Toyota Recognized for Adopting SAE Towing Standards on Pickup Trucks

By | October 23, 2013
Toyota has long been one of the only automakers to implement towing standards across its lineup. Because of this, the Japanese automaker became involved in a marketing war with the Detroit Three--Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler--for towing standards on pickup trucks. The Detroit automakers have refused to implement the SAE International towing standards on their models, while Toyota has accepted them since 2011. The Detroit Three won't implement these standards until 2015. For the record, Ford says that it will adopt the standards when it tests its 2015 F-150, and GM has said that it won't touch revisiting its numbers 'til the guys across town do it. So there. Because Toyota has made it clear how much its trucks are capable of towing, the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has recognized the automaker with its Distinguished Service Award for implementing the Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) J2807 tow standard. The SAE created a repeatable test to determine real-world tow ratings, although not all manufacturers have used this test. "Toyota owners look to us to develop vehicles that meet the highest safety standards, and our voluntary adoption of J2807 helps us deliver on that promise. Tundra owners can tow confidently knowing that the published tow rating has been verified by the industry's foremost engineering authority. With Tundra, what you see is what you get," said Mike Sweers, chief engineer of the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma, in a recent statement.
Although the towing feud between Toyota and the Detroit Three was initially started due to light-duty pickup towing claims, the Detroit automakers also use their own tests for all other towing-capable vehicles. Toyota is the only automaker to implement the SAE guidelines on its full-size pickups, as well as all models with towing capabilities. Sweers went on to say, "We appreciate the acknowledgement from TAWA, whose membership includes some of the industry's most truck-savvy automotive journalists. This recognition underscores the importance of this standard in helping keep truck owners safe." Recently, we drove the updated 2014 Toyota Tundra, which we didn't think was as modernized as it ought to be given how long it's been on the market. Still, it's good to know that at least Toyota's keeping honest. Source: Toyota