After looking at Dodge and Ford we agreed that the Toyota Tundra would be a better deal. Not financially, but overall including workmanship, resale value, size, comfort, amenities and visual appeal. Buying it one year used brought the price down right where it should be. I love the space, the smooth ride and the quiet interior. It doesn't have a great turning radius, but everything else is top notch. I plan to get the mileage out of this one. Just pricey.
Interior room (larger than our Suburban), the electric rear window and the extremely quiet ride.
16mpgs for a full size truck isn't bad, but I know they could do better.
I have a 2005 Tundra Double Cab 4x4 and I love it. 3,500 miles thus far and absolutely no regrets. It's the perfect size for me--I can throw my 3 kids in the back and enough gear in the bed for a family of 5--ski equipment, whatever, and go absolutely anywhere. (I have a retractable lockable bed cover, and it really completes the package.) Only two complaints: my truck has the TRD package, and the stock BF Goodrich "Rugged Trail" tires were terrible. Threw them away after 500 miles and put on BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A, a more appropriate choice for the TRD package. Also, I tried an after-market bug deflector but took it off due to wind noise. Maybe I'll try the Toyota part.
My favorite features are the design and build quality. The door seals, switchgear, and various levers and handles are rock solid and exude quality. The truck is screwed together tightly has ZERO squeaks or rattles. This is one solid truck, and it is whisper-quiet on the highway.
1. Better tires for TRD. 2. Better fuel economy--I barely get 15 on the highway. 3. Toyota should have a dashboard indicator light when fog lights are switched on. 4. Clock should be mounted higher on the dash. 5. 4WD switch is inconveniently located (too low and close to another switch.)
In July 2003 we traded an 02
Accord EX-L for an 03 Tundra Access cab.
Our children in car seats would just
barely fit and the back of the rear
seat was almost straight up. Last July
the 4X4 03 had 5500 miles and listed
for $30,300. We traded for a 2X2 04
double cab that listed for $29,600 and
paid $4100 out the door. The dealer
put about $24,000 in our old truck and
so far still has it on their lot (over 5 months)
So far I do not miss the 4X4 and
could not be better satisfied. The
truck is quiet, smooth and tough. There
is plenty of bed space as well as rear
seat room. The windshield wiper motor
is too loud and the air direction
controls seem kinda clunky. Otherwise
Size and stance on the road.
Rear seat room and overall comfort.
Ease of drivability. Deep bed and
Change the air direction controls. The
2005 Tacoma's are great (but I plan to
keep the Tundra!).
The windshield wiper motor is too loud.
Granted most trucks may not even be
quiet enough to notice.
This has been a great truck, and like
all Toyotas, a really well built
vehicle. I drove chevy, ford, nissan,
dodge, and none can compare. The
Tundra gives you more room, better
ride, better comfort for rear seat
passengers, a really large moon roof,
and that get rear sliding window.
Coming from a Jeep Wrangler, I can tell
you it is great to be able to roll all
the windows (including the rear)
completely down. Makes me feel like my
jeep does with the top off. It might
cost a little more than the others, but
the peace of mind and the feeling of
safety and comfort are well worth the
I find the overall interior size was my
favorite feature. The verticle sliding
rear window and ex-large moon roof
combo is a killer.....
I would like a little better gas
mileage, but it is as good as any other
in its class. And class is what this
truck is all about.