07 toyota Tundra

07 toyota Tundra: After a number of almost-there models, Toyota has actually gone all out with a half-ton pickup: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling into dealerships now. My overall impact of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, but it is a powerful gamer, and that's more than enough to please customers as well as endanger various other truckmakers. From its high towing abilities and also optional six-speed transmission to its safety and security as well as comfort features as well as spacious team cab, the Tundra is a must-drive for anyone in the marketplace for a full-size truck.

07 toyota Tundra

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra comes in 3 cab styles: routine, prolonged as well as crew, named Normal Taxicab, Dual Taxicab and CrewMax, specifically. The Routine as well as Double Taxi versions come with brief or lengthy freight beds measuring 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in length.

There are 3 trim degrees: The Regular Taxicab DX is a stripped-down work truck with a black grille as well as grille framework, as well as black bumpers, side mirrors and also door as well as tailgate handles. It can be upgraded to an SR5 through an option bundle that includes-- amongst useful functions-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pick-up yet with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinctive aspect is a black strip that extends the crest of the grille frame. I'm not sure I like it, but there it is. It stands out more on the body-colored grille border that begins the Sport Appearance Plan, a choice offered for Regular and also Double Taxis.

In the Dual and CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim degree adds the chrome grille framework, and the chrome and body-colored therapy for the back in addition to the front bumper. The Restricted trim level adds chrome to the grille's 3 crossbars, the door deals with and the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors provided for pulling functions. The Limited's front bumper is totally body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with typical fog lights.

The conventional wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 as well as alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Ending
Along with a V-6 that's standard on the Routine Cab and Dual Cab, the Tundra supplies two V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't had the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet begun automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I envisioned three setting up employees behind each truck, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, grumble rumble sounds; and an advertising officer riding shotgun and declaring that the rearview mirrors had not can be found in yet however would be included quickly.

In truth (always much less intriguing) there turned out to be lots of the larger blocks, which in addition to the pickup truck market's first six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's primary specialty. The drivetrain is impressive without a doubt, propelling the Tundra approximately highway rates much faster than a 4x4 team taxi has a right to go, complete with a hearty rumble from under the hood. Alternatively, when you increase slowly, having 6 equipments keeps the engine speed reduced, and the sound in addition to it. The charitable torque comes in a broad band, with a minimum of 90 percent of the height torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's dimensions.

The trans likewise supplies much better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automated in 4x2 Tundras, as well as only regarding a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would benefit extra from the added equipment, yet the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automated. I found this pairing to be greater than sufficient in a Tundra Dual Taxi 4x2, and also I'm confident it would suffice with 4WD also. Chevy and also Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, and Ford has assured a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL MUSCLE, brake help as well as electronic brake-force circulation. In typical driving, the brakes did their job, however the numb pedal feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has a real side right here.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, available only with the V-8, is an easy part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added methods that make it much more advanced. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation involves the front axle, which is detached by default for gas cost savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), but the typical four-wheel grip control can also transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD low modes.

RWD models-- and 4x4s in 2WD mode-- likewise have traction control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate placement Toyota calls Car LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control in that it allows some wheelspin. When it, as well, is switched off, the conventional electronic security system likewise is beat.

Flight & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Double Taxi and also CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the structure when rolling over bumps, however this is common amongst body-on-frame pickups, and it's not excessive below. It's possible that the long-bed version's longer wheelbase would present more spin or vibration, however I drove only the CrewMax as well as the Double Taxicab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was commended for its trip convenience. Because that time, the competitors has actually made invasions and Toyota has reconstructed the truck for heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's no more a clear difference. The new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has actually risen to the difficulty.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 as well as Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Racing Advancement) Off-Road Package that has various tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes and back leaf springs as well as stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It also consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it carried out well, yet I didn't experience it on pavement. Someone is certain to: The TRD bundle is readily available on rear-drive vehicles.

Pickup truck guiding isn't really anything to get excited around, but the 44-foot turning size is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Taxicab and also long-bed Regular Cab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really nearly U-turns; it dictates how dramatically you can cut a swing when you're parking or maneuvering a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Double Cab's circle grows to 49 feet, losing its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining score, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Cab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab backseat whose 60/40-split sectors slide forward and back and recline. Doing so requires the largest backseat in a pickup, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would be a fair comparison. Some of the space right here originates from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Crew Taxicab's 5.75 feet, but that does not describe the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller sized backseat.

The Dual Taxicab's backseat isn't really half negative either, with practical legroom as well as doors that open onward rather than rearward. They turn practically to a right angle with the side, so entry and also departure is as easy as one can expect. The facility flooring bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a couple of inches high.

