07 toyota Tundra

07 Toyota Tundra: After a number of almost-there models, Toyota has gone all out with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into car dealerships now. My total impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, yet it is an awesome gamer, and that's more than enough to satisfy customers and threaten other truckmakers. From its high towing abilities and also optional six-speed transmission to its security and comfort attributes as well as roomy team cab, the Tundra is a must-drive for any individual in the marketplace for a full-size vehicle.

07 Toyota Tundra

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra is available in three cab styles: regular, prolonged as well as crew, named Normal Cab, Double Taxi and CrewMax, respectively. The Regular as well as Dual Taxi versions come with brief or long cargo beds measuring 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in length.

There are 3 trim degrees: The Routine Taxicab DX is a stripped-down job truck with a black grille as well as grille framework, and also black bumpers, side mirrors and door as well as tailgate handles. It can be updated to an SR5 by means of an option package that adds-- among useful features-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pickup however with a taller, domed hood. Its most unique component is a black strip that spans the crest of the grille framework. I'm not sure I like it, yet there it is. It attracts attention extra on the body-colored grille surround that comes on the Sport Appearance Plan, an alternative offered for Regular and also Double Cabs.

In the Double as well as CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim level adds the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome as well as body-colored treatment for the back as well as the front bumper. The Minimal trim level includes chrome to the grille's 3 crossbars, the door manages and the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors used for hauling objectives. The Limited's front bumper is entirely body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with standard fog lights.

The typical wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Stopping
Together with a V-6 that's basic on the Normal Cab and also Dual Taxi, the Tundra supplies 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't featured the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I pictured three assembly workers behind each vehicle, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roar rumble sounds; and also an advertising and marketing officer riding shotgun and also claiming that the rearview mirrors had not come in yet however would certainly be included quickly.

In reality (always much less interesting) there became a lot of the larger blocks, which together with the pickup market's initial six-speed automatic transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's primary specialty. The drivetrain is impressive indeed, thrusting the Tundra approximately freeway rates much faster than a 4x4 crew taxicab has a right to go, complete with a hearty roll from under the hood. On the other hand, when you accelerate slowly, having six equipments maintains the engine speed reduced, as well as the sound 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 also supplies better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automated in 4x2 Tundras, and also only concerning 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 more from the extra gear, yet the 4.7-liter goes to the very least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be greater than appropriate in an Expanse Double Cab 4x2, and I'm confident it would certainly be adequate with 4WD too. Chevy and also Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, as well as Ford has actually promised a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL MUSCLE, brake aid and digital brake-force circulation. In normal driving, the brakes did their work, but the numb pedal feel left lots to be preferred. The Silverado has an actual edge below.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, readily available only with the V-8, is a basic part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added tricks that make it more innovative. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer instance engages the front axle, which is separated by default for gas cost savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), yet the basic four-wheel grip control can also transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high as well as 4WD reduced modes.

RWD versions-- and 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have grip control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate setting Toyota calls Vehicle LSD, which is just an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default grip control in that it enables some wheelspin. When it, as well, is turned off, the common electronic stability system also is defeated.

Trip & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Dual Cab and CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, but this is common amongst body-on-frame pick-ups, and also it's not excessive right here. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly present even more twist or resonance, however I drove only the CrewMax as well as the Double Taxi brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was commended for its flight comfort. Since that time, the competition has made invasions and Toyota has actually rebuilt the vehicle for larger service. For whatever reason, there's no longer a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has actually risen to the obstacle.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and also Minimal is a TRD (Toyota Competing Development) Off-Road Package that has different adjusting courtesy of stiffer front coil springtimes and rear fallen leave springtimes and firmer Bilstein brand name shock absorbers as well as bushings. It also consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and front tow hooks. I drove this configuration off-road, where it did well, yet I really did not experience it on sidewalk. Somebody is certain to: The TRD plan is readily available on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup guiding isn't really anything to obtain thrilled around, yet the 44-foot turning size is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab and long-bed Normal Cab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really just about U-turns; it dictates exactly how greatly you could reduce a swing when you're car park or maneuvering a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Dual Taxicab's circle grows to 49 feet, shedding its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Taxi turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back as well as recline. Doing so needs the largest rear seat in a pick-up, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining and the legroom, a limo would be a fair comparison. A few of the room here originates from a bed that's a little bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Team Cab's 5.75 feet, however that doesn't clarify the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and also a smaller sized backseat.

