As Ford moves away from the V8 pickup truck, Toyota is embracing it.
Time to give Toyota credit where it’s due. As we all know, Ford is anxious to make the shift from big and thirsty V8s to smaller and more fuel efficient turbocharged V6 engines. Call it the evolution of the modern full-size pickup truck. In Ford's defense, its lineup of EcoBoost engines is quite impressive and the issue of turbo lag has largely been solved. But still, there’s nothing like the rumble of a proper V8. A sentiment Toyota is apparently fully in agreement with.
The Japanese automaker has just announced that for 2015, its full-size Tundra pickup will receive standard V8 power across the board. In other words, the 4.0-liter V6 has been dropped. In its place will be the familiar 4.6-liter V8 that doles out 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. The optional V8, which Toyota claims to be more popular than ever, is the 5.7-liter with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. It’s offered in both gasoline and Fuel Flex variants, while both V8s are paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Sometimes sticking with the old formula is the best way to keep loyal customers, and truck ones at that, happy.