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The 2013 Toyota Tundra is the best truck for you if your big-pickup principals allow you to stray from domestic-brand territory.

The 2013 Toyota Tundra should be a near-rerun of the 2012 Tundra as Toyota readies an all-new replacement for model-year 2014. Slow-selling configurations might be pruned for this second-generation Tundra’s model-year 2013 swan song, which could mean a narrower selection of cab/bed/engine combinations. But a core lineup of extended- and crew-cab models with roomy interiors and a stout V-8 will remain. So should high marks for dependability as the 2013 Tundra continues to find its role as an alternative to the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s, and the Ram 1500.

Should you wait for the 2013 Toyota Tundra or buy a 2012 Toyota Tundra? Buy a 2012 Tundra if you need a big pickup now and have little allegiance to one of the domestic brands. The 2013 Tundra is unlikely to change in any way worth waiting for, and if Toyota condenses the model range in preparation for the 2014 redesign, the particular Tundra you want might not survive into model-year 2013. If you do wait until the 2014s are ready to drop you’ll almost certainly benefit from deep discounts as Toyota sheds inventory of the outgoing design.

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