2008 Toyota Tundra Sr5
Prevalence? Toyota is drawing no punches by introducing among the greatest, strongest, and also the majority of qualified lorries in the section, in addition to spending billions in a new state-of-the-art factory in the heart of truck country-San Antonio, Texas. Relevance? With Toyota aiming to greater than increase its existence in the fiercely opposed half-ton marketplace, the Tundra stands for one of the most extremely anticipated new automobile launches in years-- car or vehicle. Worth? The new Tundra provides three various powertrains (one V-6 as well as 2 V-8s), with the 5.7-liter V-8 a state-of-the-art marvel and also torque monster-- and is amongst the most powerful engines in any type of half-ton setup. Toyota's system has the whole section covered with 3 different bed dimensions, three different wheelbases covering 5 different cab as well as bed arrangements, integrated with 3 various trim bundles (Tundra Grade, SR5, as well as Limited) in 4 × 4 and also 4 × 2 drivetrains-- 44 different truck tastes to interested customers, from job truck to luxury touring.
Using that type of range right out of the gate is impressive and ambitious; as a matter of fact, some may state also ambitious. The recent launch of the new Tundra has actually not been without a few missteps. Numerous months back, an early result of camshafts in the 5.7-liter V-8 were stopping working. Toyota informs us they traced down all the affected components to a details set and have because made the improvements to the style. No failures have emerged since. Extra lately, there have actually been some records of transmission shudder under certain low-speed conditions, which dealers have traced to a torque converter issue. Toyota claims these incidents were separated as well as have additionally been solved. As well as lastly, there's been chatter on the Internet worrying tailgate troubles, which Toyota is in the process of locating. Our guess is many of these tales spread like wildfire, given the lightning-rod effect this new vehicle is having with fanatics and also the speed with which a Net item could travel. With all that said, allow's take a further take a look at what's special regarding our 2008 champion.
As discussed in the introduction to this unique section, we ran our contenders via a series of on- and off-road training courses at a working Arizona proving-ground facility, subjecting all our test units to a strenuous collection of criteria. It was in our work-duty testing that the Tundra first started to capture our focus, with the 5.7-liter V-8 Minimal CrewMax Tundra running miles ahead of the competitors, with as well as without a crammed trailer in tow (note our efficiency analysis in the tale and the Tundra's winning Performance Score). The Tundra proved itself a star player in plain dress (Double Taxicab Tundra Grade, 4.7 L V-8; $27K), along with in fully spruced up (CrewMax Limited, 5.7 L V-8; $47K). When dressed down, the front bench seats allows for a column shifter as well as work-truck dash with a dual glovebox and also concealed facility storage space compartment under the facility seat. Our totally loaded model had supple leather captain's chairs as well as a huge center console storage space container, huge sufficient to hold a couple of laptops and also serve as a declaring cupboard. The CrewMax version, with its extensive traveler cabin, offers a moving rear seat with drop-forward as well as slide-forward ability.
Among the more crucial indoor comforts, cabin quiet (while driving on rough roads or at highway speeds) is probably the Tundra's many outstanding high quality. If there's a quieter vehicle out there, we have not driven it. Only 2 beefs with the interior: the center stack's excessive size and aesthetic split (looks like it's cut in two) as well as the place of the navigating system nearly from arm's reach for the chauffeur.
Is it the best truck? That relies on what you require, but by using 44 different flavor selections, Toyota expects to have exactly what you're seeking, stuffing heavy-duty truck capacities right into a half-ton vehicle that's quiet and solid. After some dispute, most of our judges concur: One of the most deserving rival for Electric motor Pattern's 2008 Vehicle of the Year title is the brand new Toyota Tundra.