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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

 The 2014 Toyota Tundra displays a fairly extensively refresh and lifestyle facelift inside and out while maintaining the current engines and drivetrains.

2014 Tundra

 The 4.0-liter V-6, 4.6-liter V-8, and 5.7-liter V-8 all carry over with the same power ratings and transmissions that include a five-speed automatic for the V-6 and six-speed automatics for the V-8s. The 381-hp output of the big-dog 5.7-liter iForce V-8 delivers expected results and comes ready for rebounding housing and property development markets.

There have been no announcements regarding fuel economy changes. The 2013 figures for the 5.7 liter engine are 13/18 mpg city/highway for the 4×2 model and 13/17 mpg for the 4×4 model.


Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

A little publizied act occurred this week that went largely unnoticed and could affect the future availability of Sequoia, Tundra and even 4 Runner . sequoia grillePresident Obama has forced the big three US carmakers, and their unions, to accept tough mileage rules for cars and SUVs. The rules will cut emissions from vehicles by more than a third over the next four years.

Whether the new rules end America’s love affair with huge cars like Sequoia remains to be seen. But they are being introduced at a time when SUV sales are at a fraction of their peak level five years ago. Their demise coincides with the country’s first mass-produced “plug-in” electric car, which finally rolled off a Michigan production line this week.

From 2016, new cars and SUVs will have to deliver an average of 35.5 miles per gallon, comparable for the first time with European and Japanese requirements.

SUV mileage under the new regime is expected to average 28.8mpg, or nearly three times that of the Hummer H1 that Arnold Schwarzenegger once drove into Times Square in New York to begin the vehicle’s transition from armoured personnel carrier into celebrity runabout.

The new rules end a notorious loophole in US law by which SUVs were exempt from emissions standards that applied to cars. This made them so much more profitable that at the peak of the sport utility boom, a single Ford plant was generating up to $15 million a day in pre-tax profits.

The rules were welcomed yesterday by the industry and environmentalists. Of course, The US Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, had little choice but to accept the standards after the $25 billion bailout of Chrysler and General Motors.

The Big Three producers will have to spend about $52 billion to upgrade engines, power trains and air-conditioning systems to meet the requirements. The average cost of a new car or SUV is expected to rise by $1,000 as a result, meaning that the future of American motoring depends on consumers’ willingness to pay a modest premium for old-fashioned cars — or a larger one for something very different. Higher prices and an uncertain economy under our present government will most likely cause manufacturers including Toyota to be very cautious with inventory levels on the large vehicles like Sequoia, Tundra and 4Runner.

US motorists have shown repeatedly that their affection for big cars rebounds as gas prices fall, but the new regulations reflect a long-term trend. On average, Ford sold 412,000 Explorer SUVs each year from 1995 to 2003. By 2008 sales had slumped to 78,000. GM has sold the Hummer brand to a Chinese rival and SUV sales fell overall by 52 per cent last year alone.

The new standards are based on a 2007 Supreme Court Ruling that reclassified carbon dioxide as a pollutant. They will be enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, whether Congress approves or not.


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

The Tundra is assembled in Texas and has always been assembled in America.

Did you know that one of the requirements in NASCAR is that the vehicle brand represented on the track must be, under their rules, “American-made.” When Toyota petitioned NASCAR in 2002 to join the truck-racing series, Toyota officials had to demonstrate that the Tundra was assembled in Indiana and that Toyota as a company had a strong American presence with more than 30,000 workers employed throughout the country.

Toyota engineers based in California then developed a pushrod V8 engine with carburetor induction to satisfy the rules. In 2004, Toyota entered the Craftsman Truck Series (now called Camping World Truck Series) and the Tundra has won the manufacturer’s points championship four of the last five years.

In other words, Tundra wouldn’t be allowed to race NASCAR if the sanctioning body didn’t consider the truck to be “American–made,” under their rules.

The Tundra will no longer be produced in Indiana as production has shifted to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX). This 220,000-square-foot facility outside of San Antonio opened in 2006 and employs more than 2,000 workers. Another 2,000 workers are employed by numerous suppliers that set up shop on the plant grounds to produce parts specifically for the Tundra.

Besides NASCAR, Tundra is a part of many other activities with rich American heritage. The Tundra races off-road in SCORE and CORR competitions. Tundra is heavily involved in professional bass fishing by sponsoring numerous high-profile anglers at national championship events. Tundra dealers are often found sponsoring or contributing to local recreation and charity activities.

The majority of Tacomas are also assembled in the United States at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California–which is operated under an agreement with General Motors. Tacoma’s D cab is produced in Baja, Mexico, where all the truck’s cargo beds are manufactured.


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

 Here’s a quick tutorial of Tundra and Tacoma specifications important to off-road enthusiasts.

Toyota off-roaders treasure vehicle clearance to help maneuver over obstacles without damaging underbody components or just to plow through heavy snow without getting stuck. Here’s a quick review on the important dimensions and numbers for Tundra and Tacoma:

Approach Angle
When looking at the truck profile or from the side, imagine a line from the contact patch of the front tire to the lowest hanging point on the front bumper or fascia. The angle between this line and the ground is the approach angle. Vehicles with a high approach angle can negotiate steep ramps without inflicting damage to the front end. The approach angle is generally a function of vehicle ride height and the body’s front overhang. Four-wheel-drive vehicles tend to have a higher approach angle because they may be equipped with taller tires or the suspension is set up for a higher ride height. The Tacoma PreRunner has a suspension and tire package similar to the 4×4 model, so its dimensions are similar.

Departure Angle
This angle is measured the same way as the approach angle but using the rear tire and rear of the vehicle. The departure angle is an indication of how a vehicle can drive off a steep hill or obstacle without hurting the underside. This angle is usually smaller than the departure angle because there is more overhang with a truck’s cargo bed.

Ground Clearance
This is the measurement from the truck’s lowest-hanging point under the vehicle down to a level ground surface. Measurements can be taken at different points. Some automakers use the differential or “pumpkin” on the rear axle. The lowest point can also be a muffler or shock mount on the axle tube. Enthusiasts will measure at the frame rails and crossmembers to gain a better understanding of where and how their vehicle will clear certain obstacles. Toyota measures ground clearance at the lowest non-moving component, which is usually the crossmember supporting the transfer case.

Following are clearances for Tundra 4×4 Double Cab (standard bed) and Tacoma Access Cab, both PreRunner and 4×4 models. These are the most popular pickup configurations for off-road enthusiasts.


Front Overhang

Approach Angle

Rear Overhang

Departure Angle

Ground Clearance

Tundra 4×4 Double Cab

35 inches

29 degrees

48 inches

25 degrees

10.4 inches

Tacoma Access Cab 4×4 & PreRunner

33.3 inches

35 degrees

47.4 inches

26 degrees

9.3 inches