These Were The Coolest Features Of The 2000 Toyota Tundra

Unlike supercars[1] and muscle cars, no one really buys trucks for luxury or showoff. The two major reasons why people buy trucks are convenience and necessity. With cheaper gas prices in the US than in most European countries, Americans can conveniently live the “American Lifestyle.”


With a larger motor compartment than most muscle cars and SUVs, four-wheel drive[2] suitable for harsh weather conditions, a wide cabin compartment, a full-time spare tire, and ridiculously cheap insurance, there is an ever-growing demand for trucks across America.

The three best-selling vehicles in the US are the F-150, RAM, and Chevrolet Silverado, and the dominance of trucks doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. New automobile lovers may only see the similarities between trucks of different car brands, but even with a consistent body shape, every brand offers unique features on its trucks. The Toyota[3] Tundra is no exception.

Let’s first look at the history of the Tundra.


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The Toyota Tundra

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The Toyota Tundra was publicly displayed in 1999 as a 2000 model. It was the first Japanese car to be built in North America in Princeton, Indiana. Initially called the T-150, the Tundra was involved in an early lawsuit with Ford, who claimed the name was too similar to the all-time favorite car, F-150[5].

Ford won, and Toyota had to change the name to Tundra. The Tundra was an upgrade to Toyota’s first pickup truck; The T-100. This ride was criticized for being too small to fit a work truck, didn’t have an extended cab, and lacked the most important feature pickup lovers look out for; a V8 engine.


Toyota’s choice to include a V6 engine was for more fuel economy, and the size was made to showcase a compact feel to its users, but do Americans really care about that?

Perhaps the answer to this question was the reason that Toyota released the Tundra; acting as a near-total overhaul of the T-100’s features. The result was instantaneous. The Toyota Tundra ended up bringing Toyota from obscurity; the first model broke Toyota’s record for vehicle sales with 100,000 models produced and sold, and it won various ‘best pickup truck of the year’ awards, beating Ford and Chevrolet to it a number of times.


The Tundra joined NASCAR under the Craftsman Truck series and got its first win in its first year.

It also won the ‘driver and owner’ championship for a 12 years’ period spanning from 2006 to 2018. Toyota is planning a third-generation Tundra in 2022, and with an ever-growing interest in pickup vehicles, if they play their cards right, we expect massive sales. RELATED:Here’s Why The 2021 Toyota Sienna Is The Best Minivan On The Market[6]

The 2000 Toyota Tundra

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After 21 years, Toyota has improved the Tundra both to meet up with competitors and to also offer attractive top-of-the-line designs for truck lovers.

The beautiful and attractive cars we see today didn’t start this way. It all started in 1999. The story behind the Tundra is fondly explained by the chief engineer for the project, Tori Tanaka.

During the planning phase, a series of meetings were held with major dealers and distributors.


In one of those meetings, a dealer stood up and asked, “Do you plan to make the Tundra a V8 truck[7], or should we end the meeting and go home?”. After recovering from a brief period of shock, Tanaka explained that a decision had not yet been made, and some people felt the V8 might be unnecessary. On his way back home, Tanaka beeped his supervisors in Japan, and the V8 Tundra truck was approved.

It was so different from the previous car in virtually every respect. The Tundra was released in 1999 as a year 2000 model and immediately gained the admiration of truck lovers, both among Toyota users and those not yet familiarized with the brand’s vehicles. Its body was designed by Hideo Kondo and Yusiku Fukushima.

From its face, it looks like a Ford; from engine performance, it looks like a Silverado. The car is an all-round piece of reliability.


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Standout Features Of The ’99 Toyota Tundra

1999 Toyota Tundra
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Some of the key features of the Tundra are as follows:

  • Length: 217.5 inches (5,524 mm)
  • Width: > 75.2 inches (1,910 mm)
  • Height: > 71.1 inches (1,806 mm)
  • Weight: 6,050 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 128.3 inches
  • Shared use of a 3.4-liter V6 base engine for the Tundra, and a 4.7-liter V8 engine
  • 260 HP (194 kW; 264 PS) range and 260 lb-ft (353 N?m) of torque.
  • All wheel drive (4×4)
  • Engine location: Front, Longitudinal
  • Ergonomically sound interior with good visibility
  • Spacious back seats
  • 12.6-inch front discs with four-piston caliper brakes


Final Thoughts On The 2000 Toyota Tundra

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Having a brand take on a daring challenge at Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge is not a common sight in the automobile industry. Toyota still has a long way to go if its Tundra will stand head to head with these brands but with the progress we have seen so far, in terms of reliability, it seems appropriate to commend the team.

The production break they have till 2022 when the third-generation comes out should provide them enough time to read markets and hit the nail on the head in terms of customer preferences. Will they? We’ll have to find out.

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