The 2000 Toyota Tundra is a new full-sized truck manufactured by Toyota. It is considered by many to be the first ever import-brand full-sized truck with an American look and feel as well as a refined V-8 engine. This particular model has received critical acclaim in the U.S. automotive market. The Tundra was initially introduced in May 1999 as the T150s, but following a lawsuit, Toyota decided to change the name to Tundra since Ford claimed a similar name with its own F-150 pickup truck.
Body Styles: regular cab, access cab, double cab
Engines: 3.4-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tundra SR5, Toyota Tundra Limited
The 2000 Toyota Tundra is a new full-sized truck by the Japanese automaker. It will compete directly with the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The truck will feature an optional V-8 engine, and it will be available in extended cab and regular cab models.
The 2000 Toyota Tundra is available as a regular cab with an eight-foot cargo bed. The extended cab or the access cab model comes with a 6.5-foot cargo bed. The access cab model comes with rear-hinged doors on both sides. These doors swing from the front, so it cannot be opened unless the front doors are open first. It's quite standard among other extended cab full-sized pickups, but the Tundra has exterior handles instead of a doorjamb. The 2000 Toyota Tundra has a wheelbase of 128 inches and an overall length of 217 inches. This makes it a little shorter than the F-150 regular cab model with an eight-foot bed and the F-150 Supercab with a 6.5-foot bed, both of which have an overall length of 224 inches.
The dashboard has been designed to be attractive yet simple and clear. However, the automatic transmission level is mounted on the column and located close to the windshield wiper stock. This positioning increases the possibility of accidently triggering the wipers while changing gears. The 2000 Toyota Tundra offers as much room and comfort in the front seats as most other full-sized pickup trucks. However, the cab feels a little less spacious as compared to the domestic trucks, and the middle rider up front does not have much room. The rear bench, present with the access cab model, does not provide enough legroom for the occupants to sit comfortably. The rear seatback is set at an uncomfortable angle, too. Overall, the rear bench of the 2000 Toyota Tundra is more cramped than most other extended cab models of domestic pickups.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Toyota Tundra base model comes with a 3.4-liter V-6 engine that delivers 190 horsepower. It is combined with a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. An optional 4.7-liter V-8 engine is available that delivers 245 horsepower, but it only comes with the four-speed automatic transmission. The Tundra uses a four-wheel-drive system that allows instant changing from 4WD High through controls mounted on the dashboard. According to Toyota, the two-wheel-drive regular cab Tundra can go from standstill to 60 mph within eight seconds. The V-6 engine offers decent acceleration, but it is the V-8 engine that wins the crowd for the Tundra. The V-8 engine in the Tundra is one of the most refined eight-cylinder engines available among full-sized pickup trucks. The Tundra also delivers a smooth and comfortable ride quality with above-average balance. Noise levels from the engine are almost as low as that of a car’s engine, especially with the V-8 engine under the hood.
There is no safety data available for the 2000 Toyota Tundra.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Tundra: 14/17 mpg city/highway
- Best-refined V-8 among pickups
- Superb build quality
- High-quality interior
- American truck appeal with the value of an import
You Won't Like
- Lack of engine options
- Lower payload and towing capacity than rivals
More refinement than utility.
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