**NOTE: All chronology dates are model year, unless noted otherwise. CY refers to “Calendar Year.”**
Series Chronology 1993 -
T100 debuts with 3.0L V6 engine. 1993 -
“Best of What's New,” Popular Science
. 1993 -
T100 wins J.D. Power “Best Full-Size Pickup.” 1994 -
Introduction of 2.7L 4-cylinder engine. 1994 -
Automatic transmission available on 4WD. 1994 -
Driver-side airbag, additional safety items standard. 1994 -
“Best Full-Size Pickup” in Initial Quality, J.D. Power. 1995 -
Introduction of 3.4L V6, deletion of 3.0L V6. 1995 -
Introduction of Xtracab model. 1995 -
“Best Full-Size Pickup” in Initial Quality - J.D. Power. 1997 -
Minor option specification changes. 1997 -
“Top Three Vehicles in Initial Quality-Full-Size Segment,” J.D. Power. 1998 -
Announcement made that T100 will be replaced in 1999 with the all-new Toyota
Tundra full-size pickup truck. 2000 -
Toyota launches all-new Tundra full-size pick-up truck in June 1999 2000 -
“Best of the Year,” MotorWeek – PBS automotive television show 2000 -
“Best Buy,” Consumer Digest
magazine 2000 -
“Driver’s Choice award – Best Pickup Truck,” MotorWeek
magazine 2000 -
Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” 2000 -
“4 X 4 of the Year,” Four Wheel and Off-Road 2000 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2001 -
Minor option specifications changes 2001 -
“Best Full-Size Pickup,” – Consumer Reports
magazine 2001 -
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – “Good” rating for 40-mile per hour front offset crash test 2001 -
AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Score (VSS) award for Large Pickup Truck 2001 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2002 -Consumer Reports
names Tundra “Most Reliable Large Pickup Truck” 2002 -
Intellichoice named Best Overall Value Full-Size Pickup Class 4x2 2002 -
J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study Best Full-size Pickup 2002 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2003 -
The Tundra receives minor exterior and interior enhancements, as well as a new V8 Access Cab StepSide model, available as an SR5 or Limited 4x2 or 4x4. 2003 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2004 -
All-new 2004 Tundra Double Cab model added to lineup. 2004 -
“Best Vehicles for $25,000 or Less,” pickup truck, Consumer Reports 2004 - Consumer Reports
“Most Satisfying” – Pickup Trucks, April 2005 2004 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2005 -
New 245-hp 4.0L V6 replaces 3.4L V6; V8 gains VVT-i, now with 282 hp. 2005 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
2005 Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2005 -
Tundra Regular Cab named “Best Truck Value Under $26,000” – IntelliChoice’s Best Overall Value of the Year Award 2005 - Consumer Reports
“Most Reliable ” – Pickup Trucks, Regular Cab 4WD on list for “Best
Vehicles for $25,000 or Less” – Pickup Trucks, Forbes
Best Pickups 2005 – Most
Reliable Full-Size Pickup 2006 -
Among Consumer Guide’s
2006 Recommended Large Pickup Trucks 2006 -
Six-cylinder automatic model named “Greener Choices 2006” and “Best of 2006” –
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 2006 -
“Best Value in America” for Full-size Pickup 2WD and 4WD - Vincentric 2007 -
Introduction of MY07 Tundra CrewMax, Double Cab and Regular Cab at North
American International Auto Show. 2007 -
Tundra Double Cab 5.7L 4WD V8 named Trailer Boats’
“2007 Tow Vehicle of the
Year” 2007 -
“Truck of the Year,” Autobytel 2007 -
“Most Improved Vehicle,” Autobytel 2007 -
“Editor’s Choice,” Edmunds.com 2007 -
“Most Significant Vehicle of the Year,” Edmunds.com 2007 -
“Best Pickup,” Playboy 2008 -
Tundra Crew Max named “Truckin’s 2008 Truck of the Year” 2008 -
Selected as Motor Trend’s
“2008 Truck of the Year” 2008 - Truck Trend Magazine
names Tundra its “Best in Class 2008: Crew Cab Pickup, 2WD” 2009 -
Gains E85 flex fuel model for 5.7-liter V8 in non-California emission states 2009 -Kelley Blue Book “2009
Best Resale Value” – full-size pickup category 2009 -
Named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “TOP SAFETY PICK” 2009 -
J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study Best Large Pickup 2011 –
IntelliChoice “2011 Best Overall Value” – Full-Size Pickup Truck LD 2011 –
J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study “Most Dependable Large Pickup, Six
Years in a Row” 2012 -
J.D. Power & Associates Vehicle Dependability Study “Most Dependable Large Pickup,
Seven Years in a Row” 2013 –
Tundra receives major redesign for 2014 model year
In 1993, Toyota responded to requests from its customers to build a larger pickup truck. Toyota truck buyers are fiercely loyal to their trucks, but for those who needed something larger than the compact trucks that Toyota made, the only choice was to purchase a domestic product. Toyota listened, and in 1993 introduced the T100.
