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2000 Toyota Tundra Truck

Access Cab V8 Auto SR5

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Source: The Car Connection

Finally, Toyota builds one to American tastes.

by Ted Grozier

"Are you with Toyota?" shouted the landscaping man over the buzz of his weed-whacker. Before I could get an answer in, he queried again: "Where's it built?"

"Indiana," I yelled back.

He shut down his machine and we talked for a bit. Turns out that he has already driven Toyota's new full-size pickup at the dealer and was so impressed that he's selling his Ford. Jack, who's driven blue-oval pickups for 20 years and "wouldn't be caught dead in a Chevy," is making the switch to Toyota. So while we wondered at first who would buy the Tundra, we're now convinced that there won't be nearly enough to go around.

Even though the T100 has been with us for a number of years, the Tundra is Toyota's first serious entry into the full-size pickup segment, largely because it can be had with the V-8 power the T100 lacked. With its brawny performance, unrivaled quietness, and "Toyota quality" -- all at a competitive price -- Tundra is a sure hit.

Undoubtedly, the gem of this truck is its sweet engine. The 4.7-liter powerplant is the first use of a double-overhead-cam V-8 in a full-size pickup. While the "i-Force" motor shares basic dimensions with the Lexus 4.7-liter V-8, the similarity ends there, as the Tundra's V-8 is cast iron and lacks the variable valve timing of the more expensive automotive engine. Still, it effortlessly delivers 245 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque, giving the truck class-leading acceleration and driveability.

Equally pleasing is the velvety-smooth four-speed automatic. Together, they offer up to a 2000-pound payload and a 7200-pound towing capacity.

Those who wish to choose their own gears get the standard 3.4-liter DOHC V-6 instead. This 190-hp, 220-lb-ft unit is a proven and capable engine, but with the automatic transmission, the truck's performance is somewhat mediocre, especially when compared back to back to the storming V-8.

Brakes are front disc and -- surprise -- rear drum across the board. According to the Toyota engineers, braking under varying loads was better with the drums than with the four-wheel discs we'd expected. An anti-lock system is optional.

Four-wheel-drive models (Toyota expects a 55/45 4WD/2WD sales mix) get a push-button-operated shift-on-the-fly transfer case with low range. The system, unlike others we have tested, is quick to engage and works well. Ground clearance on both 4x4 and 4x2 models (they differ visually only by a badge on the tailgate) is another best-in-class spec. For a trail-ready truck off the showroom floor, Toyota Racing Development has teamed up with Ivan "Ironman" Stewart to offer an off-road package complete with Bilstein dampers, BF Goodrich rubber, alloy wheels, mudguards, fog lamps, overfenders, and special decals.

Tundra can be had with a standard two-door cab with an 8-foot bed or the spacious four-door "Access Cab" and 6-and-a-half-footer. Room up front is more than adequate, and the driving position is ergonomically correct and comfortable. A 60/40 bench with a large folding center console or dual buckets can be ordered. Toyota has equipped the rear doors of the Access Cab with exterior and interior door handles (as opposed to the standard door-jamb mechanism) for easier entry and exit. Once seated, though, the vertical backrest makes the rear bench less suited for long trips than shorter jaunts, though legroom and headroom are adequate.

Trim levels include base, SR5, and Limited models; the SR5 we drove came with all the goodies one might find in a comfortable sedan, never mind a pickup, including power windows, mirrors, and door locks, privacy glass, cruise control, tilt wheel, CD player, and A/C. Standard equipment on the base model includes a locking tailgate, dual 12-volt power outlets, extending sun visors, and tinted glass, while the Limited grade adds cast aluminum wheels, leather and wood trim. Most impressive, though, was what Toyota, thoughtfully, did not include: shakes, rattles and vibration. Thanks to the Tundra's rigid frame, compliant suspension, powertrain refinement, and liberal use of asphalt sound-deadening, this is the quietest, most composed pickup on the market.

We never doubted that Toyota could build a truck like this, but we feared the steep price. Fortunately, our worries were mistaken; the base 2WD V-6 stick with regular cab goes on sale for $14,995. Sure, the more desirable models will cost more -- in some cases, a lot more -- but will remain competitive with Detroit's offerings. The big question now isn't whether Toyota can build a fine truck at a reasonable price, but if the company can make a dent in this million-vehicle segment with its scant 100,000-unit annual production capacity. Look for construction in Indiana soon.

© The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

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Alarm Opt
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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.

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 Report"****

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 Reports" 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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