Tundra double cab vs. crew max?
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McCree 11-Oct-18
GBTG 11-Oct-18
smarba 11-Oct-18
Ucsdryder 11-Oct-18
Trial153 11-Oct-18
huntabsarokee 11-Oct-18
woodguy65 11-Oct-18
hardcore247 11-Oct-18
Ziek 11-Oct-18
ground hunter 11-Oct-18
StickFlicker 11-Oct-18
Urbncwby 11-Oct-18
Urbncwby 11-Oct-18
Glunt@work 11-Oct-18
Bou'bound 11-Oct-18
jcneng 11-Oct-18
Surfbow 11-Oct-18
JTV 11-Oct-18
Rockymtnshooter 11-Oct-18
JL 11-Oct-18
HUNT MAN 11-Oct-18
Jims 11-Oct-18
ground hunter 11-Oct-18
White Falcon 12-Oct-18
Treeline 13-Oct-18
marktm250 14-Oct-18
Caddisflinger 15-Oct-18
Beendare 15-Oct-18
JL 15-Oct-18
Urbncwby 15-Oct-18
Caddisflinger 16-Oct-18
marktm250 16-Oct-18
Shaft2Long 16-Oct-18
petedrummond 16-Oct-18
HoytsDad 16-Oct-18
Proline 17-Oct-18
From: McCree
11-Oct-18
So you guys talked me out of buying a new Tundra in a previous thread. Now I'm going to study and shop for another year or so. That said I want to know opinions on a double cab Tundra vs. the crew max. Which is more important and why... bed space vs. people space? And go...

From: GBTG
11-Oct-18
I went for bed space. Nobody that rides in the back complains about comfort.......

From: smarba
11-Oct-18
Edit: I originally stated this opposite, but revised. The double cab still has PLENTY of room in back seat for adults. But the bed is long enough to sleep in (or more gear). No question; get the double cab if you want to sleep in the bed. A friend bought the Crewmax, had it for a month and promptly traded it back in for that exact reason - he needed to sleep in the bed (with a topper) and the Crewmax bed was too short.

From: Ucsdryder
11-Oct-18
If you’re not going to get a topper that locks then the crew max fits a lot more gear in the truck which can be locked. That being said, if you’re hauling a quad or mini camper or something else, maybe you need the longer bed? Nobody can answer this question for you. It depends on your situation.

From: Trial153
11-Oct-18
The crew max is the larger cab of the two. Get it.

11-Oct-18
I have had 2 DCs and am on the fence of trading my 2016 in for a crew max. To be honest I wish Toyota would add 6" to the rear of the DC and take 6" away from the bed and it would be perfect...for me. The DC is big enough for 2 adults but just barely on really long rides. We drive from PA to CO and a little extra room in the back would be nice since you usually have a pillow and a small personal bag along. I have 3 kids and they are fine back there although a car seat really cuts the legroom for my wife that sits in front of the car seat. I went with the DC the 2nd time around because we used it to haul our camper so had bikes and firewood in the back but we sold the camper. So I could get by with a 5.5' bed to get a bigger back seat. Comes down to how often you use the back seat vs the bed. Oh and something to think about. My first DC had a bench seat and the new 1 has buckets. When you get bucket seats the center console extends a few inches into the back seat area for the middle person. If you have a bench in the front the center console is a little smaller. One dislike of the crew max is there are no damn cup holders in the back of the center console for the rear passengers. They are in the middle of the back seat but that is useless if you have 3 kids.

From: woodguy65
11-Oct-18
The crew max is superior for cross country trips if you are taking a family on vacation or buddies on a hunting trip. The rear seat area is absolutely massive and large adults can comfortably ride long distances, with all their gear.

There has to be a trade off with that massive rear seat, the bed is only 5.5 feet long vs 6.5 on Doublecab. The payload is reduced by several hundred pounds on CM as well.

From: hardcore247
11-Oct-18
Double cab here so I can sleep in the bed.

From: Ziek
11-Oct-18
Double cab here. If you want a pick-up truck, get the DC. If you want an SUV, well, go buy an SUV. ;-)

11-Oct-18
why would you not drive a Tundra?

From: StickFlicker
11-Oct-18
I almost never have extra passengers. The extra cab room could potentially provide more room inside to keep gear out of the weather, but the extra bed length is much more valuable to me, so Double Cab for me. I can sleep in the bed comfortably, and I can put my Polaris 500 in the back and actually close the tailgate (your experience may vary). I've bought the Double Cab over again with no regrets.

From: Urbncwby
11-Oct-18
I have a crew max. If it was only a hunting vehicle I would go with the double cab. As they said above you could haul more gear or sleep in the bed easier.

From: Urbncwby
11-Oct-18
I have a crew max. If it was only a hunting vehicle I would go with the double cab. As they said above you could haul more gear or sleep in the bed easier.

From: Glunt@work
11-Oct-18
Double. I have a 5.5 bed and wont do that again.

From: Bou'bound
11-Oct-18
tuff to beat toyota

From: jcneng
11-Oct-18
Depends on your needs/use as stated above. When I bought my 07 double cab I wanted the 6.5' bed for hauling dog crates. Now 11 years later, never more than one dog, I wish I had the crew max for passenger comfort. That being said I am hauling a twin mattress to elk camp so I guess I am glad I still have the double cab!

From: Surfbow
11-Oct-18
I have three kids, and three car seats fit great in the back of my Crewmax without them being able to kick the back of my seat (very important). I am also 6'1 and can sleep diagonally across the bed of the truck, comfortably. It would be nice to have an extra 6" of bed length but I really don't miss it all that much.

