I agree with ShelbyFan ... the Tundra isn't my first, or even second choice for a new truck, but it would be pencilled in at third if I were buying a 1/2 ton today (of course, I'm not, so there is no "closer look" to nail down whether it would remain ranked there. Plus, I'd be looking at 3/4 tons as well).
I know two Toyota truck owners, and their trucks, quite well. The first bought a Tacoma 4WD new in 1997 and it's still going strong. He's had almost zero issues with it ... probably needs 02 sensors right now, for example ... but nothing has broken and it still does the job every day. He's driven it extensively on some very rough unpaved road, the city, the highway, and I've driven it myself a few times. I'd say it's a decent truck that has had fewer issues than guys I know with Dakotas of the same era have had. For the record, if I were buying a 1/4 ton used today, those two are the only ones I would be looking at. I owned a Ranger ... the early 90's 1/4 ton model ... and I wouldn't recommend one to anyone I actually liked.
Another guy I work with has a Tundra ... probably about 4 years old now ... and he loves his. The jobsite has plenty of Dodges, some GM/Chevy, one Ford, plus the company truck is an F250. The guy is a gearhead ... owns big-engine snowmobiles that he drives like he's still in High School, two late 60's Olds 442's, one a ragtop, his best friend has a 6-71 blown big-block 60's GMC and is a professional mechanic, and for fun is an award winning custom Harley builder, maybe 4 bikes a year that sell in the 30~50K range after he shows them. Neither has anything bad to say about the Tundra.
I don't think it would get me to pull out my wallet but it's not as cut-and-dried as the review implies. It's a decent truck that beats the Nissan hands down, and competes against the big three well enough to be worth a look if you were shopping. Reliability is an issue with me and the Toyota would win points there for sure in my opinion. The rest is up to the individual buyer and his needs.
Now, in all fairness, the review was a bit lightweight and tongue-in-cheek, so I don't see any reason to get all worked up about it ... it is what it is. He hates the look more than I do, but I agree it's not a style king. The interior is better executed than the outside, though. It was a fun read.
Last edited by Johnny2Bad; 02-27-2012 at 07:46 PM.