It may not be the 2JZ, but the 5.7-liter 3UR-FE is deserving of the same cult status.
Whether or not Toyota bought the 5.7-liter engine from GM remains shrouded in conspiracy for the time being.
But one thing is for sure: Toyota’s 5.7 liter i-Force V8 engine was designed specifically for the US market.
It debuted in the all-new second generation Tundra for the 2007 model year.
Since then, the 3UR-FE has gone on to support Lexus and Toyota’s global family of V8s, including the 4.6L and 5.0L V8s used in various trucks and SUVs.
Let’s take a look at the four Toyota and Lexus vehicles that share this mysterious 5.7-liter engine.
1. Toyota Tundra
There are a number of reasons why the second-generation Toyota Tundra had so much appeal.
Likely not surprising given that this is a Toyota, the Tundra is dependable. Many consider the 2009 Tundra the most reliable 2nd gen Tundra.
Given that Americans collectively spend 70 billion hours a year behind the wheel.
The Tundra is one of the most comfortable places to spend those commuting hours with lots of leg and head room for passengers.
The second gen Tundra was designed with a much longer wheelbase than most trucks.
Not only did the dimensions grow as a response to criticism of the first generation being the runt in the full-size truck game.
But so too did its power.
Horsepower figures are 381- and 401-pound feet of torque. That’s good for towing a whopping 10,300 pounds.
You can get a second-generation Tundra as a standard, double cab or crew-cab body style.
2. Toyota Sequoia
The Tundra based Sequoia hit the U.S. market in 2001.
Built to compete against other truck-based SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada.
The big news for the second gen was the 5.7-liter V8 engine making 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque amounting to a towing capacity of as much as 10,000 pounds.
Sadly, the beefy engine is only available on the SR5 and Limited trim levels.
Improvements on the Sequoia also include independent suspension for a more comfortable ride. And locking differential on four-wheel drive models.
Since it’s Based on the Tundra, the Sequoia gets the same dash. Refinements include independent rear suspension, replacing the old live rear axle.
Its 39-foot turning diameter parallels that of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon. All Sequoias get a fully boxed frame.
Towing jobs are helped by the Sequoia’s two-haul shift modes.
3. Toyota Land Cruiser
Reborn for 2008, the Land Cruiser became cushier than the model it replaced. But you could still take it off roading.
And it was still a body-on-frame truck with a rigid axle to help you go anywhere in comfort. At 7.1 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Tahoe, 1.4 inches narrower and almost 3 inches lower.
The Cruiser still manages to offer third row seating for you and your eight friends, standard.
Sitting in the driver’s seat, you get a panoramic view of the road. The all-wheel-drive system comes with traction control.
You also get off roading goodies like crawl mode and downhill assist.
But you have to opt for the top tier models to get the all-aluminum 5.7-liter motor which comes with a new transmission shared with the Tundra.
Output is a silky 383 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque. And talk about strong, the Cruiser has a towing capacity of 8500 pounds.
4. Lexus LX570
The 3UR-FE also found its way under the hood of the Lexus LX570.
Although it’s assembled at the same Toyota plant as the Land Cruiser, its not a rebodied Cruiser.
The LX570 features excellent on- and off-road capabilities and trick new suspension technology to add to its high level of refinement.
No matter what the economic climate, many buyers still want an SUV. In this third generation, Lexus outfitted the LX570 with more power and plush refinements to attract premium SUV buyers.
Here the 5.7L iForce V8 is rated at 383 HP and 403-pound feet of torque.
Heavily based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, one thing that sets the LX apart is that along with Tundra’s larger 5.7-liter V8, which comes gets standard.
It also gets Tundra’s six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift modes for an impressive towing capacity of 8,500 pounds.