Vehicle Reviews - 2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

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    Double Duty: Toyota adds two doors to the Tundra to complete its truck lineup

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    By MARK VAUGHN
    (19:10:38 Sep. 16, 2003)

    Anyone remember when trucks really were trucks—a single vinyl benchseat bolt upright in a metal-lined cab with just two doors and an AM radio? Ha! What nostalgia.

    Nowadays, trucks are so comfortable they’re almost like cars with big, lidless trunks. And they continue to evolve. The regular-cab pickup long ago made room for the extended-cab and is now being edged out by the monster double-cab, the latest iteration of which comes from Toyota. And is it ever big. When Toyota engineers began doing research on the Tundra Double Cab, due in showrooms in late November, they wanted to see how big they could go.

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    “We investigated garage sizes and parking lot sizes,” said chief engineer Motoharu Araya. “Nineteen feet was the maximum size, we felt.” They made it 19 feet two inches. They figured the maximum width they could get away with and still fit into American parking garages was 80 inches, and they squeezed just inside that mark at 79.7 inches. It is three inches higher and four inches wider than other Tundras. This makes the Tundra Double Cab the biggest thing Toyota makes.

    How big is it? It eats Toyopets for breakfast. It is so big Toyota consulted its truck partner Hino in Japan before going to work. Hino makes those big box vans and delivery trucks. Hino made drawings of the upper body, while Toyota engineers designed the underbody.

    To make a double cab from the Tundra regular and/or Access cab, engineers added a foot of open C-section frame between the wheels. They originally thought of just adding the new, larger cab to the existing frame, but that would have meant either a foot less bed length or a bed that stuck into traffic like the end of a broom handle in a Three Stooges skit. So they stretched the wheelbase instead.

    The frame rails that sit forward of the A-pillar are boxed with a fully closed O-shaped cross section. Aft of the A-pillar they’re open, with a C-shaped cross section. Toyota didn’t add any cross beams and the ones in place are in the same locations—tests for driveability, handling and NVH showed additional cross beams between the frame rails were unnecessary.

    The base engine for the Tundra Double Cab is the 3.4-liter dohc V6 that is in other Tundras as well as in the Tacoma. It makes 190 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque, and comes with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual and in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations.

    The V8 drivetrain is also available as a 4x2 or 4x4, with an engine lifted from the Sequoia, Land Cruiser, 4Runner and regular- and Access-cab Tundras. The V8 makes 240 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. By American truck standards that is only lower oomph range. Some could say downright wimpy. There is no monster motor because this is what is available. And Araya said the output of the next-generation V8 has not yet been decided upon. He also said Toyota is keenly aware of balancing power and gas mileage. But 315 lb-ft is still 315 lb-ft, and that’s not necessarily the most important thing to TDC buyers.

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    More often the most important thing is what’s inside those four doors. Just 18 percent of the segment are what Toyota calls “True Truckers.” The rest of the buyers are divided up into categories like “Family Haulers” and “Light Duty Users.” Araya said the target buyer is a family that wants the image of a truck but wants comfort and room. So the Tundra Double Cab has a more reclined seatback angle in back than its competitors, as well as optional factory-installed DVD players with wireless headphones, 37.5 inches of rear legroom, rear heating and a/c ducts, and other cushy amenities.

    Toyota now sells about 100,000 Tundras a year. Toyota expects that number to rise to 120,000 a year, half of which will be Double Cabs. Look for stickers of between $28,000 and $32,000 when the ads start popping up on your TV screen during Thanksgiving Day football games.

    2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
    ON SALE: November
    BASE PRICE: $28,000
    POWERTRAIN: 3.4-liter, 190-hp, 220-lb-ft V6; rwd, five-speed manual
    CURB WEIGHT: 3925 pounds

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    Sweet. That's my next vehicle. I have a 2000 Tundra Limited now & it's by far the best truck I've ever owned
     
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    I'm trying to convince my dad to trade in the Ford and get a Tundra, I think it would be a much better truck for them because of the reliabillity isses having to do with Ford.
     

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