2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max

2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max: After a couple of almost-there designs, Toyota has actually gone for it with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into dealerships right now. My overall impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, however it is a formidable player, and that's sufficient to satisfy buyers and threaten various other truckmakers. From its high towing capacities and optional six-speed transmission to its security as well as convenience features as well as spacious crew taxi, the Tundra is a must-drive for anyone in the market for a full-size truck.

2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra can be found in three taxicab designs: normal, extended and staff, named Normal Taxi, Dual Taxi and also CrewMax, specifically. The Routine and also Dual Cab variations come with brief or lengthy cargo beds determining 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in length.

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

The Tundra resembles the Tacoma midsize pickup but with a taller, domed hood. Its most unique component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille framework. I'm not exactly sure I like it, however there it is. It sticks out more on the body-colored grille border that begins the Sporting activity Look Bundle, an alternative supplied for Regular and Dual Taxicabs.

In the Dual as well as CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim level includes the chrome grille frame, and the chrome and body-colored treatment for the rear in addition to the front bumper. The Limited trim level adds chrome to the grille's three crossbars, the door deals with as well as the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors supplied for towing objectives. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with typical haze lights.

The standard wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Ending
In addition to a V-6 that's standard on the Normal Taxi and also Dual Cab, the Tundra uses 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not featured the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I visualized three assembly employees behind each truck, pushing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble roll noises; as well as an advertising director riding shotgun and claiming that the rearview mirrors hadn't been available in yet but would be added quickly.

Actually (always much less interesting) there became a lot of the bigger blocks, which together with the pickup market's very first six-speed automatic transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain is impressive without a doubt, moving the Tundra as much as freeway speeds faster compared to a 4x4 crew taxi has a right to go, complete with a passionate rumble from under the hood. Conversely, when you increase gradually, having six gears keeps the engine speed reduced, as well as the sound in addition to it. The generous torque is available in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the peak torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's measurements.

The trans also provides far better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, and also only about a fifty percent an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that most likely would profit more from the additional equipment, but the 4.7-liter goes to the very least partnered with a five-speed automated. I discovered this pairing to be more than sufficient in a Tundra Double Taxicab 4x2, and also I'm certain it would certainly suffice with 4WD too. Chevy and also Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, and Ford has promised a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL MUSCLE, brake help and digital brake-force distribution. In typical driving, the brakes did their job, yet the numb pedal really feel left plenty to be preferred. The Silverado has a real edge here.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, available only with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added tricks that make it more sophisticated. At the twist of a dial, the dual-range transfer case engages the front axle, which is separated by default for gas financial savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the basic four-wheel grip control could additionally transfer power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and 4WD low modes.

RWD designs-- and 4x4s in 2WD mode-- likewise have traction control. It can be turned off or set to an intermediate position Toyota calls Car LSD, which is just an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default traction control in that it allows some wheelspin. When it, too, is turned off, the standard electronic stability system likewise is defeated.

Trip & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Dual Cab as well as CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the framework when surrendering bumps, but this is common amongst body-on-frame pickups, and also it's not excessive right here. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly introduce more twist or resonance, but I drove just the CrewMax and the Double Taxi brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was praised for its trip convenience. Because that time, the competition has made invasions and also Toyota has restored the truck for much heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's no more a clear distinction. The new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has risen to the challenge.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and Minimal is a TRD (Toyota Competing Advancement) Off-Road Bundle that has different tuning courtesy of stiffer front coil springs as well as rear fallen leave springs as well as stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers and also bushings. It also includes unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it executed well, yet I didn't experience it on sidewalk. Somebody is particular to: The TRD bundle is readily available on rear-drive vehicles.

Pickup truck guiding isn't anything to obtain thrilled about, but the 44-foot transforming diameter is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab and also long-bed Regular Taxi. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't practically U-turns; it dictates just how sharply you can cut a swing when you're vehicle parking or steering a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Double Cab's circle grows to 49 feet, shedding its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Taxicab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

Another of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split segments slide forward and back as well as recline. Doing so needs the biggest rear seat in a pick-up, which the Tundra provides. With the reclining and the legroom, a limo would be a fair contrast. Some of the room right here originates from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Cab's 5.75 feet, however that does not discuss the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller rear seat.

The Double Taxicab's rear seat isn't half poor either, with practical legroom as well as doors that open up onward as opposed to rearward. They swing nearly to an ideal angle with the side, so entrance and exit is as straightforward as one could anticipate. The facility floor hump, as in the CrewMax, is just a couple of inches high.

The standard front seat is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that suits 3 owners. To fit shorter motorists, it's best to equip the Tundra with a seat-height change as well as a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither is available in the base Routine Taxi (the standard wheel just turns). In the larger taxicabs, the SR5 trim level brings premium cloth and also hand-operated motorist's height adjustment to the split bench. You'll need the pail seats-- standard on the Restricted and also optional on the SR5-- to obtain power adjustments as well as a guiding wheel that both turns and telescopes. The Limited also includes natural leather furniture and heated seats.

