The Toyota Tundra is classified as a full-size pickup truck and is manufactured in the United States by Japanese carmaker Toyota. Production of this vehicle first began in 1999 and was the very first full-size pickup to be built by this automaker and it was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award as well as Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008. The Tundra is currently manufactured in San Antonio, Texas. The first generation of this vehicle bore a number of similarities to the Toyota T100 as well as the compact Toyota Tacoma. One of the most significant similarities between these two vehicles is that they both use the 3.4 liter V6 engine, which was a top of the line engine for both vehicles at the time.
Production of the first generation Tundra started in May of 1999 and went until 2006. All of the prototype and show versions of this pickup truck were known as the T150s. Toyota was forced to change the name of this vehicle due to the lawsuit that Ford filed, claiming that the Japanese automaker’s T150 was too close to their F-150. The Tundra had a larger design than the T100, though it didn’t pose a threat to other domestic pickup trucks due to its relatively small size.
The total production capacity of the first generation Tundra was 120,000, and sales ended up doubling the amount of the T100. At one point, the Tundra held the record for the largest initial sale of any vehicle made by Toyota. The consumer response to this vehicle was overwhelming, and there was no doubt whatsoever that it was incredibly popular from the moment it was released onto the market.
There were numerous engine choices available with the Toyota Tundra first generation, including the 24V 3.4 liter V6 engine which was capable of producing 190 horsepower as well as 220 pound-feet of torque. There was also an LEV certified 32 valve 4.7 liter i-Force V8 engine which was capable of 245 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. At this time, a Toyota Racing Development or TRD supercharger was available for the 3.4 liter V6 engine in the 2000-2003 models which had a total horsepower of 260 and 260 pound-feet of torque. A second TRD supercharger became available for the V8 engine in the second year of production, pushing the engine to 300 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
The second generation Tundra came with quite a few changes from its predecessor and was first introduced to the public in February of 2006 at the Chicago Auto Show. This vehicle took many of its design cues from the Toyota Tacoma along with the Toyota FTX concept truck. This second generation pickup is available with three different engines, including the new 5.7 liter V8 which can produce up to 381 horsepower, the 4.7 liter 2UZ-FE V8 which can produce 276 horsepower, 4.0 liter 1GR-FE V6 which can produce up to 236 horsepower.
When the second generation Tundra was first released to the public for purchase in 2007, it was available in 31 different configurations, some of which featured 3 bed lengths, 3 cab configurations, 3 wheelbases, and two different transmission types. The Tundra received a significant facelift in 2014 and was first displayed at the Chicago Auto Show in February of 2013. This new Tundra has a completely redesigned tailgate, tail lights, a larger grill, Bluetooth connectivity, 3.5” information screen, and a number of its features were enhanced. This pickup truck has been incredibly successful with consumers over the years and continues to be one of Toyota’s top sellers.