has a rather prudent product credo of enough being enough. And nowhere is that
more evident in their full-size pickup offering, the Tundra.
every other full-size truck sold here, the Tundra is built in America, but unlike
the rest, it doesn't subscribe to the bigger-is-better ethic that leads to wasteful
powertrains, cumbersome dimensions and ponderous curb weights. Rather, the Tundra
is sized just a couple inches shorter and a couple inches narrower while offering
full-size cargo capacity and V-8 power. You don't often miss those extra inches
unless you are a full-time contractor, but you sure appreciate the tighter dimensions
every time you negotiate an underground parking garage or supermarket parking
the Tundra will have you shaking your head and wondering if there who just transported
you into the cab of the last-generation Ford F-150. Once you start playing with
the hig-quality switchgear, however, you'll wonder who just transported you into
a Lexus. Truly, the Tundra is superbly assembled with excellent materials.
Tundra is powered by your choice of the 190-hp V-6 also found in the Tacoma (skip
it) or a deliciously smooth, 245-hp V-8 whose payoff in the power department far
outweighs the single city-cycle mile per gallon tax it requires to get from here
to there. Highway mileage for the two powertrains is identical (with the 5-speed
automatic transmissions that is standard on the V-8, optional on the V-6).
said, the Tundra is the quiet, competent one in the full-size truck game. But
while the bruisers make for fun flings, to be sure, sometimes the quiet ones are
the marrying types.