Toyota Tundra: Big, Brawny and Brainy All-American Full-Size Pickup
•Largest Fuel Tank in Class – 38 Gallons
•Úpdated Front Styling on SR5 and 1794 Edition
•Trailer Brake Controller Now Standard wîth 5.7-liter V8
•Úpgraded Entune® Multimedia Systems
•TRD Pro Model wîth Special Suspension, Styling, and New Seating
•Assembled Exclusively in Texas
It's true what they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and that goes for the Toyota Tundra family of full-size pickups assembled there. Tundra is big in stature, power and model choice, wîth 50 total configurations available. And, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Pro models have a bigger fuel tank for 2016 -- now 38 gallons vs. 26.4 before – plus a standard integrated Trailer Brake Control.
The Tundra, which adds front end styling updates on the SR5 and 1794 Edition, is also big on carrying and pulling things, wîth bed length up to 8.1 feet and trailer towing capacity up to 10,500 pounds. Big also describes cabin room, wîth up to 42.3 inches of rear seat legroom in CrewMax models -- better than some luxury sedans.
Toyota upgraded the Entune Multimedia units to 2.5 version status in all Tundra models for 2016. The base SR grade gets a standard Entune Audio system. The SR5 grade steps up to Entune Audio Plus wîth Connected Navigation App (Scout® GPS Link App), which uses the customer's smartphone to provide navigation functionality through the head unit. The Limited and TRD Pro come wîth Entune Premium Audio wîth In-Vehicle Navigation and App Suite, while the Platinum and 1794 Edition feature standard Entune Premium JBL Audio wîth In-Vehicle Navigation and App Suite.
The premium multimedia units offer 85 percent faster functionality thanks to new dual core processors, and iPhone® users can now charge their phone using the ÚSB port while using the Entune App Suite at the same time. The App Suite adds Slacker Radio and replaces Bing wîth Destination Search. TRD Pro Models: On Target for Off-Road
Got trails? The Tundra offers an available TRD Off-Road Package on SR5, Limited and, also for 2016, the 1794 Edition. Or, go all in wîth the TRD Pro off-road model. You'll know it when you see it by the old school TOYOTA grille, TRD Pro bed panel stamping, aluminum skid plate, matte black badges and black headlight bezels. The TRD Pro takes an aggressive stance on 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Off-Road Package tires.
The Tundra TRD Pro is ready for any terrain wîth a complete TRD suspension upgrade that raises the front of the vehicle two inches for a level ride height and extends wheel travel at all four corners. The package includes larger diameter TRD-tuned Bilstein High-Performance shocks wîth internal hydraulic bump stops and piggyback external reservoirs.
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 4.6 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 310 hp
Torque: 327 ft-lbs
Engine : 5.7 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 381 hp
Torque: 401 ft-lbs
People will certainly hear the Tundra TRD Pro coming, thanks to a TRD dual exhaust system that gives the 5.7-liter V8 a throaty growl. This extra-bold Tundra is available in White, Magnetic Gray and, new for 2016, Quicksand.
Inside, the Tundra TRD Pro includes new black leather seating wîth red stitching and a TRD Pro logo.Brawny Exterior, Brainy Foundation
There's no shortage of choices in the Tundra line, which offers three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax. Tundra Regular Cab models come exclusively wîth a long bed (8.1-foot) configuration. Double Cab models are offered in the standard-bed (6.5-foot) or long-bed (8.1-foot) configurations and include rear under seat tray storage on the SR5 and Limited grades. The CrewMax comes wîth a 5.5-foot bed; all Tundra beds are 22.2-in. deep.
Tundras are equipped wîth several clever features for added convenience and value. For example, the front and rear bumpers use three-piece construction for reduced repair costs; the available spray-in bed liner also adds value; the easy-lower-and-lift tailgate lowers slowly wîth no slam, can easily be removed when necessary and comes standard wîth a lock feature to help prevent theft; Limited trim Double Cab models come standard wîth a power sliding horizontal rear window, while all CrewMax models have a power vertical sliding rear window.All V8, All Muscle
Tundra comes standard wîth the 4.6-liter i-Force V8 that doles out 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,400 rpm. The most popular Tundra engine – and one of the most capable and advanced in the full-size pickup §egmènt -- is the available 5.7-liter i-Force V8. It's a remarkably refined workhorse that generates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. For 2016, 22 of those wîth the 5.7-liter V8 are certified Flex-Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) that can use up to E85 blend fuel (available in select markets).
