Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of TundraHeadquarters.com. He has nearly a decade of dealership experience buying, selling, and maintaining vehicles, and much of that time was spent working at Ford and Toyota dealerships.
We’re constantly dealing with emails and comments here at TundraHeadquarters that all say something like (paraphrasing) “If U were a real truck owner, you wouldn’t buy a Jap rice burner truck, you’d get a real pickup from GM, Ford, or Dodge…” Right. That’s a pretty ignorant thing to say considering the Tundra is made in Texas, has more domestic content than trucks from Dodge or GM, and meets or exceeds the trucks offered by the not-so-big-three in almost every measurable way. The Tundra is, after all, the 2nd most American truck on the market today.
Still, we get hate mail. So be it. We’re fighting the good fight, trying to explain to loyal American truck buyers that the Tundra should stand right alongside it’s brethern from Detroit. Then, out of the blue, Honda goes and does something like this:
That’s a screen-shot of an advertisment for the Ridgeline – the “nimble yet powerful” truck.
Come-on Honda let’s be real! The ad says “Nimble Meets Powerful,” but that statement is bordering on an outright lie.
Remember the 2005 Regular Cab 2wd Tacoma with the Corvette LS6 we mentioned back on March 11th? It’s back from the paint shop.
We’ve done a little reckoning – here’s what we’re thinking:
- A stock 2005 Tacoma Reg. Cab 2wd weighs about 3300lbs.
- A brand new 2009 Tundra Reg. Cab 2wd with the 5.7L weighs about 4900lbs.
- The horsepower to weight ratio of an 09′ Tundra Reg. Cab 2-by with the 5.7 is 12.8 to 1.
- The horsepower to weight ratio of this Tacoma is about 7.2 to 1.
- A stock 09′ Tundra Reg Cab with the 5.7 will run a 14 second quarter mile (give or take).
Anyone want to guess how long this Taco needs to go 1/4 mile?
On August 30th, 2007, we wrote a post about “Bed Bounce,” a problem that we heard a lot of new Toyota owners complaining about at the time. We laid out a reasoned analysis of the problem and the likely causes, and many people who read the post seemed genuinely concerned and/or effected by the problem. At that time, we weren’t completely certain about the actual size and scope of the bed bounce problem, so we decided to send an email to Toyota. After a lukewarm response, we realized that we needed some hard data if we were going to have any hope of getting a sense of the size and scope of this problem.
TundraHeadquarters isn’t cool – at least not to Toyota. Rather than give us the opportunity to drive a pre-production Tundra, only PickupTrucks.com had a shot. At least they published a nice review.
Here are the take-aways from their review of the new 2010 Tundra 4.6L:
After ignoring Twitter for the last year and a half, we’ve succumbed to peer pressure. Our idols over at PickupTrucks.com have a twitter feed and it’s actually kind of cool.
SO, we’re on Twitter now – you can search for “tundrahq” to follow us or see our Twitter profile here.
If you’re not sure what Twitter is (or why it’s important) you’re not alone. We’ve been debating the value of Twitter for a long time, but it’s easy enough to setup an account and test, so what the heck, right?
We’ll be posting links to new blog posts at a minimum, but who knows what else we’ll do.