Toyota Tundra Evaluation

In 2007, Toyota debuted the second generation of the Toyota Tundra. Since then it has become one of the most popular full-size half-ton pick up trucks on the road. Available in a few different styles and configurations, this truck can appeal to many truck buyers. The popular Tundra is a powerful and durable truck that is perfect for anyone in the market to buy a full-size truck.

The Tundra has two V8 engines available, a standard 4.7 liter and the optional big 5.7 liter as well as a V6 engine for the smaller entry level models. The 5.7 iForce V8 is the appropriate engine choice to power this large truck being that it is a very powerful engine. Boasting 381 horsepower, the 5.7 liter V8 brings this truck to the top of its class in pickup trucks. The big V8 makes plenty of horsepower and torque to tow large loads with ease. With this dominant engine comes with a six speed automatic transmission. Drivetrain options also include a towing package with better gearing for hauling as well as your choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Whether the power is needed or not, Toyota has powertrain options to suit many buyers needs.

The Toyota Tundra comes in three different body styles, the regular cab with no rear seats, dual cab, and the largest CrewMax. The Tundra is also available with three bed sizes. The CrewMax model has the smallest bed due to such a large rear cabin.

The other models have the option of a large eight foot bed providing large amounts of space for hauling large loads or the standard seven foot bed. The Tundra also comes in a few different exterior trim packages such as the TSS model and my favorite, the TRD model. The TRD package includes rugged off road wheels and tires, beefy suspension, side step rails, and electronic four-wheel drive. The TSS Toyota Sport Series is an appearance package that includes larger polished wheels, unique badging, and a number of polished exterior parts. Toyota offers purpose and style with the Tundra’s wide array of sizes and trim levels.

The Tundra has a very functional interior as well. The adjustable front seats are very large and comfortable (especially if you splurge for leather) and leg room is definitely not a concern. The CrewMax model has full sized rear doors for easy entry with the largest rear seating available providing ample space for the largest of passengers. Next to the driver seat is the huge armrest that opens to reveal a huge amount of storage space. Also available is an in-dash touch screen navigation system with a backup camera that comes on when the truck is put into reverse. This can be a very useful feature when reversing to hook up a trailer. Refined and well-organized, the Tundra has a comfortable and high quality interior.

Toyota has always had a reputation for quality, and this reputation has spread through to its truck line. Although it is a newcomer in the US full-size truck market, the Toyota Tundra holds its own amongst its competitors. For those who need a powerful full-size truck, that is as durable as it is comfortable, the Toyota tundra is the top choice.