2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max

2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max: After a number of almost-there versions, Toyota has actually gone for it with a half-ton pickup: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into dealers right now. My total impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, but it is a powerful player, which's ample to please buyers and intimidate other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities as well as optional six-speed transmission to its safety and security and convenience features and also roomy crew taxi, the Tundra is a must-drive for anyone on the market for a full-size vehicle.

2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max

Outside & Styling

The Tundra can be found in 3 cab styles: routine, prolonged and team, named Routine Cab, Double Cab and CrewMax, specifically. The Regular as well as Dual Taxi variations feature short or long cargo beds measuring 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in length.

There are three trim levels: The Normal Cab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille and also grille frame, as well as black bumpers, side mirrors and also door and tailgate manages. It can be updated to an SR5 using an alternative package that includes-- amongst functional features-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra resembles the Tacoma midsize pick-up however with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille framework. I'm not sure I like it, but there it is. It stands out a lot more on the body-colored grille surround that comes on the Sporting activity Appearance Plan, a choice supplied for Routine as well as Double Cabs.

In the Double as well as CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim level includes the chrome grille frame, as well as the chrome and body-colored treatment for the rear along with the front bumper. The Limited trim degree adds chrome to the grille's 3 crossbars, the door takes care of and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors provided for pulling functions. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with basic fog lights.

The conventional wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and also alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Preventing
Along with a V-6 that's basic on the Normal Taxi and also Dual Cab, the Tundra supplies 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not included the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I visualized 3 setting up workers behind each truck, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roll roll noises; and also a marketing exec riding shotgun and also asserting that the rearview mirrors hadn't come in yet but would certainly be added soon.

In truth (always much less interesting) there became lots of the bigger blocks, which together with the pickup market's very first six-speed automatic transmission, are the new Tundra's main claim to fame. The drivetrain is impressive certainly, pushing the Tundra up to freeway rates quicker than a 4x4 crew taxi has a right to go, finish with a hearty roar from under the hood. Alternatively, when you speed up slowly, having 6 equipments maintains the engine speed reduced, and the noise in addition to it. The generous torque is available in a wide band, with at least 90 percent of the peak torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.

The trans likewise supplies much better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Tundras, and only about a fifty percent an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that most likely would benefit much more from the added gear, however the 4.7-liter goes to least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be more than appropriate in a Tundra Dual Taxi 4x2, and I'm certain it would suffice with 4WD too. Chevy as well as Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, and also Ford has promised a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake help and digital brake-force circulation. In normal driving, the brakes did their task, yet the numb pedal really feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has a real side here.


The optional 4WD, available only with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included tricks that make it much more innovative. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation involves the front axle, which is separated by default for gas financial savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the standard four-wheel traction control could additionally transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and 4WD low modes.

RWD models-- and also 4x4s in 2WD mode-- likewise have grip control. It can be shut off or readied to an intermediate position Toyota calls Car LSD, which is just an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control in that it permits some wheelspin. When it, too, is switched off, the standard digital stability system additionally is defeated.

Ride & Handling

The new Tundra Dual Taxicab and CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the structure when surrendering bumps, yet this is common amongst body-on-frame pickups, and also it's not excessive right here. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly present more twist or vibration, however I drove just the CrewMax as well as the Dual Cab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was praised for its flight convenience. Since that time, the competition has made invasions and Toyota has restored the vehicle for heavier solution. For whatever factor, there's no longer a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, in particular, has risen to the challenge.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and Limited is a TRD (Toyota Racing Growth) Off-Road Package that has various adjusting thanks to stiffer front coil springs and also back fallen leave springtimes as well as firmer Bilstein brand name shock absorbers and bushings. It additionally includes distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it carried out well, but I really did not experience it on pavement. Somebody is certain to: The TRD plan is readily available on rear-drive vehicles.

Pickup truck guiding isn't anything to obtain thrilled around, however the 44-foot transforming size is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Cab and also long-bed Regular Cab. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really practically U-turns; it dictates exactly how sharply you could reduce a swing when you're car park or maneuvering a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Double Cab's circle expands to 49 feet, losing its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Taxicab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab backseat whose 60/40-split sectors slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so needs the biggest backseat in a pickup, which the Tundra provides. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would certainly be a fair comparison. A few of the room here originates from a bed that's a little bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Crew Taxicab's 5.75 feet, but that does not discuss the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box as well as a smaller sized rear seat.

The Double Taxicab's backseat isn't really half bad either, with convenient legroom as well as doors that open ahead as opposed to rearward. They swing nearly to a right angle with the side, so entry as well as exit is as straightforward as one could expect. The center floor hump, as in the CrewMax, is just a few inches high.

