2007 toyota Tundra Limited

2007 Toyota Tundra Limited: After a few almost-there versions, Toyota has actually gone for it with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling into car dealerships today. My overall impact of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, but it is a powerful gamer, which's more than enough to please customers as well as intimidate various other truckmakers. From its high towing capacities as well as optional six-speed transmission to its safety and benefit features and also roomy crew taxicab, the Tundra is a must-drive for any individual in the market for a full-size vehicle.

2007 Toyota Tundra Limited

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra is available in 3 taxicab designs: normal, prolonged and staff, called Routine Taxicab, Dual Cab as well as CrewMax, respectively. The Normal as well as Dual Taxi versions include short or lengthy freight beds measuring 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.

There are 3 trim levels: The Routine Cab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille and also grille frame, as well as black bumpers, side mirrors as well as door and also tailgate deals with. It can be upgraded to an SR5 using a choice bundle that includes-- amongst useful attributes-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra resembles the Tacoma midsize pick-up however with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinctive component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille structure. I'm not sure I like it, however there it is. It stands out a lot more on the body-colored grille border that comes on the Sport Appearance Package, an alternative provided for Normal as well as Double Cabs.

In the Double and CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim degree adds the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome as well as body-colored therapy for the rear along with the front bumper. The Minimal trim degree includes 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 used for towing objectives. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with common fog lights.

The basic wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 as well as alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Stopping
In addition to a V-6 that's basic on the Regular Taxi as well as Dual Taxi, the Tundra offers 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not come with the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet started automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I visualized 3 assembly workers behind each vehicle, pushing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roll grumble noises; and an advertising and marketing director riding shotgun and claiming that the rearview mirrors hadn't been available in yet but would be included soon.

In reality (constantly much less fascinating) there became plenty of the larger blocks, which together with the pickup truck market's first six-speed automatic transmission, are the new Tundra's primary claim to fame. The drivetrain is impressive undoubtedly, driving the Tundra up to freeway speeds much faster than a 4x4 crew taxi has a right to go, complete with a hearty grumble from under the hood. Conversely, when you speed up gradually, having six equipments maintains the engine speed low, as well as the sound together with it. The charitable torque can be found in a broad band, with at least 90 percent of the height torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's dimensions.

The trans also supplies better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Tundras, as well as only regarding a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 versions. It's the less-powerful engine that probably would profit extra from the additional equipment, but the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automated. I located this pairing to be more than adequate in a Tundra Dual Cab 4x2, as well as I'm positive it would suffice with 4WD also. Chevy as well as Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, and also Ford has 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 circulation. In typical driving, the brakes did their work, but the numb pedal really feel left plenty to be wanted. The Silverado has a genuine edge below.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, available only with the V-8, is a basic part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included tricks that make it much more sophisticated. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation involves the front axle, which is removed by default for gas savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), but the conventional four-wheel grip control could likewise transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD low settings.

RWD versions-- and 4x4s in 2WD mode-- also have grip control. It can be shut off or readied to an intermediate placement Toyota calls Auto LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default traction control because it enables some wheelspin. When it, as well, is turned off, the conventional electronic stability system likewise is defeated.

Trip & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Double Cab and also CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case circumstance. There's some shudder in the structure when rolling over bumps, yet this prevails amongst body-on-frame pickups, and it's not excessive right here. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would present even more twist or vibration, yet I drove just the CrewMax and also the Double Taxicab short bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was praised for its ride convenience. Because that time, the competitors has made inroads and Toyota has actually reconstructed the vehicle for larger solution. For whatever factor, there's not a clear distinction. The new Chevy Silverado, specifically, has risen to the difficulty.

Available on the short-bed SR5 and also Limited is a TRD (Toyota Competing Development) Off-Road Plan that has different adjusting thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes and back leaf springs and stronger Bilstein brand name shock absorbers and bushings. It also consists of distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and front tow hooks. I drove this configuration off-road, where it performed well, however I really did not experience it on sidewalk. A person is specific to: The TRD bundle is available on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup steering isn't anything to get delighted about, yet the 44-foot transforming size is an accomplishment on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Taxicab as well as long-bed Regular Taxi. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really nearly U-turns; it determines how greatly you could cut a swing when you're vehicle parking or maneuvering a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Dual Taxicab's circle expands to 49 feet, shedding its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Taxicab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sectors slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so requires the largest rear seat in a pickup, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining as well as the legroom, a limousine would certainly be a fair comparison. A few of the area right here originates from a bed that's a little bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Team Taxicab's 5.75 feet, however that does not clarify the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller rear seat.

