2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max
Exterior & Designing
The Tundra is available in 3 cab styles: regular, extensive and staff, called Normal Taxi, Double Taxi and CrewMax, respectively. The Regular and also Dual Taxicab variations feature short or lengthy cargo beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.
There are three trim levels: The Regular Cab DX is a stripped-down work truck with a black grille and grille structure, and black bumpers, side mirrors and also door as well as tailgate takes care of. It can be upgraded to an SR5 through an alternative plan that adds-- among practical attributes-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.
The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pickup yet with a taller, domed hood. Its most unique element is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille framework. I'm not sure I like it, but there it is. It stands apart much more on the body-colored grille border that begins the Sporting activity Look Plan, an option provided for Routine and also Double Taxicabs.
In the Double and CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim level adds the chrome grille framework, as well as the chrome as well as body-colored therapy for the rear along with the front bumper. The Limited trim level includes chrome to the grille's 3 bars, the door takes care of and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors provided for towing objectives. The Limited's front bumper is entirely body-colored, and also it's the only trim level with common haze lights.
The standard wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Preventing
Along with a V-6 that's basic on the Normal Taxicab and also Dual Cab, the Tundra provides 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't had the V-6.
The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet begun automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I visualized three setting up employees behind each vehicle, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roar rumble noises; and an advertising and marketing exec riding shotgun and declaring that the rearview mirrors hadn't can be found in yet however would be included soon.
Actually (always less intriguing) there became plenty of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup truck market's initial six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's primary specialty. The drivetrain is impressive indeed, propelling the Tundra as much as freeway rates much faster compared to a 4x4 team taxi has a right to go, complete with a hearty grumble from under the hood. Conversely, when you speed up progressively, having 6 gears maintains the engine rate reduced, and also the sound together with it. The charitable torque is available in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the optimal torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's measurements.
The trans likewise supplies better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, as well as just about a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 versions. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would profit extra from the extra equipment, but the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be more than appropriate in a Tundra Dual Cab 4x2, as well as I'm positive it would be adequate with 4WD also. Chevy and Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, and also Ford has actually promised a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.
All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and also electronic brake-force distribution. In typical driving, the brakes did their task, yet the numb pedal really feel left lots to be preferred. The Silverado has a real side right here.
The optional 4WD, available only with the V-8, is a simple part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added techniques that make it much more innovative. At the twist of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation engages the front axle, which is separated by default for fuel financial savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), but the conventional four-wheel traction control can also transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD reduced modes.
RWD versions-- and 4x4s in 2WD mode-- likewise have traction control. It can be switched off or set to an intermediate placement Toyota calls Car LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default traction control in that it permits some wheelspin. When it, also, is turned off, the typical digital security system likewise is defeated.
Flight & Handling
The brand-new Tundra Double Taxicab and also CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, but this is common amongst body-on-frame pick-ups, and it's not excessive below. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly present even more spin or vibration, yet I drove only the CrewMax and also the Double Cab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was applauded for its ride convenience. Because that time, the competitors has actually made invasions as well as Toyota has restored the truck for heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's not a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, specifically, has actually risen to the challenge.
Offered on the short-bed SR5 as well as Limited is a TRD (Toyota Competing Growth) Off-Road Package that has various adjusting courtesy of stiffer front coil springs as well as rear leaf springs and also firmer Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It additionally includes unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it carried out well, but I really did not experience it on pavement. Somebody is specific to: The TRD package is available on rear-drive trucks.
Pickup truck steering isn't anything to obtain excited about, yet the 44-foot turning size is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab as well as long-bed Regular Taxicab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really almost U-turns; it determines exactly how dramatically you could reduce a swing when you're parking or navigating a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Dual Taxi's circle grows to 49 feet, shedding its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Taxicab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).
One more of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back as well as recline. Doing so requires the largest rear seat in a pick-up, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining and the legroom, a limo would be a reasonable contrast. Some of the area here comes from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Taxi's 5.75 feet, but that doesn't clarify the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller sized rear seat.
The Double Taxicab's rear seat isn't half negative either, with workable legroom and doors that open up forward rather than rearward. They turn virtually to an ideal angle with the side, so entrance and leave is as simple as one could anticipate. The center floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a couple of inches high.
The standard front seat is a 40/20/40-split cloth bench that fits 3 occupants. To accommodate shorter chauffeurs, it's best to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height adjustment and a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither can be found in the base Normal Taxicab (the criterion wheel just turns). In the larger cabs, the SR5 trim degree brings premium cloth and also manual driver's height adjustment to the split bench. You'll require the pail seats-- common on the Minimal 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 includes natural leather furniture as well as warmed seats.
