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These Are The 9 Things Toyota Tundra Owners Want From Toyota

Toyota Tundra is a great truck but could use a few improvements. Torque News asked Tundra owners and fans what type of interior and exterior improvements they would like to see and heard these responses.

Each paragraph, published below, is a separate opinion, which is the writer's vision of how he sees the next generation Toyota Tundra. Torque News publishes them as they were written.

Better Fuel Economy Tops The List
1. All currently Tundra owners want better MPG on their Tundras. In fact Tundra's fuel economy was the main topic discussed in yesterday's opinion piece, submitted by a Torque News reader at Prediction About Toyota Tundra: Unless Improved Not Sure Where It's Headed. I know Toyota can do something about the MPG of Tundra, and they need a 6.5" bed Crewmax.

2. Give the Tundra a better MPG and more gears in transmission. These are #1 and #1 for me. Everything else is less priority. Minor notes - my 2016 DC I did the driver grab handle and rear seat fold mods, they should be standard. I don't think we need leather and all that, but instead give us a better MPG and a loaded truck we can use. Currently Tundra is getting up to 15 city and 19 highway MPG.

3. I think Toyota needs to come out with maybe an 8 or 10 speed transmission, ( to my understanding it helps with efficiency?). I could be wrong though. In a perfect world Toyota would come back with the 4.7 V8. Why is it that Chevy used the 5.7l 350 block from the late 60s to the mid 90s. And to this day GM still uses the 323 CI V8 Vortex Block (aka 5.3l) since the mid 90s and still puts it on its new pick ups with many improvements over the course of time obviously. I guess what I am saying is Toyota needs to go back to the first gen and improve as much as possible from there.

Diesel Tundras, Which Are Not Options
4. I drive a Ford diesel because I tow stuff that a Tundra won’t. I would love for Toyota Tundra trucks to build a diesel version. A 3/4 and 1 ton. And I do think the current model is sort of 3/4 ton-ish, but it’s not there. Lots of guys that buy the larger trucks still need a full size bed and tow heavy items like backhoes so I would like to see that option from Toyota. Ford rules where I am from (Texas) and honestly a 3/4 Powerstroke is about as common as a 1/2 Ford and either are way more common than a Tundra.

5. I wouldn’t have a need for it at this moment & time but I think a 1ton dually diesel would bring buyers away from the big 3 choices.The Nissan work van sure is popping up everywhere. (Editor's note: Diesel is dying. Toyota is not going to bring diesel back. See Toyota Begins Diesel Scrappage Site In Europe.

Need for Lighter Tundra
6. We need much lighter and smaller Tundra tucks. They need to be close to the size of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. The new Tundra needs to be aluminum. Its nterior needs to be much more simple and not as ugly as it is. It needs the styling of the Toyota Tacoma. Simple as that. Because everyone knows Toyota has the best reliability.

7. We need lockers and a standard large fuel tank. No locker option is silly. Especially from a company who was one of the first to offer factory locker.

8. It would be great to have a better sound system. Armrest buttons that are backlit. Storage under rear seat.

9. As much as I love my tundra, Toyota does need to step up in the truck market, to meet there new goal of 60-40 with 60% being new trucks. New redesigned frame: boxed mostly we don’t need the c channel 3/4 ton idea that Toyota tried to go to. 8 speed transmission that already exists, and updated 4.6 and 5.7 motors with some extras like key-less entry.

Hopefully many of these improvement requests are coming to the next Tundra update. If you are reading this story, please let us know in the comments section below what other improvements you would like to see in the upcoming Tundra. Let's discuss them. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.

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I would like the next Toyota Tundra to have a handle on the driver side to help get in or out of the driver seat. Why take that away? I'm wrecking my seat.
The current power train is very good and it outperforms all the other 1/2 ton trucks (in my opinion). But why not offer a 3/4 ton HD with a higher payload? If they are not ready to get into the diesel market yet why not look at a slightly larger V8 to rival the 6+ liter motors? The fuel mileage isn’t one of my biggest concerns. I’m looking at towing aspects that many use it for. Even the current 5.7 could handle the extra towing weight in an HD class truck.
At 6'6" tall none of Toyota's truck products have headroom for me. In fact they are the worst on the market. Yet I fit in a Yaris so what gives. I think I can afford the gas an extra 2" headroom would cause. So I drive a f150 instrad