Both V8s feature an aluminum cylinder block and double overhead-cam heads wîth four valves per cylinder. In both, Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i) and Acoustic Control Induction System get credit for a broad torque curve. Both engines come teamed wîth a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) More Big Numbers
The foundation for Tundra's strength and up to 10,500-lb. towing capacity (SAE J2807 towing standard compliant) is its TripleTech frame. 'Triple' refers to the wide, full-boxed rails for the front portion, a reinforced C-channel under the cab and an open C-channel beneath the bed for strength, ride quality and durability.
The double A-arm front suspension uses coil-over spring shock units, and a front-mounted §teering rack enhances §teering feel and response, while decreasing the overall turning diameter. In the rear suspension, staggered shocks mounted outboard of the springs help improve dampening efficiency. Spring rates are tuned to provide a flat vehicle stance when fully loaded.
The Tundra SR and SR5 grades ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition feature 20-inch alloy wheels, each grade wîth its own design. Naturally, Tundra has big braking power. The 4-wheel disc brakes use massive ventilated rotors front and rear: 13.9 inches and 1.26-inches thick in front wîth §egmènt-exclusive 4-piston calipers, and 13.6 x 0.71-inch rear rotors wîth 2-piston calipers. High-Traction 2WD, 4x4 and a Whole Lot More
On Tundra 2WD models, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system integrates traction control (TRAC) that enhances grip on or off-road. The system also incorporates Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which provides better performance in deep sand or mud and on mixed-friction surfaces because it doesn't restrict engine power. Compared to a conventional mechanical limited slip differential, the Auto-LSD system is often more responsive and has better wear characteristics, since it utilizes the vehicles brakes to limit wheelspin.
Tundra 4X4 models use the on-demand, electronically controlled 4WDemand part-time 4WD system featuring a six-pinion planetary reduction gear set to provide 4x2, 4x4 Hi and 4x4 Lo ranges. The driver selects the drive mode using a dial on the dash. With 4WDemand, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) operates like Auto-LSD, allowing full, unrestricted engine output, transferring power to the wheel wîth the most traction on both the front and rear axles.
Tundra puts more control in the driver's hands – or, more accurately, at the driver's fingertips, via the mode selector. In normal mode, VSC and TRAC function to help enable traction and control capability. TRAC Off and Auto-LSD modes activate Auto-LSD to help extricate the Tundra from extreme conditions by allowing full, unrestricted engine output and transferring power to the wheel wîth the most traction. The VSC Off mode turns off all three systems. Built to Tow
Don't take all towing claims at face value. Ask to see its SAE J2807 towing standard certification. The Toyota Tundra was the first to adopt this standard in 2011. With the standard Tow Package, 5.7-liter V8 Tundra offers a maximum tow capacity of 10,500 pounds (4x2 Regular Cab). So equipped, Tundra uses a one-piece towing receiver integrated into the frame prior to bed installation.
The Tow Package upgrades Tundra's cooling and electrical systems, as well. Integrated engine and transmission oil coolers help handle the demands of towing under a full load, and a heavy-duty battery and alternator are added. The 7- and 4-pin towing hitch connectors sit above the hitch to help avoid damage during high-departure-angle driving.
Tundra models equipped wîth the Tow Package also come wîth a selectable TOW/HAÚL shift mode for transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The TOW/HAÚL mode adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission shift control, favoring and holding lower gears when accelerating or decelerating to help enhance control and safety.
Anyone who tows will appreciate Trailer Sway Control. A function of Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control helps counteract handling forces that can cause trailer sway. An integrated Trailer Brake Controller is also now included, wîth controls by the driver's knee and a status screen on the multi-information display screen.
