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Why buy a Tundra in 2017?
Since November 2009 when my 5.3L Chevy started giving trouble when pulling a horse trailer, I've made the switch to Tundra and have been happy with them. I bought a 2008 for me, then a couple of years later I liked it so much, I got a 2008 for my daughter as well. In 2013, I traded my 2008 in for a 2014 and have been completely happy with it aside from the gas mileage.
My daughter's truck is now getting up there in miles and I want to get her something that has a little more longevity in it, so I'm planning on giving her my 2014 Tundra and buying a new 2017 Tundra for myself. But as I google information on 2017 trucks, I'm finding that unlike in 2009 when I first started researching Tundras, that in 2017 the Tundra is considered at the bottom of the full size, half ton pickup class. It seems like most of the information I'm reading says that the current Chevy, Ford, GMC, Dodge and Nissan trucks are better in almost every category than the 2017 Tundra.
I have a GMC, Ford, Nissan and Dodge dealerships here in town. I have to drive 45 miles to get to a Toyota dealership to buy and service the truck. Historically, I haven't minded doing that since I felt it was a better, more reliable truck than my local offerings, but now I'm wondering if that is still true.
One of the big reasons I went with the Tundra is its power and towing capacity and also because of its reliability. It seems most if not all of these other models have surpassed the Tundra in power and towing capacity these days. Also in fuel economy. But what about reliability? My old Chevys broke down quite a bit. I thought that was just normal until I got a Tundra. Have the Ford/Chevy/Dodges of the world caught up to the Tundra in reliability at this point?
It all makes me wonder, does it make sense to keep buying Tundras if they are not the best truck on the road anymore? What are your thoughts on it at this point? Is the Tundra still a good buy or is it time to make a switch to another truck model?