The Tundra's high hood and cargo box wall surfaces make for poor exposure instantly around the vehicle. For convenience of car parking, though, front and also back finder sharp systems are supplied (rear-only is much more common), as well as the optional navigation system includes a rearview camera that reveals the area behind the truck on the dashboard display-- a need to for connecting a trailer hitch unassisted. Sometime this year Toyota will certainly supply a dealer-installed rearview video camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a option different from the expensive nav attribute. Pricing isn't really set for this uncommon and welcome attribute, yet it's approximated to be approximately $600-- means better than the navigation/rearview video camera choice's $2,810 sticker price.

Interior Decoration, High Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" surpasses the normal angled facility control board: Increased and also colored silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from in between the pail seats, up the center control panel and leftward to develop the entire motorist's side of the control panel. I locate the principle appealing, however the faux-metal finish isn't the most effective I've seen (some are in fact decent nowadays). In my opinion the control panel shows the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) as well as the most awful (plastic copying metal) of modern wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things belongs to exactly what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior top quality, which is still great however isn't pulling away from the much-improved competitors.

Like the internal and also external door manages, the knobs and also dials are large, in keeping with the gloved-workman picture. Taking an action past, the truck also identifies exactly how the requirements as well as devices of artisans have altered-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Designs with bucket seats have a center storage space console big enough for a laptop and fitted with rails to support hanging file folders.

Various other storage arrangements abound. There's a dual handwear cover area therefore many containers, spaces and cubbies that it's like a jacket with too many pockets; you could neglect where you place points. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately unable to locate the button that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternating universe where specialists most likely to hide when they're expected to be finishing your cooking area.


The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, however it is well-equipped with conventional security attributes. Not already mentioned are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side curtains to safeguard the front and back seats. The curtains are made to release in the event of a rollover to secure occupants as well as avoid their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags won't release when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I didn't drive or discover a Normal Taxicab, yet measurements and photos show a charitable storage space area behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Double Taxicab's 60/40-split backseat pillows turn approximately expose a fairly minimalist floor. I prefer the resulting high upright room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which provide a nice plastic-covered work surface area yet not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

No place is the brand-new model's greater dimension a lot more meaningful than in the freight bed, which has actually grown a couple of inches in many dimensions. It currently measures 66.4 inches in between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A reduced tailgate prolongs the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so even the quickest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of conventional structure products hanging.

The locking tailgate has an aid strut that makes it possible to raise with one or two fingers. A benefit is that it damps the motion, so the gate likewise decreases gradually under its own weight instead of knocking down onto the assistance cords. Toyota says the strut additionally avoids jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan provides a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck to the plastic lay-in kind, believing that proprietors want the alternative of removing it down the line and offering a possible brand-new owner with an unmarred bed.

As a result of the different taxi as well as bed sizes and also engine and driveline choices, I could invest the remainder of the design year wading through payload and also hauling specifications for you, so I'll just state the version line's haul scores vary from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton vehicles, it could carry an entire ton.) The pulling optimums range from a healthy 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Regular Taxicab when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Package, which includes the hitch receiver, electrical wiring, raised rear springtime prices, a transmission-fluid colder and also a tow/haul shift setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking on the Requirement Equip. & Specs as well as the Available Options buttons over on the left.

Tundra on the market

Full-size pickups are the marketplace segment foreign brand names have failed to crack-- probably the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit lorries that the American business offer, which is most likely why Toyota directors have actually called the new Tundra one of the most essential model intro in the company's background. For perspective, Ford as well as GM offer close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota may have marketed as numerous Tundras considering that they initially went on sale for the 2000 model year. Having sold greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively predicting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, taking into consideration a late launch. Toyota has just about guaranteed a "bigger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton variation and perhaps a diesel option.

The new Tundra has some outstanding specifications as well as some attributes that I would certainly identify as improvements greater than innovations. I might say that Nissan and also Honda revealed even more innovation out of eviction compared to the domestics have, yet that hasn't given them similar sales or street cred. In this most faithful of vehicle market sections, credibility and also longevity might be more crucial. As the automotive market continues to globalize, and also as Toyota constructs more and more of its designs in North America using increasingly more residential components and developing a growing number of American jobs, the suggestion of getting a Japanese pick-up ends up being more and more appropriate amongst customers. With the notable exception of the United Automobile Employees and also union supporters, the practice of buying American just to purchase American has actually slowly deteriorated, and also several Americans have owned or experienced Toyota cars and trucks and also SUVs.

Toyota doesn't usually get it right the very first time, or always the 2nd, but it has a history of making generational modifications that eventually put its items at or near the top of their car course in sales and/or charm. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla as well as the Sienna minivan. It hasn't happened yet with the Yaris subcompact. It could be happening right now with the 2007 Tundra.

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