The T100 incorporated all the things loyal Toyota buyers loved about their trucks - reliability, styling, practicality, dependability, ease-of-operation, low maintenance costs - with what they needed in a larger truck. It offered three-across seating (with enough headroom to keep your cowboy hat on without banging the ceiling), a bed large enough to hold a four-foot by eight-foot sheet of plywood flat on the floor (with the tailgate up) and the ability to handle two-tier loading.
The T100 was an immediate success with the media, garnering J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Survey “Best Full-Size Pickup” award. T100 was the first vehicle - car or truck - ever to receive an IQS award in its first year of production. In 1994, Toyota introduced T100 with a four-cylinder engine. The engine was only available in the standard (entry-level) model, and only with a five-speed manual transmission. To further improve its marketability, Toyota gave T100 an optionally available four-speed automatic transmission on 4WD models (the 1993 4WD was available only as a five-speed manual), a standard driver-side airbag and side-door impact protection beams.
In 1995, to address the two highest reasons that customers gave for not purchasing T100 - insufficient power and lack of an extended cab - Toyota endowed the T100 with a 3.4L V6 engine and an Xtracab option. The 3.4L engine produces 190 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque, endowing the T100 with better acceleration performance than the small-block V8-equipped Ford F-150 and Chevrolet C1500. The 3.4L engine incorporates a host of technology, including distributorless ignition, twin-firing spark plugs, sequential multipoint fuel-injection and a water-cooled oil cooler.
The Xtracab provides expanded comfort and convenience with the addition of a cab that is 21.7 inches longer, and provides an additional 21.4 cubic feet of storage or passenger space. It offers a 60/40 split bench front seat, forward-facing 50/50 split rear jump seats for three with shoulder belts for the outer seats and a lap belt for the center rear seat. For easy entry to the rear seats, the passenger-side seatback features a "walk-in" mechanism that automatically slides the seat cushion forward when the seatback is released. Amenities such as dual cupholders, change compartments, coat hooks, and integrated storage areas are standard.
For rear passenger comfort, T100 offers 29.6 inches of legroom, and even more hip room in the rear than in the front (60.4 inches versus 59.4 inches). Unlike the upright rear seats in some trucks, T100's rear seats are reclined 15 degrees.
With these changes, T100 stepped toward the mainstream of big trucks. Now able to tow up to 5,200 pounds, with some models offering up to 2,450 pounds of payload, T100 became an alternative to domestic competitors from Ford and Chevrolet.
For 1997, T100 received only minor changes. Aluminum wheels and a power package were available on mid-line models, as were the Tire Upgrade package, tachometer, chrome wheel arch molding, radio prep package and SR5-grade door trim. A larger wheel and tire package with 16-inch wheels was also available.
The premiere of the all-new Toyota Tundra full-size pick-up truck, which was scheduled to replace the T100 when it went on-sale in mid-1999, came in 1998. The Tundra was built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) and was the first Toyota vehicle launched in model-year 2000.
The V8-powered 2000 Toyota Tundra went on sale in June of 1999 and had the best sales debut ever of any Toyota or Lexus product. It sold 8,011 units in its first full month of sales, 3,339 more than Tercel in October of 1979, the previous record holder.
For 2001, minor changes were made, such as two new exterior colors and upgrades including a three-in-one AM/FM/cassette/CD with six-disc changer as an option on all SR5 and Limited models. In addition, a TRD Off Road package was now available on all 4x2 and 4x4 V8 models.
A limited-slip differential was made available for 2002 V8 models. New chrome style steel wheels for the (P265/70 R16) SR5 models were newly available.