All Tundra models come standard wîth a backup camera (viewed from the Entune Audio display screen or available navigation screen). On 5.7-liter models, heated, power, outside tow mirrors wîth turn signal indicators and manual-extend feature are available. The Softer Side of Rugged
In addition to the TRD Pro, the Tundra line includes the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades, the Platinum and unique 1794 Edition.
All Tundra models are remarkably civilized and quiet, thanks in part to extensive noise-control measures. The cabin design features a 'professional gear' theme, wîth unique driver and passenger zones, metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric. Premium surface treatments include high-granulated paint on the center cluster and unique seat stitching to enhance interior quality and durability. Gauges are grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design and there's a center-mounted multi-information display screen. The dash's large knobs can be operated while wearing gloves. The console offers multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics.
Double Cab and CrewMax models are available wîth bench or bucket seats for the front row, and rear seats in both cab styles can be folded up for additional cargo carrying capability. All Tundra models come wîth standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming. All have a standard windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power window and door locks, and heated, power, outside mirrors.
Standard High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass helps filter solar heat and most ÚV light energy entering the vehicle – good for occupants, and good for interior material durability.
The Limited grade adds leather seating surfaces in Black, Sand Beige or Graphite wîth matching soft-touch door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims. Amenities include dual zone air conditioning and a 10-way power driver seat wîth power lumbar support. The exterior is dressed out wîth chrome door handles and side mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system.
1794: Texas Heritage and Hospitality
So, what exactly is this 1794 Edition mentioned several times already? It's a special model that shares top billing wîth the Platinum grade, and it's got a good story. Named for the ranch, founded in 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio, the 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme wîth exclusive saddle brown premium leather-trimmed seating wîth embossed leather and ultra-suede accents. Matching soft-touch materials also accent the shift console, the front and rear door trim, and the instrument panel.
Adding a distinctive design touch that's also functional, the Platinum and 1794 Edition feature LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Standard luxuries for both include a 12-way power driver's seat wîth memory and a 4-way power passenger's seat, both wîth heat and ventilation; a 12-speaker touch-screen Entune Premium JBL Audio system wîth Navigation and App Suite; a power moonroof; Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Cross Traffic Alert and front and rear parking sonar; auto-dimming rearview mirror wîth compass, and HomeLink® universal transceiver. Standard Entune® Audio
The Tundra's quiet interior is ideal for enjoying the sound quality of the standard Entune Audio systems. On the SR grade, the standard Entune Audio includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen display; AM/FM CD Player wîth MP3/WMA playback capability; aux jack; ÚSB 2.0 port wîth increased charging capability and iPod® connectivity and control; hands-free phone capability; Siri® Eyes Free; advanced voice recognition, plus phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth.
The SR5 comes standard wîth Entune Audio Plus wîth the new Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App, which includes the Entune Multimedia Bundle wîth Hi-Res 7.0-inch touch-screen display; HD Radio wîth iTunes® tagging and HD Traffic and Weather (metro areas only), and SiriusXM® satellite radio (3-month complimentary trial).
Standard on the Limited and TRD Pro grades and available on the SR5, the Entune Premium Audio wîth Navigation and App Suite makes a smartphone smarter. Úsing your paired smartphone, you can access apps includingSlacker, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, Open Table®, Pandora®, Yelp and Facebook Places, as well as real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and stocks – all through the Tundra's touch screen.
The Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax models get the works, the Entune Premium JBL® Audio wîth Navigation and Entune App Suite. This package is optional for the Limited CrewMax models.
Toyota's STAR Safety System and Segment-First Available Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Cross Traffic Alert
The standard Toyota Star Safety System™ includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.
The eight standard airbags include front seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA), driver and front outboard passenger airbags wîth an Advanced Airbag System, and the §egmènt's first standard driver and front outboard passenger knee airbags.
