A new V-8 StepSide Access Taxi model joins the lineup for 2003, provided in SR5 and Restricted grades. The Tundra features a brand-new, larger grille that extends into the upper bumper, brand-new round fog lights and also recently readily available heated mirrors. Antilock brakes are now common.
The Tundra is available in 15 setups and also in 3 trim degrees: base, SR5 and Limited V8. The regular-cab versions have a 98-inch cargo bed, while extended-cab associate rear-hinged back entrances (called Accessibility Cabs) bring a 75-inch bed. Both a V-6 engine as well as a V-8 nuclear power plant are offered.
The Tundra pickups act as the basis for the company's Sequoia sport utility vehicle as well as are built at the very same Indiana plant. Accessibility Cab versions represent 90 percent of sales.
2003 Toyota Tundra
The Access Taxicab has two rear-hinged back entrances that can not be opened until the front doors are open. Unlike some extended-cab versions, the narrow rear doors have exterior manages.
Both body styles ride a 128.3-inch wheelbase and stretch to 217.5 inches long generally. A regular-cab Ford F-150 with an 8-foot freight bed is 8 inches much longer. The Tundra's maximum payload is 1,800 extra pounds, while the F-150 has a maximum haul of 3,150 extra pounds.
A TRD (Toyota Racing Growth) Off-Road Plan is available, and also it features progressive-rate springtimes, Bilstein gas shocks, a tuned suspension, all-terrain tires on 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, overfenders, fog lamps as well as contoured mudguards. The TRD Sport Bundle consists of Tokico shocks, tuned springtimes, a back stabilizer bar, a limited-slip differential and graphite-toned 17-inch wheels.
Routine taxicabs as well as Access Taxis may be outfitted with either a set of contoured captain's chairs or a 60/40-split front bench that holds three occupants. Accessibility Cabs include a three-place 60/40-split rear seat with a fold-down facility armrest. Both halves of the back padding layer conveniently to develop additional storage area, or belongings can be concealed in a storage space compartment under the pillow. A new console is similar to the one in the Sequoia SUV. The sunlight visors have pullout extensions.
Leather upholstery is optional in the Restricted version. Along with new steering-wheel audio controls and a power sliding rear window, Limited vehicles include a premium 3-in-1 stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer.
Under the Hood
A standard 190-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-6 engine mates with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The optional 240-hp, 4.7-liter, i-Force V-8 groups just with the automatic. The V-8 Tundra's Touch-Select four-wheel-drive (4WD) system can be shifted in or out of 4WD High on the action by utilizing control panel buttons. Towing ability is as high as 7,200 extra pounds.
Four-wheel anti-skid brakes are standard. Dual front airbags include a passenger-side cutoff switch.
The Tundra is a lot more polished compared to typical residential pick-ups. It generates a rewarding flight without much excess jumping or harshness. Except for a little engine drone, it's additionally quiet for a pick-up. The seats are comfortable in a roomy cab, and also the brand-new StepSide box includes extra flair.