Toyota Tundra

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Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra

One of the biggest names in road cars and trucks, Toyota continues its line of full-sized Tundra line that started back in 2000 when it won Motor trend’s Truck of the Year.  Designed and positioned to compete with the large suburban pick-ups of Ford and GM, the Toyota Tundra would repeat the accolade in 2008 with its second generation Tundra.

Power Specs Summary

The 2011 model year introduces a facelifted Toyota Tundra offered in three engine configurations – the 4.0 liter V6, the 4.6 liter V8 and the 5.7 liter V8 – all in automatic 5-speed or 6-speed transmission that comes in either all-wheel drive 4 x 4 or a two-wheel drive 4 x 2.  Curb weight for the base model is 4,580 lbs and the MSRP is just under $24,000.  The high end 4-door deluxe model goes for an MSRP of $42,500.

The base V6 delivers 236bhp and 266 lb-ft torque and is available only in 2-wheel drive 5-speed automatic transmission.  Going up the ladder seems worth the added cost with the V8 engines at 4.6 liters delivering 310 bhp and 327 lb-ft torque while the 5.6 liter delivers 381 bhp and 401 lb-ft torque.  They are mated to a 6-spoeed automatic transmission on a 4#215;4 drive train.

Safety takes the Front Seat

The standard safety features of the 2011 Toyota Tundra are airbags on the front seat sides and knee areas as well as full-length side curtain airbags.  It comes with anti-lock disc brakes, traction control and road stability control.  Since 2008, the second generation Tundra has done remarkably well in government safety tests and the 2011 is n different.

Interior Standstill

The 2011 model arrives with an essentially unchanged interior since its 2008 makeover. There’s never any doubt about its intelligently functional and moderately alluring interior but four years of the same thing diminishes the appeal and this is where the Japanese pick-up has lagged versus its American competitors.  Having said that, the Tundra manages to squeeze in some minor refinements like leather upholstery, a 12-volt outlet to replace the cigarette lighter and redesigned headrests.

Exterior Changes

The biggest changes for the current Toyota Tundra model come from its revamped set of taillights and grille. This is an example of how to make minimal changes to impart a deceivingly fresh look while still remaining true to its popular body styling.

The Tundra has carved a market niche as one of the most reliable pick-ups in the country since its 2000 debut.  The previous model took in a perfect 10 score from J.D. Power and Associates for Predicted reliability.

  The current model continues the tradition as it comes with a 3-year/35,000 mile warranty as well as a 5-year/60,000 mile warranty on the powertrain.

Few things have changed in the pick-up market and the Tundra continues to slug it out with the Ford F-150 which is considered the market leader. It also competes head-on with the Dodge Ram 1500 which has been lagging from its other competitor, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, considered a better choice than then Tundra.

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