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How is Tundra Perceived in Your Part of the Country?

How the Tundra is perceived in your part of the country?

I've always lived in the Midwest (currently IL) and I would say for the most part people dislike them and err towards the big 3 and hate on Tundras bc it isn't considered "American." Now I know all of us on here know the build percentages and whatnot but i'd say most around here don't want to hear it and don't care. Every once an a while i'll hear a, "I like it but I wouldn't drive it."

So i'm wondering, in other areas, especially CO, AZ, CA, WA and some of the bigger offroad areas, how do people look at them? Is it the same mentality or since there is a larger offroad following in those parts they are more tolerated?
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How the Tundra is perceived in your part of the country?

I've always lived in the Midwest (currently IL) and I would say for the most part people dislike them and err towards the big 3 and hate on Tundras bc it isn't considered "American." Now I know all of us on here know the build percentages and whatnot but i'd say most around here don't want to hear it and don't care. Every once an a while i'll hear a, "I like it but I wouldn't drive it."

So i'm wondering, in other areas, especially CO, AZ, CA, WA and some of the bigger offroad areas, how do people look at them? Is it the same mentality or since there is a larger offroad following in those parts they are more tolerated?
cali has tundras and tacos everywhere, seem very popular and well liked here


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Yeah theres about 5 tundras in my neighborhood alone here in socal. Lots of em.


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I live on the east side of Washington and they are everywhere. People seem to love Toyota trucks around here.

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Hawaii has lots of Toyota trucks. Tacomas are first pick, but lots of Tundras are on the road too.
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Midwester here (MN). Most of what I see are Silverados and F-150's.

But I agree with OP most people with trucks lean toward the big 3. However, I get compliments on my truck about once a week from all kinds.
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Hawaii has lots of Toyota trucks. Tacomas are first pick, but lots of Tundras are on the road too.
I'll tell you what, I don't think I've ever seen so many Toyotas in my life then when I was in HI! Tons of Tacos, you aren't kidding. I think the mix of of the remote roads and Polynesian population makes it the ultimate vehicle.

So it does seem more like a Midwestern/farmer thing that are still the haters, I think I hear it the most when i'm in MI. When people ask me how I like it, I say I love the truck but if you want one, don't buy it to make friends, buy it because you like the truck. I mean that makes sense for everything I suppose but specifically for this topic.
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And along with what AJFiasco said, this does seem specific to trucks. We have Honda SUVs and Nissan vans in the family and it doesn't seem to be as scrutinized, people seem to be much more touchy on the trucks.
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Even here in Texas I get a lot of people who down on the Tundra because, "It isn't American." Really seems to be a love them/hate them kind of thing.
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I could see that in TX. I did hear there were quite a few there though, which I can on assume is bc of the manuf.
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Even here in Texas I get a lot of people who down on the Tundra because, "It isn't American." Really seems to be a love them/hate them kind of thing.
I thought with the plant there you would see them all over.

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I live in Southeast Ohio in a rural area. I mostly see the big 3 but there are a handful of tundras as well. Anyone I talk to likes my truck and never really experienced anyone being negative about it.

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North, well past St Cloud, a few Tundras. Mostlythe big three. I think if Toyota made a HD we would see a few more. Lots of farmers and stuff.
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If this question had been asked of me several years ago I would have said that except for a few, the Toyota truck was hated and not thought highly of here. I bought my first new vehicle which was a Toyota pickup in '90 and working at the plant I heard nothing but how it wouldn't last 30,000 miles and it would be junk. You bought a Jap truck? That went on and on for awhile until I hit that 30K miles, and then 50K, 100K, 150K, etc. and with no troubles. It didn't take long for Toyota vehicles to start showing up in the parking lot and people shut their mouths when the mileage kept climbing until that little truck had over 485,000K miles on it. I also had a 4Runner and it had a little over 325,000 on it when I traded it on an FJ Cruiser and eventually got over 203K on it before I traded it on my Tundra.

In this area there are a lot of the Big 3 diesel trucks for the oil/gas fields and other industry along with private vehicles towing horse trailers, toy haulers etc. That's pretty much normal, and won't change much. There are a bunch of Tundras around here too along with Tacoma being driven as private vehicles and I see more all the time. The big change I've seen in the last few years are a lot more Tundras being used by smaller companies that do electrical work, carpentry, service stuff for other bigger companies, basically small contractors. They've been trading off their Big 3 trucks and going to the Tundra. I rarely have anyone say anything bad about me owning a Toyota anymore.

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