2008 Toyota Tundra
Prevalence? Toyota is drawing no punches by introducing among the largest, best, as well as a lot of qualified cars in the segment, as well as investing billions in a new advanced manufacturing plant in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Relevance? With Toyota aiming to greater than increase its presence in the fiercely opposed half-ton marketplace, the Tundra stands for one of the most very expected brand-new lorry launches in several years-- auto or vehicle. Worth? The brand-new Tundra uses 3 various powertrains (one V-6 and two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a state-of-the-art wonder as well as torque monster-- and also is among the most powerful engines in any type of half-ton setup. Toyota's system has the whole sector covered with 3 different bed sizes, three different wheelbases covering five different cab and also bed arrangements, integrated with three different trim packages (Tundra Grade, SR5, and Limited) in 4 × 4 as well as 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 various vehicle flavors to interested purchasers, from job truck to luxury touring.
Providing that type of variety right from the gate goes over and ambitious; in fact, some might state as well enthusiastic. The current launch of the new Tundra has not lacked a few hiccups. Numerous months back, an early output of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were failing. Toyota informs us they traced down all the afflicted components to a details batch and have actually because made the corrections to the design. No failings have actually surfaced given that. Much more lately, there have been some reports of transmission shudder under particular low-speed conditions, which dealerships have mapped to a torque converter problem. Toyota says these occurrences were separated and have actually likewise been resolved. And finally, there's been chatter online concerning tailgate problems, which Toyota is in the procedure of finding. Our hunch is many of these stories spread like wildfire, provided the lightning-rod effect this brand-new vehicle is having with lovers as well as the rate with which a Net item could travel. With all that claimed, let's take a deeper consider exactly what's special about our 2008 victor.
As mentioned in the intro to this unique area, we ran our competitors through a collection of on- as well as off-road courses at a working Arizona proving-ground facility, subjecting all our test systems to an extensive collection of criteria. It was in our work-duty screening that the Tundra first started to catch our interest, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Restricted CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competitors, with as well as without a loaded trailer in tow (note our efficiency evaluation in the story and also the Tundra's winning Efficiency Rating). The Tundra confirmed itself a celebrity player in plain gown (Dual Cab Tundra Grade, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), along with in totally spruced up (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seating allows for a column shifter and also work-truck dash with a double glovebox as well as covert center storage space compartment under the center seat. Our completely loaded model had supple natural leather captain's chairs as well as a substantial facility console storage space bin, huge enough to hold a few laptop computers as well as work as a declaring cabinet. The CrewMax design, with its extended passenger cabin, provides a moving rear seat with drop-forward as well as slide-forward ability.
Among the more crucial indoor comforts, cabin quiet (while driving on harsh roadways or at freeway rates) is probably the Tundra's many excellent quality. If there's a quieter vehicle out there, we have not driven it. Only 2 beefs with the interior: the facility pile's excessive size and also visual split (looks like it's cut in two) and the location of the navigating system virtually out of arm's reach for the vehicle driver.
Is it the excellent truck? That depends upon just what you require, but by supplying 44 various taste selections, Toyota anticipates to have exactly what you're looking for, stuffing sturdy truck capacities into a half-ton truck that's quiet as well as strong. After some discussion, the majority of our judges concur: One of the most deserving competitor for Electric motor Pattern's 2008 Truck of the Year title is the all-new Toyota Tundra.