07 Toyota Tundra
Outside & Designing
The Tundra comes in 3 taxi designs: regular, extensive and staff, called Routine Taxi, Dual Taxi and CrewMax, respectively. The Regular as well as Dual Cab variations have short or lengthy cargo beds measuring 6.5 feet as well as 8.1 feet in size.
There are three trim levels: The Routine Taxi DX is a stripped-down work truck with a black grille and grille framework, and also black bumpers, side mirrors and door and also tailgate handles. It can be upgraded to an SR5 using an option plan that adds-- among practical features-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.
The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pickup but with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct component is a black strip that spans the crest of the grille frame. I'm not sure I like it, yet there it is. It attracts attention extra on the body-colored grille surround that begins the Sporting activity Appearance Plan, an option provided for Routine and also Double Taxis.
In the Double as well as CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim level includes the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome and body-colored treatment for the rear as well as the front bumper. The Limited trim level includes chrome to the grille's 3 bars, the door manages and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors supplied for pulling objectives. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with basic haze lights.
The conventional wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Ending
Along with a V-6 that's conventional on the Routine Taxicab and also Double Taxi, the Tundra supplies two V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not included the V-6.
The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet started mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I imagined 3 setting up employees behind each truck, pushing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roll rumble sounds; and also an advertising and marketing officer riding shotgun and also asserting that the rearview mirrors hadn't been available in yet however would certainly be added quickly.
In reality (always less interesting) there turned out to be lots of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup truck market's very first six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's primary claim to fame. The drivetrain goes over without a doubt, driving the Tundra as much as freeway speeds much faster compared to a 4x4 crew cab has a right to go, finish with a passionate roll from under the hood. Alternatively, when you speed up gradually, having 6 equipments maintains the engine rate reduced, and the noise along with it. The generous torque comes in a broad band, with a minimum of 90 percent of the top torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.
The trans likewise provides much better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Tundras, and just regarding a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 versions. It's the less-powerful engine that probably would profit a lot more from the added equipment, however the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automated. I found this pairing to be greater than sufficient in a Tundra Double Taxi 4x2, and I'm confident it would certainly be adequate with 4WD also. Chevy and also Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, as well as Ford has assured a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.
All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake aid as well as electronic brake-force circulation. In typical driving, the brakes did their task, yet the numb pedal feel left plenty to be wanted. The Silverado has a real edge below.
The optional 4WD, offered just with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added tricks that make it extra sophisticated. At the twist of a dial, the dual-range transfer instance engages the front axle, which is detached by default for gas savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the basic four-wheel grip control can additionally transfer power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD low settings.
RWD models-- and also 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have grip control. It can be turned off or readied to an intermediate setting Toyota calls Automobile LSD, which is just an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default traction control in that it permits some wheelspin. When it, too, is turned off, the typical electronic security system also is beat.
Flight & Handling
The brand-new Tundra Dual Cab as well as CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the structure when rolling over bumps, however this is common among body-on-frame pickups, and also it's not excessive here. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly introduce even more twist or vibration, yet I drove just the CrewMax and also the Dual Taxi brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was praised for its trip convenience. Since that time, the competition has made inroads and Toyota has restored the vehicle for heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's not a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, in particular, has risen to the obstacle.
Available on the short-bed SR5 and Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Competing Development) Off-Road Package that has various tuning courtesy of stiffer front coil springtimes and also rear fallen leave springs and also stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers and bushings. It likewise includes distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it executed well, however I really did not experience it on pavement. Somebody is certain to: The TRD package is offered on rear-drive trucks.
Pickup truck guiding isn't really anything to get excited about, however the 44-foot transforming size is an accomplishment on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Taxi and long-bed Routine Taxicab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't just about U-turns; it dictates exactly how dramatically you could reduce a swing when you're car parking or navigating a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Dual Taxi's circle expands to 49 feet, losing its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Taxicab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).
Another of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab backseat whose 60/40-split segments slide forward and back as well as recline. Doing so requires the largest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would be a reasonable comparison. A few of the room below originates from a bed that's a bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Team Taxicab's 5.75 feet, but that does not describe the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller backseat.
The Double Cab's backseat isn't half negative either, with convenient legroom as well as doors that open forward instead of rearward. They turn practically to a right angle with the side, so entry and departure is as basic as one can anticipate. The facility floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a couple of inches high.
The basic pole position is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that suits 3 owners. To suit shorter drivers, it's finest to outfit the Tundra with a seat-height modification as well as a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither comes in the base Normal Taxicab (the standard wheel just turns). In the larger taxicabs, the SR5 trim degree brings premium fabric as well as manual motorist's elevation adjustment to the split bench. You'll need the pail seats-- common on the Restricted as well as optional on the SR5-- to get power modifications and a guiding wheel that both tilts and telescopes. The Limited also includes leather furniture as well as heated seats.
