2007 Toyota Tundra
Exterior & Designing
The Tundra is available in 3 taxicab styles: regular, prolonged and staff, called Regular Taxi, Double Taxi as well as CrewMax, specifically. The Routine and Dual Taxicab versions include short or lengthy freight beds gauging 6.5 feet as well as 8.1 feet in length.
There are three trim levels: The Normal Cab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille and grille frame, and black bumpers, side mirrors and also door and also tailgate handles. It can be upgraded to an SR5 using a choice plan that includes-- among functional features-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.
The Tundra looks like the Tacoma midsize pickup yet with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinctive component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille structure. I'm not exactly sure I like it, yet there it is. It attracts attention extra on the body-colored grille border that comes on the Sport Appearance Plan, a choice provided for Normal as well as Double Taxis.
In the Dual and also CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim level includes the chrome grille structure, and the chrome and body-colored treatment for the back in addition to the front bumper. The Limited trim degree includes chrome to the grille's three bars, the door deals with and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors supplied for towing purposes. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with basic fog lights.
The conventional 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 Normal Cab and also Dual Taxicab, the Tundra uses two V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't featured the V-6.
The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet started automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I envisioned three setting up employees behind each vehicle, pressing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble rumble sounds; and a marketing officer riding shotgun and claiming that the rearview mirrors had not been available in yet but would certainly be included quickly.
In reality (always much less interesting) there ended up being a lot of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup market's very first six-speed transmission, are the new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain is impressive without a doubt, moving the Tundra approximately freeway rates faster compared to a 4x4 crew cab has a right to go, complete with a hearty roar from under the hood. On the other hand, when you increase slowly, having 6 gears keeps the engine rate low, and the sound in addition to it. The generous torque is available in a wide band, with a minimum of 90 percent of the height torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.
The trans additionally delivers better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automated in 4x2 Tundras, and also only regarding a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 versions. It's the less-powerful engine that most likely would benefit a lot more from the additional equipment, but the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I discovered this pairing to be greater than ample in an Expanse Dual Taxi 4x2, and also I'm certain it would certainly be adequate with 4WD too. Chevy as well as Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, and Ford has guaranteed a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.
All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake assist as well as digital brake-force distribution. In normal driving, the brakes did their work, however the numb pedal really feel left plenty to be desired. The Silverado has a real side here.
The optional 4WD, readily available only with the V-8, is an easy part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included methods that make it extra innovative. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer case involves the front axle, which is detached by default for gas savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the conventional four-wheel grip control can additionally transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD low settings.
RWD versions-- as well as 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have traction control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate position Toyota calls Car LSD, which is simply an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control because it enables some wheelspin. When it, as well, is switched off, the basic electronic stability system also is defeated.
Flight & Handling
The new Tundra Dual Taxicab and also CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case circumstance. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, but this prevails among body-on-frame pick-ups, and it's not excessive below. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly present more twist or vibration, but I drove only the CrewMax and the Double Taxicab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was commended for its flight comfort. Since that time, the competition has actually made invasions and also Toyota has actually rebuilt the vehicle for much heavier service. For whatever factor, there's no longer a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has risen to the difficulty.
Available on the short-bed SR5 and Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Off-Road Bundle that has various tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes and also rear fallen leave springs as well as stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers and bushings. It also consists of distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and also front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it carried out well, however I didn't experience it on sidewalk. Somebody is specific to: The TRD bundle is readily available on rear-drive vehicles.
Pickup steering isn't really anything to get delighted about, yet the 44-foot turning diameter is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Taxicab as well as long-bed Normal Cab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and also the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really almost U-turns; it dictates how greatly you can reduce a swing when you're car park or steering a trailer drawback. With a lengthy bed, the Double Taxi's circle expands to 49 feet, losing its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Taxi transforms 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 and also recline. Doing so calls for the biggest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra provides. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limousine would certainly be a fair comparison. Some of the space here comes from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Taxi's 5.75 feet, however that does not clarify the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller sized rear seat.
The Dual Taxicab's rear seat isn't really half negative either, with workable legroom and also doors that open forward rather than rearward. They swing practically to an appropriate angle with the side, so entry and leave is as straightforward as one can expect. The facility floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.
The conventional front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that fits 3 passengers. To accommodate shorter chauffeurs, it's best to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height change as well as a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither comes in the base Normal Cab (the standard wheel only turns). In the larger cabs, the SR5 trim degree brings premium towel as well as manual driver's height modification to the split bench. You'll need the pail seats-- standard on the Limited as well as optional on the SR5-- to get power changes as well as a guiding wheel that both tilts as well as telescopes. The Limited additionally adds leather furniture and warmed seats.
