2005 Toyota Tundra Sr5
The Tundra is anonymously good-looking, its capable components wrapped in sheetmetal much better fit for pushing through air than mixing emotions. Within its broad-appeal design, the Tundra is pure Toyota, concentrated on value, feature, and energy. As an example, climbing up into the Tundra is a bit much easier compared to in most other full-size vehicles, as a result of its slightly shorter general stature-- non-Double Cab Tundras are three to 5 inches much shorter than the Ford F-150 and also Dodge Ram-- as well as its light, easy-to-open doors. It's still an ascent, nonetheless, so, like a lot of various other pick-up makers, Toyota provides A- and also B-pillar-mounted grab manages for aid.
Out back, obtaining things right into the bed is relieved by a reasonable load elevation. The Tundra's tailgate is extremely heavy, however, as well as wrestling with it had us wishing for Ford's Tailgate Help feature, which uses a built-in torsion bar making closing the rear of the F-150 a breeze. Another niggle: The optional bedliner trembles and rattles over bumps; Nissan has the ideal idea by offering a spray-in bedliner for the Titan.
And though they may negatively influence trip top quality, a little larger wheels might offer to spice up the Tundra's somewhat dowdy appearance-- the standard 16-inchers look tiny, as well as the optional 17s aren't far better. The 2005 versions are identified only by upgraded head- and also taillamps.
The functional design mainly carries over for 2005, with excellent material quality as well as excellent fit and coating throughout. All the surfaces really feel good to the touch, and also the controls are textbook instances of user interface simplicity. The cockpit console was upgraded for 2005, and also a brand-new optional navigating system is offered on pick four-door models. The optional between-seat console is particularly nice, with a flip-up note pad holder and also a charitable opening efficient in swallowing massive amounts of travel equipment. Front-seat comfort is acceptable, yet struggles with an absence of side strengthening and also back-rests that seem too upright whatever the degree of recline. The driving position is second-to-none, however, with remarkable visibility out the front as well as a tilt steering wheel that constantly appears to be at a comfortable angle.
For back passengers, there depend on four cup owners and, in Double Taxi configuration, a power vertical moving rear home window that, when incorporated with the optional sunroof, gives the Tundra a more airy, open feel than in other trucks. The rear bench struggles with, once more, upright seatbacks, level cushions, and a lack of cushioning, yet right here those traits are required by flip-and-fold seats. In Dual Taxis, they fold level then roll ahead, creating a big storage location where products can be secured via bands built in to the bottom of the flattened seats. If you've still obtained even more stuff to tuck away, there are also various bins and cubbies hidden under and also behind the back seats.Other gripes pertaining to the interior issue dim instrument-panel lighting-- even called up right, some buttons were as well difficult to read at night, and also still others just weren't illuminated in all.
In addition to the between-seat console, which is included with the twin front bucket seats alternative, indoor decorations consist of rear-seat DVD home entertainment (Dual Taxicab only), a sunroof, as well as a JBL in-dash six-disc CD changer.
While it might not be a course leader in terms of size or sales, the Tundra absolutely wins leading marks for its long checklist of available safety and security features. While just anti-lock brakes and twin front airbags are standard throughout the Tundra schedule, Toyota uses side and also side drape airbags-- along with electronic stability as well as grip control-- to Double Cab customers. The Nissan Titan matches this listing of security features, however the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra can just be had with ABDOMINAL and twin front airbags.
The Tundra published excellent scores in NHTSA's frontal collision tests: four stars for the motorist and a perfect 5 for the guest. The traveler mark ties for best-in-class with the Ford F-150 and also Dodge Ram 1500, both which also notched best five's in the driver's- side test.
The Tundra is offered with either engines: a 4.0-liter/ 245-horse V-6, shared with the Tacoma and also 4Runner, as well as a 4.7-liter/ 282-horse V-8 that's likewise found in the Sequoia. While these engine result numbers may path those of rivals, the Tundra weighs less than the various other trucks. The V-6 can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission (new this year, replacing a five-speed guidebook) or a five-speed automated. The V-8 is only available with the autobox. Downshifts with the automated are almost instant, total power delivery is silky smooth, as well as the throttle response is immediate, though not as aggressive as that of the Nissan Titan. In 4 × 4 examples, power is transmitted with an electronically regulated transfer case; the type of drive-- two-wheel, four-wheel high, or four-wheel low-- is chosen using dash-mounted controls.
The 4.7-liter V-8 does a great job of motivating even the Double Taxicab SR5 4 × 4, as well as it's greater than fit to propel the rest of the Tundra schedule, that includes variations almost 700 extra pounds lighter. The V-8 is really silent as it deals with its job; even at full-throat, the sound from under the hood is smothered, giving the Tundra a polished quality.
Improvement is just what the Tundra is everything about, from the automatic transmission moving easily via equipment changes to the tractable as well as subdued V-8. The truck is nicely damped, as well as the interior is quiet even over the gnarliest of roads. The double-wishbone front and leaf-spring back suspension capably regulates side-to-side motions as well as maintains passengers satisfied and also comfortable-- until you forge ahead, in which instance, the Tundra rolls as well as pitches, as would any kind of big truck. But bear in mind, enjoyment as well as dynamic performance typically aren't part of the equation here; believe calmness, kicked back, as well as easygoing. Regrettably, "kicked back" additionally defines the numb steering-- it isn't as communicative or precise as the Ford F-150's-- and also the brakes, which can use more power as well as pedal really feel.
While it will not likely be the front runner for buyers looking for an excellent ol' pickup, the existing Tundra offers a qualified, polished, and secure concession between mid- and full-size pick-ups. And also though it's not as huge as the leviathans from Detroit, the Toyota's optimum haul score of 2,025 extra pounds (3rd in class, just behind GM's vehicles) as well as its 7,100-pound max tow score offer enough muscular tissue for the periodic heavy-duty task. Its lowered size also makes it much easier to steer with clogged city streets and also into tight parking spaces.
Tundra purchasers receive a three-year/36,000- mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as five-year/60,000- mile powertrain coverage and a five-year, unlimited-mileage rust-through guarantee. And also, buyers have the fulfillment of acquiring an automobile with a tried and tested worth record, as provened by its Excellent IntelliChoice Price Worth Ranking, guaranteeing a good return on investment in the future.
A well-refined vehicle, the Tundra's included muscle as well as Best General Worth standing make it a must for any kind of smart truck buyer's listing.
Just what's HOT:
+ Improved ride
+ Toyota high quality
+ A Lot More V-6, V-8 power
-- Not full-size
-- Ho-hum external layout
-- Rear guest comfort
A brand new version is expected for 2007, but Toyota hasn't already forgotten the existing Tundra. For 2005, the company dropped the 4 × 4 Accessibility Taxicab with a V-6 and also included a 4 × 2 regular-cab configuration for V-8 purchasers. Other significant changes consist of a front bench-seat choice for Dual Cabs, brand-new head- and also taillights, a redesigned cockpit console, and an available navigation system in Accessibility Cab Limited and Double Taxicab models.