The XK70, representing the most troublesome iteration among the Tundra’s three generations, finds itself entangled in yet another recall. However, this recall, numbered 23V-633, differs from its predecessors. Rather than addressing significant issues, this recall revolves around a minor noncompliance with Section 10.2 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 110.
Indeed, the issue at hand pertains to incorrect load-carrying capacity modification labels. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this recall specifically targets trucks produced for the 2023 model year with spray-on bed liners, totaling 21,781 vehicles.
The recall encompasses both combustion-only and hybrid-assisted Tundras, all of which were manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas in San Antonio between February 24 and July 7. Toyota has attributed this error to system glitches, resulting in inaccurate weight information on the labels in question.
It’s imperative to underscore the gravity of this matter since overloading a vehicle beyond its maximum capacity significantly heightens the risk of accidents. The values specified on these labels must be accurate within one percent of the added weight. Toyota’s awareness of this oversight came to light during a routine training exercise. To address this issue, dealers have been instructed to replace the labels with updated ones, a service that will incur no cost for the vehicle owners. Those affected will receive notification via first-class mail between October 29 and November 12.
The XK70, in production since December 2021 for the 2022 model year, marks a departure from traditional V8 power, making it the first Tundra generation to do so. Its predecessors, the XK50 and the first-generation Tundra offered either naturally aspirated V8 or V6 engines. This strategic shift to a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with hybrid assistance aligns with Toyota’s commitment to enhancing fleet-average fuel economy, an imperative given the stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations set for the model year 2026.
CAFE regulations aim for an average target of 49 miles per gallon (4.8 liters per 100 kilometers) by MY26. Achieving this goal necessitates an 8 percent increase in fleet-wide fuel economy for model years 2024 and 2025, followed by a 10 percent boost for model year 2026. While this presents a formidable challenge, automakers not meeting these targets will need to compensate through substantial investments in compliance credits.
Speaking of fuel efficiency, the 2022-and-newer Tundra outpaces its V8-powered predecessor. The least efficient XK70 currently in production achieves an average of 19 miles per gallon (12.4 liters per 100 kilometers) combined, while the most efficient variant achieves 22 mpg (10.7 l/100 km). In contrast, the 2021 model year Tundra, equipped with a hefty 5.7-liter V8 engine, garnered ratings ranging from 15 to 14 miles per gallon (15.7 to 14.7 liters per 100 kilometers).
As for pricing, the 2024 model year Tundra is now available for configuration, with the base price for the SR 2WD Double Cab featuring a 6.5-foot bed starting at $39,965, excluding the destination freight charge. The hybrid-exclusive TRD Pro and Capstone variants carry base prices of $72,130 and $78,845, respectively, before factoring in destination charges.
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