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#8 of 57 Full 4-Door Tundra???
Apr 04, 2002 (6:44 am)
What's the scoop on when Toyota Tundra will be offered in a TRUE four-(4) door????
Apr 04, 2002 (11:24 am)
I believe there was a pic of the step side in one of these threads. Was blue and lowered, and I gotta agree that the gimmick styling was horrible. The tailights, as well as other pieces, looked like they were straight out of the Jetsons, very cartoonish. Can't necessary say the rest of the truck was to my liking but it was different, which is what auto shows thrive on.
Apr 05, 2002 (8:50 am)
...it should haul more than the regular tundra, due to the deeper cargo bed. Which by the way, to get that, looks like they slapped fender wells to the outside of the regular width bed, and widened the track, allowed room for the bed to drop down. Agree it sure is ugly, but probably more useful.
Apr 05, 2002 (9:55 am)
I agree, plug ugly. I never have liked newer stepsides. The stepsides from the 50's are another matter - beautiful!
I like the fact that Toyota kept it full size by not compromising bed width. The tail lights are hideous!
If I was going to buy a stepside, I would spend $5-10K on a 50's model Chevy or Ford.
#13 of 57 The "concept" of a stepside...
Apr 05, 2002 (11:15 am)
is spot on; it's a great idea. Unfortunately every late-model stepside out there is nothing but a joke. The "step" is 1/3 the way up the rear fender, which makes it useless. GM, Ford, and now Toyota too, took a great idea, and screwed it up with their execution.
Apr 05, 2002 (3:21 pm)
I have stepside on mine. Step right up on the rear tire. Works for me.
#16 of 57 I like stepsides
Apr 05, 2002 (5:57 pm)
because when you load/unload a boat on the ramp, it allows you to get from the truck's cabin to the bed without getting in the water. That's the only useful aspect of the stepside I can think of.
#17 of 57 The idea of behind the stepside is great...
Apr 06, 2002 (6:46 pm)
it's just the execution of today's stepsides that's bad. The step should be at or near the bottom of the rear fender, just like they were 40 years ago.
I'm 57, and my old body doesn't work like it used to, so I'm looking for something that's easy to use. Steps that are high on the fender just don't cut it for me.