Finally. the Big Three have some serious competition when it comes to trucks, in the form of the 2008 Toyota Tundra.

The Tundra features a 4.0-liter, 236-horsepower V-6 standard or a 5.7-liter, 381-horsepower V-8 as an option. Either comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers the power to the ground in any on-road or off-road condition. Torquey and smooth, these big Toyota engines offer a combination of power and reliability unmatched by their competitors.

Like its American counterparts, the Tundra is available in a selection of cab configurations -- in regular, double, or crew cab -- and three different bed lengths to mix and match, suiting any range of uses. With the towing option installed, it is capable of towing in excess of five tons (10,800 pounds).

The interior is equipped with big, comfortable seats, a huge center console capable of holding a laptop, and controls conveniently positioned and capable of being easily operated while wearing gloves. In addition, all models are equipped with a steering column adjustable for tilt and telescope to accommodate any sized driver.

Anti-lock brakes, front and side air bags, and electronic stability control round out the safety features, and the new rear suspension design compensates for varying loads to ensure the vehicle always rides on an even keel.

Optional equipment includes features normally only found in luxury SUVs, including a JBL sound system, rear DVD entertainment system, dual-zone climate controls, and a GPS navigation system. Of course, a four-wheel drive option is also offered. And a TRD off-road package makes the 4x4 models really perform in the dirt.

Driving the Tundra is velvety smooth, and ample power is on-tap to pass on the highway or lug a heavy load up through a mountain pass. The steering is light and precise, and maneuverability is surprising when compared to other pickups in its class. The mileage is pretty much as expected for such a large and powerful vehicle, averaging about 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway for the two-wheel-drive models and about 1 mpg less for the four-wheel-drive models. Naturally this will vary depending on configuration and options selected.

Finally, the Tundra proves that Toyota designers can come up with not only a competing full size pickup to the Big Three's, but one that offers world-class ride, handling, luxury, towing, and off-road performance.

source:http://www.toyotamonitor.com/review/1014087_review-2008-toyota-tundra

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