6. 2013 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Platinum – $49,510
Narrowly edging out the gasoline-powered Silverado HD is Toyota’s Tundra. This arctic blast is shot across the Detroit Three’s collective bow; an assault on their last bastion of automotive dominance, the truck segment. The capital “T” sold nearly 102,000 of them in 2012, which is not bad, but it’s a far cry from what the hometown teams deliver per annum.
In Platinum trim the Tundra CrewMax stickers for an even more nearly $50,000 than the No. 7 finisher on this list. Wrap your head around that sentence.
Energizing the truck is a petrol-powered 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8. With quad camshafts and variable valve timing it delivers 381 horsepower with 401 lb-ft of twist. When it comes to transmissions you can have it anyway you want as long as it’s their way, meaning a six-speed automatic is your only “choice.”
This pricey Platinum model comes standard with niceties like automatic climate control, Optitron instruments and a JBL audio system, but here’s the kicker, the front bucket-seats are covered in perforated leather and feature embroidered headrests. Does the truck also come with scented candles and ornamental doilies?
Expect Toyota to deliver even more luxuries next year with a special 1794 edition 2014 Tundra designed to take on the flashiest of US haulers.