2007 toyota Tundra

2007 Toyota Tundra: After a number of almost-there versions, Toyota has actually gone for it with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into dealerships today. My overall perception of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, however it is a powerful player, and that's more than enough to please buyers and also threaten other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities and optional six-speed transmission to its security and ease functions and also spacious staff taxicab, the Tundra is a must-drive for anyone in the market for a full-size truck.

2007 Toyota Tundra

Outside & Designing

The Tundra is available in three cab styles: routine, prolonged and also crew, called Regular Taxi, Dual Cab and CrewMax, respectively. The Regular as well as Double Cab variations come with brief or long freight beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.

There are 3 trim levels: The Regular Cab DX is a stripped-down job truck with a black grille and grille frame, as well as black bumpers, side mirrors as well as door as well as tailgate manages. It can be upgraded to an SR5 using an alternative plan that adds-- among practical 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 distinctive element is a black strip that extends the crest of the grille framework. I'm not sure I like it, yet there it is. It attracts attention a lot more on the body-colored grille border that comes on the Sporting activity Look Package, an alternative used for Regular as well as Dual Cabs.

In the Dual and CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim level includes the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome and also body-colored treatment for the back in addition to the front bumper. The Minimal trim level adds chrome to the grille's three bars, the door handles and the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors used for lugging functions. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with standard haze lights.

The standard 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 conventional on the Normal Taxicab and also Dual Cab, the Tundra provides 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't included the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet started automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I visualized three setting up employees behind each truck, pressing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble roar noises; and also a marketing exec riding shotgun as well as asserting that the rearview mirrors had not can be found in yet however would be added quickly.

In truth (always less intriguing) there turned out to be lots of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup market's very first six-speed automatic transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's main claim to fame. The drivetrain is impressive certainly, driving the Tundra approximately highway rates much faster compared to a 4x4 staff taxi has a right to go, complete with a hearty grumble from under the hood. On the other hand, when you accelerate gradually, having six equipments maintains the engine rate reduced, and the sound in addition to it. The generous torque can be found in a broad band, with at least 90 percent of the optimal torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's dimensions.

The trans additionally supplies far better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter and also its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, and just regarding a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would profit a lot more from the additional gear, but the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be greater than appropriate in an Expanse Double Taxicab 4x2, and I'm positive it would be adequate with 4WD also. Chevy and Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, as well as Ford has actually guaranteed a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake aid as well as digital brake-force circulation. In regular driving, the brakes did their task, but the numb pedal really feel left plenty to be preferred. The Silverado has a real side below.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, offered just with the V-8, is a simple part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added methods that make it a lot more innovative. 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 conventional four-wheel traction control could also transfer power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high as well as 4WD reduced settings.

RWD designs-- and also 4x4s in 2WD mode-- additionally have traction control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate setting Toyota calls Car LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control in that it permits some wheelspin. When it, also, is turned off, the common digital stability system likewise is beat.

Flight & Handling

The new Tundra Dual Taxi and CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the structure when rolling over bumps, yet this prevails amongst body-on-frame pickups, and it's not excessive here. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would present even more twist or resonance, but I drove just the CrewMax and also the Double Taxicab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was commended for its flight convenience. Since that time, the competitors has actually made inroads as well as Toyota has reconstructed the truck for larger solution. For whatever factor, there's no longer a clear difference. The new Chevy Silverado, specifically, has risen to the obstacle.

Readily available on the short-bed SR5 and Limited is a TRD (Toyota Competing Growth) Off-Road Package that has different tuning courtesy of stiffer front coil springs as well as back fallen leave springtimes and also firmer Bilstein brand name shock absorbers as well as bushings. It additionally includes unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and also front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it performed well, but I really did not experience it on sidewalk. A person is particular to: The TRD package is readily available on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup steering isn't anything to get excited about, however the 44-foot turning size is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Cab and also long-bed Routine Taxicab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't practically U-turns; it dictates how dramatically you can cut a swing when you're car park or navigating a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Double Cab'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 Regular Cab transforms a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

One more of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sectors slide forward and back and recline. Doing so calls for the biggest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining as well as the legroom, a limousine would be a reasonable comparison. Some of the room below originates from a bed that's a bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Crew Cab's 5.75 feet, yet that does not explain the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and also a smaller rear seat.

The Double Cab's backseat isn't half negative either, with workable legroom and also doors that open up forward instead of rearward. They swing practically to a best angle with the side, so entrance as well as exit is as easy as one could anticipate. The center floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a few inches high.

The basic front seat is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that suits 3 residents. To accommodate much shorter vehicle drivers, it's best to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height change and also a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither can be found in the base Routine Taxicab (the criterion wheel just turns). In the larger taxis, the SR5 trim level brings costs fabric and hands-on driver's height adjustment to the split bench. You'll require the container seats-- common on the Limited and also optional on the SR5-- to get power changes and also a steering wheel that both tilts and also telescopes. The Limited additionally includes natural leather upholstery and heated seats.

