2007 Toyota Tundra 4X4 Double Cab SR5Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 crowned 2008 Canadian Truck King
Over three days, eight judges drove 23 new trucks more than 4,400 kilometres in a combined total of 200 hours of testing to determine the winner of the 2008 Canadian Truck King Challenge. And the results are in: the Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 is the Canadian Truck King for 2008.
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2008 Dodge Dakota SXT Extended CabJudging the Truck King Challenge
CanadianDriver’s Grant Yoxon and Jil McIntosh participated as judges in the 2008 Canadian Truck King Challenge. Jil describes the “daunting” task of judging 23 trucks in three days.
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The Challengers

Click the category links to read our assessments of this year’s contenders:

Mid-size trucks
The midsize pickup category was divided into “under V6”, which included the five-cylinder GMC Canyon ($41,105) and the four-cylinder Toyota Tacoma ($24,310), and “V6 and over”, which was the V8-powered Dodge Dakota ($34,980) and V6 Tacoma ($38,955).
2007 Toyota Tundra 4X4 double Cab SR5Half-Ton Pickups (Under 5.0-litre)/Work Truck
While there were four trucks in this general class – two Toyota Tundras, Dodge Ram and GMC Sierra – it was further broken down into a secondary Work Truck category, where Toyota and GMC went head-to-head. The two Work Trucks were 2WD only and did not go on the off-road course; both were Regular Cab configuration.
2008 Nissan Titan King Cab Pro-4XHalf-Ton Pickups (Over 5.0-litre)
The eight trucks in this category made it the largest in the field; as all were 4×4 models, all were taken on the off-road course. Due to time and equipment restrictions, most of the vehicles went through the burdened test carrying a 700-lb weight in the box, but the Toyota Tundra long-box and the Ford F150 towed a trailer.
2008 GMC Sierra 2500 SLT Crew CabThree-Quarter Ton Pickups
Three trucks met in this ring: the Dodge Ram, GMC Sierra, and Ford F250. All were 4×4 models and were taken through the full off-road course, and all three towed a trailer loaded with a Jeep Wrangler.
2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LTZOne-Ton Pickups
Four trucks fought this battle, but because the two Fords were so very similar, we took only one on the towing and off-road course. All were diesels with dual rear wheels. Partly because it’s not their reason for being, and partly because the path just wasn’t wide enough, all one-tons stayed out of the woods, and off-roading was restricted to a log-strewn ditch and a series of dips and mounds.

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