2006 Toyota Tundra Review – Automotive Articles .com Magazine

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2006 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited V8 – One review

Toyota provided me a brand new Tundra full pickup to test drive for a This was rather timely, as I got a to use it for my relocation within Los Angeles, and I the opportunity to put the truck through a of real-life tests and challenges.

a fair warning – I do not to be an expert in the pickup truck or really test driving in I am simply going to tell the of my experience of spending an entire driving the Tundra. I have no to compare this truck to its as frankly, this is the first I have ever driven for an term.

I do have to say that I the in-depth attention that has put into this vehicle, and I driving the truck to be quite As an aside, the truck had 4700 when I got it.

I moved around 15 south in the South Bay area, and was to utilize the truck to relocate piece of my furniture, including a couch which was rather to fit through any doors we encountered, a and everything from fragile trophies I have accumulated to the desk, which I did not even to disassemble to fit in the truck.


The truck is simply – it is very difficult to fit in covered garages structures not by height, but by length and width. parking worked everywhere I with it. But the convenience afforded by the size outweighed the cumbersome for my purposes – everything I fit the truck, whether in the bed or in the rear after folding over the seats, went into like a glove.

No matter the of the object in any direction, it seemed to fit efficiently somewhere in the truck, and I was to pack a great deal of every load – I had to make 4 trips in the truck to out a two-bedroom house with a kitchen and a living room.

the size, I was able to set my mirrors to any blind spots and became comfortable driving something large. The visibility was obviously a in the engineering of the truck.

I also found that the rear fenders are somewhat resistant, which I am guessing is due to the quality of the paint that has opted to use. I had a contact a white painted concrete at a gas station with my rear fender, but it was thankfully very but the white paint did get on the silver of the truck. All I had to do was wet the spot and all the white came right off without a left on the fender.

The truck bed had a plastic lining that to be removable and easily replaceable in of any incurred damage. I did notice parts of the truck’s body exposed on the floor in the gap between the rear of the bed and an opened gate. As I was around some heavy that part did end up seeing wear, despite my caution. The hooks in the corners of the bed were handy to tie things up.

And this is my personal preference, but aesthetically, I this is one of the best looking – the body is extremely


I was stunned at the luxury of the the first time I opened the The truck had the leather package a DVD entertainment system ($1,780) for the seats with wireless and plug-in to hook up external like a PlayStation for example, and a tilt/slide Moonroof ($1,000).

everything that I ended up over one week was very and convenient. The seats were comfortable. The standard JBL sound which according to the spec has 8 speakers, sounded incredible this was definitely a surprise for me, as I did not such quality in a pickup

I had to fold the rear seats times, and the simple mechanism every time without a

The rear window slides with a push of a button. this is more me than the but I felt that a compass have been a great to the rearview mirror – I’ve been living in for a while, I sometimes get lost and my direction of travel would get me out with greater certainty. I this is an option available for that request it.

Overall, the interior reminded me of a Lexus, but tougher.

The Ride

The V8 feels like one, and I did not carry thousands of pounds, I did several hundred in the truck and at those times, the truck a bit more balanced with to the suspension. When empty, the setup paired with the perfectly resonated (in a bad way) the wavy humps that are throughout the Los Angeles freeways.

the stiff suspension with no weight does not give a for the shocks to fully compress on the the truck’s rear could not and absorb the pattern of the humps In my experience, this only when the truck was empty. my truck had the TRD Off-Road Package, has different shocks (Bilstein) and (BF Goodrich), so that might to do something with the ride.

In street-driving, the truck displayed good handling characteristics. In the the truck’s suspension settled quickly and absorbed any bumps confidence. I also had a chance to out the 4wd lock when I had parked the nose down at a pretty angle and the rear tires spun when any amount of gas was

I simply toggled the 4wd switch and the immediately pulled herself That was convenient.

The torque is on the engine, and the truck carried any as part of its own mass. One time, I a 90-degree corner into a but there was a streak of running right at the apex, which paired with a little gave me an unintentional chance to it a little bit at 10 mph. The entire I drove the car with left-foot-braking it’s a 5-speed automatic, and it was fun.

In one week of driving I through exactly one gas tank, cost me about $70 to fill 23 gallons and put about 280 miles on the The tank capacity is 26.4 so a good amount of reserve is after you get to the empty tank With the above figures, I got 12.1 mpg driving a loaded around half of the time and a hill a few miles long at 15 times.

The rating of 15 mpg city is accurate.


I actually driving this truck all of the creature comforts it offers, and I was surprised by how usable a full truck really is – for my this was definitely perfect. The was up to any task and the suspension was very The truck is tuned to have the ride with some in the bed, and I could feel the on the shock setup (Bilstein package) when the truck bed was

Contrary to my lack of expertise in the industry, I do know when a car has a sounds system, and the standard system on this truck me away. Overall, driving one for an period proved me that the engineers worked very on every detail to ensure and comfort. It can comfortably drive family in the luxury of leather, and a movie playing for the kids towing a boulder in the rear.

out the 3D views of the Tundra available on the website: http://www.toyota.com/tundra/features.html

Pricing from MSRP: $16,155-$33,595.

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