The full-size truck market was once dominated by American made iron. Pickup truck consumers in their Stetson hats and work boots wouldn’t have it any other way. Times have changed, and now consumers from all demographics are in the market for a truck. This has allowed the Tundra to grab a large part of the market, thanks to its dependability and excellent design.
HISTORY OF THE TOYOTA TUNDRA
First Generation (2000-2006)
The first generation Tundra was introduced in 2000 as a replacement for the aging T-10o. Until the Tundra, Toyota had never made a sincere effort for a piece of the full-size truck market. The brand rig was made available in many different configurations from single cab two-wheel drive to crew cab four-wheel drive. Engine options included 3.4L and 4.0L 6-cylinder engines as well as a 4.7L 8-cylinder. Transmission options were limited to either a four-speed automatic or 5-speed manual.
Second Generation (2007-2013)
A second, larger, Tundra was introduced in 2007. A new engine option became available, the 5.7L 8-cylinder, as well as a new 6-speed automatic transmission. The exterior got a bold redesign with an aggressive front fascia and available CrewMax cab configuration. The hauling and towing capabilities of the truck were increased to satiate American buyers.
In 2008, the Tundra got additional standard features including 18-inch steel wheels, a 40/20/40 cloth bench seat, dual-zone air-conditioning and a four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2013 model year saw the introduction of a new chrome appearance package and a standard rearview camera on limited models. For the final model year of the second generation, 2013, the Tundra was left unchanged in anticipation of the next generation release.
Third Generation (2014-present)
The most current generation Tundra debuted in 2014. Outside, the truck got a larger grille, more prominent fenders, a redesigned tailgate and lights. The overall dimensions of the Tundra increased, allowing for a more spacious interior. The engine options remained the same as the previous generation; including the 4.0L 6-cylinder, 4.6L 8-cylinder and 5.7L 8-cylinder. One of the biggest changes was the introduction of the Entune infotainment system. In addition, a new Western –themed trim level, the 1794 was introduced and a rear-view camera became standard equipment.
The Tundra was once the underdog in the American full-size truck market, rejected by truck aficionados. Now it has the muscle, commodities and style to compete with any truck from the land of the star and strips.