Specifications of Toyota Tundra III CrewMax Standard Bed 3.5 V6 i-FORCE (389 HP) 4x2 ECT-i
General characteristics of Toyota Tundra III CrewMax Standard Bed 3.5 V6 i-FORCE (389 HP) 4x2 ECT-i
The Tundra is offered in various configurations, all of which will dictate the full-size pickup truck's dimensions. A 145.7-inch wheelbase underpins the truck in CrewMax guise while the Double Cab with the longer bed gets an extended, 164.6-inch wheelbase. Body length varies but comes in at 228.9 inches on the CrewMax variants and 247.8 inches on Double Cabs with the long box. Crew cab variants with the 4x2 layout measure 75.8 inches tall increasing to 76.2 inches when in 4x4 guise 4x4. Height for the double cab variants ranges between 76 and 76.4 inches. A width of 79.9 inches is shared across the board.
There are three bed sizes available; on crew cab variants, a 5.5-foot bed is standard while on extended cab variants, a 6.5-foot bed is standard and an 8.1-foot bed is available. Most variants ride at around 10 inches from the ground, but the TRD Pro has a raised suspension with 10.6 inches of clearance and an overall height of 77.2 inches.
The lightest Tundra tips the scales at a curb weight of 5,170 pounds but in its heaviest form, the Tundra is a heavyweight at 5,680 lbs.
Toyota, once again, allots the entire Tundra line a single engine in the familiar 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8. A six-speed automatic is also carried over along with the option of rear- or four-wheel-drive. Performance from the powertrain is well-suited to the Tundra as an off-roader or workhorse, but the transmission can be clumsy and doesn't get the most out of what is one of the segment's most powerful standard engines. It's not the quickest from 0 to 60, with those honors going to the Ram 1500 TRX, and nor is it the strongest when it comes to its hauling abilities. But, it can still tow a reasonable 10,200 lbs in 4x2 Double Cab Guise, while the CrewMax options can tow up to 9,900 lbs in 4x2 form. The Ford F-150 bets this by a big margin, towing up to 14,000 lbs.
A 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 is the sole source of power for the entire Tundra lineup, channeling 381 hp and 401 lb-ft through a six-speed automatic gearbox to either a rear-wheel-drivetrain or 4x4 system. While power is ample and delivery consistent, the V8 doesn't ever feel overly eager to get going. It's robust and consistent but it just lacks the killer punch that other rivals possess. It's more than capable of getting up to highway speeds, even with a full payload. The weak link isn't the engine though, it's the gearbox.
Toyota's six-speed auto is passable, but not exemplary by any stretch. With fewer ratios than more modern boxes, it has a tendency to strain the engine at times and can be a little clumsy in selecting the right gear at part throttle when towing a load. In comparison to rivals from Ford, GM, and Ram, it just doesn't feel quite as sharp.
With a burly V8 engine at the helm, the heavy Tundra is, as expected, a very thirsty workhorse. Equipped with 2WD, expect gas mileage figures of 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined. Spring for the 4x4 drivetrain and these figures take a knock, resulting in EPA claims of 13/17/14 mpg. These figures will, ultimately, depend on how the truck is configured and used, going off-road and hauling significant loads will drop fuel economy considerably.
The SR and SR5 boast a 26.4-gallon gas tank as standard, all the others get a 38-gallon tank which is optional on the SR5. With the larger tank equipped, a theoretical range of 500 miles in mixed conditions is possible.
Whether in the double cab or CrewMax conversion, the Tundra can be set up to seat either five or six passengers. Either way, the cabin is spacious with the driver and front passenger spoiled with 39.7 inches. of headroom and 42.5 inches of legroom. The extended cab offers 34.7 inches of legroom in the rear and the CrewMax up to 42.3 inches. The seats are commodious and provide plenty of comfort and support for most body types. With plenty of adjustability, the steering wheel and driver's seat can be set optimally to offer optimal outward visibility and ergonomic reach of the controls. It's not a class-leading environment, but it's not a bad one either. Yes.
There are three bed length options available for the Tundra; a 5.5-ft short bed, 6.5-ft standard bed, and an 8.1-ft long bed. Each bed is 22.2 inches deep and 50 inches wide between the wheel arches. Payload capacities vary depending on the drivetrain and bed length chosen, CrewCab variants can carry up to a maximum of 1,660 pounds in the optimal guise while the extended cab variants can haul up to 1,730 lbs also in their optimal setups.
In-cabin storage solutions are rather average, the door side pockets are deep but impractically narrow, limiting their use. The cupholders, up front and in the rear, suffer the same flaw as they're too small and positioned unintuitively, making them difficult to use. The passenger-side glove box is relatively small, too, and the small-item storage compartments in the center console are oddly located.