George Gray and myself looked over the Tundra outside the Pirate Radio studios and went inside to discuss the unit:
The Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, available since model year 2000, is a capable replacement to the old Toyota T100, and is available with three engine choices. They are the 4 liter V-6 and two V-8s, with the largest one putting out 381 horsepower and 401 lb. ft. of torque. It’s what’s called the iForce 5.7 liter DOHC aluminum V-8 with (i)ntelligent variable valve timing and flex fuel capability. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with console-mounted shifter, and such were the drive train specifications of my test vehicle this past week.
The Tundra that I drove was the TRD Pro CrewMax with an M.S.R.P. of $47,118.00, including options and freight. Base price of this model is $45,060.00, and options on it were the paint protection film, chrome tailgate inserts, bed mat, spare tire lock, performance air filter, and allow wheel locks. It was part-time four wheel drive with electric control and trailering equipment. The interior was black leather and seated five, a premium stereo with satellite radio was on hand, and Bluetooth connectivity was present.
The “standard” bed that comes with this CrewMax is 78.7” long, wheelbase is 145.7”, length is 228.9”, width is 79.9”, height is 75.8”, and the truck weighs 5,375 lbs.
Styling of the TRD Pro was upgraded to include black door handles, TRD badging, ten-spoke black finish alloy wheels, and BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A 275/65R18 black letter tires. All the full-size pickups from GM, Dodge, Nissan, and Ford are good-looking, as is the Tundra.
Ride, cab noise, guidance, and visibility were all great in this vehicle. The gas tank holds 26.4 gallons, and the EPA ratings on the previously described engine was 13 city, 17 highway, and 15 overall. I observed 15 miles per gallons during my time with the Toyota.
Toyota sold well over 100,000 Tundras last year, so it is a popular choice for shoppers.