Toyota Tundra 2008

Toyota Tundra 2008: When Toyota initially revealed it was coming out with a full-size pickup truck to go visit head with the big young boys from Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, the inquiry emerged about whether an import could really compete as a heavyweight. The answer is in: The brand-new Toyota Tundra is now prepared to handle any type of American-made pickup-- on all levels.


Toyota Tundra 2008


Superiority? Toyota is drawing no punches by presenting one of the largest, toughest, and also the majority of capable cars in the sector, as well as investing billions in a brand-new cutting edge factory in the heart of truck country-San Antonio, Texas. Value? With Toyota looking to greater than double its presence in the hotly contested half-ton market, the Tundra stands for one of one of the most highly anticipated brand-new automobile launches in years-- car or truck. Worth? The new Tundra supplies 3 various powertrains (one V-6 and also two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a state-of-the-art marvel and also torque beast-- as well as is amongst the most effective engines in any type of half-ton setup. Toyota's system has the whole segment covered with 3 various bed dimensions, 3 different wheelbases covering five different taxi as well as bed setups, incorporated with 3 various trim packages (Tundra Grade, SR5, as well as Limited) in 4 × 4 and 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 different truck flavors to interested purchasers, from work truck to deluxe touring.

Offering that sort of variety right from the gate is impressive as well as enthusiastic; as a matter of fact, some could claim also enthusiastic. The recent launch of the brand-new Tundra has actually not lacked a few hiccups. Several months back, a very early result of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were stopping working. Toyota informs us they mapped down all the afflicted parts to a certain batch and also have considering that made the adjustments to the layout. No failings have surfaced given that. Much more lately, there have been some records of transmission shudder under specific low-speed problems, which suppliers have traced to a torque converter problem. Toyota claims these incidents were separated and also have likewise been solved. And also finally, there's been babble online concerning tailgate issues, which Toyota remains in the procedure of locating. Our hunch is a number of these stories spread like wildfire, offered the lightning-rod result this brand-new truck is having with lovers as well as the speed with which a Web product could take a trip. With all that said, let's take a deeper take a look at just what's special regarding our 2008 victor.

As pointed out in the introduction to this special section, we ran our challengers via a collection of on- and also off-road training courses at a functioning Arizona proving-ground center, subjecting all our test units to a rigorous collection 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 competition, with and also without a packed trailer in tow (note our efficiency evaluation in the story and the Tundra's winning Performance Score). The Tundra confirmed itself a star player in ordinary outfit (Double Taxi Tundra Quality, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), in addition to in fully dressed up (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 double glovebox and also surprise facility storage space area under the center seat. Our fully loaded design had flexible natural leather captain's chairs as well as a substantial facility console storage space container, large sufficient to hold a couple of laptops and serve as a filing cupboard. The CrewMax design, with its prolonged traveler cabin, provides a sliding rear seat with drop-forward and slide-forward capacity.

Among the more vital interior conveniences, cabin quiet (while driving on harsh roadways or at freeway rates) is probably the Tundra's most excellent top quality. If there's a quieter vehicle around, we haven't driven it. Only 2 beefs with the inside: the facility stack's extreme dimension and also visual split (looks like it's cut in two) and the location of the navigation system almost from arm's grab the chauffeur.

Is it the best vehicle? That all depends on what you need, yet by providing 44 various taste selections, Toyota expects to have just what you're searching for, stuffing heavy-duty truck abilities right into a half-ton truck that's quiet and solid. After some argument, the majority of our judges concur: The most deserving competitor for Electric motor Pattern's 2008 Truck of the Year title is the all-new Toyota Tundra.

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