2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 Review

Due to my recent car accident I’ve had the opportunity to rent a 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 pickup truck and drive it a while, thankfully on the other person’s insurance tab. Driving this rather large and powerful truck has been a lot of fun in some ways, but I don’t think I would want to buy one. Bear in mind that I’m a fan of larger vehicles, even more so after my recent accident, but there were a couple of things that made it clear that it wasn’t for me.

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The 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 comes in a plethora of packages that range from about $20,000 up to over $50,000 in price but the one I drove was a double cab model with a 5.7 liter V8 engine. It had the towing package and a few other extras but was pretty basic as you might expect in a rental vehicle.

The interior of the 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5’s cab was very roomy. You could seat 6 average sized men in it without it being too uncomfortable. The controls and gauges were large and readable. The orange color of the dashboard lights was a tad harsh to my eyes but I could probably get used to it over time. The sound system was decent for the base line model. It included an AUX jack for my MP3 player which was nice. The fold down middle section was OK but the drink holders don’t do cans very well.

The 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 drives well. I was impressed with the way it handled and drove at highway speeds on 4 lane divided roads. Even in traffic it was comfortable although it obviously makes some nearby drivers nervous due to its intimidating size. There is a lot of power on tap from this V8. Tapping on the accelerator you can just feel the torque and raw power. For a large truck it can get up and go, as long as the road is straight. Curvy tight roads would not be fun in this truck.

OK, what didn’t I like about the 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 and why wouldn’t I buy one? First of all, that powerful V8 engine slurps down the gasoline. At $4 a gallon that gets quite expensive since it would cost over $100 to fill up the tank and I could easily blow that in a week of commuting. They say this truck gets 15 miles per gallon but I think that is overly optimistic. My other reason is the size. While the large size and powerful engine gives you a great sense of security on the road, this truck is a pain in the butt to park. It is so big that it won’t fit into my garage. In short, the 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 is a great, but highly impractical, vehicle for me.


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Comment by Dinheiro
2008-06-12 17:42:21

It really seems a good vehicle, but i allways prefer the 4×4 for this kind of truck.

Comment by jfc
2008-06-12 22:05:32

Hi Dinheiro,

I used to own a 4×4 SUV. I think I only used the AWD once.

Comment by Dinheiro
2008-06-13 10:43:02

I allways liked the 4×4 thing. I live near a couple of great places where we can “play” with a 4×4. Unfortunally i don’t have one, but a friend of mine have, and when he comes to visit me, well…it’s a “party” :)

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Comment by trade show booths
2008-07-01 11:44:04

hi Frank, nice review on the Tundra. I agree with you. Based on the current price of gas, and the Tundra being a big pickup truck (pickup truck are horrible on aerodynamics) with a V8, I could see it being very expensive to own. We rented a Jeep Cherokee last week no vacation. We reserved a Dodge Charger (it looked “cool”) but they didn’t have one and gave us the Cherokee for the same price. The size was great, and it was amazingly quiet on the road, but it DRANK the gas. No problem on vacation but it would hurt day-to-day. The best money-saving advice on a new car I think is to keep your old car another year, and another year, and another year. It helps to rent a new car every year or two to “get it out of your system”, but you’ll save the most money in the long term keeping that “old” car. Of course if everyone did that it would hurt the economy, meaning less people would exhibit at trade shows and thus buy trade show booths, which would be a very bad thing, so ignore what I just wrote above! :) Steve, the guy with the trade show booths and an old car

Comment by jfc
2008-07-08 12:49:18

Hi Steve,

I had planned on keeping my 1995 Mercury Villager for at least another year. It was paid off long ago and relatively cheap to operate. Unfortunately, a careless driver had other plans for it.

Comment by Cheap Anime Games
2008-07-08 12:17:44

Even great trucks like the 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 4×2 are going the way of the dodo in my opinion.

With gas prices as high as they are currently (and in the USA they’re still only half what they are across much of the developed world) then the future lies in smaller and much more fuel efficient vehicles.

Comment by jfc
2008-07-08 12:52:11

Hi Anime,

There is no reason for a hybrid or fuel cell vehicle to be small. The only reason they’re small is because that aspect feeds into the interminable smugness that one gets from owning a hybrid.

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