2008 toyota Tundra

2008 Toyota Tundra: When Toyota initially revealed it was coming out with a full-size pickup truck to go go to going with the large kids from Ford, Chevy, as well as Dodge, the question developed as to whether an import might really contend as a heavyweight. The response is in: The new Toyota Tundra is now ready to take on any type of American-made pickup-- on all levels.

2008 Toyota Tundra

Prevalence? Toyota is pulling no punches by introducing among the greatest, toughest, as well as the majority of capable vehicles in the section, in addition to investing billions in a brand-new modern factory in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Importance? With Toyota aiming to greater than increase its visibility in the hotly opposed half-ton market, the Tundra represents one of the most very anticipated brand-new lorry launches in several years-- car or truck. Value? The brand-new Tundra offers three various powertrains (one V-6 and two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a high-tech marvel and torque beast-- and is among one of the most powerful engines in any half-ton arrangement. Toyota's platform has the entire sector covered with 3 various bed dimensions, 3 separate wheelbases covering five various taxi and also bed arrangements, integrated with 3 various trim bundles (Tundra Grade, SR5, as well as Limited) in 4 × 4 and 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 various vehicle tastes to interested purchasers, from job vehicle to high-end touring.

Providing that kind of selection right from the gate is impressive as well as ambitious; actually, some could state as well enthusiastic. The recent launch of the new Tundra has actually not lacked a few missteps. A number of months back, a very early outcome of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were stopping working. Toyota informs us they traced down all the afflicted parts to a details set and have actually since made the improvements to the design. No failings have appeared because. More recently, there have actually been some reports of transmission shudder under specific low-speed conditions, which dealerships have traced to a torque converter concern. Toyota says these incidents were separated and also have actually likewise been resolved. As well as ultimately, there's been chatter on the net worrying tailgate troubles, which Toyota is in the process of locating. Our guess is a number of these tales spread like wildfire, offered the lightning-rod result this brand-new vehicle is having with enthusiasts and the rate with which a Web thing could travel. With all that claimed, let's take a further take a look at what's special regarding our 2008 champion.

As pointed out in the intro to this special section, we ran our competitors via a series of on- and also off-road training courses at a functioning Arizona proving-ground facility, subjecting all our examination units to a strenuous set of requirements. It remained in our work-duty testing that the Tundra first started to capture our interest, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Minimal CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competitors, with as well as without a loaded trailer in tow (note our performance analysis in the tale and the Tundra's winning Performance Rating). The Tundra verified itself a celebrity gamer in plain dress (Double Taxicab Tundra Grade, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), as well as in totally decked out (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seats allows for a column shifter and work-truck dash with a twin glovebox as well as covert facility storage compartment under the center seat. Our fully loaded design had supple natural leather captain's chairs and also a significant center console storage space bin, huge sufficient to hold a few laptops and also act as a filing cabinet. The CrewMax model, with its prolonged passenger cabin, uses a moving rear seat with drop-forward and slide-forward capacity.

One of the more vital indoor conveniences, cabin quiet (while driving on harsh roadways or at highway rates) is most likely the Tundra's many excellent quality. If there's a quieter vehicle around, we haven't driven it. Only two beefs with the interior: the facility pile's extreme dimension and also aesthetic split (appears like it's cut in two) and the area of the navigation system nearly from arm's grab the motorist.

Is it the ideal truck? That all relies on exactly what you need, yet by providing 44 different taste options, Toyota anticipates to have what you're searching for, stuffing durable vehicle capabilities right into a half-ton truck that's quiet and strong. After some debate, most of our judges concur: The most deserving rival for Electric motor Fad's 2008 Vehicle of the Year title is the brand new Toyota Tundra.

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