After failing to get into the full-sized truck segment with the first Tundra and the T100, the present incarnation of the Toyota Tundra enters the full-sized pickup truck segment. The Tundra improves with every incarnation and the 2008 model earned the Truck of the Year Award by Motor Trend. Then, the Tundra hosted a 4.0 L V-6, a 4.7 L V-8 or a 5.7 L V-8 selection.In 2010 some significant changes have been made in the newest Tundra models. Of course present changes do not compare to the changes made from the first Tundra to the present body offering. This vehicle comes with a choice of three mills: the 4.6 L with 236 hp; the 5.7 L with 381 hp, and a middle engine offering up a 4.6 L V-8 with 310 hp. The motor latter weighs far less than the mill it displaces and it serves up greater fuel-efficiency as well. Every Tundra is offered in a 4-wheel-drive or rear-wheel drive configuration, an auto-tranny-only option is offer, and you can opt for different models with a long/short/regular truck bed.
- Body styles: Truck
- Engines: 4.0L V-6, 4.6L V-8, 5.7L V-8
- Transmissions: 5-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
- Models: Regular Cab, Double Cab, CrewMax
Following the introduction of a new V-8 engine and a mild restyle for 2010, The 2011 Toyota Tundra brings dual VVT-i and roller rocker arms to the 4.0-liter V-6. Other new additions are trailer sway control and brake override system. Inside, the Tundra's ashtray is no longer available and the cigarette lighter was replaced by a 12-volt power port. Toyota has also discontinued 10 low-volume combinations in the Tundra lineup.
The Toyota Tundra's corners are more rounded than on previous Toyotas, yet the lines are much more aggressive overall. The Tundra's wheels are 18-inches standard and 20-inch wheels are available with 5.7-liter V-8-equipped Tundras or as part of the Tundra's TRD Sport Package.
Plenty of features allow the Tundra to be more work-biased or a luxury truck depending on configuration. With the Tundra, you can get a choice of gauges, tow package, everything from rubber floor to carpet, seating for three to six people, DVD navigation, and power doors/locks/windows.
Performance & Handling
The Toyota Tundra's ride is a little choppy unloaded, but improves greatly when there is cargo in the bad. At the track, the 4.6-liter V-8 moves the Tundra to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, a time that goes down to 6.0 with the 5.7-liter V-8 models. Braking from 60 mph takes 138 feet with the 4.6-liter V8-powered 4x4 Double Cab, 139 feet with the 5.7-liter V-8 powered Tundra 4x4 Double Cab.
Dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, dual front knee airbags, and front and rear roll-sensing side curtain airbags are standard on the Toyota Tundra. Also standard are four-wheel disc ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, stability control, and traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Regular Cab, Double Cab, CrewMax: 13-15 mpg city/17-20 mpg highway