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2011 Toyota Tundra Double Cab SR5 4x4 5.7L Review

The pickup truck market is dominated by Ford’s F-150, and it’s been that way for many years. The Ram and the GM twins, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, make up the majority of the remaining sales, but certainly not all. Toyota has a role to play, and its “big boy” truck deserves attention.

The 2011 Tundra is by all accounts a sharp-looking truck that carries its girth with strength and confidence. (Photo: Rob Rothwell/Auto123.com)

Good looks and solid build quality
There’s not a lot that can be done to design a pickup truck that’s a visual knockout while maximizing its practicality and functionality. Whose pickup looks the best these days is a toss-up. I tend to favour Ford’s F-150 for its symmetry and smooth, restrained lines.

That said, Toyota has no need to apologize. The 2011 Tundra is by all accounts a sharp-looking truck that carries its girth with strength and confidence. Visual appeal isn’t lost on the inside, either. Toyota redid it in 2007, so there’s not much new to report for 2011 other than to say that the Tundra’s cabin is very well thought-out, attractive and functional.

I don’t think I’ve seen any manufacturer make better use of cabin space for the storage of items large and small. There are bins, slots and trays spread all over the Tundra’s living space, such that I wondered how one would remember where that “gadget” was safely placed when it came time to retrieve it.

Along with bins and receptacles, the cabin is furnished with full instrumentation to allow drivers to keep an eye on things like engine temperature and oil pressure. And those necessities are monitored from a large, comfortable driver’s seat that supplies plenty of support for aching joints and muscles at the end of a workday.

Fatigued owners will no doubt appreciate the serenely smooth ride of this big-rig truck. I was quite pleased with the Tundra’s overall operational refinement and exceptional ride comfort. The big i-Force engine is delightfully smooth and civilized, while road noise is effectively isolated from the Tundra’s living room.

The cabin is furnished with full instrumentation to allow drivers to keep an eye on things like engine temperature and oil pressure. (Photo: Rob Rothwell/Auto123.com)