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2000 Toyota Tundra Truck

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2000 Toyota Tundra

Source: New Car Test Drive

by Mitch McCullough

A smooth, powerful full-sized pickup.

Base Price $15,415
As Tested $26,005

Based on a drive over lava-strewn terrain and undulating highways, Toyota's new Tundra has the size and power to compete with the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. It is the first full-sized pickup truck ever sold by an import-brand automaker.

The Toyota Tundra offers an optional double overhead-cam V8 engine that gives it more than enough power to compete with the big dogs. The Tundra accelerates quicker than base V8 versions of the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra -- even when a trailer is attached. This new Toyota pickup can tow a 7,200-pound trailer or haul more than 2,000 pounds in its 8-foot bed. It offers excellent handling on the highway and over rough terrain. It sports a comfortable cab and delivers a quiet ride.

In a field of great full-sized, half-ton pickup trucks, the Toyota Tundra is among the best.

Walkaround

The Tundra replaces Toyota's T100, an intermediate, Dodge Dakota-sized truck available only with a V6. Though it was a high-quality, durable truck, the T100 failed to attract large numbers of American pickup buyers who wanted a V8 engine and a roomier cab. Out with the T100, in with the Tundra.

The Tundra offers two engines, but Toyota expects that nearly 95 percent of its buyers will opt for the V8. The 4.7-liter engine will be the first double overhead-cam, 32-valve V8 engine offered for a full-size pickup truck. Lifted from the Toyota Land Cruiser, this V8 produces 245 horsepower and 315 foot-pounds of torque. All V8 models come with 4-speed automatic transmissions.

The standard engine is a 3.4-liter double overhead-cam V6 rated at 190 horsepower and 220 foot-pounds of torque. It comes with a choice of 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.

Built at Toyota's brand-new assembly plant in Indiana, the Tundra is available as a two-door regular cab or four-door Access Cab. Two- and four-wheel drive versions are available, which employ similar suspensions and bed heights.

Though attractive, Tundra's styling is bland when compared with the stylish Dodge Ram and Ford F-150 trucks. It shares that Toyota look with the Tacoma compact- and T100 intermediate-sized pickups. Curving lines give it a sporty look, while bulging fenders make it appear ready to go off road.

Access Cab extended cab models come with four doors. The rear doors open in the opposite direction -- they called these suicide doors in the old days. These doors will crash into one another if you close the front door before closing the rear door. Fortunately, the inside of the rear door is padded, so it isn't a big problem.

The pickup bed measures 8 feet on the regular cab; it's 6-foot, three-inches long on the Access Cab, which is about 2 inches shorter than the bed of a Ford F-150. Toyota's bed is also a little shallower than Ford's.

The Inside Story

This is a comfortable truck with a friendly interior. Control switches are concentrated in the center cluster for easy operation. Instruments are straightforward with a big tachometer that's optional. A center console box comes with optional captain's chairs that provides storage space and cupholders. Climbing in is easy.

The Tundra offers more front legroom than any of the domestic pickups. Overall, however, the domestic trucks offer more room in the front seats. An advanced seatbelt system with pretensioners and force limiters adds safety to dual front airbags and side-impact beams. The passenger-side airbag can be switched off with the key when babies or children are aboard.

Access Cab models add interior storage space and the ability to carry two more passengers. In terms of carrying passengers, the rear seat is mostly a short-term affair, however. First, the Tundra does not offer nearly as much space in the rear half of the extended cab as the Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge pickups. Second, the rear seatback is vertical, causing the occupant to sit bolt upright, which is uncomfortable for traveling any farther than the neighborhood restaurant. A far better use for the extended cab is to use it for carrying dry cleaning, groceries or briefcases.

Ride & Drive

The four-wheel-drive Tundra seems as quiet as a luxury sedan. The engine is smooth and quiet and there's little wind noise or road noise.

The V8 engine provides excellent acceleration performance in the 45-mph range. It allowed us to pass Hawaii's slower drivers on winding two-lane roads with no drama.

Toyota's V8 is a marvel of balance. Not only is it smooth and powerful, but it sounds great. Stand behind this pickup when it is started, revved, or even idling, and you're treated to a classic V8 burble that's pleasant to American ears. Yet, it's super quiet when sitting in the truck.

