Toyota has beefed up its 4.7L V8 engine and is offering a new 4.0-liter V6 on 2005 Tundra pickup trucks. V8 models have a new standard five-speed automatic transmission, and Double Cab models are now available with curtain and seat side airbags.

Well-equipped and offering equivalent options and safety features, the 2006 Toyota Tundra stepside truck is smaller than Ford, Dodge, and General Motors trucks. Tundra is the larger of Toyota’s two pickup-truck lines and changes for 2006 include cosmetic tweaks, standard antilock brakes, and a flared-fender cargo bed. We compiled the specs and information in our 2006 Toyota Tundra review to assist those interested in leasing or buying a new truck but who have not yet completed their research. The Toyota Tundra offers a V6 engine which is available with manual or automatic transmission, its V8 with automatic only.

Both are available with rear-wheel drive or with 4WD that must be disengaged on dry pavement but includes low-range gearing. Tundra does not offer a 4-dr crew cab, unlike its domestic rivals. Its 2-dr regular cab has an 8-ft cargo bed and its Access Cab extended-cab has a 6.5-ft bed. Access Cabs have a 3-passenger rear bench seat and rear-hinged back doors that don’t open independently of the front doors. New for ’03 is a V8 Access Cab with a flared-fender StepSide cargo box. It is important to compare visibly the features on our 2006 Toyota Tundra picture with those available on other trucks.

The Tundra looks compact and well-balanced and actually has a slightly smaller footprint than its American counterparts.

2006 Toyota Tundra Performance & Efficiency Standard Features

  • 3,956 cc 4 liters V 6 front engine with 94 mm bore, 95 mm stroke, 10 compression ratio, double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and four valves per cylinder 1GR-FE Unleaded fuel 87
  • Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 22 and EPA city (mpg): 18
  • Multi-point injection fuel system
  • 26.4 gallon main unleaded fuel tank
  • Power: 176 kW , 236 HP SAE @ 5,200 rpm; 266 ft lb , 361 Nm @ 3,800 rpm
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