The Toyota Tundra received a full makeover in 2007, and even though it comes from Japan, this full-size pickup demands respect on American roads. With its sturdy build, powerful V-8 engines, and wide selection of cab and bed sizes, the Tundra has just as much to offer as any American-bred truck.
This latest Tundra incarnation is a bit larger and much more powerful than older models, with the capacity to handle almost any heavy-duty hauling job, and a maximum towing capacity of over 10,000 pounds. While built first and foremost as a working vehicle, the 2008 Tundra also offers enough cabin luxury and creature comforts to keep its occupants happy as well.
Body Styles: regular cab, Double cab, CrewMax cab
Engines: 4.7-liter V-8; 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Regular Cab: Tundra Grade; Double Cab: Tundra Grade, SR5, Limited; CrewMax Cab: Tundra Grade, SR5, Limited
Having received a complete redesign in 2007, the 2008 Toyota Tundra only boasts a few small changes. Most notable is the ""Tundra Grade"" base trim package, which is now extended to all body styles. The SR5 and Limited trim levels are also given a longer list of standard features for 2008.
The Tundra’s purpose as a hardworking vehicle is reflected in its sturdy, no-nonsense exterior design. This full-size, half-ton truck comes in three body styles: the regular cab, the Double cab, and the CrewMax. The regular and Double cabs are available with a 6.5-foot or eight-foot bed, and the CrewMax is offered only with a 5.5-foot bed. Most exterior features are optional, depending on the body style and trim level. The standard trim sits on 18-inch steel wheels with 20-inch wheels available as an optional upgrade. Additional options include an upgraded suspension, all-terrain tires, foglamps, and a sunroof on the CrewMax cab only.
The 2008 Toyota Tundra may be primarily a work vehicle, but there is just as much functionality and quality in the cabin as in the rest of the truck. With a full range of creature comforts, the ride will be as comfortable for passengers as it is for cargo. Both the Double Cab and the CrewMax have plenty of room in the rear seats for adults to feel comfortable as well.
Interior equipment and accessories vary depending on the trim level. Standard features include cloth seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, and a four-speaker CD stereo. The SR5 trim brings in additional speakers, cruise control, and rear heater ducts, while the CrewMax provides rear A/C ducts, a reclining reach bench seat, and a sliding rear window. Both the Double Cab and CrewMax also add power front bucket seats, heated side mirrors, and a six-CD changer.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Toyota Tundra comes with three engine options. The Tundra regular cab and standard Double cab are powered by a four-liter V-6 rated at 236 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. A 4.7-liter V-8 is optional on the regular and Double cabs, and standard on all other models. For really serious hauling power, all models can also be had with the ultra-muscular 5.7-liter V-8, which gives 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. All Tundra models are available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The Tundra’s V-8 engine is as smooth as it is powerful. Automatic shifting is precise. Steering is sharp enough for city-road maneuvering with minimal body roll, although its overall level of performance is not vastly different from other pickups in its field. Important for a truck of this size, the Tundra’s braking is firm with only a minimal loss of strength under a heavy load.
The 2008 Tundra offers a full range of safety equipment, including anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Most other safety features come optional, including power door locks, power windows, vehicle anti-theft, electronic parking aid, a first aid kit, and remote locking. The IIHS gives the Tundra its highest rating of ""good"" for frontal offset crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Tundra Grade Regular cab: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Grade Double cab: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra SR5 Double cab: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Limited Double cab: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Grade CrewMax: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra SR5 CrewMax: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Toyota Tundra Limited CrewMax: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Wide selection of cab sizes and beds
- Powerful V-8 engine
- Roomy cabin
- Lots of features
You Won't Like
- Some hard plastics in the cabin
- Poor interior ergonomic design
At the head of the full-size pickup class.
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