’s roads since 1999. Just a year after its introduction, it was awarded the North American Truck of the Year award by Motor Trend. It won the same award again in 2008. Today, it’s the only full-size pickup still manufactured in Texas.

The best sales years of the Toyota Tundra were 2005 and 2006. However, the 2022 Tundra isn’t much lower than these years, proving it’s still a leader. The 2023 Tundra could show even better sales numbers when the year is over.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2023 Toyota Tundra

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Power Train
Fuel/propulsion System
Back Over Prevention: Rearview System Braking
Electrical System
Service Brakes
Unknown Or Other
Back Over Prevention: Warnings
Forward Collision Avoidance: Adaptive Cruise Control

Most Common Problems with the 2023 Toyota Tundra

Many drivers look forward to hauling, towing and going off-road with the 2023 Toyota Tundra. It’s packaged as a capable truck meant for any adventure. Yet owners have been left dealing with a great number of mechanical malfunctions. Whether it’s the engine issues or the powertrain failures, most drivers are caught off-guard. There have also been reports of electrical system issues and trouble with the tires.

Problems with the Engine

  • Throttle lag: When pulling out from a stopped position, acceleration seems to lag. It can take a few seconds before the truck kicks in and starts moving. This also occurs when attempting to make a left turn while moving.
  • Premature engine failure: Some drivers with the hybrid engine have been dealing with complete failure, often occurring while driving. Even when Toyota can’t figure out what’s causing the problem, dealerships are refusing to buy back the trucks. One owner, in particular, reported engine failure occurring at 35 miles.

Powertrain Problems

  • Loud, clunking noises: Owners have heard loud noises coming from the rear of the vehicle. These noises often get worse when driving slowly. One dealership told a customer that the problem was bad rotors after 1,100 miles, but it turned out to be a bad driveshaft and damaged rear differential.
  • Disappointing 4wd system: Drivers are leaving complaints about the four-wheel drive system. Many people find it works just like 2wd, not providing any extra traction, especially in the snow. It can also take time for the truck to shift in and out of 4wd.
  • Transmission failure: Some owners have experienced complete transmission failure within 5,000 miles. In some cases, the truck wouldn’t move at all.

Electrical System Issues

  • Faulty speedometer display: The speedometer has been known to turn off and stop displaying. Not only do drivers lose the speedometer when this happens, but all temperature information and driver-assist displays also disappear.
  • Warning lights: At random times, warning lights can appear on the dashboard, with or without other failures. For example, one owner had the Power Lost, Hybrid System Failure and Park Failure messages when the truck stopped accelerating above 50 mph. This problem occurred while merging in heavy traffic.
  • Crashing Apple CarPlay: Every few minutes, the CarPlay system in some trucks can crash. Additionally, there have been reports of other malfunctions, such as the sound going back and forth between the sound system and the phone or losing map functionality.
  • Defective wireless chargers: When owners plan on charging their devices on the way to work, they sometimes find out it’s not possible. Even when trying multiple devices, there have been several occasions where the wireless chargers fail to do their job.

Tire Problems

  • Unstable tires: The Bridgestone Dueler H/T 265/60/20 tires seem to be unstable for users. The truck often sways with these tires installed and defects have been noticed in the tread pattern. If left unchecked, the defects could even lead to the problems outlined in the next bullet point.
  • Blowouts: Other drivers have experienced blowouts, even with less than 5,000 miles on the tire. One owner says the rear tire blew out while going 55 mph. There was a vertical split in the sidewall, proving a defect occurred.


What To Do If Your 2023 Tundra is a Lemon?

If you suspect your 2023 Toyota Tundra is a lemon, you’re not alone. We’re here to provide a thorough evaluation of your concerns, and the best part is, there’s no charge. Thanks to the law, Toyota is responsible for covering the legal fees associated with lemon law cases.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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