Doing Doubletime in the Toyota Tundra Double Cab

2004, Toyota, Tundra

Assembled exclusively at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Princeton, Indiana, the full-size Tundra pickup is available in nearly 20 configurations comprising three cab styles (Regular, Access Cab and the new Double Cab), two engines (3.4-liter V6 and 4.7-liter i-Force V8), 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, two transmissions (five-speed manual and four-speed automatic) and three model grades (Standard, SR5 and Limited).

The Tundra 4X2 Regular Cab is a 2-Door, rear wheel drive full size pickup with seating for 3. It comes standard with a 5 speed manual transmission and a 3.4L V6, 24-Valve, DOHC, SEFI engine with a horsepower rating of 190/4800 and a torque rating of 220/3600. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 16 city/20 highway miles per gallon. The short rear doors are hinged at the rear and open opposite the front doors. As with other extended cabs, the doors on the Access Cab will bang into one another if you close the front door before closing the rear door. Fortunately, the inside of the rear door is padded, so you don't cringe quite as hard.

The Tundra 4X2 SR5 Access Cab is a 4-Door, with seating for 5. It comes with a horsepower rating of 190/4800 and a torque rating of 220/3600. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 16 city/20 highway miles per gallon. The Tundra Double Cab rides on a long 140.5-inch wheelbase, which is longer than the Ford F150 Super Crew. (Tundra Regular Cab and Access Cab models ride on a 128.3-inch wheelbase.)

The Tundra 4X2 SR5 Stepside Access Cab is a 4-Door, with seating for 6. It comes standard with a 4 speed automatic transmission and a 4.7L V8, 32-Valve, DOHC, SEFI engine with a horsepower rating of 240/4800 and a torque rating of 315/3400. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 city/19 highway miles per gallon.

The Tundra 4X2 Limited Access Cab is a 4-Door, with seating for 6. It comes with a horsepower rating of 240/4800 and a torque rating of 315/3400. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 city/19 highway miles per gallon.

The Tundra 4X2 Limited Stepside Access Cab is a 4-Door, with seating for 6. It comes with a horsepower rating of 240/4800 and a torque rating of 315/3400. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 city/19 highway miles per gallon.

The Tundra 4X2 SR5 Double Cab is a 4-Door, with seating for 5. It comes with a horsepower rating of 240/4800 and a torque rating of 315/3400. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 14 city/18 highway miles per gallon. At 230.1 inches long, Tundra Double Cab is about four inches longer than the new-generation Ford F150 Super Crew.

The Tundra 4X2 Limited Double Cab is a 4-Door, with seating for 5. It comes standard with a horsepower rating of 240/4800 and a torque rating of 315/3400. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 14 city/18 highway miles per gallon. The Limited's long list of standard equipment includes an in-dash CD changer, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, keyless entry, and an anti-theft system. Limited models also get a power rear window.

There is a big deal being made of how big the Tundra is, some calling it only a 7/8-size pickup. The Double Cab features a deep, six-foot bed and brings Toyota closer to having a true full-size pickup. The Tundra is longer than either the Ford F-150 or the Nissan Titan crew cab models by about 6 inches. Regular cab beds measure 8 feet, but Double Cabs measure only 6-feet, 3-inches with the Access Cab. That's a few inches inches shorter than the short bed of a Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado. Toyotas bed is about 1/2 inch shallower than Fords.

A properly equipped Tundra can tow up to 7,100 pounds or haul up to 1,800 pounds. Towing capacity on both Ford and Nissan are in the 9,000 range,so if you want to do serious towing this may not be the pickup for you.

Big 32-oz. cupholders are built into the versatile 60/40 split-bench seat with its fold-down center console armrest. Your crew has plenty of space, too, with hidden compartments under the jump seats and big map pockets on the doors. Take a look at Tundra Limited with its standard 6-disc in-dash CD changer, available leather trimmed captain's chairs and its roomy center console that swallows 15 compact discs and stuff like your phone and organizer.

The Tundra's front-seat roominess is competitive with other full-size pickups. The Tundras 37.5 inches of rear-seat legroom is quite comfortable for back-seat passengers, though it doesn't have as much space as the new Ford F-150 or Nissan Titan. Fold-and-tumble seats offer excellent thigh support and a full 24-degrees of seatback angle. Also offered in the rear is heating and air conditioning ducts, an optional audio and DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. Each rear seating position also includes a headrest and three-point seatbelts.

The Tundra Double Cab offers the segment's first vertical power-sliding rear window. The full-rear window is similar to the power-sliding window on the full-size Sequoia SUV in design and operation. At 750 square inches, the Double Cab's rear window offers more than four times the open area as the manual sliding rear windows in the Regular Cab and Access Cab models.

Safety features for all Tundra models include seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters, along with the required dual front airbags. They have not included side airbags or head-protection. The passenger-side airbag can be switched off with the key when children occupy the front passenger seat.

whether it's a four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive model. There's very little wind or road noise in the cabin. And the ride quality is extremely smooth, refined and agile-feeling. Both the two- and four-wheel-drive models offer exceptional handling. The Sport Suspension Package allows better handling on paved roads. Toyota offers the TRD Off-Road Package, developed with Toyota off-road-racing legend Ivan "Ironman" Stewart. Using Bilstein shocks and special progressive-rate springs, this suspension is designed for performance in extreme off-road conditions. It is supposed to ride better on rough road surfaces than the standard suspension.

If you're hauling a load in back (over 2,000 lbs.), Tundra's load-sensing proportioning and bypass valve weighs what you've got in the bed and, if needed, sends more braking power to the rear wheels. And when pulling a heavy load (up to 7,200 lbs.), the available 245-hp i-FORCE V8's intake manifold creates low-end torque for efficient towing.

The Tundra isn't as cosmetically pleasing as the other pickups.
However, built to Toyota's high standard of quality, durability and reliability the Toyota Tundra is an excellent choice among full-size pickup trucks.

Chevy Silverado, Ford F-Series, Nissan Titan.

By Lou Ann Hammond
30/11/-0001 12:00 am

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