The conventional front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that suits three residents. To accommodate shorter drivers, it's ideal to equip the Tundra with a seat-height modification and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither can be found in the base Regular Taxicab (the criterion wheel just turns). In the larger taxicabs, the SR5 trim degree brings premium cloth as well as hands-on motorist's height modification to the split bench. You'll require the bucket seats-- common on the Restricted and also optional on the SR5-- to get power changes and also a steering wheel that both turns and also telescopes. The Limited likewise adds leather furniture and also warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood and also freight box walls make for bad exposure promptly around the truck. For simplicity of parking, however, front as well as rear sonar sharp systems are supplied (rear-only is extra typical), and the optional navigating system includes a rearview electronic camera that shows the location behind the vehicle on the dashboard display-- a need to for connecting a trailer drawback unassisted. Sometime this year Toyota will certainly give a dealer-installed rearview video camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a stand-alone option separate from the pricey nav feature. Prices isn't established for this rare and welcome attribute, but it's estimated to be roughly $600-- means much better than the navigation/rearview electronic camera option's $2,810 list price.

Interior Decoration, Top Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" surpasses the typical angled facility control board: Raised and colored silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from between the pail seats, up the center control board and also leftward to form the whole vehicle driver's side of the control panel. I find the principle fascinating, yet the faux-metal surface isn't really the best I have actually seen (some are actually decent nowadays). In my opinion the control panel displays the very best (shiny piano-black lacquer) and the worst (plastic mimicing metal) of contemporary wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things becomes part of what has stalled Toyota's well-regarded interior quality, which is still great but isn't really pulling away from the much-improved competition.

Like the internal and outer door manages, the knobs and also dials are big, in maintaining with the gloved-workman image. Taking a step beyond, the vehicle also recognizes just how the needs as well as devices of artisans have transformed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Designs with pail seats have a facility storage space console large enough for a notebook computer as well as fitted with rails to sustain hanging documents folders.

Various other storage stipulations abound. There's a double handwear cover compartment therefore numerous containers, nooks and cubbies that it's like a jacket with way too many pockets; you might neglect where you place things. I did. In my search, I was sadly not able to discover the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternate universe where contractors go to hide when they're meant to be finishing your kitchen area.


The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, but it is fully equipped with basic security functions. Not currently mentioned are side-impact air bags for the front seats as well as side curtains to protect the front as well as rear seats. The curtains are designed to release in the event of a rollover to shield passengers and stop their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags won't deploy when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I didn't drive or discover a Routine Taxicab, however dimensions and also pictures show a charitable storage location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Dual Cab's 60/40-split rear seat cushions turn approximately expose a reasonably clean floor. I favor the resulting high upright area to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which supply a wonderful plastic-covered job surface area however not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

Nowhere is the brand-new design's higher dimension extra purposeful compared to in the freight bed, which has expanded a few inches in many dimensions. It currently gauges 66.4 inches between the wall surfaces as well as 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A lowered tailgate prolongs the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so even the fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of basic building products hanging.

The locking tailgate has an aid strut that makes it feasible to raise with a couple of fingers. A bonus offer is that it damps the movement, so the gate likewise decreases slowly under its own weight instead of banging down onto the assistance wires. Toyota says the strut additionally stops bouncing when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan offers a factory spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck to the plastic lay-in type, thinking that proprietors desire the option of removing it down the line and offering a prospective new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

Due to the numerous taxi and bed sizes as well as engine and also driveline selections, I could spend the remainder of the design year learning haul and hauling specifications for you, so I'll just claim the model line's payload ratings range from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton trucks, it could carry an entire ton.) The pulling optimums run from a healthy and balanced 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Regular Cab when each is outfitted with the 5.7-liter V-8 and also optional Towing Bundle, which includes the drawback receiver, wiring, increased rear springtime rates, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be located by clicking on the Requirement Equip. & Specifications and the Available Options switches above on the left.

Tundra on the market

Full-size pickups are the marketplace sector foreign brand names have cannot break-- perhaps the last staying one. These are the highest-volume as well as highest-profit automobiles that the American business offer, which is probably why Toyota execs have called the new Tundra one of the most important version intro in the business's history. For perspective, Ford and also GM market close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota might have marketed as numerous Tundras because they initially took place sale for the 2000 model year. Having marketed more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively projecting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, taking into account a late launch. Toyota has just about assured a "larger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton version as well as possibly a diesel choice.

The new Tundra has some remarkable specs and also some attributes that I would certainly identify as developments more than innovations. I can argue that Nissan and also Honda showed even more advancement out of eviction compared to the domestics have, but that hasn't given them similar sales or road cred. In this most faithful of lorry market sections, credibility as well as longevity may be more important. As the auto industry remains to globalize, and also as Toyota constructs increasingly more of its designs in North America using a growing number of domestic parts as well as producing an increasing number of American jobs, the suggestion of acquiring a Japanese pickup comes to be more and more appropriate among customers. With the noteworthy exemption of the United Car Workers and union fans, the technique of buying American just to get American has actually gradually eroded, as well as numerous Americans have actually owned or experienced Toyota cars and also SUVs.

Toyota doesn't often get it right the very first time, or always the 2nd, but it has a background of making generational adjustments that ultimately put its items at or near the top of their car course in sales and/or allure. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla as well as the Sienna minivan. It hasn't occurred yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be happening now with the 2007 Tundra.

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