Toyota Tundra 2008

Toyota Tundra 2008: When Toyota initially introduced it was coming out with a full-size pickup truck to go go to head with the huge boys from Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, the inquiry arose as to whether an import might really compete as a heavyweight. The answer is in: The new Toyota Tundra is now ready to handle any American-made pickup truck-- on all degrees.

Toyota Tundra 2008

Prevalence? Toyota is drawing no strikes by presenting among the greatest, toughest, and also the majority of qualified vehicles in the segment, along with spending billions in a brand-new modern manufacturing plant in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Importance? With Toyota planning to more than double its presence in the fiercely contested half-ton industry, the Tundra represents among the most highly prepared for new lorry launches in years-- vehicle or truck. Value? The brand-new Tundra uses three various powertrains (one V-6 and also two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a high-tech wonder as well as torque beast-- as well as is amongst one of the most powerful engines in any type of half-ton setup. Toyota's platform has the entire sector covered with 3 various bed sizes, three separate wheelbases covering 5 various taxi as well as bed setups, integrated with three various trim packages (Tundra Grade, SR5, and Limited) in 4 × 4 and also 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 different truck tastes to interested buyers, from work truck to deluxe touring.

Providing that type of variety right from the gate is impressive and ambitious; actually, some could state too ambitious. The current launch of the brand-new Tundra has actually not been without a few hiccups. Numerous months ago, a very early result of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were failing. Toyota informs us they traced down all the affected parts to a particular set and have since made the improvements to the style. No failures have emerged considering that. Much more recently, there have been some reports of transmission shudder under particular low-speed conditions, which dealerships have actually traced to a torque converter issue. Toyota states these incidents were isolated and have also been settled. As well as ultimately, there's been babble on the Internet concerning tailgate troubles, which Toyota remains in the process of locating. Our assumption is a lot of these stories spread like wildfire, provided the lightning-rod result this new truck is having with fanatics and the rate with which a Net thing could travel. With all that said, allow's take a much deeper check out what's unique regarding our 2008 victor.

As pointed out in the introduction to this special area, we ran our competitors via a collection of on- as well as off-road courses at a working Arizona proving-ground center, subjecting all our test devices to an extensive collection of standards. It remained in our work-duty testing that the Tundra initially started to capture our focus, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Restricted CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competitors, with and also without a loaded trailer in tow (note our performance evaluation in the tale as well as the Tundra's winning Efficiency Score). The Tundra confirmed itself a star gamer in ordinary dress (Dual Taxicab Tundra Grade, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), as well as in completely dressed up (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seating enables a column shifter as well as work-truck rush with a dual glovebox and concealed facility storage compartment under the center seat. Our totally filled model had supple leather captain's chairs and a huge center console storage space container, big sufficient to hold a couple of laptop computers and also function as a declaring cupboard. The CrewMax design, with its extended guest cabin, offers a gliding back seat with drop-forward and slide-forward capability.

One of the more crucial indoor comforts, cabin quiet (while driving on rough roads or at freeway speeds) is probably the Tundra's many remarkable top quality. If there's a quieter vehicle available, we have not driven it. Just two beefs with the interior: the facility stack's too much dimension as well as visual split (resembles it's cut in two) as well as the location of the navigation system virtually from arm's reach for the chauffeur.

Is it the ideal truck? That all relies on exactly what you need, however by supplying 44 various taste choices, Toyota anticipates to have exactly what you're seeking, stuffing sturdy vehicle abilities right into a half-ton vehicle that's quiet as well as strong. After some discussion, most of our courts concur: One of the most deserving rival for Electric motor Pattern's 2008 Vehicle of the Year title is the brand new Toyota Tundra.

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