Toyota Tundra 2007

Toyota Tundra 2007: After a couple of almost-there models, Toyota has gone for it with a half-ton pickup: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling into dealers right now. My general impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, yet it is an awesome player, and that's sufficient to please customers as well as intimidate various other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities as well as optional six-speed transmission to its safety and security and convenience attributes as well as roomy staff taxi, the Tundra is a must-drive for anyone in the marketplace for a full-size truck.

Toyota Tundra 2007

Exterior & Designing

The Tundra comes in three taxicab styles: regular, prolonged and staff, called Regular Cab, Dual Taxicab and CrewMax, respectively. The Regular and also Double Taxicab variations have short or lengthy freight beds measuring 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in size.

There are three trim degrees: The Regular Taxicab DX is a stripped-down job truck with a black grille and also grille frame, and also black bumpers, side mirrors as well as door as well as tailgate manages. It can be updated to an SR5 using a choice bundle that includes-- amongst practical attributes-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pick-up but with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct element is a black strip that spans the crest of the grille framework. I'm not exactly sure I like it, but there it is. It stands out a lot more on the body-colored grille surround that comes on the Sport Look Plan, a choice used for Normal and Dual Cabs.

In the Double and also CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim level includes the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome as well as body-colored treatment for the rear along with the front bumper. The Restricted 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 supplied for towing objectives. The Limited's front bumper is entirely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with conventional haze lights.

The conventional wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Preventing
Along with a V-6 that's standard on the Normal Cab as well as Dual Taxi, the Tundra offers two V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not 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. Prior to I got it, I imagined three setting up workers behind each truck, pressing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble roll audios; as well as a marketing officer riding shotgun and claiming that the rearview mirrors hadn't come in yet however would be included quickly.

In truth (constantly less fascinating) there turned out to be lots of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup market's first six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's major claim to fame. The drivetrain goes over without a doubt, thrusting the Tundra as much as freeway rates faster compared to a 4x4 staff taxi has a right to go, finish with a hearty roll from under the hood. Alternatively, when you accelerate progressively, having 6 gears maintains the engine speed low, as well as the noise together with it. The generous torque can be found in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the peak torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's measurements.

The trans likewise delivers much better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Tundras, and also only about a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that probably would benefit much more from the extra equipment, yet the 4.7-liter goes to the very least partnered with a five-speed automated. I discovered this pairing to be more than adequate in an Expanse Double Taxi 4x2, and also I'm positive it would be adequate with 4WD also. Chevy and Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, and also 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 assist and digital brake-force distribution. In normal driving, the brakes did their work, but the numb pedal feel left plenty to be desired. The Silverado has an actual edge right here.

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 included techniques that make it a lot more sophisticated. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation involves the front axle, which is removed by default for gas financial savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the standard four-wheel traction control can also transfer power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high as well as 4WD low modes.

RWD versions-- and also 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have grip control. It can be switched off or readied to an intermediate setting Toyota calls Auto LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default grip control because it permits some wheelspin. When it, as well, is turned off, the common digital stability system likewise is defeated.

Ride & Handling

The new Tundra Dual Cab as well as CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, however this is common among body-on-frame pickups, and it's not excessive here. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would introduce even more spin or resonance, however I drove only the CrewMax and the Double Taxicab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was commended for its flight convenience. Because that time, the competition has actually made inroads and also Toyota has restored the vehicle for much heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's not a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has actually risen to the difficulty.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and also Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Competing Advancement) Off-Road Plan that has various tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes and also rear leaf springs and firmer Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It additionally consists of distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it performed well, yet I didn't experience it on pavement. A person is certain to: The TRD bundle is offered on rear-drive vehicles.

Pickup steering isn't really anything to get delighted about, yet the 44-foot turning size is an accomplishment on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab as well as long-bed Regular Cab. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really almost U-turns; it dictates how greatly you could reduce a swing when you're car park or maneuvering a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Double Taxi's circle grows to 49 feet, shedding its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Taxicab transforms a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

One more of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split segments slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so calls for the largest rear seat in a pickup, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining as well as the legroom, a limousine would certainly be a reasonable contrast. A few of the room here comes from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Taxi's 5.75 feet, but that does not explain the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box as well as a smaller sized backseat.

The Double Cab's rear seat isn't half negative either, with convenient legroom as well as doors that open forward rather than rearward. They swing practically to a right angle with the side, so access and also departure is as basic as one can anticipate. The center flooring hump, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The conventional front seat is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that suits three owners. To accommodate shorter vehicle drivers, it's best to equip the Tundra with a seat-height change and also a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither is available in the base Normal Taxicab (the criterion wheel only tilts). In the bigger taxis, the SR5 trim level brings costs towel as well as hand-operated chauffeur's height adjustment to the split bench. You'll need the container seats-- conventional on the Limited and optional on the SR5-- to obtain power modifications as well as a guiding wheel that both turns and also telescopes. The Limited likewise adds natural leather upholstery and warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood as well as cargo box walls create bad visibility immediately around the vehicle. For simplicity of car parking, however, front as well as rear sonar sharp systems are provided (rear-only is more common), and the optional navigating system includes a rearview electronic camera that shows the area behind the vehicle on the dashboard display screen-- a need to for affixing a trailer drawback unassisted. At some time this year Toyota will certainly give a dealer-installed rearview electronic camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a stand-alone choice different from the expensive nav function. Prices isn't really established for this unusual and also welcome attribute, but it's estimated to be about $600-- way much better than the navigation/rearview camera alternative's $2,810 list price.

