Toyota Wins Texas Distinguished Service Award – Truth in Towing
How important is telling the truth when others don’t? Apparently, so important that you get a “distinguished service award” like Toyota did for being the only automaker to be J2807 compliant.The Texas Auto Writers Association recently gave Toyota the award to recognize it for being the only full-size truck that is J2807 compliant. The SAE standard is often referred to as the “truth in towing” distinction. Click here to read how the test is conducted.
Toyota says that the standard “developed by the SAE, in agreement with the major automotive manufacturers, the J2807 establishes a single, repeatable test curriculum to determine real-world tow ratings for its body-on-frame vehicles. Prior to the standard, manufacturers had devised their own tests and published their ratings without a third-party guideline.”
“Toyota owners look to us to develop vehicles that meet the highest safety standards, and our voluntary adoption of J2807 helps us deliver on that promise,” said Mike Sweers, chief engineer of the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma, according to a press release. “Tundra owners can tow confidently knowing that the published tow rating has been verified by the industry’s foremost engineering authority. With Tundra, what you see is what you get.”
Interesting to note is that the standard applies to trucks AND towing-equipped SUVs and minivans throughout Toyota’s lineup. This means no matter what Toyota vehicle you tow with, you will know what it can tow exactly.
Towing numbers are often a joke among truck enthusiasts since many automakers do some “magic” math accounting to improve the towing capacity of their trucks without any modifications. The reason? Advertising. The “other” guys try to consistently take the crown of the largest towing in class moniker.
What does all this “magic” math add up to? Trucks that are significantly overloaded thanks to false maximum towing numbers. Congrats to Toyota for not lying to its customers.
Filed Under: Tundra News