Toyota Tundra CrewMax

Published in the September 2008 Issue Published online: Sep 02, 2008
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Toyota is bolstering the value of the Tundra SR5 grade Double Cab and CrewMax by increasing standard equipment. These models include the previously optional power bucket front seats, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, cold kit, heated mirrors and mud guards as standard at no cost.

The Tundra Limited grade Double Cab and CrewMax models add the formerly optional front and rear parking sonar, cold kit and mudguards to the standard equipment list. Finally, the Tundra grade regular cab model features a new front-end appearance for 2008, which features a chrome bumper and matte-black grille surround.

Primarily designed, engineered and assembled in America, the formidable 2009 Tundra is available with 4X2 and 4X4 drivetrains and offers three cab styles, three wheel bases, three bed lengths, three engines and three trim levels.

All Tundra models feature the Toyota Star Safety System as standard equipment, giving Tundra one of the most comprehensive arrays of standard safety technology in the full-size pickup truck category. The system includes ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC).

All Tundra models employ one of the segment's larger and more sophisticated standard braking systems. The four-wheel disc brakes use large, ventilated rotors: front rotors measure 13.9 inches in diameter and 1.26 inches thick, with four-piston calipers; rear rotors measure 13.6 x 0.71 inch and use two-piston calipers.

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are standard on all Tundra models. EBD optimizes brake pressure at each wheel for greater control under braking, especially when cornering. The Brake Assist system is designed to determine if the driver is attempting emergency braking. If the driver has not pressed firmly enough on the brake pedal to engage the ABS, the system supplements the applied braking power until pedal pressure is released.

The Tundra CrewMax provides best-in-class maximum rear legroom at 44.5 inches. CrewMax rear seat versatility is enhanced with the segment's first reclining and sliding rear seat. A 10-inch slide range allows the owner to custom-tailor passenger comfort and room for onboard cargo. CrewMax models provide additional storage under the rear seat.

On Double Cab and CrewMax models, the standard power rear windows retract completely into the doors. The Regular and Double Cab models offer an optional split sliding rear window to enhance interior ventilation, with a power vertical slide-down rear window standard on CrewMax models. The Tundra offers richly textured fabrics and deep-grain leathers available in four colors. As another nod to refinement, CrewMax models offer an optional power tilt/sliding moonroof with an automatic variable-position wind deflector.

CrewMax models offer an optional Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system that combines a nine-inch wide-screen LCD monitor, DVD player, two sets of wireless headphones and a remote control. An available DVD navigation system includes a JBL audio system and integrates a rear backup camera. The camera automatically projects an image of what its lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation system's LCD screen when reverse gear is engaged, useful when backing up the Tundra to a trailer, or for positioning a pontoon boat trailer on a launch ramp. A multifunction rear view mirror, standard on Limited grade models and optional for others, combines an electrochromic auto-dimming mirror with a digital compass and HomeLink transceiver.

Specs

Engine: 4.0-liter DOHC EFI V6

Displacement: 3,956 cc

Horsepower: 236hp

Torque: 266 pounds per foot

Brakes: Power-assisted 4-wheel ABS

Overall length: 209.8 inches

Overall width: 79.9 inches

Overall height: 76.2 inches

Headroom: 40.2 inches

Legroom: 42.5 inches

Seating capacity: 3

Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallons

Towing capacity: 10,500 pounds

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