For 2003, Tundra received minor interior and exterior enhancements, as well as the addition of a new StepSide model, which got a stylish StepSide bed with distinctive tail lamps. The StepSide interior bed width between wheel wells and the bed length remained the same as a regular Tundra bed, while bed depth was increased by nearly two inches. In addition to new 17-inch alloy wheels, which were standard on Limited and available on SR5, the 2003 Tundra had a new two-tiered center console, standard ABS and steering wheel audio controls (Limited).
The Tundra Double Cab, which launched in the fall of 2003, was the new entry to the Tundra lineup for 2004 and featured one of the longest beds and most comfortable rear seats of any full-size four-door half-ton pickup on the market.
The 2004 Tundra Double Cab joined the Regular Cab and Access Cab models in the first import-brand full-size pickup model line. The new Tundra Double Cab is built on a stout ladder frame chassis that is longer than the chassis shared by the two-door Tundra Regular Cab and the four-door Tundra Access Cab. The Tundra Double Cab rides on a long wheelbase of 140.5-inches.
It was available in V8 two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models in SR5 and Limited grades. At 230.1 inches long, Tundra Double Cab was about four inches longer than the comparable and then-new Ford F150 Super Crew. The Tundra Double Cab conveys a brawny presence due to an additional three inches of overall height and over four inches of overall width. Revised taillights for 2004 distinguish the Tundra Double Cab models, as well.
At 74.3-inches in length, the Tundra Double Cab bed was approximately seven inches longer than the bed in either the Ford F150 Super Crew or Nissan Titan Crew Cab. Its 20.7-inch bed depth was nearly four inches greater than other Tundra models and was one of the deepest of any full-size four-door pickup.
Rear seat passengers got their own heating and air conditioning ducts, and Tundra Double Cab also offered an optional rear seat audio and a rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. Each rear seating position also includes a headrest and three-point seatbelts. The 60/40 split-fold-and-tumble seats offer an extra measure of cargo utility for carrying items the owner would prefer not to put in the bed.
For 2005, the full-size Tundra pickup offered more powerful engines. A new 4.0L DOHC V6 produces 245 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque, compared to 190 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque for the previous 3.4L V6. Output of the i-Force 4.7L V8 increased from 240 horsepower to 282, with peak torque rising from 315 lb-ft to 325 with the addition of a variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system.
The V8 was teamed with a new five-speed automatic transmission. In Tundra V6 models, a new six-speed manual transmission replaces the five-speed manual, and the five-speed automatic is available as an option.
All Tundra models for 2005 were distinguished by new headlights and taillights, and all models featured a redesigned instrument gauge panel and offered a new optional navigation system. The 4x4 Regular Cab V8 SR5 grade model became the base V8 4x4 model. A new high-value 4x2 Regular Cab V8 model featured a bench seat, color-keyed grille, chrome bumper and AM/FM CD stereo with four speakers. The 4x4 Tundra V6 Access Cab models were discontinued. Double Cab models offered a new 60/40 split front bench seat for six-passenger seating, as well as front seat side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags.
Tundra entered 2006 as a carry-over model.
An all-new 2007 Tundrawas introduced at the North American International Auto Show in January 2007 and was available in three cab styles: Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax. This new Tundra was larger and more powerful than its predecessor and was able to tow more than 10,000 pounds.
Powerplant choices included a standard 236 hp 4.0L V6, an optional 271 hp 4.7L V8 or an all-new 5.7L DOHC V8, built in Toyota’s Alabama engine plant, that produced 381 hp and
401 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 and 4.7L V8 deliver their power through a 5-speed automatic transmission while the 5.7L V8 was mated to an all-new electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission.
Tundra’s all-welded steel body rode on al all-new high-strength steel frame optimized with both C-shaped and closed rails. The truck used heavy-duty brakes with four-piston calipers up front and vented rotors. The result was that the 2007 Tundra had a significantly expanded wheelbase, was four inches wider, five inches taller, and is 10 inches longer than the 2006 version of the truck.
The Tundra full-size pickup truck lineup expanded in 2008, adding 13 new model variations and enhancing standard equipment levels to create a greater value. The 2008 Tundra now offered a choice of 44 model variations in three cab styles. Since its introduction in February 2007, Tundra’s share of the half-ton full-size pickup truck segment more than doubled, going from eight to 17 percent.
