2005 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
The Tundra is anonymously good-looking, its capable components wrapped in sheetmetal better fit for pressing via air compared to mixing emotions. Within its broad-appeal design, the Tundra is pure Toyota, focused on worth, function, as well as utility. As an example, climbing up into the Tundra is a little bit simpler compared to in the majority of various other full-size vehicles, because of its slightly much shorter general stature-- non-Double Taxi Tundras are 3 to five inches shorter than the Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram-- and also its light, easy-to-open doors. It's still an ascent, however, so, like many other pick-up manufacturers, Toyota offers A- and B-pillar-mounted grab manages for help.
Out back, obtaining items into the bed is relieved by a practical tons elevation. The Tundra's tailgate is very hefty, though, and also duke it outing it had us longing for Ford's Tailgate Help function, which uses a built-in torsion bar making closing the rear of the F-150 a snap. Another niggle: The optional bedliner drinks as well as rattles over bumps; Nissan has the best suggestion by supplying a spray-in bedliner for the Titan.
As well as though they could negatively impact ride top quality, slightly larger wheels may serve to spruce up the Tundra's somewhat dowdy look-- the common 16-inchers look tiny, and the optional 17s typically aren't far better. The 2005 versions are identified only by updated head- as well as taillamps.
The functional design greatly carries over for 2005, with outstanding worldly quality and also excellent fit as well as coating throughout. All the surface areas really feel excellent to the touch, and also the controls are textbook examples of user interface simplicity. The cockpit console was updated for 2005, and a brand-new optional navigation system is readily available on choose four-door models. The optional between-seat console is especially nice, with a flip-up notepad holder and also a charitable opening efficient in swallowing generous amounts of traveling equipment. Front-seat comfort is acceptable, however experiences an absence of side reinforcing and back-rests that seem as well upright whatever the degree of recline. The driving position is second-to-none, nonetheless, with exceptional presence out the front and a tilt guiding wheel that constantly seems to be at a comfortable angle.
For back passengers, there are up to four cup holders and also, in Double Cab setup, a power vertical gliding back window that, when incorporated with the optional sunroof, gives the Tundra an extra airy, open feel than in various other trucks. The rear bench experiences, again, upright seatbacks, flat paddings, and an absence of padding, however below those attributes are demanded by flip-and-fold seats. In Dual Taxis, they fold up level and then roll ahead, creating a big storage location where items can be protected through straps constructed in to the bottom of the flattened seats. If you've still obtained more things to stash, there are likewise various containers and also cubbies concealed under and behind the back seats.Other gripes concerning the indoor problem dim instrument-panel lights-- even dialed up right, some switches were as well illegible at night, and still others just weren't illuminated in all.
In addition to the between-seat console, which is consisted of with the twin front container seats choice, interior embellishments consist of rear-seat DVD amusement (Double Taxicab just), a sunroof, and also a JBL in-dash six-disc CD changer.
While it could not be a course leader in terms of dimension or sales, the Tundra most definitely wins top marks for its long list of readily available safety features. While just anti-lock brakes and also twin front air bags are typical throughout the Tundra lineup, Toyota offers side and also side drape airbags-- in addition to electronic stability and grip control-- to Double Taxi purchasers. The Nissan Titan matches this list of security functions, however the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra can just be had with ABS and also double front airbags.
The Tundra published good scores in NHTSA's frontal accident examinations: 4 stars for the motorist and an excellent five for the guest. The guest mark ties for best-in-class with the Ford F-150 as well as Dodge Ram 1500, both which also scratched perfect five's in the vehicle driver's- side test.
The Tundra is available with either engines: a 4.0-liter/ 245-horse V-6, shown the Tacoma as well as 4Runner, and also a 4.7-liter/ 282-horse V-8 that's additionally located in the Sequoia. While these engine output numbers may route those of competitors, the Tundra considers less than the other trucks. The V-6 can be coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission (brand-new this year, replacing a five-speed manual) or a five-speed automatic. The V-8 is just offered with the autobox. Downshifts with the automatic are nearly instant, general power shipment is silky smooth, and also the throttle action is immediate, though not as hostile as that of the Nissan Titan. In 4 × 4 instances, power is transmitted through an electronically controlled transfer situation; the kind of drive-- two-wheel, four-wheel high, or four-wheel reduced-- is chosen using dash-mounted controls.
The 4.7-liter V-8 does a good job of inspiring even the Double Taxi SR5 4 × 4, and it's more than fit to thrust the remainder of the Tundra lineup, which includes variations almost 700 pounds lighter. The V-8 is extremely quiet as it sets about its task; even at full-throat, the noise from under the hood is stifled, offering the Tundra a polished quality.
Improvement is just what the Tundra is all about, from the transmission relocating effortlessly via gear changes to the tractable as well as suppressed V-8. The vehicle is perfectly damped, and also the interior is quiet also over the gnarliest of roads. The double-wishbone front as well as leaf-spring back suspension ably controls side-to-side activities and maintains occupants delighted and also comfy-- up until you forge ahead, in which instance, the Tundra rolls and pitches, as would any kind of huge vehicle. However bear in mind, excitement and also dynamic efficiency aren't part of the equation right here; believe tranquility, relaxed, and also easygoing. However, "kicked back" additionally explains the numb steering-- it isn't really as communicative or accurate as the Ford F-150's-- and the brakes, which could utilize more power and pedal feel.
While it will not likely be the first choice for purchasers looking for a great ol' pickup, the present Tundra supplies a capable, refined, and also safe compromise in between mid- and also full-size pick-ups. And also though it's not as big as the leviathans from Detroit, the Toyota's optimum payload ranking of 2,025 extra pounds (third in course, simply behind GM's vehicles) as well as its 7,100-pound max tow ranking offer adequate muscular tissue for the periodic heavy-duty job. Its lowered dimension also makes it a lot easier to maneuver with blocked city roads as well as into tight garage.
Tundra buyers obtain a three-year/36,000- mile bumper-to-bumper service warranty, as well as five-year/60,000- mile powertrain protection as well as a five-year, unlimited-mileage rust-through warranty. And also, purchasers have the fulfillment of buying a lorry with a tested worth track record, as shown by its Superb IntelliChoice Expense Worth Score, ensuring a good return on investment in the future.
A well-refined vehicle, the Tundra's included muscle mass as well as Best Overall Worth status make it a needs to for any smart truck consumer's checklist.
+ Improved ride
+ Toyota top quality
+ More V-6, V-8 power
Exactly what's NOT:
-- Not quite full-size
-- Dull exterior design
-- Rear guest comfort
An all-new version is anticipated for 2007, however Toyota hasn't forgotten the existing Tundra. For 2005, the business went down the 4 × 4 Access Taxicab with a V-6 as well as included a 4 × 2 regular-cab arrangement for V-8 buyers. Other remarkable adjustments include a front bench-seat option for Dual Taxis, brand-new head- as well as taillights, an upgraded cockpit console, as well as a readily available navigating system in Access Taxi Limited and also Double Taxicab designs.