Despite doing well in the IIHS offset barrier crash test, Tundras have
the highest injury loss rating of any full sized pick-up. And in the
goverment (NHTSA) crash tests they don't do as well as the Ford and GM
pick-ups. This seems to be another example of the typical Toyota bias I
see in the press - They do one thing well and get rave reviews. The fact
that in the "real world" they are not as safe as other similar vehicles
is never mentioned. In my opinion, Tundras are the least advanced design
of any full size truck. The day they rolled out of the factory, they
were not as good as Ford or Chevy full sized pick-up trucks, and they
have none nothing to improve them over the past few years. Now they
aren't even the best full size truck from a Japanes manufacturer.
I don't think that Toyota designs their trucks for hauling. They're for
divorced soccer-moms who want to blind ungrateful men by flashing their
highbeams directly into their rearview mirrors.
Then again, how many Ford or GM trucks on the road are actually used for
work (not commuting)? 15%?
I'd say their entire heavy duty lines have more than half real use/work
related duties. I see tons of MGC towtrucks and commercial vehicles as
well as contrstuction-related ones(Electrician/plumber/etc) - a LOT
The fact is, people who buy large pickups buy them for real use and
off-road(if 4*4). The rest - they buy SUVs instead.
I say some are used for real work, but the vast majority are used to
commute. Just watch the commuter traffic you'll see tons of pickups
with one rider, empty or with some kind of topper protecting the box
from whatevers charging onto the freeways. Another test is to drive
thru some residental areas and see how many big PU's are sitting in
driveways. These are not work trucks.
True, but there arent that many contractors around here. The workers
usually drive older PUs or cars. Try and get an addition on your house,
you're looking at next March. I can always tell if it's a contractors
PU because it'll be full of matieral, tools and pulling a big trailer
full of more tools, material ect. Now thats a work truck. Check out a
Home Depot at 7 AM if you want to see contractor PU's
No, the parking ramps are full of full size PU's around here. Even
lawyers drive them.
Yea, there are people that do that. Even cops do it. Not just large truck
drivers, but all kinds of vehicles. People are buying large SUV's and trucks
because of the fact it is big and roomy. Five full size adults do not fit too
well in an Explorer. The Taurus/Sable is only marginally better. Load up those
"mid size vehicles, and the ass end drags the ground. The modern full size wagon
are vehicles like the Expedition.
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