The Toyota Tundra is a full-sized pickup truck that entered the market for the 2000 model year. Production of the truck has taken place in the United States since its inception, starting with Indiana before moving to Texas. The Tundra has been a consistently good seller for Toyota and was the first full-sized pickup truck to penetrate the market once dominated by the "Detroit Three" - Dodge, Ford, and General Motors.
The Toyota Tundra has seen two generations of development with a third generation expected to debut in the near future.
The first-generation Tundra was shown as a prototype called the T150 (playing off the Toyota T100 and Ford F-150 names) before becoming the Tundra upon production. The prototype name spurred a lawsuit from Ford, further clinching the need for Toyota to change the truck's name before its market entry. The first-generation Tundra, despite the predictions of critics, became Toyota's highest-selling initial vehicle sales and carried forward with consistent and growing sales from there. The first-generation Tundra had a six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engine offering, three body styles, and won awards from Motor Trend and Consumer Reports.
The second-generation Toyota Tundra began selling in the 2007 model year. Many things changed about the truck with this debut as it became bigger and more capable. A new, larger V8 engine was introduced (5.7 liter) alongside the 4.7L that carried over and the 4.0-liter V6 that also continued as the base engine. Three cab lengths were offered as were three bed lengths and several trim levels. More accommodation for work use, including more glove-friendly body pieces and controls, was designed into the Tacoma. Towing and hauling capabilities were at or above par for the half-ton pickup truck class. The new Tundra was a solid hit with the full-sized truck market and quickly saw production equal to Toyota's total capacity for the truck.
Although the Toyota Tundra has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for reliability and durability, there have been roadblocks to that. The 2000-2003 models of the Tundra were subject to recall for a serious rust problem in their frame, but Toyota used the opportunity to solidify their rapport with customers and saw little blowback from the recall. Other issues commonly reported include general failures in secondary engine parts at high mileage (air pumps, charcoal canister) and similar problems expected from high-mileage pickups. Buyers should be aware that trucks subjected to heavy use are likely to have structural or mechanical problems when they reach high odometer readings.
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