NEW FOR 2008:

– Standard extendable towing mirrors on select models
– Available bed liner package

Completely redesigned for 2007, the Toyota Tundra is unchanged for 2008, save for extendable towing mirrors on some models, and an available bed liner package.

The Tundra is available as a two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax Cab. It comes with three bed lengths (5-foot-5, 6-foot-5 and 8-foot-1), and in two- or four-wheel drive. The company says that all models are half-ton configuration.

Two engines are available, a 4.7-litre V8 with five-speed automatic, and 5.7-litre V8 with six-speed automatic. Both engines meet Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV II) emissions certification standards. Trim levels are the Deluxe, SR5 and Limited.

All models come with dual-zone air conditioning, tilt column, overhead sunglass storage, locking glove box, accessory power outlets, engine immobilizer, trailer package, tire pressure monitoring system, power heated mirrors, cargo bed tie-downs, front and rear splash guards, and a removable locking tailgate.

Depending on the model, additional standard or optional items include CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, six-CD stereo, premium cloth seats, sliding rear window, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, power locks with keyless entry, power windows, bucket seats, back-up sensor, back-up camera, auto-dimming mirror, fog lamps, power sunroof, Bluetooth hands-free telephone system, off-road package and DVD-based navigation system.

The winner of the 2008 Canadian Truck King Challenge, the Tundra is a powerful yet sophisticated truck, with high-quality interior, strong performance, good handling, and such niceties as a bed rail cargo system and a damped tailgate that doesn’t bang when it’s dropped. The Double Cab features front-hinged doors, instead of the more awkward rear-hinged ones popular on some models, while the CrewMax is huge and offers plenty of room for both front- and rear-seat passengers. The Tundra’s size may be a drawback for smaller drivers, though: the centre stack is extremely wide and some may have to reach across to access all of the controls.

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