A Blind Spot Monitor wîth Rear Cross Traffic Alert (available SR5 and Limited; standard on Platinum and 1794 Edition) detects vehicles not visible using mirrors alone. The Cross Traffic Alert feature warns drivers of cross traffic via indicator lights in side-view mirrors and a warning buzzer.American Roots
The current-generation Toyota Tundra was primarily designed by Toyota's Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich., wîth some engineering by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in San Antonio, Tex. Its V8 engines are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc., and 5.7-liter V8 transmissions are manufactured in North Carolina. Limited Warranty and Toyota Care
Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion wîth no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty. Tundra also comes standard wîth Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.Source - Toyota
Introduced at the beginning of the new millennium, the Toyota Tundra featured a refined V8 engine and Toyota's distinct reputation for durability and reliability. Originally going into production in 1999 as a 2000 year model, the Tundra had an all-American look and feet and came with something that the T100 never had; a fierce V8 engine underneath choice. Enthusiasts believed that the Tundra was the first import-brand full-size pickup that could face off against the Big Three's pickups. Nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award, the Tundra was also named as Motor Trend Magazine's Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008. As of the 2007 model year, the Tundra carried 17% of the 1/2 ton full-size pickup market and single handedly beat the GMC Sierra in monthly sales. Today, the Tundra is assembled in San Antonio, Texas and Princeton, Indiana.
Strangely enough though, the first-generation Tundra was more popular with recreational pickup buyers than actual hard-core users. The Tundra was aimed more at those seeking an easy-to-drive commuter or customers tat wanted a utility vehicle that was capable of handling weekend trips to the local home depot. Not quite full-size in dimensions or work capacity, independent contractors or people with heavy trailers or boats to pull, were not interested in the original Tundra's limited body configurations, lower tow ratings and smaller size.
Sharing many similarities with the unpopular Toyota T100, the first generation Tundra was also quite similar to the more popular Toyota Tacoma. Though the Tundra was slightly larger than the T100, it unfortunately was perceived as being too small and ‘car-like' and wasn't any threat at all to other domestic pickup trucks.
One of the largest similarities was the utilization of the 3.4 liter V6 engine, which had been the top of the line engine in both the T100 and the Tacoma and was the base engine in the Tundra. Available engine choices for the Tundra included a 24V 3.4 liter V6 engine that produced 190 hp and 200 lb/ft of torque and a 32 valve 4.7 liter V8 engine that produced 245 hp and 315 lb/ft of torque. Sales of the Tundra were 120,000, more than double the rate of the T100. The Tundra also had the largest initial vehicle sales for Toyota in its entire history at the time.
Already available at the time was a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) derived supercharger engine for the 3.4 liter V6 that bumped the horsepower up to 260 hp and achieved 260 lb/ft of torque. The TRD also introduced a supercharger for the V8 engine near the end of the second year of production for the Tundra that pushed the V8 numbers to the mid 300 hp range and torque to the 400 lb/ft range. The V6 supercharger is still widely available, but the V8 supercharger is becoming more and more rare due to TRD ending production of the device because of issues regarding its compatibility with the engine.
Tundra prototypes and 'show trucks' were originally known as T150's but Ford and automotive enthusiasts discouraged the name as it seemed too close to the market-leader F-150. A lawsuit ensued and the production truck was dubbed the Tundra Ebay Boulay Strikes Again.
For 2003 the grille on the Tundra was updated and the Double Cab version joined the lineup in the 2004 model year. A genuine crew cab with four normal doors, the Double Cab featured interior and exterior details that were copied from the Toyota Sequoia. The bed of the Double Cab was almost 5 inches longer than the competing Ford F-150 or Nissan Titan and was also 13 inches longer and 3 inches taller than the Regular and Access cab versions.
For the 2005 model year, a brand new engine was introduced that was a 4.0 liter V6 rated at 236 ft/lb of torque. The 4.7 liter V8 was updated with Toyota's VVT-i variable valve timing technology that was rated at 271 hp and 313 lb/ft of torque. The 5-speed manual eventually morphed into a 6speed manual and a 5-speed automatic replaced the 4-speed. The Double Cab featured a towing capacity of about 6,800 lbs, and the Access Cabs and Regular Cabs came with a 7,100 pounds towing capacity.
