There are a lot of reasons why Americans want to buy a full-size truck. Some trucks, like the Ram 1500, have a lavish and luxurious interior. Other trucks, like the Tesla Cybertruck, are extremely fuel-efficient. But every full-size truck has one thing in common, it has to have a good amount of torque. Here’s the full-size truck with the least amount of torque. We’ll also talk about why you shouldn’t write off this truck just for its lack of torque.
The Toyota Tundra
As VEHQ says, the Toyota Tundra, which offers a 5.7-liter V8 engine, gets the least amount of torque out of all the other full-size trucks. The Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 generates 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. While this torque figure was massive back when it debuted on the Tundra in 2007, as VEHQ said, the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 has largely been unchanged since then.
For comparison, VEHQ says that the full-size truck that gets the most amount of torque is the Nissan Titan. The Titan comes standard with a 5.6-liter V8 that generates 400-hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. This means that the regular Titan, without any engine upgrades, is already more powerful than the Tundra is when it’s equipped with Toyota’s most powerful engine option.
The most powerful engine option on the Titan, however, is a 5.0-liter V8 diesel, which generates 310-hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. Other full-size trucks have similar torque figures, though obviously less than what the Titan gets. For example, the Ford F-150 can be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 450-hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.
Simple but reliable
That said, VEHQ points out that the main reason why the Tundra hasn’t had an upgrade in power for so long is also the main reason why people like Toyotas in the first place. The Tundra, like its sibling, the Tacoma, are both extremely reliable trucks. Reliability has been something that Toyota does very well, and one reason why its cars and trucks are so reliable has been because Toyota keeps things simple.
The Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 had some impressive figures when it debuted, and although it’s currently last in the race, Toyota understands that it’s still a reliable engine. As the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And that’s especially true when it comes to truck repairs. Toyota’s cars, and the Tundra in particular require very few repairs compared to its competitors.
That high reliability is in part thanks to not changing things up a lot, according to VEHQ. By staying with what works, Toyota can work out the kinks and provide a truck that simply keeps on trucking for hundreds of thousands of miles. And for Toyota’s customers, that’s usually what they’re looking for. That said, the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 isn’t a weak engine by any means.
The Tundra still has a lot of power
While it’s true that Toyota hasn’t really upgraded the power of the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 in over a decade, its power is still more than enough for the vast majority of Americans. The Tundra, when equipped with that 5.7-liter V8, can tow over 10,000 lb. This is far more than what mid-size trucks can tow, but obviously, it’s less than what the best engines on other full-size trucks can tow.
That said, even the Titan, when equipped with its most powerful engine, can tow about 12,700 lb. That’s a 2,700 lb difference, which is a lot, but most truck owners don’t need to tow that much. For most truck owners, 10,000 lb is more than enough. So even though the Tundra is less capable than other full-size trucks, it’s still more than capable in most situations.