2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
Exterior & Designing
The Tundra is available in three cab designs: routine, prolonged and crew, named Normal Cab, Double Taxi as well as CrewMax, respectively. The Routine and Double Taxi variations come with short or long cargo beds measuring 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.
There are 3 trim levels: The Regular Taxicab DX is a stripped-down job truck with a black grille as well as grille frame, and black bumpers, side mirrors and door as well as tailgate manages. It can be updated to an SR5 through an option bundle that adds-- among functional features-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.
The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pick-up yet with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinctive component is a black strip that spans the crest of the grille framework. I'm uncertain I like it, however there it is. It sticks out more on the body-colored grille border that comes on the Sport Look Package, an alternative used for Routine and Dual Taxis.
In the Double and CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim level adds the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome and body-colored therapy for the back as well as the front bumper. The Restricted trim degree includes chrome to the grille's 3 crossbars, the door manages and the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors provided for hauling objectives. The Limited's front bumper is entirely body-colored, and also it's the only trim level with common 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 & Preventing
Along with a V-6 that's typical on the Routine Cab and Dual Cab, the Tundra provides two V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not featured the V-6.
The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I envisioned three assembly workers behind each vehicle, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble roll audios; and also a marketing officer riding shotgun as well as asserting that the rearview mirrors hadn't been available in yet but would certainly be included soon.
In truth (constantly much less intriguing) there became a lot of the larger blocks, which together with the pickup truck market's initial six-speed automatic transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's major claim to fame. The drivetrain is impressive indeed, moving the Tundra up to highway rates faster than a 4x4 staff cab has a right to go, complete with a passionate roar from under the hood. Alternatively, when you speed up progressively, having 6 equipments maintains the engine speed reduced, and also the sound together with it. The charitable torque can be found in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the height torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's measurements.
The trans also supplies much better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, 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 profit more from the extra gear, but the 4.7-liter is at least partnered with a five-speed automated. I found this pairing to be greater than ample in an Expanse Double Taxi 4x2, and also I'm confident it would be adequate with 4WD too. Chevy and Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, as well as Ford has actually guaranteed a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.
All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake aid and digital brake-force circulation. In regular driving, the brakes did their task, but the numb pedal really feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has an actual side below.
The optional 4WD, available just with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added techniques that make it more advanced. At the twist of a dial, the dual-range transfer instance engages the front axle, which is removed by default for gas savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), yet the standard four-wheel traction control could additionally move power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD low settings.
RWD designs-- as well as 4x4s in 2WD setting-- additionally have grip control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate position Toyota calls Vehicle LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default traction control in that it enables some wheelspin. When it, as well, is switched off, the typical electronic security system also is beat.
Ride & Handling
The new Tundra Dual Taxi and CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case circumstance. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, but this prevails amongst body-on-frame pick-ups, as well as it's not excessive below. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would introduce even more twist or vibration, however I drove just the CrewMax and the Dual Cab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was praised for its trip comfort. Since that time, the competitors has made inroads and Toyota has rebuilt the vehicle for heavier service. For whatever factor, there's no more a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, specifically, has actually risen to the difficulty.
Offered on the short-bed SR5 and also Limited is a TRD (Toyota Competing Growth) Off-Road Bundle that has different tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes and also rear fallen leave springs and also firmer Bilstein brand shock absorbers and bushings. It additionally consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and also front tow hooks. I drove this configuration off-road, where it performed well, however I didn't experience it on pavement. A person is certain to: The TRD package is available on rear-drive trucks.
Pickup guiding isn't anything to obtain delighted about, however the 44-foot transforming diameter is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab and also long-bed Regular Taxi. 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 determines exactly how dramatically you can reduce a swing when you're auto parking or navigating a trailer drawback. With a long bed, the Double Taxicab's circle expands to 49 feet, shedding its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Cab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).
Another of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sectors slide forward and back as well as recline. Doing so needs the biggest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would be a fair comparison. Some of the space below originates from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Crew Taxi's 5.75 feet, yet that doesn't explain the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and also a smaller backseat.
The Double Cab's backseat isn't really half bad either, with convenient legroom and doors that open up onward rather than rearward. They turn nearly to a right angle with the side, so entry as well as exit is as basic as one could anticipate. The center floor hump, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.
The common pole position is a 40/20/40-split cloth bench that accommodates 3 occupants. To fit much shorter drivers, it's ideal to gear up the Tundra with a seat-height modification and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither is available in the base Normal Taxi (the requirement wheel just tilts). In the larger cabs, the SR5 trim level brings premium cloth as well as hands-on vehicle driver's elevation change to the split bench. You'll require the container seats-- typical on the Minimal and also optional on the SR5-- to obtain power modifications and also a steering wheel that both turns and telescopes. The Limited likewise includes natural leather furniture and heated seats.
