2008 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab
Superiority? Toyota is drawing no punches by presenting among the largest, strongest, and most capable automobiles in the sector, along with investing billions in a new advanced factory in the heart of vehicle country-San Antonio, Texas. Relevance? With Toyota aiming to greater than increase its visibility in the fiercely disputed half-ton industry, the Tundra stands for among one of the most extremely expected new car launches in years-- auto or vehicle. Worth? The new Tundra provides 3 various powertrains (one V-6 and two V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a modern marvel and torque monster-- and also is amongst one of the most effective engines in any kind of half-ton setup. Toyota's platform has the entire sector covered with three different bed dimensions, 3 separate wheelbases covering 5 various cab and also bed arrangements, incorporated with three different trim packages (Tundra Quality, SR5, and also Limited) in 4 × 4 as well as 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 various truck tastes to interested buyers, from work truck to high-end touring.
Offering that kind of selection right out of the gate is impressive and also ambitious; actually, some might claim as well ambitious. The current launch of the brand-new Tundra has actually not lacked a few missteps. Several months ago, a very early result of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were failing. Toyota tells us they mapped down all the damaged parts to a certain set and also have given that made the corrections to the style. No failures have actually appeared because. A lot more just recently, there have been some records of transmission shudder under certain low-speed problems, which suppliers have actually mapped to a torque converter concern. Toyota says these cases were separated as well as have actually also been resolved. And also finally, there's been chatter on the net worrying tailgate troubles, which Toyota is in the process of tracking down. Our assumption is many of these tales spread like wildfire, given the lightning-rod result this brand-new vehicle is having with lovers and the speed with which a Net product can travel. With all that stated, allow's take a further take a look at exactly what's special concerning our 2008 winner.
As discussed in the intro to this special section, we ran our competitors with a series of on- and off-road training courses at a working Arizona proving-ground facility, subjecting all our examination devices to a rigorous collection of requirements. It remained in our work-duty screening that the Tundra first began to capture our interest, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Minimal CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competitors, with and also without a crammed trailer in tow (note our performance analysis in the tale and also the Tundra's winning Performance Rating). The Tundra verified itself a star player in simple outfit (Dual Taxicab Tundra Quality, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), in addition to in fully spruced up (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seating enables a column shifter and also work-truck rush with a double glovebox as well as covert facility storage area under the facility seat. Our fully filled model had supple leather captain's chairs and a significant center console storage container, large enough to hold a couple of laptop computers and act as a filing cupboard. The CrewMax version, with its extensive guest cabin, uses a moving back seat with drop-forward and slide-forward capacity.
Among the more crucial interior comforts, cabin quiet (while driving on rough roadways or at freeway speeds) is most likely the Tundra's many impressive quality. If there's a quieter truck around, we haven't driven it. Only two beefs with the inside: the center pile's too much size as well as visual split (looks like it's cut in two) and also the area of the navigation system almost out of arm's reach for the motorist.
Is it the perfect vehicle? That all depends upon what you require, yet by supplying 44 various taste selections, Toyota anticipates to have just what you're trying to find, packing durable vehicle abilities into a half-ton truck that's quiet and solid. After some discussion, the majority of our courts agree: One of the most deserving rival for Electric motor Trend's 2008 Vehicle of the Year title is the brand new Toyota Tundra.