V8 engines with twin cams and four valves per cylinder are usually associated with imported luxury sports sedans. Toyota perfected this design in its Land Cruiser SUV and Lexus luxury cars. With distributorless ignition and other state-of-the-art features, it produces nearly 200 foot-pounds of torque starting at just 2000 rpm. It will be the first V8 in the segment to qualify as a low-emission vehicle, or LEV, by the government.

We loaded 300 pounds of fertilizer into a two-axle horse trailer and pulled it up a steep grade with a two-wheel-drive Tundra Limited model. Starting from a dead stop, the Tundra easily accelerated up a long hill with the 3,000-pound trailer. This rig was stable going around sweeping turns, braking from high speeds on steep downhill sections and bouncing over a rough lava-covered dirt road. There was none of the porpoising some trucks exhibit when their front suspensions aren't up to balancing weight on the rear tongue. We could have easily pulled that trailer to Montana -- except for the logistical problems of getting off of Hawaii. Transmission and engine oil coolers are standard.

Ride quality is, for the most part, excellent. Hawaii's Big Island highways are fairly new and the pavement is in excellent condition, but they are not perfectly smooth because they were laid down on a bed of rough lava. The Tundra's suspension transmitted some of this unevenness to the occupants. This roughness was subtle, however, and a light load in the bed would probably eliminate it completely.

On rough pavement and bumpy dirt roads, the Tundra's suspension really shined. It damped out unwanted vibration and harshness and controlled the movement of the wheels precisely, keeping the tires in contact with the road surface for excellent grip and handling. We bounced up a steep mountain trail -- barely a path -- into an area that looked like Southeast Asia, where the Tundra's suspension performed amazingly well. Bounding over harsh dips and humps, the suspension offered impressive travel and damping performance. It was easy to control the truck over this rough terrain in spite of our rapid pace up the steep mountain trail. The suspension never bottomed on the bump stops in spite of our efforts to beat it up.

Toyota off-road racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart helped Toyota Racing Development tune a TRD model with Bilstein shocks and special progressive-rate springs. Its suspension is designed for performance in extreme off-road conditions and reportedly rides better on rough road surfaces.

The brakes felt great to us and Toyota claims the Tundra can stop quicker than the domestic pickups.

While bouncing over the moguls, we noticed that neither the cowl nor the front hood shook. The Tundra's chassis is highly rigid with boxed front frame rails. Toyota also claims this truck offers a class-leading ground clearance and everything underneath is tucked above the frame rails.

A limited-slip rear differential is not available, so the inside rear wheel will scramble for traction when you accelerate around a tight gravel corner.

Final Word

Toyota now offers a full-sized pickup that can compete with the domestic trucks. It's smooth and quiet. It offers lots of power for passing or towing. And it comes with a suspension that handles winding roads and moonscapes brilliantly.

All of this, wrapped up with Toyota's renowned quality, durability and reliability, make the Tundra an excellent choice among pickup trucks.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

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12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty*

7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty**

1-year of Roadside Assistance***

160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection

CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportTM****

Certified customers are eligible for standard new car financing rates*****

*Whichever comes first from date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. The Comprehensive Warranty covers any repair or replacement of components which fail under normal use due to defect in materials or workmanship. (Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

**Whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. See your Toyota Certified Used Vehicles dealer for warranty details. Program not available in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For AL, FL, GA, NC & SC, warranty coverage differs in the following ways: 7-year or 100,000-mile Toyota Certified Limited Powertrain Warranty coverage begins on January 1st of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles.

***From date of Toyota Certified Used Vehicle purchase. Covers most services, including flat tires, lockout service, jump starts, fuel delivery up to 3 gallons and towing for mechanical breakdown or collision recovery to the nearest Toyota dealership. Services provided exclude any parts required. Coverage not available in Mexico. See Certified Warranty Supplement for warranty details.

****Beginning December 1, 2005 CARFAX® Vehicle History ReportsTM are a required part of every Toyota Certified Used Vehicle. See your local dealer for details.

*****Rates mentioned are for standard new car rates, and do not include new car specials or subvented rates. Not all buyers will qualify. Financing available through Toyota Financial Services for qualified buyers only.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 7 years / 85,000
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection All TCUV vehicles must pass a comprehensive checklist that includes a 160-point inspection. This way you can rest assured that your pre-owned Toyota is in perfect condition. To see full inspection list visit http://www.toyotacertified.com/inspection.html
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 1-year of Roadside Assistance from date of TCUV purchase.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50

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