The Toyota Tundra is a full-size truck that competes in a segment dominated by Detroit’s three manufacturers. Introduced in 2000, the original model was smaller than its rivals. Toyota resized the Tundra for 2007 to give it more of a competitive chance.
2007 to Present: Toyota Tundra
The second-generation Toyota Tundra was introduced for 2007. This redesign represented a significant update, as the smaller outgoing model was replaced by a Tundra that grew in size to equal trucks from GMC, Ford and Ram.
When it launched, the second-generation Tundra came standard with a 236-horsepower, 4.0-liter V6. A 4.7-liter V8 with 271 horsepower and a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower were also available. A five-speed automatic came with the two smaller engines, while the 5.7-liter V8 has a six-speed automatic. Beginning with the 2010 model year, the 4.7-liter engine was replaced with a new 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 that’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Tundra is available in regular, extended (Double Cab) and crew cab (CrewMax) configurations. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available. Beginning in 2015, the regular cab model was restricted to fleet customers only. That same year Toyota dropped the base V6 engine.
When the second-generation Tundra launched, the base model came sparsely equipped with features like a basic stereo system and an auxiliary input jack. The Tundra was heavily updated for 2014, gaining revised styling inside and out, as well as new standard features like keyless entry, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a rearview camera and a touch-screen audio system.
Upgrades bring in dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and off-road tires. Upper trim levels carry a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a tilt and telescopic function. Also available is a sliding rear window, navigation, and safety features such as front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.
The Tundra is marked by a strong front fascia with an imposing grille that’s hemmed in by oversized headlamps. A narrow lower grille opening is bound by a pair of pockets housing the available fog lamps. A massive hood and strong shoulders complete this truck’s front end.
This truck has slab sides, with upper character lines, lower body sculpting and large wheel wells. At the rear is a pair of oversized vertical combination lamps, a removable tailgate and a step bumper. Various embellishments across trim levels bring in hood vents, larger wheels, chrome covered side mirrors caps, side steps and front and rear skid plates.
The Tundra counts the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and Nissan Titan among its main competitors. For shoppers looking for something smaller, the Toyota Tacoma might be considered.
Earlier Toyota Tundra Models
The first-generation Toyota Tundra was introduced for 2000 and sold through 2006. It was the largest pickup truck ever marketed by Toyota, coming in bigger than the previous Toyota T100, while serving as a natural step up from the popular Toyota Tacoma.
Upon its debut, the Toyota Tundra was offered in regular and extended cab configurations, with standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive.
A 3.4-liter V6 engine was standard, and paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A 4.7-liter V8 engine was offered as an option and mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.
Beginning in 2005, a new 4.0-liter V6 engine was added to the Tundra line, replacing the previous V6. It was matched with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.
Notably, Toyota Racing Development made superchargers available for the first-generation Tundra, including models with the 3.4-liter V6 and the V8. A Double Cab was added in 2003 and the extended cab model was renamed the Access Cab. Special trims were available at times too, including a T3 Special Edition marketed in conjunction with the release of the “Terminator 3” movie in 2003.