2005 Toyota Tundra
The Tundra is anonymously handsome, its qualified components wrapped in sheetmetal better suited for pushing with air compared to mixing feelings. Within its broad-appeal layout, the Tundra is pure Toyota, focused on value, function, and also utility. For instance, climbing into the Tundra is a bit simpler compared to in many various other full-size vehicles, as a result of its slightly much shorter general stature-- non-Double Cab Tundras are three to 5 inches much shorter than the Ford F-150 as well as Dodge Ram-- and also its light, easy-to-open doors. It's still an ascent, however, so, like the majority of various other pick-up manufacturers, Toyota provides A- as well as B-pillar-mounted grab manages for assistance.
Out back, getting items right into the bed is relieved by an affordable tons elevation. The Tundra's tailgate is incredibly heavy, though, and wrestling with it had us wishing for Ford's Tailgate Help feature, which uses an integrated torsion bar making shutting the back of the F-150 a snap. An additional niggle: The optional bedliner shakes and rattles over bumps; Nissan has the ideal concept by providing a spray-in bedliner for the Titan.
And though they may negatively impact trip quality, somewhat larger wheels might offer to spruce up the Tundra's rather dowdy appearance-- the conventional 16-inchers look little, and also the optional 17s aren't far better. The 2005 designs are identified only by updated head- and taillamps.
The functional design mostly carries over for 2005, with outstanding material quality and first-class fit and finish throughout. All the surfaces feel excellent to the touch, and the controls are book examples of interface simplicity. The cockpit console was updated for 2005, and also a brand-new optional navigating system is available on select four-door designs. The optional between-seat console is especially nice, with a flip-up notepad holder and a charitable opening with the ability of ingesting copious amounts of traveling gear. Front-seat comfort serves, but experiences an absence of side bolstering and backrests that appear also upright whatever 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 travelers, there depend on 4 cup owners and also, in Dual Taxicab arrangement, a power vertical gliding back home window that, when incorporated with the optional sunroof, provides the Tundra an extra ventilated, open feeling than in other vehicles. The back bench deals with, once again, upright seatbacks, level cushions, and also an absence of cushioning, but below those attributes are necessitated by flip-and-fold seats. In Double Cabs, they fold up level and then roll forward, creating a huge storage location where items can be secured through straps constructed in to the bottom of the collapsed seats. If you've still obtained more things to stash, there are likewise numerous bins as well as cubbies hidden under and behind the back seats.Other complaints relating to the indoor issue dark instrument-panel illumination-- also called up all the way, some switches were too difficult to read at night, and still others just weren't illuminated whatsoever.
Along with the between-seat console, which is consisted of with the double front pail seats choice, interior embellishments consist of rear-seat DVD entertainment (Double Cab only), a sunroof, as well as a JBL in-dash six-disc CD changer.
While it could not be a course leader in regards to dimension or sales, the Tundra most definitely wins leading marks for its lengthy listing of available safety and security features. While only anti-lock brakes and also double front airbags are common throughout the Tundra lineup, Toyota uses side and also side drape air bags-- in addition to electronic security as well as grip control-- to Dual Cab purchasers. The Nissan Titan matches this list of safety and security functions, but the Ford F-150 as well as GMC Sierra could just be had with ABS and also dual front air bags.
The Tundra posted good scores in NHTSA's frontal accident tests: four stars for the chauffeur and also an excellent 5 for the passenger. The traveler mark connections for best-in-class with the Ford F-150 as well as Dodge Ram 1500, both which likewise notched excellent 5's in the driver's- side test.
The Tundra is available with a couple of engines: a 4.0-liter/ 245-horse V-6, shown to the Tacoma and also 4Runner, as well as a 4.7-liter/ 282-horse V-8 that's additionally found in the Sequoia. While these engine output numbers may route those of rivals, the Tundra evaluates less than the various other trucks. The V-6 can be combined with either a six-speed manual transmission (new this year, replacing a five-speed manual) or a five-speed automated. The V-8 is only readily available with the autobox. Downshifts with the automatic are virtually instantaneous, total power distribution is silky smooth, and also the throttle feedback is instant, though not as aggressive as that of the Nissan Titan. In 4 × 4 instances, power is routed through a digitally controlled transfer situation; the sort of drive-- two-wheel, four-wheel high, or four-wheel reduced-- is picked using dash-mounted controls.
The 4.7-liter V-8 does a good task of encouraging even the Double Cab SR5 4 × 4, as well as it's greater than fit to push the remainder of the Tundra lineup, that includes variants virtually 700 extra pounds lighter. The V-8 is extremely peaceful as it deals with its work; also at full-throat, the sound from under the hood is muffled, giving the Tundra a polished high quality.
Refinement is just what the Tundra is about, from the automatic transmission relocating effortlessly through equipment modifications to the tractable and subdued V-8. The truck is perfectly damped, as well as the interior is quiet also over the gnarliest of roads. The double-wishbone front and leaf-spring back suspension capably manages side-to-side movements as well as maintains passengers happy as well as comfortable-- up until you push the envelope, in which situation, the Tundra rolls as well as pitches, as would certainly any type of big truck. Yet remember, excitement as well as vibrant efficiency typically aren't part of the equation right here; believe calm, relaxed, and also relaxed. Sadly, "kicked back" likewise describes the numb guiding-- it isn't as communicative or exact as the Ford F-150's-- and the brakes, which might make use of even more power and pedal really feel.
While it won't likely be the first choice for customers trying to find a great ol' pickup truck, the present Tundra provides a qualified, polished, and secure compromise between mid- and also full-size pick-ups. As well as though it's not as huge as the leviathans from Detroit, the Toyota's maximum haul ranking of 2,025 pounds (third in class, just behind GM's vehicles) as well as its 7,100-pound max tow ranking offer enough muscular tissue for the periodic durable job. Its minimized size also makes it a lot easier to maneuver through blocked city streets as well as right into limited parking spaces.
Tundra customers receive a three-year/36,000- mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as five-year/60,000- mile powertrain protection and a five-year, unlimited-mileage rust-through guarantee. Plus, buyers have the contentment of acquiring an automobile with a proven worth performance history, as provened by its Excellent IntelliChoice Expense Value Ranking, making certain an excellent return on investment later on.
A well-refined vehicle, the Tundra's included muscular tissue and also Best Total Value condition make it a has to for any kind of smart vehicle consumer's list.
Just what's HOT:
+ Fine-tuned trip
+ Toyota quality
+ Much More V-6, V-8 power
-- Not full-size
-- Ho-hum external design
-- Back passenger comfort
An all-new model is expected for 2007, yet Toyota hasn't already failed to remember the existing Tundra. For 2005, the firm dropped the 4 × 4 Access Taxi with a V-6 as well as added a 4 × 2 regular-cab setup for V-8 buyers. Various other notable modifications include a front bench-seat option for Dual Taxis, new head- and taillights, an upgraded control panel, as well as an available navigating system in Accessibility Taxi Limited and also Dual Taxicab designs.