The Tundra's high hood and also cargo box walls produce inadequate visibility immediately around the truck. For ease of parking, however, front and rear finder alert systems are used (rear-only is more usual), as well as the optional navigation system consists of a rearview cam that shows the location behind the truck on the control panel display screen-- a should for affixing a trailer drawback unassisted. At some point this year Toyota will provide a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch display as a stand-alone option different from the expensive nav attribute. Pricing isn't established for this uncommon and also welcome feature, yet it's approximated to be about $600-- means far better than the navigation/rearview electronic camera alternative's $2,810 retail price.

Interior Design, High Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" exceeds the common angled center control panel: Elevated as well as tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from in between the bucket seats, up the facility control board and leftward to form the entire driver's side of the dashboard. I locate the concept appealing, however the faux-metal finish isn't the best I've seen (some are in fact good nowadays). In my opinion the control panel exhibits the best (glossy piano-black lacquer) and also the worst (plastic mimicing steel) of contemporary wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery stuff belongs to what has actually stalled Toyota's well-regarded interior quality, which is still great yet isn't pulling away from the much-improved competitors.

Like the internal and also outer door manages, the knobs as well as dials are big, in maintaining with the gloved-workman photo. Taking an action past, the truck additionally identifies just how the demands as well as tools of artisans have altered-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Models with container seats have a center storage console large sufficient for a laptop computer and also fitted with rails to support hanging file folders.

Other storage stipulations abound. There's a double handwear cover area therefore many bins, nooks as well as cubbies that it resembles a coat with way too many pockets; you may forget where you place things. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately unable to locate the button that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternate universe where professionals go to hide when they're supposed to be finishing your kitchen area.


The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, however it is well-appointed with standard safety functions. Not already stated are side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side drapes to safeguard the front and also rear seats. The drapes are developed to release in case of a rollover to shield owners and also prevent their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags will not release when off-roading.

Freight & Towing

I really did not drive or discover a Regular Cab, however measurements as well as pictures show a charitable storage location behind the seats with incorporated storage boxes. The Dual Taxicab's 60/40-split rear seat cushions flip as much as expose a reasonably uncluttered floor. I favor the resulting high upright room to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which give a nice plastic-covered work surface area however not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

No place is the new model's higher size much more significant compared to in the cargo bed, which has expanded a few inches in the majority of measurements. It now measures 66.4 inches between the wall surfaces and also 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A reduced tailgate prolongs the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so also the fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of standard structure products hanging.

The securing tailgate has an aid strut that makes it possible to raise with a couple of fingers. A reward is that it damps the motion, so eviction also decreases slowly under its own weight rather than knocking down onto the assistance cables. Toyota says the strut also protects against bouncing when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan provides a factory spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck to the plastic lay-in type, thinking that owners desire the choice of removing it down the line as well as supplying a potential brand-new owner with an unmarred bed.

Because of the different taxi as well as bed dimensions as well as engine and driveline selections, I can spend the remainder of the version year learning payload and also lugging specifications for you, so I'll just claim the model line's haul scores vary from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Regular of half-ton vehicles, it could haul an entire lot.) 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 Taxi when each is equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 and optional Towing Plan, that includes the hitch receiver, circuitry, raised back springtime prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking the Requirement Equip. & Specs and the Available Options switches above left wing.

Tundra out there

Full-size pickups are the market sector international brand names have actually failed to break-- probably the last remaining one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit vehicles that the American companies market, which is possibly why Toyota officers have called the new Tundra one of the most crucial design intro in the business's background. For viewpoint, Ford and also GM market close to a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota might have offered as several Tundras given that they first took place sale for the 2000 version year. Having offered greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously forecasting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, considering a late launch. Toyota has almost promised a "larger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton variation as well as possibly a diesel choice.

The new Tundra has some impressive specifications and some attributes that I 'd identify as advancements greater than developments. I might suggest that Nissan as well as Honda showed even more development out of eviction than the domestics have, yet that hasn't provided comparable sales or street cred. In this most faithful of lorry market segments, credibility as well as long life might be more crucial. As the vehicle market continuouslies globalize, and as Toyota constructs a growing number of of its versions in The United States and Canada making use of increasingly more domestic parts and also creating increasingly more American tasks, the idea of getting a Japanese pick-up becomes increasingly more appropriate amongst buyers. With the noteworthy exception of the United Automobile Employees and also union fans, the technique of purchasing American simply to purchase American has actually slowly deteriorated, and lots of Americans have owned or experienced Toyota automobiles as well as SUVs.

Toyota does not often get it right the very first time, or necessarily the second, however it has a history of making generational modifications that eventually placed its products at or near the top of their lorry course in sales and/or allure. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla as well as the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already took place yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be occurring today with the 2007 Tundra.