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Review: 2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited
By Charlie Romero

(Monday, December 15, 2003 12:35 PM EST)

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Slowly but steadily Americans have been cozying up to the idea of buying a pick-up truck from the automakers in the Land of the Rising Sun, and after taking delivery of our 2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited, it's not hard to see why.

Toyota has been successful in the "small" truck business for quite some time, however, the American marketplace is driving the automaker to build bigger trucks. And they're bigger than ever - would you believe the 2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab is nearly four inches longer than a 2004 Ford F150 Super Crew Truck? Well, it is. With an overall length of 230.1-inches and a wheelbase of 140.5-inches, the Tundra carries one heckuva big stick.

Speaking of sticks, the 74.3-inch long truck bed will swallow up plenty of them. Our Tundra came equipped with an optional cargo extender device that allows us to store a 4-by-8 foot sheet of plywood completely flat when the tailgate is dropped down and the extender is folded "out." When not in use, it flips forward and provides secure storage space for things like groceries - a nice touch.

The size is a welcome attribute, especially for passengers, as the rear seats offer nearly 38-inches of legroom. That's enough space for our 6-foot 4-inch editors to ride comfortably for extended periods of time, and more than enough room to stuff things like car seats, groceries and luggage. Adding to the comfort level of the back seats is an unprecedented rear seatback angle of 24 degrees - this back seat's almost as comfy as a Barco-Lounger.

Front seat passengers of our Tundra Limited ride comfortably in heated, leather upholstered seats that offer decent support, but true to every truck we've tested, the seats lack adequate thigh and leg support. Our staffers complained (regularly) that their legs fell "flat" on the seats, and that the seating position became uncomfortable on extended journeys. Furthermore, the passenger seat lacks power adjustments - its only adjustments come by way of manual levers - which makes finding a comfortable setting all the more difficult.

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