The Tundra's high hood as well as cargo box walls make for inadequate exposure right away around the truck. For ease of vehicle parking, though, front and also back finder alert systems are provided (rear-only is much more typical), as well as the optional navigation system includes a rearview electronic camera that reveals the area behind the truck on the control panel display-- a have to for connecting a trailer hitch unassisted. At some point this year Toyota will certainly provide a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch display as a stand-alone alternative different from the pricey nav attribute. Prices isn't really set for this rare and also welcome attribute, but it's approximated to be roughly $600-- means much better compared to the navigation/rearview video camera option's $2,810 sticker price.
Interior Design, Top Quality
The "driver-oriented cockpit" goes beyond the usual tilted facility control board: Elevated and also tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from between the container seats, up the facility control board and also leftward to form the whole driver's side of the dashboard. I discover the concept interesting, yet the faux-metal surface isn't the very best I've seen (some are actually suitable nowadays). In my viewpoint the dashboard exhibits the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) as well as the worst (plastic imitating metal) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery stuff belongs to just what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior quality, which is still excellent but isn't retreating from the much-improved competition.
Like the internal and also external door handles, the knobs as well as dials are huge, in keeping with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step beyond, the vehicle additionally identifies just how the demands and tools of artisans have changed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Models with bucket seats have a facility storage space console large enough for a notebook computer and also fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.
Other storage space provisions abound. There's a dual handwear cover compartment and so many bins, nooks as well as cubbies that it's like a jacket with too many pockets; you may forget where you place points. I did. In my search, I was sadly not able to find the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternative universe where service providers go to hide when they're supposed to be completing your cooking area.
Safety and security
The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, but it is well-appointed with basic security functions. Not already pointed out are side-impact air bags for the front seats and also side curtains to shield the front and rear seats. The drapes are designed to release in case of a rollover to shield residents and also prevent their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags will not release when off-roading.
Cargo & Towing
I didn't drive or check out a Regular Taxi, however dimensions as well as photos show a charitable storage space area behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Dual Taxicab's 60/40-split backseat paddings flip up to disclose a fairly minimalist floor. I like the resulting high upright area to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which provide a wonderful plastic-covered job surface however not as much floor-to-ceiling height.
Nowhere is the new version's greater size a lot more purposeful compared to in the freight bed, which has actually expanded a couple of inches in many dimensions. It currently determines 66.4 inches in between the walls and also 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A reduced tailgate extends the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so also the shortest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of typical building materials hanging.
The locking tailgate has an aid strut that makes it possible to lift with one or two fingers. A bonus is that it damps the movement, so eviction also decreases gradually under its very own weight rather than knocking down onto the assistance wires. Toyota states the strut likewise protects against jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan provides a factory spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck to the plastic lay-in type, thinking that owners want the option of removing it down the line and also supplying a potential brand-new proprietor with an unmarred bed.
Because of the numerous taxicab and also bed dimensions and engine and driveline choices, I could invest the rest of the design year learning haul as well as lugging specifications for you, so I'll just state the design line's payload rankings range from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Common of half-ton trucks, it could carry an entire bunch.) The hauling maxima range from a healthy and balanced 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Regular Taxicab when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 and also optional Towing Bundle, which includes the hitch receiver, wiring, increased rear springtime rates, a transmission-fluid colder as well as a tow/haul change mode (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking on the Criterion Equip. & Specs as well as the Available Options buttons above on the left.
Tundra on the market
Full-size pick-ups are the market section foreign brand names have actually cannot break-- perhaps the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and highest-profit automobiles that the American firms sell, which is most likely why Toyota directors have actually called the brand-new Tundra the most essential model intro in the business's history. For point of view, Ford and also GM sell close to a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota may have sold as lots of Tundras considering that they initially took place sale for the 2000 version year. Having offered greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively predicting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, considering a late launch. Toyota has just about guaranteed a "larger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton version and also potentially a diesel option.
The brand-new Tundra has some remarkable specs and also some features that I 'd define as advancements more than developments. I could argue that Nissan as well as Honda revealed even more advancement out of eviction than the domestics have, however that hasn't already provided similar sales or street cred. In this most loyal of automobile market sectors, credibility and durability might be more important. As the vehicle industry remains to globalize, and also as Toyota develops more and more of its designs in North America utilizing an increasing number of residential components and also producing a growing number of American work, the idea of purchasing a Japanese pickup ends up being increasingly more appropriate amongst buyers. With the remarkable exemption of the United Automobile Employees as well as union advocates, the technique of buying American just to get American has slowly eroded, as well as lots of Americans have actually owned or experienced Toyota vehicles and also SUVs.
Toyota does not usually get it right the first time, or necessarily the 2nd, yet it has a background of making generational modifications that at some point put its items at or near the top of their automobile course in sales and/or allure. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and also the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already took place yet with the Yaris subcompact. It could be happening today with the 2007 Tundra.