— and then some

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

Fine, of course, is sub­jec­tive. Fine is like say­ing the per­son you just met is “nice.” Fine is about ac­cep­tance, not de­sire. When it comes to the thrill of own­ing a ve­hi­cle that per­forms and ex­e­cutes its du­ties ex­actly as you want it to, “fine” is not fine.

My friend’s dilemma, like many in Toy­ota na­tion, is that the ma­jor­ity of changes made to the Tun­dra for the 2014 model year were cos­metic. Sure, plenty were hop­ing for a diesel, or at least some sig­nif­i­cant pow­er­train en­hance­ments or wider choices (still can’t buy a CrewMax with the 4.6-L en­gine) when the re­freshed truck de­buted in Chicago in 2013, but, alas, the al­ter­ations cov­ered mostly sheet metal and an all-new in­te­rior. And then when the cool TRD Pro mod­els de­buted last year, Canada was de­nied them.

So, given the choice be­tween keep­ing an aging but re­li­able Tun­dra or up­grad­ing to brand new for the sake of a few mod­ern fea­tures, the lat­ter op­tion didn’t seem all that com­pelling. But then some­thing hap­pened.

My friend be­came very in­ter­ested in the 2015 Plat­inum 4x4 CrewMax I bor­rowed from Toy­ota for the week. Text mes­sages lit up my phone. At $56,747 for the loaded Plat­inum, the price was less than a com­pa­ra­bly equipped 2015 F-150. And it had a backup cam­era that his old SR5 lacked.

Other changes on the new Tun­dra in­clude a sus­pen­sion that re­ceived

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