2010 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4

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2010 Toyota Tundra 4×4

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Tundra CrewMax 4×4 three-quarter-ton truck capability in a package.

More. Bigger. Stronger. Those are the watchwords in full-size truck and SUV markets. If you to sell trucks today, need to offer more, be better and stronger than the they replace.

Toyota the full-size truck market in 1993 with its T-100, followed it up with the Tundra in a markedly superior product abided by all the aforementioned watchwords. in 2007, Toyota introduced the generation of Tundra, which up its game even more—a lot

Toyota continues the trend in its Tundra by delivering a gasoline-engine that is capable of towing pounds, yet comes in a manageable that is usable as a daily As little as five years that kind of towing was available only in something a diesel engine and dual wheels. Oh, how things have

Towing With It

Toyota designed the Tundra with the market in mind, and it shows in the to detail. For example, the trailer features a four-pin-flat plug for trailers and a seven-blade round for campers and other trailers electric brakes. No need for which can be a failure point.

Another key feature in what the Tundra so strongly suited for is the frame. At the rear, it’s a C-channel, but under the cab, the is reinforced, and under the engine it’s fully boxed. The end is a discernible lack of vibration the cabin when traveling rutted pavement and while However, what truly this truck—particularly in terms of its engine and transmission. They are the complement to each other.

The V8 engine features variable timing, which creates a broad torque curve. a lot of truck engines, you can feel the surge as it nears the peak of its range. However, power from the 5.7-liter in the Tundra is and constant from around rpm right up to redline. This has a lot of snap. In fact, it is downright with a 0-60 time of 7.2 a trailer, of course.

The acceleration is due in no part to the six-speed automatic The truck leaps from a thanks to a low 3.333:1 first ratio, and just lopes at 1,600 rpm at 60 mph, thanks to a overdriven sixth gear. six gears at the ready, we expected a level of “busyness” from the the powertrain management system bring about frequent changes—but because shifts are so executed, they are not intrusive, or at all. Shifts are smooth, and refined. Even at full an upshift to the next gear little more than a surge forward and a change in Well done.

In tow-haul mode, the transmission still shift up to sixth even at 45 mph. On the freeway, the engaged the upper gears on load and road conditions. On inclines, it would shift to third gear, which it 3,500 rpm, right at the peak of its torque curve, it would chug uphill no drama.

If there is a downside to the it is that a certain amount of is required to make 381 horsepower. On terrain, we netted around 11 mpg towing, according to the truck’s Obviously, we were pulling a load, so any less of a trailer in tow translate to better mileage. a trailer, we were able to get 19 mpg on the which is higher than EPA on the window sticker.

Buyers who better fuel economy can the 4.6-liter V8 and two-wheel drive, is rated at 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway. with the smaller engine, capacity is still more 10,000 pounds.

The other pedal—the one for the brakes—is more responsive than the With dual-piston calipers up and single-piston units on the rear, react within the first few of pedal travel, with effort and plenty of power. The system engages at the proper too early nor too late.

While we discovered a few other strong in the Tundra, chief among were its mirrors, which large enough to provide a view to the rear, without like Dumbo ears. their best quality was they folded in electrically and the truck to squeeze into confines.

We also liked the level controller, which headlamp projection to compensate for the suspension compression due to tongue Drivers coming from the direction will appreciate feature, too.

Another of tongue weight is that it to unload the front end, and can steering. At 10,000 pounds, the we towed was at the very top of the Tundra’s but we were impressed that the never felt light or At those loads, we’d recommend a weight-distributing hitch but it’s nice to know how the Tundra performed under adverse conditions.

If there is one feature the truck something its competition has—is a trailer brake controller. The is prewired for an aftermarket unit, but an factory controller would be

Living With It

This is the crew cab truck we know of rear passengers have room than front-seat The Tundra’s rear seat is cavernous. Even the rear are as wide the fronts. The rear split 60/40 and seatbacks flat to accommodate boxes or The rear seats also fore and aft, which them to recline a bit in forward

Toyota Tundra CrewMax

Up front, our test vehicle with buckets and a console, was large enough to accommodate file folders. Seats firm yet comfortable on longer and the steering wheel, which up and down, and telescoped in and out really fine tune the driving

Of course there were details we really appreciated. the rear window powered up and electrically, opening up the whole of the cabin. By lowering the window all the way we were able to cool the cabin quickly without to turn on the air conditioner. The window made it a little easier to see and to our spotter when we were the trailer into its space at the facility. Every truck be available with such a

We appreciated the truck’s dead-pedal, are fairly common on cars, but not Every truck should one of these too.

We also the tailgate, which was, brilliant. For starters, the tailgate was and easy to lift. Second, and important, it was fitted with a damper so it wouldn’t come down. You could open the and drop it, and it would gently to rest at level. Third, the came fitted with a camera that displayed the view on the nav system screen on the It seems a bit geeky get excited a tailgate, but this one warrants it.

we came away impressed the suspension tuning, just the amount of compression and rebound to create a good compromise comfort and the stiffness needed for We are certain the Michelin LTX A/S tires a role in the the quality of the Tundra’s which was among the best—if not the any four-wheel drive pickup we even on terrible stretches of freeway.

It’s clear Toyota is not only to the full-size truck but also to the towing market, and it by the watchwords: more, bigger, stronger. The Tundra has enough for all but the heaviest towing duties, a refined powertrain and many not available from other



Silverado, Dodge Ram, F-150, GMC Sierra, Nissan


— 5.7-liter V8 a broad torque curve

Highly refined six-speed transmission

Toyota Tundra CrewMax
Toyota Tundra CrewMax

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