07 toyota Tundra

07 Toyota Tundra: After a couple of almost-there designs, Toyota has actually gone for it with a half-ton pickup: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into car dealerships today. My general impact of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, however it is an awesome player, and that's ample to please customers as well as threaten various other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities as well as optional six-speed transmission to its security as well as convenience attributes and also roomy staff taxi, the Tundra is a must-drive for any person out there for a full-size truck.

07 Toyota Tundra

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra comes in 3 taxicab styles: routine, extended as well as crew, named Routine Taxicab, Dual Cab and CrewMax, specifically. The Normal and Double Cab versions come with short or lengthy freight beds determining 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in size.

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

The Tundra looks 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 framework. I'm not sure I like it, however there it is. It sticks out a lot more on the body-colored grille surround that begins the Sport Look Plan, a choice offered for Regular as well as Dual Taxicabs.

In the Double and also CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim degree includes the chrome grille framework, and also the chrome and also body-colored treatment for the rear as well as the front bumper. The Restricted trim level includes chrome to the grille's three bars, the door handles and the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors offered for pulling functions. The Limited's front bumper is totally body-colored, and it's the only trim level with conventional 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
In addition to a V-6 that's basic on the Regular Cab and Double Cab, the Tundra offers 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not come with the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet begun automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I visualized 3 assembly workers behind each truck, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble roll audios; and an advertising and marketing director riding shotgun and asserting that the rearview mirrors had not come in yet however would certainly be included soon.

In truth (constantly less interesting) there turned out to be a lot of the bigger blocks, which along with the pickup market's first six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain is impressive certainly, driving the Tundra approximately highway rates much faster than a 4x4 staff taxicab has a right to go, finish with a passionate roar from under the hood. On the other hand, when you speed up slowly, having 6 gears maintains the engine speed low, as well as the noise along with it. The charitable torque can be found in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the optimal torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.

The trans additionally delivers far better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automated in 4x2 Expanses, as well as just concerning a fifty percent an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would profit much more from the additional equipment, yet the 4.7-liter goes to least partnered with a five-speed automated. I found this pairing to be greater than adequate in a Tundra Double Taxi 4x2, and I'm positive it would certainly be adequate with 4WD also. Chevy and also Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, as well as Ford has actually assured a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake help and also electronic brake-force distribution. In normal driving, the brakes did their job, however the numb pedal really feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has a real edge right here.


The optional 4WD, offered just with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included techniques that make it more advanced. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer instance involves the front axle, which is separated by default for fuel savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), yet the conventional four-wheel grip control could likewise transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and 4WD reduced settings.

RWD designs-- and also 4x4s in 2WD mode-- likewise have traction control. It can be switched off or set to an intermediate setting Toyota calls Car LSD, which is simply an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default traction control because it enables some wheelspin. When it, also, is switched off, the typical digital security system also is beat.

Ride & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Dual Taxicab and CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the structure when surrendering bumps, but this prevails among body-on-frame pickups, as well as it's not excessive here. It's feasible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly introduce even more spin or vibration, but I drove only the CrewMax and the Double Taxicab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was applauded for its trip convenience. Since that time, the competitors has made inroads as well as Toyota has reconstructed the vehicle for much heavier solution. For whatever factor, there's no more a clear difference. The new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has actually risen to the obstacle.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and also Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Competing Growth) Off-Road Package that has various adjusting thanks to stiffer front coil springs and also back fallen leave springtimes and stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It additionally consists of distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and also front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it executed well, yet I really did not experience it on pavement. Someone is certain to: The TRD plan is available on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup guiding isn't really anything to get thrilled around, yet the 44-foot transforming size is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Taxicab as well as long-bed Routine Taxicab. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't just about U-turns; it dictates how sharply you could cut a swing when you're car park or navigating a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Dual Cab's circle grows to 49 feet, losing its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Taxicab transforms a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back and recline. Doing so calls for the biggest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limousine would be a reasonable comparison. Several of the space below comes from a bed that's a bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Taxicab's 5.75 feet, but that doesn't discuss the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and also a smaller sized rear seat.