The Double Cab's rear seat isn't really half bad either, with convenient legroom and also doors that open forward instead of rearward. They turn virtually to an appropriate angle with the side, so entry and also exit is as easy as one can anticipate. The facility flooring hump, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The conventional front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that fits 3 residents. To suit much shorter chauffeurs, it's ideal to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height adjustment and also a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither is available in the base Routine Cab (the requirement wheel just turns). In the bigger cabs, the SR5 trim level brings premium towel and hand-operated chauffeur's elevation modification to the split bench. You'll need the bucket seats-- common on the Minimal as well as optional on the SR5-- to obtain power changes and a guiding wheel that both tilts and telescopes. The Limited additionally includes leather furniture as well as warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood as well as cargo box walls create inadequate visibility instantly around the truck. For ease of car parking, though, front and back sonar sharp systems are offered (rear-only is a lot more usual), and also the optional navigating system includes a rearview camera that reveals the area behind the truck on the control panel display-- a need to for attaching a trailer drawback unassisted. At some point this year Toyota will supply a dealer-installed rearview electronic camera with a 3.5-inch display as a stand-alone alternative different from the costly nav feature. Rates isn't established for this uncommon and also welcome function, yet it's approximated to be roughly $600-- method far better than the navigation/rearview camera option's $2,810 sticker price.

Interior Design, Quality

The "driver-oriented cockpit" goes beyond the usual angled facility control board: Elevated as well as tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from between the pail seats, up the facility control panel and leftward to create the whole motorist's side of the dashboard. I discover the principle appealing, however the faux-metal finish isn't the most effective I have actually seen (some are in fact good nowadays). In my viewpoint the dashboard shows the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) and the most awful (plastic imitating metal) of modern wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery stuff becomes part of just what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded indoor high quality, which is still good yet isn't retreating from the much-improved competitors.

Like the internal and also external door handles, the handles and dials are big, in keeping with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step past, the vehicle also recognizes exactly how the requirements as well as tools of craftsmen have actually changed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and also tin-knockers is a distant memory: Versions with pail seats have a facility storage space console huge enough for a laptop computer as well as fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.

Various other storage provisions are plentiful. There's a dual handwear cover area therefore lots of bins, nooks as well as cubbies that it's like a coat with a lot of pockets; you could forget where you place points. I did. In my search, I was regrettably not able to locate the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternate cosmos where professionals most likely to hide when they're supposed to be finishing your cooking area.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, but it is well-equipped with common security attributes. Not already mentioned are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side curtains to protect the front and rear seats. The curtains are created to deploy in the event of a rollover to shield passengers and avoid their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags will not release when off-roading.

Freight & Towing

I really did not drive or discover a Normal Cab, but dimensions and photos show a generous storage space location behind the seats with incorporated storage boxes. The Double Taxi's 60/40-split backseat pillows flip approximately reveal a reasonably minimalist flooring. I prefer the resulting high vertical room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which offer a good plastic-covered work surface area yet not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

No place is the brand-new version's greater dimension more significant than in the cargo bed, which has grown a few inches in many dimensions. It now gauges 66.4 inches between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A lowered tailgate expands the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so even the quickest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of common building products hanging.

The locking tailgate has an assist strut that makes it feasible to lift with one or two fingers. An incentive is that it damps the activity, so eviction additionally lowers slowly under its very own weight as opposed to slamming down into the assistance cords. Toyota claims the strut additionally prevents jumping when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan uses a factory spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck with the plastic lay-in kind, thinking that proprietors desire the choice of removing it down the line and also giving a prospective brand-new owner with an unmarred bed.

As a result of the different taxi as well as bed dimensions as well as engine and also driveline options, I could invest the remainder of the design year learning haul and towing specifications for you, so I'll just claim the design line's haul scores range from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Common of half-ton trucks, it can transport an entire lot.) The pulling maxima run from a healthy 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Regular Cab when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 and also optional Towing Plan, which includes the hitch receiver, wiring, raised rear spring prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul shift 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 left wing.

Tundra in the Market

Full-size pickups are the market sector foreign brands have cannot crack-- perhaps the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit cars that the American business sell, which is probably why Toyota officers have called the brand-new Tundra the most vital version introduction in the business's history. For point of view, Ford and GM offer near to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota could have marketed as many Tundras given that they initially went on sale for the 2000 design year. Having sold greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously predicting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, considering a late launch. Toyota has almost guaranteed a "bigger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton version as well as perhaps a diesel alternative.

The brand-new Tundra has some impressive specifications and some features that I 'd characterize as developments greater than advancements. I can suggest that Nissan and also Honda revealed more innovation from eviction than the domestics have, however that hasn't already given them equivalent sales or road cred. In this most devoted of car market segments, credibility and also durability may be more crucial. As the auto sector continues to globalize, and also as Toyota builds increasingly more of its models in North America making use of a growing number of residential components as well as creating a growing number of American tasks, the suggestion of getting a Japanese pick-up ends up being an increasing number of acceptable amongst buyers. With the significant exemption of the United Automobile Workers as well as union supporters, the practice of buying American just to purchase American has actually gradually deteriorated, and several Americans have possessed or experienced Toyota vehicles and also SUVs.

Toyota doesn't frequently get it right the first time, or necessarily the second, but it has a history of making generational adjustments that eventually placed its items at or near the top of their lorry course in sales and/or allure. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already occurred yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be taking place today with the 2007 Tundra.

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