The Dual Cab's backseat isn't half poor either, with convenient legroom and also doors that open ahead instead of rearward. They turn almost to an ideal angle with the side, so entrance as well as leave is as simple as one can expect. The center floor hump, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The typical front seat is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that fits 3 owners. To accommodate shorter drivers, it's best to outfit the Tundra with a seat-height modification and a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither comes in the base Routine Taxi (the requirement wheel just turns). In the bigger taxis, the SR5 trim level brings premium fabric as well as hands-on vehicle driver's elevation modification to the split bench. You'll need the pail seats-- conventional on the Limited and optional on the SR5-- to obtain power adjustments and a guiding wheel that both turns and telescopes. The Limited also adds leather furniture and also warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood and freight box wall surfaces create poor visibility immediately around the vehicle. For convenience of parking, however, front as well as back sonar alert systems are provided (rear-only is a lot more usual), and also the optional navigating system consists of a rearview cam that shows the area behind the truck on the control panel screen-- a should for affixing a trailer drawback alone. At some time this year Toyota will certainly provide a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch display as a alternative separate from the pricey nav feature. Pricing isn't set for this unusual as well as welcome attribute, but it's approximated to be approximately $600-- way much better than the navigation/rearview camera alternative's $2,810 retail price.

Interior Design, High Quality.
The "driver-oriented cabin" exceeds the usual tilted facility control panel: Raised and tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from in between the bucket seats, up the center control board and leftward to form the whole vehicle driver's side of the dashboard. I discover the principle fascinating, yet the faux-metal coating isn't really the very best I've seen (some are really decent nowadays). In my viewpoint the dashboard shows the most effective (shiny piano-black lacquer) as well as the most awful (plastic imitating metal) of modern wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery stuff belongs to exactly what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior high quality, which is still good but isn't retreating from the much-improved competition.

Like the inner and external door takes care of, the knobs as well as dials are huge, in maintaining with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step beyond, the truck additionally identifies just how the demands as well as tools of craftsmen have changed-- that the notion of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and also tin-knockers is a distant memory: Designs with container seats have a facility storage console huge enough for a laptop and fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.

Other storage space arrangements abound. There's a dual handwear cover area therefore several bins, nooks and cubbies that it's like a coat with a lot of pockets; you could neglect where you put points. I did. In my search, I was sadly unable to find the button that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternating world where service providers go to conceal when they're expected to be finishing your cooking area.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, yet it is well-equipped with conventional safety and security attributes. Not currently stated are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side drapes to safeguard the front as well as rear seats. The curtains are designed to release in the event of a rollover to shield passengers and stop their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags won't release when off-roading.

Freight & Towing

I didn't drive or check out a Normal Taxicab, yet measurements and also photos reveal a generous storage space area behind the seats with incorporated storage space boxes. The Dual Cab's 60/40-split backseat paddings turn approximately reveal a fairly minimalist floor. I like the resulting high vertical area to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which give a great plastic-covered job surface but not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.

No place is the brand-new version's higher size a lot more purposeful compared to in the freight bed, which has actually grown a couple of inches in the majority of dimensions. It now determines 66.4 inches between the walls and 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A lowered tailgate expands the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so even the fastest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of standard structure products hanging.

The securing tailgate has a help strut that makes it possible to lift with 1 or 2 fingers. A bonus offer is that it damps the motion, so the gate additionally decreases slowly under its own weight rather than knocking down into the support cables. Toyota claims the strut likewise prevents bouncing when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan supplies a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck to the plastic lay-in kind, believing that owners desire the choice of removing it down the line as well as giving a potential new owner with an unmarred bed.

As a result of the various cab and bed dimensions as well as engine and also driveline options, I could invest the rest of the design year learning haul and also lugging specifications for you, so I'll simply state the model line's haul scores range from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Regular of half-ton trucks, it could transport a whole heap.) The towing maxima range from a healthy and balanced 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Routine Cab when each is outfitted with the 5.7-liter V-8 and optional Towing Package, that includes the hitch receiver, circuitry, increased back spring rates, a transmission-fluid colder and also a tow/haul shift setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be found by clicking the Requirement Equip. & Specifications and also the Available Options buttons over on the left.

Tundra on the market

Full-size pickups are the marketplace segment foreign brands have actually cannot break-- probably the last continuing to be one. These are the highest-volume and highest-profit cars that the American firms offer, which is most likely why Toyota execs have called the brand-new Tundra one of the most important design introduction in the firm's background. For viewpoint, Ford and GM market near to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota might have sold as lots of Tundras given that they initially went on sale for the 2000 model year. Having sold greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously projecting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, taking into account a late launch. Toyota has all but guaranteed a "larger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton variation as well as possibly a diesel alternative.

The new Tundra has some impressive specifications as well as some features that I 'd define as developments greater than technologies. I can suggest that Nissan and Honda revealed even more development out of eviction than the domestics have, however that hasn't already given them comparable sales or road cred. In this most devoted of vehicle market sectors, integrity and longevity may be more important. As the automobile sector continues to globalize, and as Toyota constructs increasingly more of its designs in The United States and Canada utilizing a growing number of residential parts and also developing more and more American work, the idea of getting a Japanese pickup becomes a growing number of acceptable amongst customers. With the remarkable exemption of the United Automobile Workers and also union fans, the practice of getting American just to purchase American has actually gradually worn down, and numerous Americans have possessed or experienced Toyota cars as well as SUVs.

Toyota does not typically get it right the very first time, or always the 2nd, but it has a history of making generational adjustments that at some point placed its products at or near the top of their car course in sales and/or appeal. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla as well as the Sienna minivan. It hasn't occurred yet with the Yaris subcompact. It could be taking place right now with the 2007 Tundra.