Toyota Tundra 2008
Superiority? Toyota is pulling no strikes by presenting one of the biggest, greatest, and many qualified automobiles in the sector, as well as investing billions in a brand-new advanced factory in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Significance? With Toyota planning to more than increase its presence in the hotly disputed half-ton marketplace, the Tundra stands for among the most highly prepared for new vehicle launches in several years-- automobile or vehicle. Value? The brand-new Tundra offers three various powertrains (one V-6 and also two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a state-of-the-art marvel and torque monster-- and also is among one of the most effective engines in any type of half-ton configuration. Toyota's platform has the entire segment covered with three various bed dimensions, three different wheelbases covering five different cab and bed setups, incorporated with three different trim packages (Tundra Grade, SR5, and Limited) in 4 × 4 and 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 different truck tastes to interested buyers, from work truck to deluxe touring.
Offering that type of variety right from eviction goes over and also ambitious; in fact, some may claim also enthusiastic. The current launch of the new Tundra has not lacked a couple of missteps. Several months back, an early outcome of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were stopping working. Toyota tells us they traced down all the damaged parts to a particular batch and also have because made the adjustments to the layout. No failures have emerged because. Much more recently, there have been some reports of transmission shudder under particular low-speed conditions, which dealers have traced to a torque converter issue. Toyota claims these events were isolated and also have actually additionally been dealt with. And also lastly, there's been chatter on the Internet concerning tailgate issues, which Toyota is in the procedure of locating. Our hunch is many of these stories spread like wildfire, offered the lightning-rod effect this new truck is having with lovers and the speed with which an Internet item could travel. With all that claimed, allow's take a much deeper check out just what's special concerning our 2008 victor.
As mentioned in the intro to this unique section, we ran our challengers via a series of on- and also off-road training courses at a working Arizona proving-ground center, subjecting all our test systems to a rigorous collection of requirements. It was in our work-duty screening that the Tundra first began to capture our focus, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Restricted CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competition, with and without a crammed trailer in tow (note our efficiency evaluation in the tale and the Tundra's winning Efficiency Rating). The Tundra confirmed itself a celebrity gamer in simple dress (Dual Taxicab Tundra Quality, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), as well as in totally dressed up (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seating allows for a column shifter as well as work-truck dash with a double glovebox as well as hidden facility storage space area under the center seat. Our fully filled design had supple natural leather captain's chairs and also a big center console storage space container, large enough to hold a couple of laptops and also work as a filing cupboard. The CrewMax design, with its prolonged guest cabin, offers a gliding back seat with drop-forward as well as slide-forward capability.
One of the more crucial indoor conveniences, cabin quiet (while driving on harsh roads or at highway rates) is probably the Tundra's most impressive high quality. If there's a quieter truck around, we have not driven it. Only two beefs with the inside: the facility pile's extreme dimension and also aesthetic split (looks like it's cut in two) as well as the location of the navigating system virtually from arm's reach for the driver.
Is it the best truck? That relies on just what you need, but by providing 44 various flavor options, Toyota anticipates to have just what you're trying to find, packing heavy-duty truck abilities into a half-ton vehicle that's quiet and also strong. After some dispute, most of our judges agree: One of the most deserving rival for Motor Pattern's 2008 Vehicle of the Year title is the all-new Toyota Tundra.