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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Ten
January 5, 2004
Los Angeles Auto Show 2004
Los Angeles Auto Show Photo Gallery
SEMA 2003
Toyota Tundra Double Cab Review
Infiniti QX56 Preview
Review PowerBook G4 17 inch
Coming Next Issue
Detroit Auto Show 2004
Jaguar S-Type Review

Review: 2004 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Limited, continued.

Toyota Truck, Tundra Quad Cab, Double Cab

Lexus, Toyota 4.7L liter V8 for Tundra

Rear seats in Toyota Tundra with cup holders in Limited

sliding rear roll down rear window in Toyota Tundra

More photos in the photo gallery:
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Our Tundra Limited came equipped with Toyota's Touch Select electronic four-wheel drive system. The system allows for the driver to engage 4-HI at speeds up to seventy miles per hour. 4-LO will only engage or disengage if the vehicle is completely stopped and placed in neutral. We noticed some clunking and jerking when engaging the 4-HI, but it was entirely within the acceptable range and wasn't of much concern.

Toyota's attention to quality, convenience and comfort is evident throughout the entire truck, which tries hard to pamper the driver and passengers. However, despite all of the efforts and amenities, certain "common sense" items have gone mysteriously overlooked. Case in point: the climate control system. It's entirely manual, and there's no option for an automatic climate control system. We struggled to think of when we last drove a $35k+ vehicle that didn't come standard with automatic climate control.

The radio also suffers from some engineering oversight - it's sunken into the dash, which makes operating it somewhat difficult. The smallish knobs and odd-shaped buttons are already difficult enough to operate...burying them in the dash only makes matters worse.

Small quirks aside, we're pleased with the Toyota Tundra Limited so far. We've been averaging approximately 15 miles to the gallon, a figure that we expect to see increase as the motor has a chance to loosen up. The Tundra attracts rubberneckers wherever we go, and people are always eager to ask about our thoughts on the truck. They also like to inquire about the truck's power rear window, and we're more than happy to show them how it raises and lowers, a first for a full sized truck.

We'll continue to report on our experiences with the Tundra over the next year, so stay tuned for updates. We'll be anxious to see if the Tundra continues to perform admirably or if the honeymoon fades. We'll also be anxious to see if maneuvering the mini-aircraft carrier becomes any easier.

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