The current version however was redesigned and was aimed at attracting only serious pickup buyers. With true full-size proportions, the Tundra was an American-built half-ton truck. The second generation came in three cab sizes; regular cab, Double Cab and CrewMax, with three different bed lengths and a choice of three engines. The Regular Cab and the shorter-bed Double Cab featured a 4.0-liter V6 engine as standard, and was rated at 236 horsepower and 266 lb/ft of torque. Optional on these models and standard on all other Tundra's was a 4.7-liter V8 engine that achieved 271 horsepower and 313 lb/ft of torque. All Tundra's featured an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine that achieved 381 hp and 401 lb/ft of torque. The smaller V8 and the V6 came teamed to a five-speed automatic transmission while the larger V8 was joined to a six-speed automatic. All of these versions were available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
The Double Cab is basically a larger extended cab with four forward-hinged doors and the Tundra CrewMax is an extra-large crew cab. The regular cab came in just a basic Grade trim level only. Both the Double Cab and Crewmax are available in more upscale SR5 and Limited trim levels. Both the regular and Tundra Double Cabs came with a available bed length of a 6.5-foot or an 8-foot bed, while the CrewMax came strictly with a 5.5-foot bed. The Tundra was now on equal or higher standing with other competing half-ton pickups.
The Toyota Tundra is now equipped even easier for a variety of possible configurations as either a work vehicle or a family hauler. The Double Cab was medium-sized and was the extended-cab version of the Tundra and was just as large as many of the competitors' crew cabs. The huge Tundra CrewMax came with the roomiest four-door cab in the full-size segment. Inside, the current Tundra features extraordinary interior room with plenty of handy features and great road handling.
Introduced at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show; a larger Tundra was introduced with a variety of enhancements that included a towing capacity of up to 10,000+ lb and a payload capacity of over 2,000lbs, along with a new 6-speed automatic transmission. This was the second generation of the Toyota Tundra and 3 engines were now available, a new 5.7 liter V8 that produced 381 horsepower and 401 lb/ft of torque, a 4.7 liter V8 rated at 276 hp and 313 lb/ft of torque and a newly introduced 4.0 liter V6 that was rated at 236 hp and 266 lb/ft of torque.
The newest, second generation Tundra was introduced in February of 2007 and was available in 31 configurations that consisted of 3 bed lengths, 4 wheel-bases, 3 cab configurations, and 2 transmissions. The previous generations Access Cab was replaced with the new Double Cab. The previous generations Double Cab was also replaced with a brand new Crew Max; which was built to compete with the Dodge Ram Mega Cab. The Double Cab came with the available option of either an 6 and a half foot bed, a regular bed, or an 8 foot long bed. The Crew Max was only offered with a 5 and a half foot short bed.
A new 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode was standard with the 5.7 liter engine and gave it a 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds. It also featured a quarter mile time of 14.7 seconds. Built to deliver power and fuel economy, the 5.7 liter is a VVT-i engine. The Toyota Tundra's 5.7 liter 4x2 engine was rated to deliver an estimated 20 miles to the gallon on the highway.
The newest generation of the Tundra was very popularly aimed at construction workers, because it included extra large door handles, headrests that could accommodate a worker with his hard hat on, a deck rail system and an integrated tow hitch. This newest model, as a standard model, also came with an automatic limited slip differential vehicle stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, traction control antilock brakes, brake assist and tailgate assist. Unfortunately the Toyota Tundra was priced at the extravagant MSRP of $22,290, which was priced more than the Chevy Silverado Work Truck and the base Ford F-150.
Other updates for 2007 included optional tow mirrors, a 27 US gallon fuel tank and the option of 22 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, large center console, backup camera, extra-large disc brakes and 6-speed sequential automatic transmission.
This newest model of the Tundra is built in two different locations, both of them located inside the U.S. The 2008 Tundra model added 13 variations, bringing the grand total up to 44 model variants. This newest model featured even more additional features at an even lower price. A new 'Tundra Grade' trim was available, and was lower than the SR5 trim and was aimed at trades-folk, rather than the price conscious customer.
For 2009 the Toyota Tundra received an E85 fuel capability that was now standard and was equipped with the 5.7L V8 in very select regions. The TRD Sport package was also updated by Toyota this year and a TRD Rock Warrior Package was also introduced. Compared to the year previously, the Toyota Tundra's prices are estimated to rise 0.4%.By Jessica Donaldson