2011 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

True to its name, this white Tundra looked like the Abominable Snowman parked in my powder-covered driveway, and it feels like it going down the road, too. This is one big Texan.

There's no doubt that this monstrous Toyota has lots of power. The available 4.6-liter V-8 is good, but -- without driving a Tundra back-to-back with a Ram 1500 -- this test vehicle’s 5.7-liter V-8 seems to rival the Hemi of the same displacement. Indeed, the output figures are very comparable: the Toyota has 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, and the Ram offers a slight increase at 390 hp and 407 lb-ft. The Ram, a recent two-time Automobile Magazine All-Star award winner, also has a better (although still fairly grim) fuel economy rating: 13/19 mpg city/highway versus the Toyota’s 13/17 mpg.

The Double Cab is fairly sizable, but it would be a tight fit for four guys ... or a couple baby seats. Anyone frequently using the rear seats for passengers would be wise to strongly consider the CrewMax version, although the larger cab cuts into bed length by a significant twelve inches.

The Tundra has some desirable features, such as its damped tailgate. However, I’d gladly give that up in favor of a smoother Ram-like ride, since the Toyota exhibits a fair amount of shuddering, which pickup owners generally accept as par for the course.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

The reason for the rough ride is the TRD package... drive one without the TRD package and you will be amazed how different it is. It will not compete with the RAM, but it's as good or better than Ford & GM

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