After receiving a host of improvements for 2005, including a new 236-hp, V-6 base engine and more power for the optional V-8, Toyota's full-size Tundra pickup is unchanged for 2006.
For decades, buying a full-size pickup truck meant choosing between Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. That changed a few years ago when Toyota attempted to elbow its way into the picture with the T100, since replaced by the Tundra. While it doesn't offer the plethora of bed sizes, powertrain combinations and towing/hauling capacities that the domestics do, the Tundra's model lineup competes directly with the lighter-duty "half-ton" trucks from the Big Three. Tundras are available in four bed/cab configurations: two-door Regular Cab, with seating for two or three and a 98.2-inch bed; Access Cab, with a small back seat accessed via rear-hinged doors and a 74.7-inch bed; StepSide, with Access Cab and 73.3-inch bed; and Double Cab, a crew cab with four front-hinged doors and a 74.3-inch bed. Inside bed width is 63.3 inches for the Double Cab, 53.8 inches for the StepSide, and 62.8 inches for other models. The Double Cab is slightly more than 19 feet in length with a 140.5-inch wheelbase, while other models are about a foot shorter and ride on a 128.3-inch wheelbase.
Regular Cab models are available in Standard trim, while Access Cab and Double Cab models come in SR5 and Limited versions. Base Regular Cab models are simple and sparsely equipped, in keeping with the needs of a typical work truck. SR5 models add standard air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, and various body-color and chrome accents on the body. Limited models add a premium stereo, remote keyless entry, and a power-operated sliding section on the rear window (or a fully lowering rear window on Double Cab models). Most popular options are grouped in packages; Double Cab models can be had with niceties like heated front seats, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a custom SNUGTOP camper shell.
A 4.0L V-6 (236 hp, 266 lb.-ft. of torque) with a standard 6-speed manual and optional 5-speed automatic transmission is the standard powertrain for 4x2 models. Toyota's iForce V-8, with an output of 271 hp and 313 lb.-ft. of torque and standard 5-speed automatic transmission, is optional in 4x2 models and standard in 4x4, StepSide, and Double Cab models. Payload ratings range from 1,210 pounds for the StepSide SR5 V-8 4x2 to 2,025 pounds for the Regular Cab V-8 4x2. Towing capacity ranges from 4,800 pounds for the V-6 Access Cab 4x2 up to 7,100 pounds for all V-8 4x2s and the Regular Cab 4x4. V-8 models offer an optional towing package with a Class IV hitch, a seven-pin wiring connector, a transmission cooler, and heavy-duty alternator. 4x4 Tundras have a push-button transfer case with 4x4 "high" and "low" ranges. An optional TRD Off-Road Package for V-8 Access Cab and Double Cab models adds heavy-duty off-road-tuned springs and shocks, 16-inch wheels with bigger tires, and extra trim bits to complete the look.
The Large Pickup segment in which the Tundra competes is heavily dominated by domestic-branded models, including stalwarts Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, and Dodge Ram. Over the past decade, these vehicles have matured into more than utilitarian work trucks. Larger cabs with comfortable and well-outfitted interiors have attracted a much larger audience.
Predictably, the U.S. Big Three dominated sales in this segment for the 2005 calendar year. The Ford F-150 led the segment with 579,820 sales, the Chevrolet Silverado (light duty) followed with 445,585 sales, and the Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty pickups recorded combined sales of 285,584, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Tundra ranked eighth with 126,529 sales. Other models in the segment include light- and heavy-duty versions of the Dodge Ram and GMC Sierra, along with the Nissan Titan and Chevrolet Avalanche.
|Base (M6)||6 speed manual||$16,155||236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl||16/20|
|Base V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$18,630||271-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||16/19|
|SR5 (M6)||6 speed manual||$22,590||236-hp / 4.0L 6-cyl||16/20|
|SR5 V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$24,315||271-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||16/18|
|LTD V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$27,255||271-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||16/18|
|Limited V8 (A5)||5 speed automatic||$28,005||271-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||16/19|
|Darrell Waltrip Edition (A5)||5 speed automatic||$29,615||271-hp / 4.7L 8-cyl||16/19|