The Tundra's high hood as well as cargo box walls make for inadequate exposure immediately around the truck. For ease of parking, however, front as well as back sonar alert systems are used (rear-only is much more common), as well as the optional navigation system includes a rearview video camera that shows the location behind the truck on the dashboard display screen-- a need to for affixing a trailer hitch alone. At some time this year Toyota will provide a dealer-installed rearview cam with a 3.5-inch screen as a option separate from the pricey nav attribute. Prices isn't really set for this rare as well as welcome attribute, however it's approximated to be about $600-- method better compared to the navigation/rearview camera option's $2,810 sticker price.
Interior Decoration, Top Quality
The "driver-oriented cockpit" goes beyond the normal tilted center control board: Elevated and also tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console prolongs from in between the pail seats, up the facility control panel as well as leftward to form the entire driver's side of the dashboard. I locate the idea appealing, but the faux-metal coating isn't the very best I've seen (some are in fact suitable nowadays). In my point of view the control panel exhibits the best (glossy piano-black lacquer) as well as the worst (plastic imitating metal) of modern wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery stuff belongs to just what has actually stalled Toyota's well-regarded indoor top quality, which is still good yet isn't really pulling away from the much-improved competitors.
Like the internal as well as external door deals with, the knobs and dials are huge, in keeping with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step past, the truck additionally recognizes just how the needs and also tools of artisans have transformed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and also tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Versions with bucket seats have a center storage console huge enough for a notebook computer as well as fitted with rails to sustain hanging file folders.
Other storage provisions are plentiful. There's a dual handwear cover compartment therefore several bins, spaces and cubbies that it resembles a jacket with too many pockets; you could fail to remember where you place points. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately not able to locate the switch that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternate cosmos where specialists most likely to conceal when they're meant to be finishing your kitchen area.
The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, yet it is fully equipped with standard security attributes. Not currently pointed out are side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side curtains to shield the front and rear seats. The drapes are made to release in the event of a rollover to secure passengers and stop their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags will not deploy when off-roading.
Freight & Towing
I didn't drive or discover a Regular Cab, yet dimensions and also pictures show a generous storage area behind the seats with incorporated storage space boxes. The Dual Taxi's 60/40-split backseat cushions flip up to reveal a reasonably uncluttered flooring. I favor the resulting tall vertical space to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which give a nice plastic-covered work surface area but not as much floor-to-ceiling height.
No place is the new model's greater dimension more meaningful compared to in the cargo bed, which has grown a couple of inches in many measurements. It now determines 66.4 inches between the walls and 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 fastest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of typical structure products hanging.
The locking tailgate has an aid strut that makes it feasible to lift with one or two fingers. A reward is that it damps the motion, so the gate also lowers gradually under its very own weight as opposed to banging down onto the assistance cable televisions. Toyota claims the strut additionally protects against bouncing when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan uses a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck with the plastic lay-in type, believing that owners want the choice of removing it down the line as well as providing a prospective brand-new owner with an unmarred bed.
Because of the different taxicab and also bed sizes and also engine and driveline choices, I might spend the remainder of the design year learning payload and also towing specifications for you, so I'll just say the design line's haul scores range from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton trucks, it can carry a whole lot.) The hauling optimums run from a healthy 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Regular Taxi when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Package, which includes the hitch receiver, wiring, raised rear spring prices, a transmission-fluid colder as well as a tow/haul change mode (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be located by clicking the Requirement Equip. & Specs and the Available Options buttons over on the left.
Tundra in the marketplace
Full-size pickups are the market sector international brands have actually cannot crack-- probably the last remaining one. These are the highest-volume as well as highest-profit lorries that the American firms sell, which is probably why Toyota officers have called the brand-new Tundra the most essential model introduction in the company's history. For perspective, Ford as well as GM offer close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota might have sold as many Tundras because they initially went on sale for the 2000 model year. Having actually sold more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously forecasting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, taking into consideration a late launch. Toyota has almost guaranteed a "larger" 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 attributes that I would certainly characterize as advancements more than innovations. I might suggest that Nissan as well as Honda showed more development out of eviction than the domestics have, but that hasn't provided equivalent sales or road cred. In this most dedicated of automobile market sectors, trustworthiness and also long life may be more vital. As the automotive market remains to globalize, and as Toyota develops more and more of its versions in The United States and Canada using increasingly more residential components as well as creating an increasing number of American work, the concept of purchasing a Japanese pick-up ends up being an increasing number of appropriate amongst purchasers. With the significant exemption of the United Car Employees and union fans, the method of purchasing American simply to get American has actually gradually eroded, as well as lots of Americans have owned or experienced Toyota automobiles as well as SUVs.
Toyota does not typically get it right the very first time, or always the second, but it has a history of making generational changes that eventually placed its items at or near the top of their vehicle class in sales and/or appeal. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't took place yet with the Yaris subcompact. It could be taking place right now with the 2007 Tundra.