Toyota Truck Models

Toyota Truck Models – Over the Years

Making of The Toyota truck Models

As thToyota Truck Models e second largest automotive manufacturer, just behind Volkswagen, Toyota Motor Corporation produces not only SUVs and luxury vehicles but also pickup trucks.  Toyota has been in the pickup truck business since 1947 starting off with the SB followed by the RK (later named stout) and the Hilux.

The Hilux became famous for its durability and trucks from the 1970s which have covered over 300,000 are still running on the roads. In 1993, the first full-scale pickup, the T100 was introduced in the US which had similar suspension and engine features as the former compact pickups. The Tundra was later introduced as the 2000 model which corrected the T100’s lack of the typical American full-size pickup. Here is a list of Toyota Truck Models and their features.

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux is a series of light pickups produced by Toyota, the first being the RN10, since 1968. It had a short wheelbase form, a 1.5 L engine and a produced 57 kW of power.  This modification had a top speed of 130 km|hr. The first generation of trucks had a front wheel, rear engine style layout with two doors. The Hilux had an abrupt change in design in 1975 with a larger size and better equipment. A 2.2L 20R engine was introduced along with the SR5 upscale trim package and optional 5-speed manual transmission.

 A redesigned Hilux with the 4-wheel drive was introduced in 1979.  It had strong front axle and leaf suspension and also had body modifications with a less complex body and single round headlights featuring a gear driven RF1A transfer case. In 1984, Xtracab extended cab option, with six inches of space behind the seat for in-cab storage was introduced. In 1988, the next redesign produced a longer-wheelbase option(3,099 mm rather than 2,616 mm ) for the regular wheelbase. Toyota introduced a mid-size SUV variant of the Hilux in 1998, known as the Hilux Sport Rider.

It is a rare Toyota Truck model, sold in a select few Asian markets, including Thailand and Nepal. It was discontinued in 2004 and replaced by the Fortuner in 2005. The Hilux has gained a reputation for exceptional reliability even under heavy use or abuse.

Toyota Land Cruiser 

The 70 series is a family of Toyota Land Cruiser models that been being produced since 1984.  These are square-bodied with 4×4 utility and either 2 or 4 front doors. The grille can be either a mesh or consist of three horizontal bars, both of which have three additional horizontal slots in a single line under the grille. 

With the exception of a few light-duty models,  all 70 Series Land Cruisers have solid leaf-sprung rear axles. In 1998,Toyota decided to add a coil spring front suspension with leading arms, and a slightly lighter front axle. In 1999 the rear leaf springs were extended to allow for greater articulation and more ride comfort. The suspension, interior and basic layout of these models are similar to the more famous longer wheelbase 75 series Land Cruisers, but the frame and body is much shorter. This model was popular as a personal off-road transport. Some of the famous Land cruisers were the J40, the J70, the Prado and the FJ Cruiser.

Toyota Tacoma

These are being manufactured since 1995. The first generation of the Tacoma was classified as the Compact Pickup. There was a total of three engines available for the first generation of Toyota Tacoma- the 2.4 L four-cylinder rated at 142 hp, the 2.7 L four-cylinder rated at 150 hp and the 3.4 L V6 rated at 190 hp. Two-wheel drive Tacomas had 5-stud wheel lug patterns whereas the four-wheel drive Tacomas had six-stud wheel lug patterns. In 2004, at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota unveiled a bigger and more powerful Tacoma.

It had eighteen different configurations, that included three cab configurations, four transmissions, two engines, and two bed lengths. The three cab configurations consist of regular cab, access cab, and double cab. The transmissions come in 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, and 6-speed manual. The 2012 model featured a restyled front bumper, new interior, grille, headlights, hood and a shark fin antenna for the SiriusXM satellite radio. 

In 1998, Toyota added a new Toyota Racing Development (TRD) off-road package. This package includes off road tires, 16-inch alloy wheels, TRD dampers, a locking rear differential, and the TRD graphics. In 2005, Toyota introduced a TRD sports package for the Tacoma at the same time as the release of the freshly redesigned Tacoma.

Toyota Tundra

The Tundtoyota tacoma for sale 2016ra has been manufacturing since 1999. The Tundra was the first North American full-size pickup to be built by a Japanese manufacturer. It was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award and was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year in 2000 and 2008. The first generation Tundra had many similarities with the T100 and the Tacoma. These included the shared use of a 3.4-liter V6 engine. The V6 engine would serve as the base engine for the Tundra, while a second engine was added, a 4.7-liter V8, the first V8 for a Toyota truck. During late 2009, Toyota issued a recall on 2000-2003 model year Tundras regarding rust problems of a rear cross-member. Many trucks were inspected by dealers and found to be unsafe to drive. Some special editions and optional packages included the Ivan Ironman Stewart Signature Series Tundra, The Rock Warrior package, and the Platinum package. The 2015 model year introduced a sixth trim level, the Tundra TRD Pro. All Tundra engines and transmissions are built in the United States. Toyota’s Tundra was the first full-size pickup to have earned the IIHS’s Top safety pick accolade as it comes with dual front airbags, front row side torso airbags, and rollover-sensing side curtain airbags for both the front and rear rows.

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