More than 20 years ago, Toyota decided it wanted a piece of the full-size pickup truck market. Already dominant among small trucks, the company may have assumed that taking market share from Chevy, Dodge, and Ford would be easy. Yeah, umm, not so much.
First off the production line was the T100, arriving from Japan for the 1993 model year. It lacked a V8 engine. It lacked a crew-cab configuration. It lacked towing and hauling capability. Not surprisingly, then, it lacked sales success.
Toyota learned a thing or two from this experience, and launched the larger and more powerful Tundra for 2000. It was built in Indiana. It offered a V8 engine. A Double Cab version was positively huge inside. The Tundra sold better than the T100, but struggled against segment leaders like the F-150, Ram, and Silverado.
Pulling out all of the stops, the redesigned 2007 Tundra nailed the big truck recipe. Huge inside and out, powerful enough to tow and haul with the best of ‘em, and built in the middle of Texas truck country, that Tundra finally put Toyota on the radar.
Now, a decade later, Toyota is still selling a version of that ’07 Tundra. It has been updated over the years, but the underlying engineering and design remains the same, and now that Nissan has finally redesigned its Titan full-size truck, the Tundra is the oldest vehicle in its segment.
Still, the Tundra is worth consideration, especially if you like the way it looks, and especially if you want a truck with a reputation for bulletproof reliability. Read on to learn more regarding the 10 things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra.