2007 Toyota Tundra Limited
Exterior & Designing
The Tundra can be found in three cab designs: normal, prolonged and also team, named Routine Taxi, Double Taxi as well as CrewMax, specifically. The Normal as well as Dual Cab variations come with brief or lengthy cargo beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in length.
There are three trim levels: The Regular Taxicab DX is a stripped-down work associate a black grille as well as grille frame, and black bumpers, side mirrors as well as door as well as tailgate manages. It can be upgraded to an SR5 by means of an option plan that adds-- amongst functional attributes-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.
The Tundra resembles the Tacoma midsize pickup but with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct aspect is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille framework. I'm not sure I like it, but there it is. It attracts attention more on the body-colored grille border that begins the Sporting activity Look Plan, an alternative provided for Routine and Double Cabs.
In the Double and also CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim degree adds the chrome grille framework, and also the chrome and also body-colored treatment for the rear as well as the front bumper. The Restricted trim degree includes chrome to the grille's 3 crossbars, the door handles as well as the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors provided for lugging functions. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with conventional fog lights.
The typical wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and also alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Ceasing
Together with a V-6 that's common on the Normal Cab as well as Dual Taxi, the Tundra offers two V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not had the V-6.
The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet started automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I visualized three setting up workers behind each truck, pushing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble roll noises; and also a marketing exec riding shotgun and asserting that the rearview mirrors hadn't been available in yet but would be added soon.
In reality (always much less fascinating) there became lots of the bigger blocks, which in addition to the pickup market's initial six-speed automatic transmission, are the new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain is impressive indeed, pushing the Tundra up to freeway rates much faster than a 4x4 team taxicab has a right to go, complete with a passionate roll from under the hood. Conversely, when you increase slowly, having six equipments maintains the engine speed reduced, and the noise along with it. The generous torque can be found in a broad band, with at least 90 percent of the top torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's dimensions.
The trans also delivers far better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automated in 4x2 Expanses, and also only concerning a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would profit more from the extra equipment, however the 4.7-liter is at least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be greater than sufficient in a Tundra Dual Cab 4x2, and also I'm certain it would suffice with 4WD also. Chevy and also Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, 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 help and also electronic brake-force circulation. In regular driving, the brakes did their task, but the numb pedal feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has a real edge below.
The optional 4WD, readily available only with the V-8, is a basic part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included methods that make it much more sophisticated. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation engages the front axle, which is detached by default for gas cost savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the typical four-wheel grip control could also transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high as well as 4WD low modes.
RWD designs-- and 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have grip control. It can be turned off or set to an intermediate placement Toyota calls Automobile LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control in that it allows some wheelspin. When it, as well, is switched off, the standard electronic stability system also is beat.
Ride & Handling
The new Tundra Dual Cab and CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the structure when rolling over bumps, but this prevails among body-on-frame pick-ups, as well as it's not excessive below. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly introduce more spin or resonance, however I drove just the CrewMax as well as the Dual Taxicab short bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was praised for its flight convenience. Since that time, the competitors has made inroads and also Toyota has rebuilt the vehicle for heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's no longer a clear distinction. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, in particular, has risen to the difficulty.
Available on the short-bed SR5 and Minimal is a TRD (Toyota Racing Advancement) Off-Road Bundle that has various adjusting thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes and back leaf springtimes and also stronger Bilstein brand name shock absorbers and bushings. It additionally consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it executed well, but I really did not experience it on sidewalk. A person is specific to: The TRD bundle is readily available on rear-drive trucks.
Pickup truck guiding isn't anything to get thrilled about, but the 44-foot turning diameter is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Cab as well as long-bed Routine Taxi. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't almost U-turns; it determines exactly how greatly you can cut a swing when you're parking or steering a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Dual Taxicab's circle expands to 49 feet, shedding its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Cab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).
An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so requires the biggest rear seat in a pickup, which the Tundra provides. With the reclining and the legroom, a limo would be a reasonable contrast. Some of the area below originates from a bed that's a little bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Team Taxicab's 5.75 feet, yet that does not explain the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller backseat.
The Double Cab's backseat isn't really half negative either, with workable legroom as well as doors that open up forward rather than rearward. They turn practically to a best angle with the side, so entrance and leave is as easy as one can anticipate. The facility flooring bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a few inches high.
The typical pole position is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that accommodates 3 owners. To accommodate shorter vehicle drivers, it's best to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height adjustment as well as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither can be found in the base Regular Taxi (the criterion wheel only turns). In the bigger taxicabs, the SR5 trim degree brings costs towel as well as hand-operated chauffeur's elevation adjustment to the split bench. You'll need the container seats-- conventional on the Limited and optional on the SR5-- to obtain power modifications and also a guiding wheel that both turns as well as telescopes. The Limited likewise includes leather upholstery as well as heated seats.
The Tundra's high hood as well as cargo box walls create poor visibility quickly around the truck. For convenience of car parking, however, front and rear sonar sharp systems are provided (rear-only is much more common), and also the optional navigation system consists of a rearview electronic camera that shows the location behind the vehicle on the control panel display-- a have to for connecting a trailer drawback unassisted. At some point this year Toyota will supply a dealer-installed rearview video camera with a 3.5-inch display as a option different from the pricey nav function. Pricing isn't really established for this unusual as well as welcome feature, however it's approximated to be approximately $600-- way far better than the navigation/rearview video camera option's $2,810 sticker price.
Interior Decoration, Top Quality
The "driver-oriented cabin" goes beyond the common tilted facility control board: Elevated and colored silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from in between the bucket seats, up the center control board and also leftward to form the whole motorist's side of the dashboard. I discover the concept interesting, yet the faux-metal finish isn't the best I've seen (some are in fact respectable nowadays). In my viewpoint the dashboard exhibits the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) as well as the most awful (plastic copying steel) of contemporary wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery things is part of just what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded indoor top quality, which is still great however isn't really retreating from the much-improved competitors.
Like the internal as well as external door manages, the handles and dials are huge, in maintaining with the gloved-workman picture. Taking an action beyond, the truck additionally recognizes just how the requirements as well as devices of artisans have changed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Designs with pail seats have a facility storage console big enough for a notebook computer as well as fitted with rails to support hanging data folders.
Various other storage arrangements are plentiful. There's a dual glove area and so lots of containers, spaces and cubbies that it resembles a coat with a lot of pockets; you might fail to remember where you place things. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately unable to discover the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternating cosmos where specialists go to hide when they're supposed to be finishing your kitchen.
The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, however it is well-appointed with typical safety features. Not currently discussed are side-impact airbags for the front seats as well as side drapes to secure the front and also back seats. The curtains are created to deploy in the event of a rollover to shield residents as well as prevent their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags won't deploy when off-roading.
Freight & Towing
I really did not drive or explore a Regular Taxi, however dimensions as well as images reveal a generous storage location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Double Taxicab's 60/40-split backseat paddings flip as much as expose a fairly minimalist flooring. I favor the resulting tall vertical room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which give a good plastic-covered job surface area however not as much floor-to-ceiling height.
Nowhere is the new design's better size a lot more meaningful than in the cargo bed, which has actually grown a couple of inches in many dimensions. It currently measures 66.4 inches in between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A decreased tailgate extends the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of standard building materials hanging.
The locking tailgate has an assist strut that makes it feasible to lift with one or two fingers. A bonus is that it damps the motion, so the gate also lowers slowly under its very own weight rather than pounding down onto the assistance cable televisions. Toyota claims the strut additionally prevents bouncing when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan provides a factory spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck to the plastic lay-in kind, believing that proprietors want the choice of removing it down the line as well as offering a prospective new proprietor with an unmarred bed.
Because of the different taxicab and also bed dimensions and engine and also driveline choices, I might spend the rest of the model year wading through payload and hauling specs for you, so I'll just claim the design line's payload ratings vary from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton trucks, it can haul a whole load.) The pulling optimums run from a healthy 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Normal Cab when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Package, which includes the hitch receiver, electrical wiring, raised back spring prices, a transmission-fluid cooler as well as a tow/haul change mode (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking the Requirement Equip. & Specifications and also the Available Options buttons above on the left.
Tundra in the marketplace
Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace section foreign brands have actually failed to break-- perhaps the last continuing to be one. These are the highest-volume and highest-profit vehicles that the American business offer, which is probably why Toyota execs have actually called the brand-new Tundra one of the most important design introduction in the company's history. For perspective, Ford and GM market near to a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota could have sold as many Tundras because they initially took place sale for the 2000 version year. Having actually sold greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively projecting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, considering a late launch. Toyota has almost assured a "bigger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton version and also perhaps a diesel alternative.
The new Tundra has some excellent specifications and also some attributes that I 'd identify as improvements more than developments. I might suggest that Nissan and also Honda revealed more technology from the gate than the domestics have, however that hasn't already given them similar sales or street cred. In this most dedicated of car market segments, integrity and also long life may be more important. As the auto market continuouslies globalize, and as Toyota constructs increasingly more of its designs in North America making use of a growing number of domestic parts and also creating increasingly more American tasks, the concept of acquiring a Japanese pick-up becomes increasingly more acceptable amongst purchasers. With the notable exception of the United Vehicle Employees as well as union advocates, the technique of buying American simply to acquire American has actually gradually deteriorated, and many Americans have actually possessed or experienced Toyota cars and trucks and also SUVs.
Toyota does not commonly get it right the very first time, or necessarily the second, yet it has a background of making generational modifications that eventually placed its items at or near the top of their automobile class in sales and/or charm. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already occurred yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be occurring right now with the 2007 Tundra.