Lynch Toyota Reviews Toyota Tundra
While Toyota is mostly known for their fuel efficient sedans such as the Camry or Corolla, they have been quickly gaining their spot in the pickup truck industry over the past two decades. With the introduction of the Toyota Tundra in early 2000, Toyota rocked the predominantly American truck market. With a more rounded look never before seen on a truck, the Tundra breathed a new life into the industry, bringing with it a slew of new technological features that appealed to many people. It was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award and was Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008.
First Generation (2000-2006)
The early Toyota Tundra shared many of the same similarities as the T100 and Tacoma, using the same 3.4L V6 engine that was featured as the premium engine in the T100 and Tacoma. This engine became the base engine option as the 4.7L V8, the first 8 cylinder engine available for a Toyota pickup, became a second option.
These trucks made for a reliable and powerful pickup that went toe to toe with many domestic trucks in its space. While they were smaller than its domestic competitors, they did allows for those wanting a more fuel efficient truck that could still do some hauling to be able to get the best of both worlds.
As the years passed, the Tundra got more advanced and started to take on a larger shape to appeal to more consumers who wanted a larger truck. They would increase the engine output to 271 horsepower in 2006, a huge step up from the mere 190 horsepower in the early 2000s. This made for much better performance for duties made for pickup trucks.
Second Generation (2007-Present)
In 2006, the newly redesigned Toytoa Tundra was unveiled for the 2007 lineup. This larger Tacoma featured many new styling cues and was featured with three different engine options to allow consumers to get the perfect amount of power for what they were needing from this truck.
From what started as a smaller truck much similar to the Tacoma, the Tundra grew into a workhorse of a truck with the technology of a luxury car that allowed for it to gain some serious ground against its competition. Toyotas famous high quality construction was well reflected in every aspect of the Tundra from the exterior features to the interior technological upgrades.
The second generation Tundra was offered in three different body styles, a regular cab, a double cab, and a crewmax to give you different options to choose from. This was accompanied by many different upgrades throughout the year with safety staying a number on priority.
The second generation also saw many more trim level and packages available for consumers to really dial in the truck that they wanted with the features they needed. Special packages such as the Rock Warrior and Platinum Package debuted over the past decade and made for a truly one of a kind truck that made a statement.
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