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Text and photos by Cor Steenstra
The Toyota Tundra, especially in the double cab, long wheelbase version we tested, is a huge vehicle indeed. It takes some getting used to maneuver around, and you will not be able to use the normal parking spots, with the tail sticking out substantially.
Due to that, it of course also uses fuel quite a bit, with the 5.7 liter V8. On freeway travel we managed no better that 16 mpg, but add some in town travel to the mix and it immediately goes down to 12-13 mpg. In this day and age it does take getting used to, and given that we had such good experiences with the Nissan Leaf on the other end of the spectrum, it was quite a shock.
Design wise the Tundra shows fits within the recent Toyota Design language, but is clearly not pushing any boundaries. Having seen the concept a few years back, it is sad to find that it was not possible to get closer to that significant statement with the production version.
On the inside the Tundra is clearly related to it’s Sequoia counterpart, and shares many carry-over parts. It is logical and makes total business sense, but it would have been nice if the Tundra could have set itself apart a bit more, be a bit bolder and rougher.