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2010 Toyota Tundra

16 August 2009 1,370 views No Comment

The current Toyota Tundra debuted as a 2007 model and was designed in Michigan and California and built in San Antonio, Tex. Although Toyota sold 196,555 Tundras in the United States in 2007, this still only made it a bit player in the North American pickup market. Last year, those sales took a serious slide, at least in part because of the Tundra’s only real engine choice– the thirsty 5.7-litre V8.

For 2010, Toyota has created two full-sized, work-ready pickups (a 4X2 and a 4X4) with the all-new 4.6L DOHC V8. This replaces the old 271-horsepower, 313 pound-feet of torque, i-Force 4.7L, which was coupled to a five-speed automatic. The new engine is hooked up to a six-speed automatic.

This new 4.6L makes 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque while still offering a combined fuel consumption rating of 12.1 litres per 100 kilometres, according to Toyota. This is a 12% increase in horsepower and an 11% improvement in fuel consumption compared with the 4.7L V8. Toyota says this powertrain combination now makes the Tundra the most fuel-efficient, conventional full-sized pickup available.

Driving back from Kingston, my combined fuel consumption was 12.8 L/100 km, which was very reasonable considering the size of the truck and the fact I wasn’t trying to save gas. Power-wise, the transmission works in concert with the engine — by downshifting two gears when called on– to build speed, yet lopes along at minimal rpm at the high end, saving fuel even at 120 km/h. After a weekend of driving this motor, I would only consider buying the current 5.7L V8 if I was regularly towing heavy loads — the new 4.6L is more than up to the job.

The engine’s performance is attributed to two technologies new to the Tundra. The first is a Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation System that reduces smog-forming emissions and improves overall fuel efficiency. The second is an Acoustic Control Induction System that optimizes power and torque output.

I have said that Toyota will again sell more Tundras than it currently does but it will also have to increase the number of variations to really make an impact. With the release of the 2010 Tundra, Toyota has done just that. The 4.7L V8 is gone and the 4.6L engine is now standard in the base model. Unlike the 4.7, though, this new motor actually offers benefits for its smaller displacement. In addition, Toyota has packaged two new Tundra versions around this engine.

While the engine/transmission combination is the key change for 2010, Toyota has also done a bit of housekeeping on the truck itself, with some modest fascia changes and added safety and standard features.

All 2010 models get a redesigned front grille and tail lamp design — more of a nip and tuck treatment than major surgery. In addition, standard equipment on all Tundras include driver and front passenger knee air bags. At the rear, the seven-pin towing wiring harness connector has been moved above the level of the hitch and out of the way (although it’s still below the bumper) Also, the lower glove box gets a shelf to help better organize things.

Toyota is fully aware it doesn’t compete with the Big Three pickup manufacturers in terms of choices. GM, Ford and Dodge have cultivated customers over decades by offering enough different components that any buyer can build a very unique truck. Toyota is now working on that. As a nod to constant improvement, I noted a new bumper step at the rear of the tester. This is an obvious response to the success Ford has had with its fold-up steps for easier cargo access. Still, it’s a welcomed addition, though it is an option.

For 2010, Toyota is offering a choice of three cabs — the three-passenger Regular Cab, five-or six-passenger Double Cab and the CrewMax cab. Bed lengths come as 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot (which nicely fits a full-sized ATV) or the traditional 8.1-foot.

With the new engine factored in, Toyota claims a choice of up to 15 models –five 4×2 and 10 4×4 models. Trim levels include the “work truck” right up to a new loaded Platinum 5.7L model.

Also, more upgrade features are now being offered as standard equipment, depending on the package. These include an adjustable head-lamp levelling system, fog lamps, towing mirrors and an upgraded navigation system that responds to voice commands.

The 2010 Tundra is now on sale across Canada.



Type of vehicle: Four-wheel-drive, full-sized pickup

Engine: 4.6L DOHC V8

Power: 310 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 327 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm

Transmission: Six-speed manual with tow/haul mode

Brakes: Four-wheel disc with ABS

Tires: P255/70R18

Price: base/as tested: $24,995/$35,790

Destination charge: $1,390

Transport Canada fuel economy L/100 km: 14 city, 9.9 hwy.

Standard features: AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA four-speaker stereo system, dual-zone HVAC, 50/50-split front bench seat with driver and passenger adjustments, courtesy lighting group, sliding rear window, four-spoke tilt steering wheel, power windows and locks, accessory power outlet, front tow hook, composite cargo bed with tie-downs, removable tailgate, in-cab storage, overhead sunglasses storage, map pockets, centre console box, front and rear cup holders, outside temperature gauge, cruise control, keyless entry, tow package

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