Bigger, stronger, faster. Those are the words used my automobile manufacturers all the time to describe their mighty mid-size and full-size trucks. That’s how it is nowadays: to successfully market (and hopefully sell) a truck, you gotta go full-mode and provide more of everything in order to prevail. By the way, that’s exactly how it was 5 years ago – in 2010. Nothing has changed in terms of the mad race and rivalry between the major companies. Today I want to tell you about the 2010 Toyota Tundra towing capacity, because 2010 is pretty much the year when Toyota swept the market off its feet and grabbed the leadership flag.
The Toyota Tundra 2010 Crew Max 4X4
We are not gonna talk about the 2010 Toyota Tundra SR5, 2010 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab, or other models, because this is not a 2010 Toyota Tundra review. Today we will discuss the 2010 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 – a beast of a full-size truck that can tow pretty much anything you throw its way. A boat? No problem. A trailer? Sure Thing! A dinosaur? Well…Why not?! With a towing capacity of 10K pounds the crew max 4×4 is the highest trim level of the 2010 Tundra and it’s the real deal. To be honest, not a lot of full-size trucks have that much towing capacity even today, not to say 5 years ago, which is like a lifetime for the automobile industry.
The Quick Rise Up The Ladder
The Toyota Tundra first saw the light of day back in 2000 and immediately grabbed the industry’s attention with exceptional performance. Seven years later, Toyota released the second generation, which was a huge improvement on the already great full-size truck. The company continued perfecting the brand in 2010 by delivering a gas-run full-size truck that could tow up to 10K pounds and still had a “mainstream-friendly” size that was just right for a regular daily vehicle. That was (and still is) a very appealing combination for the American folks and that’s why the Tundra brand never falls off from the best-selling trucks list.
2010 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity – The Details
The Japanese clearly made the Tundra with a big attention to the towing capabilities, and it shows at a closer inspection. For example, the trailer connector has a 4-pin flat plug for trailing boats and a 7-blade round connector for campervans and trailers with electric brakes. That fact alone is a true indicator of the company’s seriousness when it comes to towing. Oh, and you won’t need any adapters neither.
Yet another solid feature that makes the 2010 Crew Max Tundra an amazing vehicle for towing is the frame. At the back, it’s a standard C channel; however, under the cab the frame is reinforced and fully boxed under the engine compartment. All that beauty results in a vibration-free ride inside the cabin when driving on rutted pavement and towing some heavy weight. The 2010 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity is truly impressive, but the frame is the closest second.
The Powertrain – Engine And Transmission
Actually, no – what really make the Tundra exceptional – especially in terms of towing – is the powertrain (the engine and the transmission, a perfect match). The iForce V8 (no, it’s not another one of Apple’s developments) boasts variable valve timing, which allows for a very broad torque curve. With the majority of pick-up truck engines you feel the power surge as it gets closer to the peak of the operating range. At the same time, power delivery from the 5.7-lit engine in the Tundra is solid and consistent from about 2K rpm up to the redline. And, it’s got a very effective acceleration – 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. That’s without a trailer, obviously. With it, the truck will get you that 0 to 60 jump in 18-19 seconds, which is also pretty good.
The Smart Acceleration System
The good acceleration results have a lot to do with the 6-speed automatic transmission. With 6 gears at the driver’s disposal, one could expect some “busyness” from the transmission; however, because the shifts are so sharply executed, they are in no way obtrusive or “busy”. Not at all. The shifts are smooth, rapid and steady. Even at the fullest throttle, a shift to the upper gear just gives you a nudge forward and a change in RPM. Amazing, Toyota! In tow-haul mode the transmission still likes to switch up to the 6th gear, even if the speed it around 40-50 mph. On the freeways the Tundra shifts to the upper gears based on the cargo it’s carrying and the condition of the road.
2010 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity – Engine And MPG
So, the impressive 2010 Toyota Tundra towing capacity is possible because of the super-strong 381HP engine. The only downside is that the engine is very fuel-hungry. On level terrain you’ll get about 11 mpg while towing. When I said “towing”, I meant pulling a gigantic cargo – anything less (like a small or middle-sized trailer/boat) will result in improved mpg. For example, without any trailers behind its back, the 2010 Tundra returned 19 mpg on the freeway, and that’s actually higher than the EPA estimates.
If you’re looking for better fuel-efficiency, then you should take a look at the 4.6-lit V8 2WD, which is good for 20 mpg hwy/15 mpg city. The good news is that even though you’ll get less HP, the 2010 Toyota Tundra towing capacity will still be more than 10K pounds. While towing, I learned that the mirrors of the 2010 Tundra were great as well – they provide a very clear view and you don’t have to break your neck trying to get what’s happening in the back. And finally, I have to give kudos to Toyota for an exceptional steering system. Even when I was testing the 2010 Toyota Tundra towing capacity to the fullest, pulling a trailer that was about 10K+ pounds, the steering never went rogue on me.
Alright, that sums up my 2010 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity review. Even today, 5 years later, people are still looking to get a 2010 Tundra, and that’s why it’s so popular on sale/resale web-sites. If you own/owned a vehicle like this, please share your experience in the comments!
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