From: JTV
11-Oct-18
bed space, hell, you cant even put a one piece fishing rod in the bed of some these darn 4 dr short beds ... 5'-5" beds, give me a brake ... smh ..... give me an extended cab and a 6ft+ bed anyday ... I dont carry more than one extra person besides myself anyways ...

11-Oct-18
My son has a crew max and I have a double cab. We were just recently talking about this. His crew max allows us to put more soft, valuable, bow's, packs, clothes, etc. Inside the truck where some of this stuff had to go into the bigger bed of my truck. We kind of felt like it was a wash on the gear hauling ability.

I do like my double cab better though and it has plenty of room for passengers.

From: JL
11-Oct-18
I've been looking at new trucks. I like the Tundra's but can't dig the low gas mileage. The F150's with the 5.0 and much better mileage seems like a better option....at least to me. Also...In the F-150, I like that the tranny tunnel does not extend into the rear compt (on the supercrew) and the back seats folds all the way up. It looks like I could fit a small mattress in there and take a good snooze inside the truck on a flat floor.

From: HUNT MAN
11-Oct-18
Double cab long box here. Love it !!

From: Jims
11-Oct-18
I have a 2008 Tundra DC with topper. I have a padded bedliner in the back which is a dream for sleeping in. For my use I would much rather have a DC with larger bed. As mentioned many times above the smaller bed may not work very well if you plan on sleeping in the back and want to haul much gear. There is plenty of room behind the front seats to haul lots of stuff plus lots of leg room in the DC. The crew cab is pretty much overkill if you ask me! It's also nice having a large bed to haul lumber and large items that I use around the house on a fairly regular basis.

I have a 5.7 liter. I average around 17 to 20 mpg in the city and just over that on the highway. Not bad for a large truck! Toyotas are pretty renown for lasting 200,000+ miles and keep ticking!

11-Oct-18
my tundra 2007 has 234,000 and I easily expect 300,000 as for miles if you drive it at 63 get a steady 22, go over 70 and she starts to drop.... 5.7 with large box 18 inch tires, Toyo Open Country at 70lbs, runs good.........

I do not drive fast, I am the guy in the right lane, just getting by, but not in a hurry anyway.....

From: White Falcon
12-Oct-18

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Bed space.

From: Treeline
13-Oct-18
I have a 4-door Tacoma. The DC Tundra would be a better truck for most of what I do and need a truck for.

From: marktm250
14-Oct-18

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Here is my '09 CrewMax. Wish the mileage was much better and the bed could be longer, but it only has 80k on it now, so I will be hanging onto it for awhile. Since I don't put a lot of miles on it, going to a diesel of better MPG truck would take a long time to break even.

15-Oct-18
Lift kits and big tires kill your mileage...plus the big three lie like a rug when they post their expected mileage ratings.

I've put almost 100k on my 2011 tundra and only done maintenance and changed a battery. The reliability is worth way more than the 60 bucks I might save in fuel costs on an average month.

I tracked mileage for 30k miles and averaged 14.7 mpg overall. That is pulling trailers, city, highway, etc.

I really wish they made the cremax with the 6.5 foot bed, but until then I'm keeping my DC.

From: Beendare
15-Oct-18
My 2012 tundra is the DC...the crew max back seat is huge....I prefer the room in the bed.

How do you get a quad in the back of that Crewmax? Or anything else for that matter?

My tundra has been written off and paid for for awhile. My accountant asked about getting a new truck but that Tundra is rock solid- no way. Runs like a raped date on the freeway..or anywhere else. I put the Icons on it and it feels like a Raptor....and it can beat a Raptor if you turn all of the vehicle stability off. [my buddies Raptor get 13]

Toyota makes a great truck...but they get shitty mileage. I almost choked on my coffee when someone claimed 20 mpg....maybe with the old inline 6 and a stick downhill.

My 2012, 5.7L beast of a motor and 33" Toyo open country tires I'm getting 13.6 overall. I get about the same going 80 on the freeway loaded for a hunting trip.

But then its got 90k on it and its as tight as the day I got it 6 years ago with ZERO problems.

I would get run over going 63 around here......

From: JL
15-Oct-18

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FWIW.......

From: Urbncwby
15-Oct-18
I drove my crew max on a Route 66 road trip this summer. Left WV and drove to Chicago, took Route 66 to Santa Monica CA, back through Las Vegas, UT, and back across I-70. 5,986 miles. I reset the mileage when I left and it was on 17.6 when I pulled back into my driveway.

16-Oct-18

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Yup, very interesting. Real world is a lot different than the sticker.

From: marktm250
16-Oct-18
I bought it used with the lift and it had 35s but went down to 33s. Definitely my last truck with a lift and big tires. Have not slept in the cab yet but driving to Kansas in a few weeks and plan to catch some z's at a rest stop so will be trying it out.

From: Shaft2Long
16-Oct-18
Tundra's have 4.30 gears in the diffs, thats part of the gas mileage "problem". However, those gears are what bring the torque and are worth the gas mileage. Lots of people complain about the mileage but nobody ever mentions the gears.

From: petedrummond
16-Oct-18
My crewman gets 14.7 overall. Really shined pulling a boat. Not much lost on mileage. Super power. I can pass at 85 or more real fast towing boat or trailer. Super acceleration.

From: HoytsDad
16-Oct-18
I have a 2012 crewmax...mainly went with that due to having several car seats to deal with. I just rolled over 311k miles and plan to go to 400k, my brother in law works in the parts dept of the local dealer and he says he sees 300k mile trucks every week...I wanted to buy another Ford at some point but with the way this thing has lasted I can't not buy another next time I go for a new truck.

From: Proline
17-Oct-18
Exactly what Ziek said.

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