For 2009, the E85 flex fuel model was available on 5.7-liter 4x4 models in select regions – creating 10 model configurations in all. Two new TRD option packages underscored two sides of Tundra’s capability. The TRD Rock Warrior Package added off-road suspension, unique wheels, and a striking black and white exterior color scheme. The TRD Sport Package with a distinctive black and red color-keyed exterior was optimized for on-road performance and featured unique wheels and suspension tuning.
Also for 2009, the base Tundra grade Double Cab and Crew Max models gained a standard chrome grille surround. A bench front seat was a new no-cost option on SR5 grade models. Altogether, the 2009 Tundra offered 45 models in three wheelbases, three cab styles, three bed lengths, three engines, and three trim levels, and with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains.
Value is enhanced on all 2010 Tundra models with the addition of standard and optional exterior, mechanical, safety and convenience features including an all-new 4.6-liter i-FORCE V8 engine. The new 4.6-liter V8 engine will be available on all 2010 model year Tundras. With 310 horsepower, 327 lb-ft. of torque and EPA fuel efficiency estimates of 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway on 4x2 models, the new engine will deliver the best combination of power and fuel economy of any standard V8 in the full-size pickup segment.
Two new packages for 2010 included the Tundra Platinum Package and Tundra Work Truck. Tundra Work Truck Packages were aimed at commercial truck buyers or those who otherwise require a tough no-frills truck with exceptional cargo and towing capacity. The Platinum Package was aimed at buyers looking for a high level of refinement and convenience, and contains an assortment of high luxury features such as heated and ventilated seats, sunroof, and wood grain trim.
For 2011, the Tundra’s 4.0-liter V6 added dual VVT-I and roller rocker arms for improved performance. Tundra also added Trailer Sway Control and a brake override system as standard equipment. For simplified ordering for customers, 10 low volume models were deleted from the lineup.
Tundra carried over unchanged for 2012 model year however, by combining popular equipment, Tundra’s option packages were simplified to make it easier for customers to find the right Tundra with the equipment they desire.
Tundra offered detail changes for 2013, further enhancing its value and comfort.
The Platinum Package that was previously available for the Tundra CrewMax Limited model in 2012 became a full model grade. The Platinum Grade offered numerous luxury features, such as heated and ventilated front bucket seats with embroidered headrests and driver’s seat two-position memory feature, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, DVD navigation system, power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, and wood-grain-style interior trim.
Toyota made its Display Navigation with Entune multimedia package available in CrewMax and Double Cab Tundra grade models late in the 2012 model year, and this became regular option for the 2013 models.
Pickup truck customers who like the rugged design and capability of the Tundra TRD Rock Warrior Package were now able to order it Limited Grade models. Previously, this package had been available only on Tundra Grade models.
For 2014 model year Tundra is newly designed, inside and out, representing the first major change since the 2007 model year. Each Tundra grade now embodies a specific theme through distinct designs that go beyond badging.
The 2014 Tundra has a grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch, founded in 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio. Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4x2 and 4x4.
A new front design integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled image. Designers increased the size of the front fascia and tightened up the surfaces and character lines to visually punctuate Tundra’s pulling power and wide stance. The grille has a taller, bolder look, visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a three-piece design, allowing for lower replacement costs. In addition, the fenders and wheel wells have been squared-off for a wide and sturdy stance.
A new exterior design helps carry the chiseled character lines all the way down the profile, leading to a rugged new bed and tail gate, with an integrated spoiler and “TUNDRA” embossed into the sheet metal, creating a one-piece forged look. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper changes from one piece to three, for lower replacement costs.
The 2014 Tundra also features new contemporary interior styling focusing on differentiation between grades, while improving the availability of features most important to truck buyers. The new interior variations are thematic and cater to a specific customer with a specific budget. Ergonomic improvements include easier driver access to controls as the reach to the audio and HVAC controls was reduced by 2.6 inches. Overall passenger comfort was improved with a new front and rear (CrewMax) seat design and improved front seat ventilation. In addition, front seats have additional travel, and rear seats can now be folded up for additional cargo carrying capability while maintaining a comfortable seating back angle and lowering load height by more than 11 inches. What does it mean?
Tundra is a term that is applied to the topsoil found in the far north that is home to some of Earth’s hardiest plants and animals. The name conveys strength and ruggedness. Where is it built?
The Tundra is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio, Texas. The T-100 was built by Hino Motors, Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan.