The present Tundra is a stunning reminder the how far Toyota has actually come indigenous the job of the T100 and first-gen Tundra. The maker"s initial 2 tries at penetrating the full-size truck industry were too small -- the T100 was more than 15 inches shorter than the very same vintage F-150 -- or simply didn"t catch on. This industry has constantly been conquered by the American automakers and also is a hard nut come crack for imports-which is why that is so far-ranging that the Tundra winner our 2008 truck of the Year.

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It gotten in the 2007 version year bigger, bolder, and also faster 보다 ever before (and simply a hair as well late to be a component of the 2007 TOTY). It grew much more than 10 inches overall from the previous Tundra, through well-defined muscular curves that would"ve busted v the older Tundra"s boxy shell. It acquired a lot of stronger, as well -- the reputable 4.7-liter, 271-horse V-8 was relegated to second-banana standing by the all-new 5.7-liter, 381-horse V-8. Plus maximum towing capacity went indigenous 7100 pounds to 10,800.


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Normal "of the Year" protocol means we gain the winner of every competition to our offices for a year-long test. So we ordered increase a 4WD dual Cab v the 6.5-foot bed, the 5.7-liter V-8, and a six-speed automatic. Including the topline restricted trim noted chrome on the outside and also leather within, to add a behind sliding window, laptop-accommodating center console, automatic dual-zone climate control, and also more. Factoring in a few extra goodies, the price together tested to be $42,072. That"s no cheap, however it offered as a good way come evaluate every little thing the Tundra needs to offer.


Still emitting that new-car smell, it take it its first road pilgrimage within a couple weeks. ~ above the journey to las Vegas, photographer Julia LaPalme listed the ride was considerably improved through a pair of motorcycles in the bed; sans cargo, though, the "freeway control is virtually mind-numbing, as the bed bounces." despite the large dimensions that the truck, come fit two motorcycles in the bed and close the tailgate, she had actually to put them in at an angle. But they fit!


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Its size, speed, and go-anywhere nature made that an prompt favorite on photo shoots, wherein it could be relied upon because that trail work and also long hauls, and its generous cabin size ensured it might easily tote gear and several people. The size additionally made that a no-brainer because that furniture runs, to lug firewood, and also to relocate landscaping materials. Photographer Brian Vance offered it to go camping in a remote component of the eastern Sierra Nevadas. In spite of two feet of snow on the ground adhered to by a nasty rainstorm resulting in gooey mud, the Tundra didn"t falter -- and also it provided 16.1 mpg through it all, loaded up with people and gear.


One usual complaint about the truck, though, was its ergonomics. Many testers logged that it take it a long reach to get to item on the center stack, such as the stereo and HVAC controls. Lock also provided that the cabin products didn"t seem to wear that well. And also when it involved parking the Tundra, drivers had to almost rely top top the rearview camera and also beeping sonar as guides.


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The engine and also transmission obtained rave reviews, and also dropped jaws at the track. Our long-termer got to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds flat, which is quicker than the 60 acceleration from the Acura TSX, matches the of the Audi A4 3.2 and also is just a tenth behind the of the Jaguar XF. That needed but 139 feet to brake native 60 mph, and finished the 4 minutes 1 mile in 14.7 seconds at 93.9 mph.


During its tenure, the Toyota went to the dealer 4 times. In ~ the 5000- and also 10,000-mile services -- costing $92.37 and also $89.78, respectively-the truck received the standard oil change, inspection, and tire rotation.


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The 15,000-mile business ($179.11) included brake adjustment come the mix, and the techs changed the waiting filter. In ~ 20,000 miles, the $95.85 business was much like the first two, yet wear and also tear supposed it to be time for a brand-new set that tires ($712.92) and brand-new front brake pads and also machined rotors ($249.99).

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By the moment we had actually to return the truck, that wore its share of dents and dings, evidence that it to be worked-hard. We discovered that it"s a difficult machine, one that earned high praise and also deserves respect. The isn"t a perfect truck, yet its awesome capability, fantastic 5.7-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic, and wide selection of models and trim levels do it one that need to be thought about by the buyer looking for a top-notch half-ton.


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"Great powertrain. The 5.7-liter is really impressive and the six-speed, through its slick manual mode, is arguably the finest truck tranny the end there. "- Ron Kiino


"The Tundra taken on rocky, worn-out Jeep trails with ease, and also despite the unstable terrain and slippery, small surface, it consistently had actually the top hand. All the while, we kept dry, listening to the iPod and watching our progression on the nav screen. "- Brian Vance


"Easy to drive -- a most power top top demand, fantastic transmission, responsive brakes -- and also the side mirrors are huge, making it really simple to acquire a great view the what"s going on behind the truck also when you can"t usage the rearview mirror. "- Allyson Harwood


Our Car
Base price$39,235
OptionsDVD navigation ($1650: incl backup monitor, 10-speaker JBL AM/FM/4CD, Bluetooth, aux jack); bedliner with rails ($345); cold kit ($100: heavy-duty battery/starter/anti-corrosion protection, plus windshield wiper de-icer); all-weather floormats ($99); emergency aid kit ($70); mudguards ($60); front license plate bracket ($13)
MSRP, as tested$42,072
Total mileage22,272
Avg fuel economy14.3 mpg
Problem areasNone
Maintenance cost$457.11
Normal-wear cost$963
Three-year residual value*$17,670
RecallsNone
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2008 Toyota Tundra double CAB
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
Drivetrain layoutFront engine, 4WD
Engine type90-deg V-8, alum block/heads
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Displacement345.6 cu in/5663 cc
Compression ratio10.2:1
Power (SAE net)381 hp
3600 rpm
Weight to power14.8 lb/hp
Transmission6-speed automatic
Axle/final/low ratios4.30:1/2.53:1/2.62:1
Suspension, front; rearControl arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, leaf springs
Steering ratio17.3:1
Turns lock-to-lock3.7
Brakes, f;r13.9-in vented disc; 13.6-in vented disc, ABS
Wheels8.0 x 18 in, actors aluminum
Tires275/65R18 114T M+S, Bridgestone Dueler H/T
DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase145.7 in
Track, f/r67.9/67.9 in
Length x width x height228.7 x 79.9 x 76.2 in
Turning circle44.0 ft
Curb weight5637 lb
Weight dist, f/r58/42%
GVWR7200 lb
Seating capacity5
Headroom, f/r40.2/38.7 in
Legroom, f/r42.5/34.7 in
Shoulder room, f/r66.6/65.7 in
Pickup crate L x W x H78.7 x 66.4 x 22.2 in
Width betw wheelhouses50.0 in
Payload capacity1563 lb
Towing capacity10,300 lb
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