The Tundra's high hood and freight box wall surfaces make for bad visibility quickly around the truck. For simplicity of vehicle parking, though, front as well as back sonar sharp systems are provided (rear-only is a lot more typical), and the optional navigating system consists of a rearview video camera that reveals the location behind the vehicle on the control panel display screen-- a have to for attaching a trailer drawback alone. Sometime this year Toyota will certainly give a dealer-installed rearview cam with a 3.5-inch display as a stand-alone choice different from the costly nav feature. Pricing isn't set for this uncommon as well as welcome feature, but it's approximated to be roughly $600-- way far better than the navigation/rearview cam alternative's $2,810 list price.
Interior Design, Top Quality
The "driver-oriented cockpit" goes beyond the typical tilted center control board: Raised as well as tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console prolongs from between the container seats, up the facility control panel and leftward to form the entire driver's side of the dashboard. I locate the idea fascinating, yet the faux-metal finish isn't really the best I've seen (some are really good nowadays). In my point of view the control panel shows the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) and also the worst (plastic copying metal) of contemporary wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things is part of just what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded indoor high quality, which is still great but isn't retreating from the much-improved competition.
Like the inner and also external door deals with, the knobs and also dials are huge, in keeping with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step past, the vehicle also identifies exactly how the demands and tools of artisans have actually transformed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Designs with bucket seats have a facility storage space console huge enough for a laptop as well as fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.
Various other storage arrangements abound. There's a double glove area therefore several bins, nooks and also cubbies that it's like a coat with too many pockets; you could forget where you put points. I did. In my search, I was regrettably unable to discover the switch that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternate universe where specialists most likely to hide when they're intended to be completing your kitchen area.
The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, but it is well-appointed with basic security attributes. Not already mentioned are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side drapes to protect the front and back seats. The drapes are made to deploy in the event of a rollover to shield passengers and also stop their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags will not deploy when off-roading.
Cargo & Towing
I really did not drive or check out a Regular Cab, but measurements and also pictures show a charitable storage space location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Double Taxi's 60/40-split rear seat pillows flip approximately reveal a fairly clean floor. I favor the resulting high upright area to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which supply a great plastic-covered job surface area but not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.
No place is the new version's higher dimension a lot more purposeful compared to in the freight bed, which has actually grown a few inches in many dimensions. It currently determines 66.4 inches between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A reduced tailgate expands the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so also the shortest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of conventional building materials hanging.
The locking tailgate has an assist strut that makes it possible to lift with a couple of fingers. A benefit is that it damps the motion, so the gate likewise lowers gradually under its very own weight instead of banging down onto the support cords. Toyota claims the strut likewise avoids jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan uses a factory spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck with the plastic lay-in type, believing that owners desire the option of removing it down the line and giving a potential brand-new proprietor with an unmarred bed.
Due to the different taxicab and also bed dimensions as well as engine and driveline selections, I could spend the rest of the version year learning payload and pulling specs for you, so I'll just claim the version line's haul rankings vary from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Regular of half-ton vehicles, it could haul an entire ton.) The hauling maxima run from a healthy and balanced 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Routine Taxi when each is equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Plan, that includes the hitch receiver, wiring, enhanced back spring prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and a tow/haul change mode (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be found by clicking on the Standard Equip. & Specs and the Available Options buttons above on the left.
Tundra in the marketplace
Full-size pickups are the marketplace sector international brands have actually cannot fracture-- perhaps the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit cars that the American companies offer, which is most likely why Toyota officers have actually called the brand-new Tundra one of the most vital design introduction in the firm's history. For perspective, Ford and GM offer close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota might have sold as numerous Tundras because they initially took place sale for the 2000 version year. Having actually offered more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously projecting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, taking into account a late launch. Toyota has all but guaranteed a "larger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton version as well as perhaps a diesel alternative.
The new Tundra has some remarkable specifications as well as some attributes that I would certainly characterize as developments more than developments. I can argue that Nissan and Honda showed even more advancement out of eviction than the domestics have, yet that hasn't provided comparable sales or street cred. In this most loyal of vehicle market segments, reliability as well as durability might be more important. As the vehicle market continues to globalize, and also as Toyota develops a growing number of of its models in The United States and Canada making use of a growing number of residential components and developing more and more American work, the concept of purchasing a Japanese pick-up comes to be an increasing number of appropriate among purchasers. With the noteworthy exception of the United Car Employees and also union fans, the practice of getting American simply to buy American has gradually eroded, and also lots of Americans have actually owned or experienced Toyota automobiles and also SUVs.
Toyota does not typically get it right the very first time, or necessarily the second, but it has a background of making generational adjustments that at some point put its products at or near the top of their lorry course in sales and/or allure. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and also the Sienna minivan. It hasn't took place yet with the Yaris subcompact. It might be taking place today with the 2007 Tundra.