The Tundra's high hood and cargo box wall surfaces create poor visibility immediately around the truck. For ease of parking, however, front and also rear finder alert systems are used (rear-only is much more typical), and also the optional navigation system consists of a rearview video camera that shows the area behind the truck on the dashboard display-- a have to for affixing a trailer drawback unassisted. Sometime this year Toyota will certainly provide a dealer-installed rearview electronic camera with a 3.5-inch display as a option different from the expensive nav attribute. Prices isn't established for this uncommon as well as welcome attribute, but it's estimated to be about $600-- means better than the navigation/rearview video camera option's $2,810 list price.
Interior Design, Quality
The "driver-oriented cabin" exceeds the usual tilted facility control panel: Increased and also tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from between the bucket seats, up the center control panel and also leftward to create the entire motorist's side of the dashboard. I locate the principle appealing, however the faux-metal finish isn't the most effective I have actually seen (some are actually suitable nowadays). In my point of view the dashboard displays the most effective (shiny piano-black lacquer) and also the worst (plastic imitating steel) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery things belongs to exactly what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior top quality, which is still great however isn't really pulling away from the much-improved competition.
Like the inner and external door takes care of, the handles and dials are large, in maintaining with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step past, the vehicle likewise identifies exactly how the demands as well as tools of artisans have changed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and tin-knockers is a distant memory: Designs with container seats have a facility storage console big enough for a laptop as well as fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.
Various other storage space stipulations are plentiful. There's a dual handwear cover compartment therefore numerous bins, spaces as well as cubbies that it resembles a coat with way too many pockets; you might neglect where you place things. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately not able to find the switch that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternating universe where specialists most likely to conceal when they're expected to be completing your kitchen.
Safety and security
The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, but it is well-appointed with basic security functions. Not already stated are side-impact air bags for the front seats as well as side curtains to safeguard the front as well as back seats. The drapes are made to release in case of a rollover to shield passengers and also avoid their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags will not release when off-roading.
Freight & Towing
I really did not drive or explore a Regular Taxi, yet measurements as well as images reveal a charitable storage space location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Double Taxicab's 60/40-split rear seat paddings turn up to expose a reasonably clean floor. I prefer the resulting tall upright room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which provide a good plastic-covered work surface yet not as much floor-to-ceiling height.
No place is the brand-new model's higher dimension 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 as well as 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A decreased tailgate extends the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so even the shortest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of conventional building materials hanging.
The locking tailgate has an assist strut that makes it possible to lift with 1 or 2 fingers. A reward is that it damps the movement, so the gate likewise decreases gradually under its very own weight instead of slamming down into the assistance cords. Toyota claims the strut also protects against jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan supplies a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck with the plastic lay-in kind, thinking that proprietors want the alternative of removing it down the line and also giving a potential brand-new proprietor with an unmarred bed.
As a result of the different cab and also bed dimensions as well as engine and driveline options, I could spend the remainder of the model year learning payload and lugging specs for you, so I'll simply say the model line's payload scores range from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Common of half-ton trucks, it could haul an entire load.) The towing maxima run from a healthy 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Routine Taxicab when each is geared up with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Package, that includes the hitch receiver, electrical wiring, increased rear springtime rates, a transmission-fluid colder and a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be located by clicking on the Standard Equip. & Specs and the Available Options switches over on the left.
Tundra in the marketplace
Full-size pickups are the marketplace sector international brand names have cannot break-- probably the last continuing to be one. These are the highest-volume as well as highest-profit lorries that the American business offer, which is most likely why Toyota officers have actually called the new Tundra one of the most important design introduction in the company's background. For viewpoint, Ford as well as GM market close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota might have offered as numerous Tundras since they initially took place sale for the 2000 model year. Having actually marketed more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously forecasting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, taking into consideration a late launch. Toyota has almost assured a "bigger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton variation and perhaps a diesel alternative.
The brand-new Tundra has some excellent specs and also some functions that I would certainly characterize as improvements more than technologies. I might argue that Nissan and Honda revealed more development from eviction than the domestics have, yet that hasn't given them comparable sales or road cred. In this most faithful of automobile market sections, trustworthiness as well as durability could be more vital. As the vehicle industry continues to globalize, and also as Toyota constructs an increasing number of of its designs in North America utilizing an increasing number of domestic parts and developing an increasing number of American work, the concept of purchasing a Japanese pick-up comes to be an increasing number of acceptable among purchasers. With the significant exemption of the United Vehicle Employees and union advocates, the method of acquiring American just to get American has actually slowly worn down, and also many Americans have actually possessed or experienced Toyota vehicles and SUVs.
Toyota does not frequently get it right the first time, or always the 2nd, but it has a background of making generational adjustments that ultimately placed its items at or near the top of their vehicle course in sales and/or appeal. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already happened yet with the Yaris subcompact. It might be taking place right now with the 2007 Tundra.