Its size, speed, and go-anywhere nature made it an instant favorite on photo shoots, where it could be relied upon for trail work and long hauls, and its generous cabin size ensured it could easily tote gear and several people. That size also made it a no-brainer for furniture runs, to carry firewood, and to move landscaping materials. Photographer Brian Vance used it to go camping in a remote part of the eastern Sierra Nevadas. Despite two feet of snow on the ground followed by a nasty rainstorm resulting in gooey mud, the Tundra didn't falter -- and it provided 16.1 mpg through it all, loaded up with people and gear.
One common complaint about the truck, though, was its ergonomics. Many testers logged that it took a long reach to get to items on the center stack, such as the stereo and HVAC controls. They also noted that the cabin materials didn't seem to wear that well. And when it came to parking the Tundra, drivers had to practically rely on the rearview camera and beeping sonar as guides.
The engine and transmission received rave reviews, and dropped jaws at the track. Our long-termer reached 60 mph in 6.0 seconds flat, which is quicker than the 60 sprint from the Acura TSX, matches that of the Audi A4 3.2 and is only a tenth behind that of the Jaguar XF. It needed but 139 feet to brake from 60 mph, and finished the quarter mile in 14.7 seconds at 93.9 mph.
During its tenure, the Toyota visited the dealer four times. At the 5000- and 10,000-mile services -- costing $92.37 and $89.78, respectively-the truck received the standard oil change, inspection, and tire rotation.