Both combustion-only and hybrid-assisted Tundras are recalled, namely pickups manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas in San Antonio between February 24 and July 7. The company told the federal watchdog that system errors are to blame for the incorrect weight information on the subject labels.
Loading a vehicle beyond its maximum capacity increases the risk of a crash, whereas the values mentioned on said labels have to be accurate within one percent of the added weight. Toyota became aware of this blunder during a training exercise. Dealers have already been instructed to replace the labels with updated ones at no cost whatsoever to the owners. Known owners will be informed via first-class mail between October 29 and November 12.
In production since December 2021 for the 2022 model year, the XK70 is the first-ever Tundra to forego V8 power. The XK50 came with either a naturally-aspirated V8 or V6, and the same applies to the first generation. Part of the reason for adopting a twin-turbocharged V6 and hybrid assistance is the constant pursuit to improve fleet-average fuel economy, which needs to be improved dramatically through model year 2026 under CAFE regulations.
49 miles per gallon (4.8 liters per 100 kilometers) is the Corporate Average Fuel Economy's average target for MY26, which is reportedly achievable if automakers increase flee-wide fuel economy by 8 percent for model years 2024 and 2025, then 10 percent for model year 2026. It will be tough, but then again, those who cannot reach said targets will offset them by spending top dollar on compliance credits.
While on the subject of gas mileage, there's no denying the 2022-and-newer Tundra has the edge on its V8-powered forerunner. The least efficient XK70 in production today averages 19 miles per gallon (12.4 liters per 100 kilometers) combined, whereas the most efficient nets 22 mpg (10.7 l/100 km). By comparison, the 2021 model year Tundra with its thumpin' great 5.7-liter V8 is rated at 15 to 14 miles per gallon (15.7 to 14.7 liters per 100 kilometers).
Now available to configure for the 2024 model year, the Tacoma's full-size brother kicks off at $39,965 for the SR 2WD Double Cab with the 6.5-foot bed. Excluding the destination freight charge, the hybrid-only TRD Pro and Capstone are listed with base prices of $72,130 and $78,845, respectively.