The 2003 Toyota Tundra is the full-size pick-up from this
erstwhile manufacturer. 2003 sees some nifty additions to
the Tundra line including a sporty StepSide Access Cab model.
Beyond that, the Tundra line has received freshened styling
in front and upgraded trim inside.
Like the Tacoma, the 2003 Toyota Tundra is a line more
than it is an individual model. 15 configurations include
two cab styles, two engines, two bed lengths and three trim
levels. Not to mention 2- or 4-wheel drive. The result is
that the 2003 Toyota Tundra has a version for every need,
providing that need is for rugged strength, durability and
As mentioned above, the Toyota Tundra comes in 15 different
configurations but the short version is that it comes in
Base, SR5 or Limited editions. They can be 2 or 4WD and
they can feature either a V6 or a V8 engine.
The 2003 Toyota Tundra offers pretty high standards for
interior amenities even at the base level. It comes with
new gray seat fabric, a new center console with four cup
holders like that in the Toyota Sequoia SUV, dual map pockets
and covered storage. The following is also standard equipment:
power steering, cloth upholstery, AM/FM/CD player, digital
clock, automatic off headlights and a durable vinyl floor.
Rising to the SR5 trim level gives air conditioning, carpeting,
and, at the V8 level, cruise control. The final grade, the
Limited trim level, adds power mirrors, windows and door
locks, remote keyless entry and an in-dash 6CD changer.
At this level a steering wheel audio controls switch and
a power sliding rear window have been added this year.
The Toyota Tundra has similar styling to the Tacoma, only
bigger. Like the Tacoma, its many permutations add up to
a wide variety of different capabilities and aesthetic statements.
New for 2003, the Tundra gets a new, larger grill that extends
into the upper section of the bumper for a tougher look
Optional packages offer even more versatility. Choose the
Sport Suspension Package for any V8 models and you get Tokico
shock absorbers, tuned springs, a rear stabilizer bar, a
limited slip differential and graphite-toned 17-inch alloy
wheels with P265/65R17 tires.
The 2003 Toyota Tundra has a number of different powertrain
configuration choices. The 4.7-liter i-Force V8 that powers
the SR5 V8 and the Limited models, produces 245 hp at 4800rpm
and 315 lbs.-ft of torque at 3400. The 3.4-liter DOHC V6
engine behind the Base and SR5 V6 models is also brawny
and powerful with 190 hp at 4800 and 220 lb.-ft. of peak
torque at 3600.
The V6 engine is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission
or optional four-speed electronically controlled automatic.
This same transmission is standard on V8 models. In terms
of performance capability, an important standard equipment
package is worth mentioning. The new Towing Package includes
a Class IV tow hitch, a seven-pin connector with converter,
a 130-amp alternator, and a supplemental transmission oil
cooler. The Tundra has a 1,875-pound payload capacity and
is rated for towing up to 7,200-pounds.
Safety and Security
Safety in the Toyota Tundra is addressed by dual-front airbags
and 4-wheel antilock disc brakes.
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