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Toyota Tundra

Introduced in 2000, the original Toyota Tundra debuted as a replacement for the largely overlooked Toyota T100. With its available V-8 engine, burly size, and Toyota’s reputation for building reliable, durable vehicles, the Tundra marks the Japanese automaker’s attempt to go where few import manufacturers dared to tread before: the full-size pickup market.

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Toyota Tundra Origins

Consumers find the first generation of the Tundra to be slightly less than full-size in terms of dimensions and capacity, especially when compared to competing models. Toyota took steps to rectify this with the introduction of the bigger and burlier second generation of the Tundra in 2007.

About the Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra represents the first imported pickup truck capable of standing toe-to-toe with big, domestic-made models. Whereas most imported pickups of the past have been compact or midsize, the full-size Tundra stands larger and more rugged than previous import pickup models. When Toyota first introduced the Tundra, it came in two cab configurations: Regular and Access. A third option, Double Cab, debuted in 2004. Currently, Toyota offers the Tundra in Regular, Double Cab, and CrewMax cab variations.

Toyota Tundra Features

The Double Cab version of the 2012 Tundra is basically a large extended cab equipped with four forward-hinged doors. The CrewMax, on the other hand, features an extra-large crew cab. The regular cab and the Double Cab both offer 6.5-foot or 8-foot beds. A 5.5-foot bed remains the sole bed option for the CrewMax. In addition to the 2012 Toyota Tundra’s three body configurations, it also comes in two trim levels: base and Limited.

Base model Regular cab versions come equipped with 18-inch wheels, chrome bumpers, heated mirrors, power accessories, de-icers, damped tailgates, power windows, dual-zone air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

Opting for the entry-level version of the Double Cab sees the addition of intermittent windshield wipers, keyless entry, an eight-way manually adjustable driver seat, carpeting, cruise control, and two more speakers for the sound system. The base version of the CrewMax boasts a power vertical sliding rear window and a rear seat that slides and reclines.

The Limited trim only comes on Double Cab and CrewMax versions. It includes features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, color-keyed front bumpers, fog lights, red rail systems with adjustable tie-down cleats, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front bucket seats, a power sliding rear window for Double Cab versions, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors with a back-up camera display built in, upgraded gauges, a trip computer, a tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth connectivity. Limited versions also come equipped with a JBL premium sound system with a six-CD changer and 10 speakers for the Double Cab version, or 12 speakers in the CrewMax version.

The 2012 Toyota Tundra offers rear drive and four-wheel drive. Regular and Double Cab versions with rear drive come equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission comes standard on these models.

Four-wheel drive and long bed versions of the CrewMax contain 4.6-liter V-6 engines that produce 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. The 4.6-liter engine is also available as an option on rear drive Regular and Double Cab versions. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission.

A 5.7-liter V-8 comes standard on all Limited trim versions of the Tundra and as an option on all other models. The V-8 generates 381 horsepower and produces 401 lb-ft of torque.

Standard safety features for all versions of the 2012 Toyota Tundra include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and front knee airbags. The 2012 Tundra earns a respectable four out of five stars in government crash tests.

Toyota Tundra Evolution

First-generation versions of the Toyota Tundra remain somewhat smaller than models from recent years. However, versions produced between 2000 and 2006 come in three trim levels: base, midlevel SR5, and Limited.

In 2003, Toyota introduced the option of the StepSide cargo bed for Access Cab versions that come equipped with V-8s. That same year, the Tundra underwent a slight front-end style revision along with the addition of standard anti-lock brakes.

Toyota introduced the Double Cab version of the Tundra in 2004. In 2005, Toyota introduced an enhanced powertrain to the Tundra, and drivers find models from 2005 onward more suitable for hauling, towing, and other heavy-duty pickup tasks.

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