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2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

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2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Review

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The Toyota Tundra, which debuted as an all-new (except for its name) 2007 model, matches or beats domestic full-size pickups in most size, performance and price measurements. For 2008, the Tundra lineup expands to include lower-priced variations of its four-door Double Cab and CrewMax models. Also, the mid-level SR5 and top-level Limited trims now come standard with several features that were previously optional. The U.S.-built Tundra features standard side airbags and electronic stability control and is the first full-sized pickup to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award. The Tundra competes directly with full-sized pickups from Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, GMC and Nissan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you haul a lot of stuff and/or people, the Tundra is up for the job. Depending upon configuration, the payload can exceed one ton and towing capacity can reach 10,600 pounds. Pulling that load can be the available 5.7-liter V8 with 401 pound-feet of torque.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who enjoyed the more nimble, economical Toyota pickups of the past may find the 2008 Toyota Tundra far too large. The Tundra's size means it can be challenging to maneuver in tight situations and, understandably, it is not particularly fuel-efficient. Short people and older folks may have difficulty climbing up and into four-wheel-drive versions.

What's New for 2008

For 2008, the Toyota Tundra adds lower-cost trim packages for Double Cab and CrewMax, which are both four-door models. Also, some previously optional features are now standard on the mid-level SR5 and up-scale Limited trim levels.

Driving the Tundra Double Cab

Driving Impressions From the driver's seat, there's no mistaking the 2008 Toyota Tundra is a very big vehicle. The tall seating position makes it easy to see the highway ahead, but its...

considerable size means the Tundra may require some concentration to keep it correctly positioned on narrow roads and in crowded parking lots. The available sonar warning system and backup camera will be welcome when parking, maneuvering off-road or connecting to a trailer. The Tundra offers excellent steering feel and a better highway ride than some of its competitors. This is thanks in part to its frame, which has a stiff fully-boxed front section, partially-boxed C-channel under the passenger compartment and more flexible open C-channel below the bed. The optional 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 will easily and comfortably accelerate an unloaded Tundra into fast-moving traffic.

Comprehensive Accessories
Toyota offers a comprehensive assortment of more than three dozen dealer-installed items, including exterior and interior trim upgrades, cargo-bed accessories and performance and handling enhancements from Toyota's performance brand, TRD.

i-Force 5.7-liter V8
The Tundra's optional i-Force 5.7-liter V8 makes 105 more horsepower than the also-optional 4.7-liter V8, yet, with the technology of variable valve timing and the benefits of a six-speed automatic transmission, almost matches the fuel economy of the standard V6. Both the engine and transmission are built in the U.S.

2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Details
Interior

Big jobs can call for several big people and lots of stuff. Four-door versions of the 2008 Toyota Tundra accommodate up to six adults and have numerous storage areas and work surfaces. The Double Cab's non-adjustable rear seatback has more rearward inclination than those in most similar pickukps. Still, some may find it a bit too upright for long road trips. The rear seat in the larger four-door CrewMax is adjustable both for fore-aft positioning and seatback inclination. However, it doesn't enjoy the same ability to be quickly folded up as the rear seat in the Double Cab.

Exterior

The 2008 Toyota Tundra projects the assertive image that buyers of full-size pickups desire. Its tall grille and hood and pronounced front fenders make it as imposing as any big truck. However, it retains its Toyota identity. A longer cab, larger rear doors and a shorter bed distinguish the CrewMax from the Double Cab. For 2008, Toyota gives the lowest-cost version of the two-door Regular Cab model styling more consistent with that of a work truck. Elements include a chrome bumper and matte-black grille surround.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For 2008, some previously optional equipment is now standard on SR5 and Limited trim levels of four-door models. New standard equipment on the SR5 trim of the Double Cab and CrewMax includes power front seats, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and heated outside mirrors. The Limited trim level now includes front and rear parking sonar and a cold-weather package. With 236-horsepower, the standard 4.0-liter V6 is more powerful than many V8s of the recent past. Only those who regularly haul massive loads and tow large trailers will truly miss the extra power of the optional V8s.

Optional Equipment

Most optional equipment on the 2008 Toyota Tundra is packaged into either the mid-level SR5 or the up-scale Limited trims. One significant stand-alone option is a bundle that includes a DVD-based satellite navigation system, backup camera and a JBL audio system. The two-door Regular Cab and four-door Double Cab are available in two bed lengths -- six-and-a-half and eight feet -- while the CrewMax has a five-and-half-foot bed. The Tundra offers a long list of dealer-installable accessories. These include remote engine start, 22-inch wheels, bed extender and numerous TRD items.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Toyota Tundra offers three engine choices: The standard 236-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, a 276-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 or the 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. The first two come with five-speed automatic transmissions, while the 5.7-liter is mated to a six-speed automatic. Since the 5.7-liter makes 105 horsepower more than the 4.7-liter and gets almost the same fuel mileage as the V6, the vast majority of Tundra buyers select the big engine. Toyota employed several technologies to allow the 5.7-liter V8 to produce both big power and reasonable economy. Variable valve timing optimizes engine performance for changing conditions and demands, and the six-speed automatic transmission employs a low first gear to aid low-speed acceleration and two overdrive gears to maximize highway economy.


4.0-liter V6
236 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
266 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19

4.7-liter V8
276 horsepower @ 5400 rpm
313 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/17 (2WD); 13/16 (4WD)

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (2WD); 13/17 (4WD)

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2008 Toyota Tundra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 984 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Way better than I expected. What a Great Truck.

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Ride - Looks Great - 4x4 work effortlessly"

Cons: "Factory Tires don't last long enough."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fantastic Truck. I feel I made a great choice. Toyota Quality can be felt from the moment you turn the key. Rides and Looks Great. No issues what so ever. Trouble free and fun to drive, very durable."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Get what you pay for

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "gps/backup display is a bit hard to read in glare"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my first tundra upgrade from a 4 runner in '04 because it looked survivable in a hi speed collision. Nine years later a drunk forced me into a 60 mph head on. While horrific in nature the cab was never breached, and I'm still here. I love my airbags and seatbelt. Nothing broken or cut. Near two y.o. new '14 Tundra build very well. No rattles, no junk, made with quality in mind. The building process is top notch. I call the interior so close to a Lexus. No messing around. 400hp, again, no messing around. Not so hot mileage? Lets see the real world mileage of the other trucks hauling and pulling."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

We love it - V6 has great gas mileage

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "Rides stiff when empty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Easy to drive, very comfortable especially with a little weight in the back. Gets excellent gas mileage and has been very reliable."

3 people out of 13 found this review helpful

4th Toyota truck

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, size, stability, class"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Mamaw's Tundra May 2015

"and still own 3 of them. Traded in my sweet 2014 Tacoma TRD for a bigger and sweeter 2015 Tundra TDR Ranch Edition making it the 4th Toyota truck. Will never consider a different make!! This truck has the power and options I need, the looks I want, and a price I can afford. It turns heads. It's what the cool kids want and the cool grandma owns :)"

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Mamaw's Tundra May 2015

outstanding truck

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,101

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive, great looking Truck"

Cons: "No Remote Starter"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned a Chevy Avalanche & Silverado, I perfer this Truck over both. If i had to get another Truck, it would be a toyota Tundra Crewmax. This is a very reliable vehicle. Looks Good, easy to drive."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

too slow to respond/shift when driving. looking to

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,500

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Not at all what I expected in regards to the shifting from coasting to accelerating. poor at best. I love the way it rides but do not trust the truck in traffic if I need to accelerate it hesitates. will never buy again. parked it and will sell soon."

3 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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