The truck that's changing it all
Hey I went to take a look at the new Toyota tundra to see what all the hubbub was about. Some of the articles said it would be bigger than the dodge ram. It's not quite as big as the ram mega cab but it does stand taller and have better ground clearance. It's a eency-weency bit bigger than the Silverado/Sierra but dwarfs the F-150.
It is now available in a 4 door with an 8' bed and unlike previous toyotas, the beds are very very deep now. You could fill it with water and swim laps in that thing. That was my number one request.
Unfortunately somewhere in the redesign the must have forgot about the rear seat. It doesn't appear much bigger than the Xtracab back seat on an '03 model. Maybe a few inches but that's it. The front seat on the other hand is way, way, way roomier so you don't have to smell the breath or armpits of your passenger. No more suicide doors which I'm not thrilled about.
Of all the models on the lot, I didn't see a single HUB CAP! Bye bye baby moons.
Looks like the same winmpy ~1500lb payload capacity. (compare to 1400 on a 4cyl '96 T-100) And while the towing capacity leaves F-150 in the dust, the 10k lbs doesn't quite top GM or Dodge.
Bigger engine and more HP than all the others and the EPA estimate to prove it. But unlike Dodge, they didn't go with a 35 gallon fuel tank. The tundra is heavier than GM or Ford.
They've got the styling down. It's apparent they consulted with the US. The interior looks and feels like a big domestic truck. When I got back in my '03 tundra I felt like I stepped into a Highlander or some more refined yet smaller cabin.
I don't know if they changed all the rules but they're definitely now a contender with the big 3. I think they'll move some units this year and have already seen a lot of '07s on the road with temporary tags. I'm not quite ready to get one yet maybe when the next model comes out and there's some more options to choose from.