Toyota Tundra 2005
The Tundra is anonymously handsome, its qualified parts covered in sheetmetal better matched for pushing through air compared to stirring feelings. Within its broad-appeal layout, the Tundra is pure Toyota, focused on value, feature, and energy. As an example, climbing into the Tundra is a bit easier compared to in many various other full-size trucks, because of its slightly much shorter general stature-- non-Double Taxi Tundras are 3 to 5 inches much shorter than the Ford F-150 and also Dodge Ram-- and its light, easy-to-open doors. It's still a climb, however, so, like most other pickup manufacturers, Toyota gives A- and also B-pillar-mounted grab handles for aid.
Out back, obtaining products right into the bed is eased by a sensible load elevation. The Tundra's tailgate is very heavy, however, and also wrestling with it had us yearning for Ford's Tailgate Help attribute, which uses an integrated torsion bar to make closing the back of the F-150 a breeze. An additional niggle: The optional bedliner shakes and rattles over bumps; Nissan has the appropriate idea by using a spray-in bedliner for the Titan.
As well as though they might negatively influence flight high quality, slightly bigger wheels might offer to enliven the Tundra's somewhat dowdy look-- the common 16-inchers look tiny, and the optional 17s typically aren't better. The 2005 versions are identified only by upgraded head- as well as taillamps.
The functional design mainly rollovers for 2005, with outstanding worldly quality and also superior fit and surface throughout. All the surfaces really feel good to the touch, as well as the controls are textbook examples of interface simplicity. The cockpit console was upgraded for 2005, and also a brand-new optional navigation system is available on select four-door versions. The optional between-seat console is specifically good, with a flip-up note pad holder and a charitable opening with the ability of ingesting massive quantities of traveling gear. Front-seat comfort is acceptable, yet deals with a lack of side strengthening and back-rests that appear too upright no matter what the level of recline. The driving position is second-to-none, nevertheless, with premium presence out the front and a tilt guiding wheel that always appears to be at a comfy angle.
For rear guests, there depend on 4 cup holders and also, in Dual Cab arrangement, a power upright gliding rear home window that, when combined with the optional sunroof, gives the Tundra an extra ventilated, open feeling compared to in various other vehicles. The back bench suffers from, once again, upright seatbacks, level cushions, and an absence of padding, however right here those qualities are necessitated by flip-and-fold seats. In Dual Taxicabs, they fold flat then tumble forward, creating a large storage area where things can be secured by means of straps integrated in to the bottom of the flattened seats. If you have actually still got even more things to stow away, there are likewise numerous containers and also cubbies hidden under and also behind the rear seats.Other complaints pertaining to the indoor concern dark instrument-panel lights-- even called up completely, some switches were also illegible in the evening, and also still others weren't illuminated in all.
Along with the between-seat console, which is consisted of with the dual front container seats choice, indoor decorations consist of rear-seat DVD entertainment (Double Taxicab only), a sunroof, and also a JBL in-dash six-disc CD changer.
While it may not be a course leader in terms of dimension or sales, the Tundra definitely wins top marks for its lengthy checklist of readily available safety and security functions. While just anti-lock brakes as well as double front airbags are standard throughout the Tundra schedule, Toyota offers side and also side curtain airbags-- in addition to electronic security and traction control-- to Dual Taxi purchasers. The Nissan Titan matches this checklist of safety and security attributes, however the Ford F-150 and also GMC Sierra can only be had with ABDOMINAL MUSCLE and double front air bags.
The Tundra uploaded excellent scores in NHTSA's frontal collision tests: four stars for the chauffeur as well as an excellent five for the guest. The passenger mark connections for best-in-class with the Ford F-150 and also Dodge Ram 1500, both of which likewise notched perfect five's in the motorist's- side examination.
The Tundra is offered with either engines: a 4.0-liter/ 245-horse V-6, shown the Tacoma as well as 4Runner, and a 4.7-liter/ 282-horse V-8 that's additionally discovered in the Sequoia. While these engine result numbers might path those of competitors, the Tundra considers less than the various other vehicles. The V-6 can be coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission (brand-new this year, changing a five-speed manual) or a five-speed automatic. The V-8 is just available with the autobox. Downshifts with the automatic are nearly instant, overall power distribution is silky smooth, as well as the throttle feedback is immediate, though not as hostile as that of the Nissan Titan. In 4 × 4 examples, power is transmitted via an electronically controlled transfer instance; the type of drive-- two-wheel, four-wheel high, or four-wheel reduced-- is selected through dash-mounted controls.
The 4.7-liter V-8 does a good work of inspiring also the Double Cab SR5 4 × 4, and also it's greater than fit to move the remainder of the Tundra schedule, that includes variations almost 700 pounds lighter. The V-8 is really quiet as it deals with its work; also at full-throat, the noise from under the hood is muffled, giving the Tundra a refined high quality.
Improvement is just what the Tundra is everything about, from the transmission relocating easily via gear modifications to the tractable as well as suppressed V-8. The truck is nicely damped, and also the interior is quiet also over the gnarliest of roadways. The double-wishbone front and leaf-spring rear suspension ably manages side-to-side motions and keeps residents satisfied and comfortable-- up until you forge ahead, where instance, the Tundra rolls and pitches, as would certainly any kind of big truck. However bear in mind, excitement as well as vibrant performance typically aren't part of the formula right here; believe tranquility, relaxed, and also relaxed. Regrettably, "relaxed" also defines the numb guiding-- it isn't as communicative or precise as the Ford F-150's-- and the brakes, which might utilize more power and pedal feel.
While it won't likely be the front runner for customers looking for a good ol' pickup truck, the current Tundra offers a capable, polished, and also safe compromise in between mid- as well as full-size pickups. And though it's not as huge as the leviathans from Detroit, the Toyota's optimum haul score of 2,025 extra pounds (3rd in class, simply behind GM's trucks) and also its 7,100-pound max tow ranking offer adequate muscle for the occasional heavy-duty task. Its reduced size additionally makes it a lot easier to steer through stopped up city streets and right into tight parking spaces.
Tundra customers obtain a three-year/36,000- mile bumper-to-bumper service warranty, as well as five-year/60,000- mile powertrain coverage and a five-year, unlimited-mileage rust-through warranty. Plus, customers have the complete satisfaction of acquiring a lorry with a tested value record, as confirmed by its Exceptional IntelliChoice Price Worth Ranking, making certain a good return on investment down the road.
A well-refined vehicle, the Tundra's added muscle mass and also Ideal General Worth standing make it a should for any type of smart vehicle shopper's list.
Exactly what's HOT:
+ Fine-tuned ride
+ Toyota top quality
+ More V-6, V-8 power
Exactly what's NOT:
-- Not full-size
-- Ho-hum outside design
-- Back traveler comfort
An all-new version is expected for 2007, yet Toyota hasn't already neglected the present Tundra. For 2005, the business went down the 4 × 4 Accessibility Taxicab with a V-6 and added a 4 × 2 regular-cab arrangement for V-8 buyers. Other noteworthy changes consist of a front bench-seat alternative for Dual Taxis, new head- and also taillights, a revamped instrument panel, and an available navigation system in Accessibility Taxicab Limited and Double Cab designs.