In the year 1998, the Toyota Tundra was publicly introduced and was then known as the T150 but the Ford Motor Company and some automotive experts thought that the name T150 was closely similar to the market-leading Ford F150 so the Toyota truck was then renamed to Tundra. The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup truck that replaced the Toyota T100 and had better a healthier sale than the letter.
This vehicle was built in Indiana having a ladder frame and optional an optional V8. It weighs at around half a ton that is powered by either a V6 or a V8 engine. The Toyota Tundra is available in Regular Cab, Access Cab and Double Cab configurations, with two and four doors for the first two models, and putting power to the ground through two or four wheels depending on the configuration.
Option packages for this vehicle are the Base, Limited, and SR5, but have the same frame and wheelbase. Its five-speed manual and four speed automatic transmissions, together with the V6 engine power were carried over from the T100 model. It features a moderately strong safety rating of 4 for the driver and 3 for the passenger, both out of 5 from the NHTSA, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated it as the safest full sized pickup by using a frontal offset crash test.
This vehicle was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award in the year 2000. In the year 2001, a TRD off road package became available with the additional V8 models, and that bed-rail caps became standard in access cabs, and a tailgate cap was added to the regular beds, all models had a painted rear bumpers, and that options, colors, and packages were tweaked, while the rear seats were modified, as the V6 engine emissions became 50-state legal and the alternators increased from 70 going to 80 amps. A year later, an additional of a limited slip differential for V8 models and tweaked colors were made.
In the year 2003, The Toyota Tundra received a new styling and had an additional Stepside Access Cab together with the standard antilock brakes and a new center console with two tiers. And by the year 2004, a Double Cab was added having a long bed and redesigned rear seats that has a headrest for each rear seating position coupled with three-point seatbelts while the rear seat passengers have their own heating and air-conditioning channel. The Double cab offers an optional rear seat audio and a rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. It also had a 60/40 split-fold-and-tumble seats that offers an extra measure of cargo utility for carrying items that is not placed in the bed.
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