2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
Prevalence? Toyota is drawing no punches by introducing among the largest, toughest, as well as many qualified automobiles in the sector, along with investing billions in a brand-new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Value? With Toyota wanting to more than increase its presence in the hotly disputed half-ton marketplace, the Tundra stands for among one of the most highly expected new vehicle launches in years-- auto or truck. Value? The new Tundra offers three different powertrains (one V-6 as well as 2 V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a modern wonder and torque beast-- and is among one of the most effective engines in any type of half-ton arrangement. Toyota's system has the whole sector covered with three various bed dimensions, three different wheelbases covering 5 different taxi and also bed configurations, integrated with 3 various trim bundles (Tundra Grade, SR5, as well as Limited) in 4 × 4 and also 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 various vehicle flavors to interested purchasers, from job truck to luxury touring.
Supplying that sort of selection right out of eviction goes over and ambitious; actually, some might claim also enthusiastic. The current launch of the brand-new Tundra has actually not lacked a couple of hiccups. Numerous months earlier, a very early result of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were failing. Toyota tells us they mapped down all the afflicted parts to a details batch as well as have actually given that made the modifications to the style. No failings have actually emerged given that. A lot more recently, there have actually been some records of transmission shudder under particular low-speed problems, which dealerships have actually mapped to a torque converter issue. Toyota claims these events were isolated and also have actually likewise been resolved. And also finally, there's been chatter online worrying tailgate issues, which Toyota is in the procedure of tracking down. Our hunch is a number of these stories spread like wildfire, given the lightning-rod effect this new vehicle is having with fanatics and also the rate with which a Net item can take a trip. With all that said, let's take a deeper look at just what's special regarding our 2008 winner.
As pointed out in the intro to this unique area, we ran our competitors with a series of on- and also off-road programs at a working Arizona proving-ground facility, subjecting all our examination devices to an extensive collection of standards. It remained in our work-duty screening that the Tundra first started to catch our focus, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Restricted CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competition, with and also without a crammed trailer in tow (note our performance analysis in the tale and the Tundra's winning Performance Score). The Tundra confirmed itself a celebrity player in plain gown (Dual Taxi Tundra Quality, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), as well as in completely 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 rush with a double glovebox and also hidden facility storage space area under the center seat. Our completely loaded design had flexible natural leather captain's chairs and also a massive facility console storage bin, big enough to hold a few laptop computers and also function as a declaring cupboard. The CrewMax version, with its prolonged traveler cabin, offers a moving back seat with drop-forward and slide-forward capacity.
Among the more vital interior conveniences, cabin quiet (while driving on harsh roadways or at freeway speeds) is probably the Tundra's most impressive quality. If there's a quieter vehicle around, we have not driven it. Only two beefs with the interior: the facility pile's excessive dimension as well as aesthetic split (resembles it's cut in two) and the area of the navigating system practically out of arm's reach for the chauffeur.
Is it the best truck? That depends upon just what you require, however by using 44 different flavor selections, Toyota expects to have exactly what you're seeking, stuffing heavy-duty vehicle abilities right into a half-ton vehicle that's quiet and also solid. After some debate, most of our judges concur: The most deserving rival for Motor Trend's 2008 Truck of the Year title is the brand new Toyota Tundra.