Our Trucks Report Part 5: Toyota
The Toyota Tundra full-size pickup offers simplified option package selections for 2012, as well as various enhancements its models. For example, the Limited grade and available TRD Rock Warrior package both include a standard back-up camera for 2012.
The Tundra offers three engine choices, a 270-hp 4.0-litre V6, a 310-hp 4.6-litre V8 and a 5.7-litre V8 with 381 hp. For 2012, all Tundras have as standard a heavy-duty battery, a heavy-duty starter, windshield wiper de-icer and heated, power, outside mirrors, along with new styled steel wheels.
The 2012 Tundra is offered in two grades (Tundra and Limited), three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab and Crew Max), three wheelbase lengths (126.8, 145.7 and 164.6 in) and three bed lengths (78.7, 97.6 and for CrewMax only, 66.7-in.).
Tundra grade Double Cab and CrewMax models now offer four streamlined options: Convenience Package, Convenience Package with Bucket Seats, Upgrade Package and SR5 Package. Regular Cab offers four redesigned packages: SR5 Package, SR5 Upgrade Package, TRD Off-Road Package, and Colour-Keyed Bumper Package.
A Tundra Work Truck Package is aimed at those who need a no-frills truck. It features heavy-duty, vinyl-trimmed seating surfaces and heavy-duty all-weather flooring; it is available in Regular and Double Cab configurations. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Platinum Package, available for the Tundra CrewMax Limited model, offers numerous luxury features.
The 4.0-litre V6 engine that is standard in Tundra Regular and Double Cab models produces 270 hp and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. An available 4.6-litre V8 offers 310 hp and 327 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 5.7-litre V8 produces 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. An available Tow Package on all V8 model helps increase towing capacity up to 10,400 lb.
Both V8 engines are teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. A warming unit quickly brings the transmission fluid up to operating temperature to optimize cold-weather performance.
Inside, large door handles and easy-to-turn control knobs can be operated even while wearing work gloves. The centre console in bucket-seat models can hold a laptop computer or hanging file folder storage. A built-in toolbox behind the rear seat in all models provides storage for the jack, handle and lug wrench.
As you can see, options abound when it comes
to choosing the right pickup for your needs.