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2011 Toyota Tundra Styling

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If there's a single word to describe the styling of the 2011 Toyota Tundra, it's "imposing." Particularly from the front view, it's an immense vehicle, with tall metal panels and a vast grille that outsize even the biggest trucks from Dodge, Ford and GMC. 

That prominent, upright front grille is paired with some detailed headlights. Down its sides, the Tundra straps on bulging sills and fenders that make it seem even bulkier and taller, though the flared wheel wells keep it all tucked in seamlessly. The taillights are some of the plainest pieces of the Tundra.

The 2011 Toyota Tundra tries to blend in with the other full-size pickup trucks, but the gargantuan size and trendy curves aren't quite as mainstream as you'd expect.

In all, it's a distinct appearance that's just outside the mainstream of pickups. It doesn't owe anything to heritage like the Ram 1500, and it's not blocky for blocky's sake like the current F-150. There's an awkwardness to the Tundra that's most evident in Regular Cab models, where the glass area looks cartoon-sized, in comparison to the hugely tall sides--and that's what makes it less traditional and therefore, less appealing, than almost all its competitors.

The interior's a bit too plasticky unless you have industrial tastes. The Tundra has large swaths of matte-metallic plastic that curve over and through the gauges, and down a very wide center console with an exaggerated sweep. It's out of proportion in some ways, too, like the exterior, as if Toyota decided that "big" was the sole factor truck buyers judged when switching over from lifetime favorites.

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