he was in the market for a truck. wanted to look at the chevys, fords and titans. he didnt even think about the tundras till i mentioned them.
we went looking today, open mind across the board.
toyota first- salesman was great. second good salesman we've experienced at the dealership, better than the other two toyota dealerships ive been to.
+extended cab rear seat room was best in class
+assembled in US even though its a jap truck
-interior was functional and nice looking, but not as nice as the avalanche
-seats kinda suck on the sr5 model
-front-end needs some cosmetic work
We went to the chevy dealership and looked at the silverado and avalanche. the dealership was empty and the salesman was very poor. did not know much about the trucks and didn't sell us a car
silverado1500 assembled in usa
+price was pretty good
+power was nice, not as good as toyota
+exhaust tone was nice
-rattled like crazy
-rear seat room sucked
-interior was very cheap looking
avalanche assembled in mexico
+looked very nice inside
+unique and original features
+very solid compared to the silverado
+outside was pretty sweet looking when in z71 package
-price was extremely high when decked out
-couldn't get z71 and base truck for under 32K with all incentives
-not real usable over a crew cab, short bed imo.
-only excuse for buying over an import was the "support american" phrase. I said this truck is made in mexico, tundras are made in texas. he didnt have much to say then.
no chance to look at fords and checked out the titans. first salesman didn't know much about the trucks so he got his buddy which knew quite a bit- or atleast he thought he did. cool kid, i think i met him at some car meets from before.
+power was nice
+brakes werent bad
+nice looking truck and sound
-price was surprisingly high, higher than the tundra
-no aux trans cooler with tow package
-interior seemed very cheap and lame
-seemed to rattle which was surprising
-depreciation as bad as an american car
-no back leg room on extended cab
so after testing out 4 similar vehicles we came to the conclusion that the toyota was the best. it had the most power, and most functionality. my buddys doesn't have the bed strap system like the tacomas have stock, but the toyota ones are by far the best looking and functioning design out of nissan and chevy. the latter 2 look extremely cheap and poorly thought out.
the toyota had the best leg room in the rear for an extended cab. i was amazed. the simple storage solutions in the tundra really stuck out as well- theres a buisness card holder even. the center filing cabinet is a great idea (i have some folders sitting on my tacoma seat right now!), double glove box....just to name a few. toyota had the best use of space by far.
i know we didnt test drive the fords, but we looked at them last month when i was looking for a truck. the decked out trucks had really nice interiors and the cheaper ones were...just that, cheap.
if i hadnt owned 2 prior high mileage toyotas he would never had considered toyota he said. what was suprising was the fact that toyota was the cheapest out of the bunch. i thought it woulda been the most. you have the ability to have multiple configurations and arent locked into buying a bunch of options you don't want.
toyota dealer was crowded as usual, something i rarely see from an american company anymore. hmm. i was a little jealous of how much truck you could get for the money....but then i got in my tacoma and it's nice not hauling around 5500lbs all the time.