Just about everything in modern cars is electric...but the fact that Toyota offers a traditional transfer case with part-time 4Hi and 4Low is unique, and still old school, compared to most other OEM's who offer automatic transfer cases or no transfer cases at all.The point about the tcase was Toyota trying to cater to the old school crowd while the underpinnings of the design still rely on current tech....it was a observation about design intent.
Not a problem...just an observation. The Tundra uses more robust components than the F-150 despite being rated for lower towing and payload capabilities. BTW, the Raptor definitely sees significant changes in terms of frame, suspension and overall chassis design over the base F-150.Is it a problem in the real world? Does the F150 larger front diff make a difference? Do the older Tundras w/smaller rear diffs have issues? Do the more reliable landcruiers, used in more extreme environments have issues with their smaller rear diffs, which happen to be smaller than the F150 as well? Does the fact that the raptor uses the F150 platform (with it's 450 hp and 510 ft-lbs of torque and and 35's) outline the robustness of the platform? How about the Rangers use of the same F150 10 spd trans? I don't have any of these answers but know what the trucks are rated for and how they perform....everything else is armchair engineering.
You can pretty up the language however you want...the fact is that Ford also uses car-based engines in its trucks. Arguably, the low-end torque of the ecoboost offers tangible advantages in a truck platform, as well as some disadvantages. FWIW, Toyota does also make some changes to the 3.5l it puts into the Tacoma.Maybe Toyota built the car engine with HD components? What we do know is Ford upgraded the 2.3 for Hi-Po use and/or Truck use for a purpose. We know the sort of #'s it can put out and have a direct line from Ford on why they did what they did. That's the difference, it speaks to design intent. No different than a small block Chev being designed as a car engine and re-designed / bolstered for truck use.
On all accounts, the Tacoma used an off the shelf engine, originally designed for a mid-size SUV for fuel economy. To me (or several of us), that doesn't speak to the Toyota brand image nor it's heritage and the performance is sub-par.....again TO ME. I'm sure it will last a long time, but the Toyota lineage of using over-built, robust, global engine design is getting thinner and thinner by the day.