08 toyota tundra
Prevalence? Toyota is pulling no strikes by introducing among the biggest, strongest, as well as many qualified vehicles in the segment, along with spending billions in a brand-new advanced factory in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Value? With Toyota seeking to more than increase its existence in the fiercely disputed half-ton industry, the Tundra represents among one of the most highly prepared for brand-new car launches in many years-- car or vehicle. Worth? The new Tundra provides three various powertrains (one V-6 and two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a state-of-the-art wonder and torque beast-- and also is among the most effective engines in any half-ton setup. Toyota's platform has the whole section covered with 3 various bed sizes, three different wheelbases covering 5 various taxicab and also bed setups, incorporated with 3 different trim packages (Tundra Quality, SR5, as well as Limited) in 4 × 4 and also 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 various truck flavors to interested buyers, from work vehicle to deluxe touring.
Supplying that kind of selection right from eviction goes over and also enthusiastic; as a matter of fact, some could claim also enthusiastic. The current launch of the brand-new Tundra has not been without a few missteps. Several months back, a very early output of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were failing. Toyota informs us they mapped down all the afflicted components to a details set as well as have actually given that made the improvements to the design. No failings have emerged since. Much more just recently, there have been some records of transmission shudder under specific low-speed problems, which dealerships have mapped to a torque converter issue. Toyota claims these occurrences were isolated and also have actually also been settled. As well as ultimately, there's been chatter on the Internet worrying tailgate problems, which Toyota remains in the process of locating. Our assumption is most of these tales spread like wildfire, given the lightning-rod result this new vehicle is having with lovers and the rate with which an Internet item could take a trip. With all that stated, allow's take a deeper look at what's unique about our 2008 champion.
As stated in the intro to this special area, we ran our challengers through a series of on- and also off-road programs at a functioning Arizona proving-ground facility, subjecting all our examination units to a rigorous collection of requirements. It remained in our work-duty testing that the Tundra initially began to capture our attention, 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 evaluation in the story and also the Tundra's winning Efficiency Score). The Tundra verified itself a celebrity gamer in plain outfit (Double Taxi Tundra Quality, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), as well as in completely spruced up (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seating permits a column shifter as well as work-truck dash with a double glovebox and hidden center storage space compartment under the facility seat. Our completely filled model had flexible leather captain's chairs and also a huge center console storage space container, large sufficient to hold a couple of laptops as well as serve as a declaring cupboard. The CrewMax model, with its extended passenger cabin, uses a gliding rear seat with drop-forward and also slide-forward capacity.
One of the more important indoor comforts, cabin quiet (while driving on harsh roadways or at freeway rates) is most likely the Tundra's the majority of impressive quality. If there's a quieter vehicle available, we have not driven it. Only two beefs with the interior: the center stack's extreme size and also visual split (looks like it's cut in two) and the place of the navigation system virtually out of arm's grab the driver.
Is it the best truck? That all depends upon what you need, however by supplying 44 various taste selections, Toyota expects to have just what you're looking for, packing sturdy vehicle abilities right into a half-ton truck that's quiet as well as solid. After some discussion, most of our judges agree: One of the most deserving rival for Electric motor Trend's 2008 Truck of the Year title is the all-new Toyota Tundra.