Interior Decoration, Quality

The "driver-oriented cockpit" goes beyond the normal angled facility control board: Increased and tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console prolongs from between the container seats, up the facility control panel as well as leftward to create the entire chauffeur's side of the dashboard. I find the idea fascinating, but the faux-metal coating isn't the best I have actually seen (some are really good nowadays). In my viewpoint the dashboard exhibits the best (glossy piano-black lacquer) and the most awful (plastic imitating metal) of contemporary wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery stuff belongs to just what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior top quality, which is still excellent yet isn't really pulling away from the much-improved competition.

Like the inner and external door handles, the handles and also dials are huge, in keeping with the gloved-workman image. Taking an action beyond, the vehicle additionally identifies exactly how the requirements and also tools of craftsmen have changed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Versions with container seats have a facility storage space console large enough for a laptop computer and also fitted with rails to support hanging data folders.

Various other storage space stipulations are plentiful. There's a double glove compartment therefore many containers, nooks as well as cubbies that it resembles a coat with a lot of pockets; you could fail to remember where you place points. I did. In my search, I was sadly not able to discover the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternative cosmos where contractors go to conceal when they're meant to be finishing your kitchen.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, but it is well-equipped with basic safety and security features. Not already discussed are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and also side curtains to safeguard the front and also back seats. The curtains are created to deploy in the event of a rollover to secure passengers and also prevent their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags won't release when off-roading.

Freight & Towing

I didn't drive or explore a Routine Taxi, yet dimensions and images show a generous storage location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Double Taxi's 60/40-split rear seat paddings flip approximately disclose a fairly minimalist floor. I choose the resulting high vertical area to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which provide a wonderful plastic-covered work surface area but not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.

Nowhere is the new model's greater size a lot more significant compared to in the freight bed, which has actually expanded a couple of inches in most dimensions. It currently gauges 66.4 inches in between the walls as well as 50.0 inches in 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 shortest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of standard structure materials hanging.

The securing tailgate has an aid strut that makes it possible to lift with 1 or 2 fingers. A bonus offer is that it damps the motion, so eviction likewise lowers slowly under its very own weight instead of slamming down into the assistance wires. Toyota states the strut also stops bouncing when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan uses a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck to the plastic lay-in type, thinking that proprietors want the choice of removing it down the line as well as supplying a potential new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

Due to the various taxi as well as bed sizes and also engine and driveline options, I can invest the rest of the model year learning haul and also lugging specifications for you, so I'll just say the design line's haul ratings range from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Common of half-ton vehicles, it can haul a whole heap.) The lugging optimums range from a healthy and balanced 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 as well as optional Towing Plan, that includes the hitch receiver, wiring, increased back springtime prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul shift setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be found by clicking the Requirement Equip. & Specs and also the Available Options switches over on the left.

Tundra in the Market

Full-size pickups are the market segment foreign brands have actually cannot crack-- perhaps the last remaining one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit vehicles that the American companies offer, which is probably why Toyota directors have called the new Tundra the most essential version intro in the business's history. For point of view, Ford and also GM offer near to a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota might have sold as several Tundras since they initially took place sale for the 2000 model year. Having marketed greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously forecasting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, thinking about a late launch. Toyota has just about promised a "larger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton variation and also possibly a diesel alternative.

The brand-new Tundra has some outstanding specifications and also some features that I would certainly identify as innovations greater than advancements. I could argue that Nissan as well as Honda revealed more innovation from the gate than the domestics have, but that hasn't already provided similar sales or street cred. In this most dedicated of car market segments, integrity and longevity might be more crucial. As the automobile market remains to globalize, and also as Toyota develops increasingly more of its versions in North America making use of a growing number of residential parts as well as creating more and more American jobs, the suggestion of purchasing a Japanese pick-up ends up being more and more appropriate among buyers. With the significant exception of the United Car Employees and also union advocates, the practice of getting American just to buy American has actually slowly deteriorated, and lots of Americans have owned or experienced Toyota cars and SUVs.

Toyota doesn't commonly get it right the very first time, or always the 2nd, yet it has a background of making generational changes that ultimately put its products at or near the top of their car class in sales and/or charm. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla as well as the Sienna minivan. It hasn't took place yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be taking place today with the 2007 Tundra.

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