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2017 Toyota Tundra OVERVIEW
The Toyota Tundra is an alternative choice in the full-size truck segment, struggling against the popular leaders from Ford, Chevrolet/GMC, and Ram. Helped by a pair of brawny V8s and brashly muscular styling, the larger of Toyota’s pickup models aims for the heart of the truck market, which is dominated by the domestic brands. As a result, Tundra has been one of the slowest-selling full-size pickups in the U.S. market.
What's New for 2017
Changes are few for the 2017 model year. A tow hitch receiver has been added to models with the 4.6-liter V8, making that feature standard throughout the line. Tundra Limited models now include standard power front seats, including a four-way passenger seat.
Choosing Your Toyota Tundra
The Tundra is available in three cab styles: Regular, Double, and CrewMax. Both the Double and CrewMax have four doors and can carry up to six passengers. With its conventional, full-width rear doors, the CrewMax offers more legroom in back.
The Regular Cab comes only with the long cargo bed (8.1 feet), while the Double can have either the short (5.5 feet) or long bed. The CrewMax is available only with the short bed.
The Tundra's standard 4.6-liter V8 generates 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 5.7-liter V8 achieves 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet. Four-wheel drive is available with either engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.
Towing capacity ranges from 9,800 to 10,500 pounds. Fuel economy with the 4.6-liter V8 and rear-wheel drive is estimated at 15/19 mpg (city/highway), versus 13/18 mpg for the 5.7-liter. Four-wheel drive drops most figures by 1 mpg.
Six trim levels are offered:
Tundra prices range from $31,215 to $51,225 (destination included). A Limited is probably the best bet in terms of substantial equipment at a comparatively reasonable price. Double Cab and CrewMax body styles are worth the additional cost if you regularly carry a full cab of adults. No Tundra is as plush as the newer domestic models, although Toyota’s truck isn't priced as high as those rivals, either.
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