The basic front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that suits 3 owners. To accommodate shorter motorists, it's best to gear up the Tundra with a seat-height change and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither comes in the base Regular Taxicab (the standard wheel just tilts). In the larger taxicabs, the SR5 trim degree brings premium towel and also hand-operated driver's height change to the split bench. You'll need the bucket seats-- conventional on the Limited and optional on the SR5-- to obtain power adjustments as well as a steering wheel that both turns and also telescopes. The Limited likewise adds leather upholstery and warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood and cargo box walls make for bad visibility right away around the truck. For convenience of vehicle parking, however, front and back finder alert systems are used (rear-only is more usual), and also the optional navigating system includes a rearview electronic camera that shows the area behind the vehicle on the control panel screen-- a have to for attaching a trailer drawback alone. At some point this year Toyota will certainly give a dealer-installed rearview video camera with a 3.5-inch display as a choice separate from the expensive nav function. Pricing isn't really set for this unusual as well as welcome feature, but it's approximated to be about $600-- means better compared to the navigation/rearview video camera choice's $2,810 sticker price.

Interior Design, Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" surpasses the common tilted center control board: Raised and colored silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from in between the bucket seats, up the center control panel and also leftward to form the whole vehicle driver's side of the dashboard. I locate the idea appealing, yet the faux-metal finish isn't really the very best I have actually seen (some are really good nowadays). In my point of view the dashboard displays the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) and the worst (plastic copying metal) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery stuff is part of just what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior high quality, which is still excellent but isn't pulling away from the much-improved competition.

Like the internal and also outer door takes care of, the handles and also dials are huge, in maintaining with the gloved-workman image. Taking a step beyond, the truck also identifies how the demands as well as devices of artisans have actually changed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Versions with bucket seats have a facility storage console large sufficient for a notebook computer and also fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.

Other storage space stipulations abound. There's a double glove area and so lots of containers, nooks as well as cubbies that it resembles a jacket with way too many pockets; you may fail to remember where you place things. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately not able to discover the switch that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternating world where service providers most likely to conceal when they're supposed to be finishing your kitchen.


The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, however it is well-appointed with basic safety features. Not already mentioned are side-impact air bags for the front seats and side curtains to secure the front and rear seats. The drapes are made to release in case of a rollover to protect occupants and avoid their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags won't deploy when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I didn't drive or discover a Regular Taxi, however measurements as well as pictures reveal a generous storage location behind the seats with incorporated storage boxes. The Double Cab's 60/40-split backseat cushions flip as much as reveal a reasonably minimalist floor. I favor the resulting high vertical space to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which offer a nice plastic-covered work surface but not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

Nowhere is the new design's better dimension more meaningful compared to in the cargo bed, which has actually expanded a few inches in most measurements. It now gauges 66.4 inches in between the wall surfaces and also 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 fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of common building products hanging.

The securing tailgate has an aid strut that makes it possible to raise with 1 or 2 fingers. A reward is that it damps the movement, so eviction likewise reduces gradually under its own weight rather than knocking down onto the assistance wires. Toyota claims the strut also avoids jumping when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan provides a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck with the plastic lay-in kind, believing that owners want the option of removing it down the line and also providing a possible brand-new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

Because of the different cab as well as bed dimensions and engine and also driveline choices, I could invest the rest of the version year wading through payload as well as hauling specs for you, so I'll simply say the model line's payload scores range from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Regular of half-ton trucks, it could haul an entire heap.) The towing maxima range from a healthy 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Regular Taxi when each is geared up with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Plan, which includes the hitch receiver, circuitry, raised back spring prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul shift mode (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be located by clicking on the Standard Equip. & Specs as well as the Available Options switches above left wing.

Tundra in the marketplace

Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace segment international brands have failed to crack-- perhaps the last continuing to be one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit lorries that the American firms offer, which is possibly why Toyota directors have called the brand-new Tundra the most essential version intro in the firm's history. For viewpoint, Ford and also GM sell close to a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota might have sold as many Tundras given that they first went on sale for the 2000 model year. Having marketed more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously forecasting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, thinking about a late launch. Toyota has all but guaranteed a "larger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton version and also perhaps a diesel choice.

The new Tundra has some impressive specifications as well as some functions that I would certainly identify as improvements greater than technologies. I could suggest that Nissan as well as Honda revealed more innovation out of the gate compared to the domestics have, yet that hasn't given them similar sales or street cred. In this most dedicated of vehicle market sectors, reliability and durability could be more vital. As the automobile market continues to globalize, and also as Toyota develops a growing number of of its designs in The United States and Canada utilizing more and more residential parts as well as creating increasingly more American jobs, the concept of getting a Japanese pickup ends up being an increasing number of acceptable among customers. With the noteworthy exemption of the United Auto Employees and union supporters, the practice of getting American simply to purchase American has gradually deteriorated, and also many Americans have actually owned or experienced Toyota vehicles and SUVs.

Toyota doesn't often get it right the first time, or always the second, but it has a background of making generational modifications that ultimately placed its products at or near the top of their car course in sales and/or appeal. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and also the Sienna minivan. It hasn't occurred yet with the Yaris subcompact. It might be occurring right now with the 2007 Tundra.

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