First Generation (2000-2006)
While Toyota has been manufacturing pickup trucks since 1963, none of their models met the specifications of a full-size pickup truck until the Toyota Tundra hit the market in 2000. The Toyota Tundra was initially called the T150 as a follow-up vehicle to the Toyota T100. Unfortunately for Toyota, the Ford Motor Company filed a lawsuit stating that the T150 name was too similar to the Ford F-150. Ford won the name game, and Toyota renamed the vehicle the Toyota Tundra.
The first generation Tundra came in four trim levels – Base, SR5, SR5 V8, and LTD V8. The Base and SR5 trims came with a 3.4-liter V6 engine with 190 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque and a five-speed manual transmission. The SR5 V8 and LTD V8 trim options came with a 4.7-liter “i-Force” V8 engine with 245 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque and a four-speed automatic transmission. This was the first V8 engine for a Toyota pickup truck.
The Toyota Tundra garnered some impressive awards in its first year. Motor Trend magazine gave it the “Truck of the Year” award for 2000, and Consumer Reports crowned it “Best Full-Size Truck.” The Tundra generated the highest vehicle sales in Toyota’s history.
In 2003 Toyota used the Terminator 3 movie Terminator: Rise of the Machines to debut their Tundra T3 Special Edition vehicle. The truck featured menacing sounding Borla exhaust and an upgraded engine with an additional ten horsepower and ten pound-feet of torque. The T3 Special Edition looked the part too with an all-black access cab body, 17-inch titanium-painted aluminum alloy wheels and darkened privacy glass. The interior followed suit with front captain’s seats, an in-dashboard six-disk CD changer, and T3 badging and graphics.
Second Generation (2007-Present)
The second generation Toyota Tundra, introduced at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, revealed a fully redesigned vehicle. The exterior of the Tundra was redesigned giving the truck a sporty, athletic appearance, and buyers could choose between three bed lengths—5.5-feet, 6.5-feet and 8-feet. There were also three cab designs including regular cab, double cab (which replaced the access cab), and CrewMax.
Three trim levels are available for this truck from Base, to SR5, and Limited, as well as three engine options. The base model engine for this generation is the 4.0-liter 1GR-FE V6 engine with 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The next engine option is the 4.7-liter 2UZ-FE V8 engine with 271 horsepower and 313 pound-feet of torque. At the top of the engine options is the new 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque which gives the Tundra a maximum towing capacity of up to 10,400 pounds and a payload capacity of over 2,000 pounds. The 5.7-liter Tundra even has coolers for the engine oil and transmission fluid for drivers making long hauls. Along with the five-speed automatic transmission, this generation truck now has a new, optional six-speed automatic transmission with the ability to lock the torque converter in fifth and sixth gears with a manual shift mode.
The Tundra shed its commuter and weekender image by including features that would benefit construction workers such as extra-large door handles to accommodate gloves, an integrated tow hitch, a deck rail system, and head restraints capable of fitting passengers with hardhats. Additional standard features with this generation truck include tailgate assist, brake assist, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, electronic automatic limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control, and traction control.
Tundra and the Space Shuttle Endeavour
In October 2012, thousands of people watched as an unmodified Toyota Tundra towed the space shuttle Endeavor twelve miles through the narrow streets of Los Angeles. At the wheel was professional driver Matt McBride with retired astronaut and former Endeavour crew member Garrett Reisman at his side.
What made the Tundra event so incredible was the towing capacity of the truck, 10,000 pounds, and the weight of the space shuttle, 150,000 pounds, along with the towing gear, 120,000 pounds. It was a specially designed rig created by the transport company, The Sarens Group, that allowed the Tundra pull the enormous Endeavour, but the visual impact of the event was incredible. Toyota was able to be involved with relocating the space shuttle due to the company’s years of support to the California Science Center promoting science education.
The 2014 Toyota Tundra was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show and featured a redesigned tailgate with modified taillights. The refresh also enhanced the front and rear fenders, enlarged the grille, and raised the hood line. Ride quality improved with new damping rates and a retuned suspension. Steering feel was improved with a re-valved steering rack. An optional 38-gallon gas tank became available for long-haul drivers.
The redesigned interior included an ergonomic dashboard created using richer materials and surfaces that showcased new gauges and controls along with a 3.5-inch information screen. New seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a backup camera were also included in the refresh.
In 2014 Toyota discontinued the regular cab with the 6.5-foot bed and added the premium luxury 1794 Edition with its western aesthetic and exclusive saddle brown cowhide trim. Along with the 1794 Edition, the 2014 Tundra also has the SR, SR5, Limited, and Platinum trim levels.
TRD Sport and TRD Rock Warrior Editions
The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) packages allow buyers to tailor their truck to specific interests. The TRD Sport Edition was created for on-roaders who prefer custom street trucks. The Sport Edition, which only comes on the V8 two-wheel drive model, is a cosmetic enrichment package. It features heated side mirrors, fog lamps, special side graphics, 20-inch alloy wheels, as well as body-colored door handles, grille surround and front and rear bumpers. It is only available in black or radiant red paint colors. The interior has a black cloth interior and custom shift knob and pedal covers.
The TRD Rock Warrior truck is geared toward off-roaders that need suspension modifications. The Rock Warrior package is only available on the V8 four-wheel drive model with either the crew cab or double cab. This edition features alloy wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A tires and a tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks. This truck is only available in black or super white and comes with warrior graphics, a matte-black rear bumper, fog lamps, and a paint-matched front bumper. The interior, like the Sport Edition, has a black cloth interior and custom shift knob and pedal covers.
With all the configurations possible with the Toyota Tundra you are sure to have a pickup that meets your specific needs. If your Tundra is in need of a windshield replacement, sidelite replacement, or backlite replacement, use Glass.com to help you locate a local and reputable auto glass repair technician to get your glass replaced and quickly get your Toyota back on the road.