The Dual Taxicab's rear seat isn't half negative either, with convenient legroom as well as doors that open up onward instead of rearward. They turn nearly to a right angle with the side, so entrance as well as exit is as simple as one can anticipate. The center floor hump, as in the CrewMax, is just a few inches high.

The basic front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that fits 3 owners. To accommodate much shorter chauffeurs, it's best to gear up the Tundra with a seat-height adjustment as well as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither is available in the base Regular Taxi (the requirement wheel just turns). In the larger cabs, the SR5 trim level brings premium towel as well as hand-operated motorist's height adjustment to the split bench. You'll require the bucket seats-- conventional on the Restricted and also optional on the SR5-- to obtain power modifications as well as a steering wheel that both tilts and telescopes. The Limited also adds leather upholstery and warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood and cargo box walls make for bad exposure promptly around the truck. For simplicity of car park, though, front and also back sonar alert systems are supplied (rear-only is extra common), as well as the optional navigating system includes a rearview electronic camera that reveals the location behind the vehicle on the dashboard screen-- a must for connecting a trailer drawback unassisted. Sometime this year Toyota will certainly give a dealer-installed rearview video camera with a 3.5-inch display as a stand-alone alternative different from the costly nav attribute. Prices isn't really set for this unusual and also welcome feature, yet it's approximated to be roughly $600-- way far better compared to the navigation/rearview electronic camera alternative's $2,810 sale price.

Interior Decoration, High Quality

The "driver-oriented cockpit" exceeds the normal angled facility control board: Increased as well as colored silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from in between the pail seats, up the center control panel and also leftward to form the entire vehicle driver's side of the dashboard. I find the concept appealing, however the faux-metal finish isn't really the very best I have actually seen (some are in fact good nowadays). In my opinion the control panel displays the most effective (shiny piano-black lacquer) and the most awful (plastic mimicing steel) of modern wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery stuff is part of what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior high quality, which is still great however isn't pulling away from the much-improved competition.

Like the inner as well as external door deals with, the handles and also dials are huge, in keeping with the gloved-workman image. Taking an action past, the vehicle also identifies exactly how the needs and tools of craftsmen have changed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Models with pail seats have a center storage console large enough for a notebook computer and fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.

Other storage provisions are plentiful. There's a dual handwear cover compartment therefore several bins, nooks and cubbies that it resembles a jacket with a lot of pockets; you might forget where you put things. I did. In my search, I was regrettably unable to locate the switch that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternative world where specialists most likely to hide when they're intended to be completing your kitchen area.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, yet it is well-equipped with standard safety and security features. Not already stated are side-impact airbags for the pole positions as well as side curtains to protect the front as well as rear seats. The drapes are created to deploy in the event of a rollover to secure owners as well as avoid their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags won't release when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I didn't drive or discover a Normal Cab, but dimensions as well as pictures reveal a generous storage space area behind the seats with incorporated storage space boxes. The Double Cab's 60/40-split backseat cushions flip as much as disclose a relatively uncluttered flooring. I choose the resulting high vertical space to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which give a good plastic-covered job surface area however not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.

Nowhere is the brand-new version's better dimension more purposeful compared to in the freight bed, which has grown a few inches in many measurements. It currently measures 66.4 inches between the walls as well as 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A lowered tailgate extends the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the quickest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of basic building materials hanging.

The securing tailgate has an assist strut that makes it possible to raise with a couple of fingers. An incentive is that it damps the motion, so the gate also reduces gradually under its very own weight rather than slamming down onto the support cables. Toyota states the strut also stops jumping when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan supplies a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck with the plastic lay-in kind, believing that proprietors want the alternative of removing it down the line as well as supplying a potential new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

As a result of the different taxicab as well as bed dimensions and engine and driveline choices, I could invest the remainder of the model year learning haul and hauling specifications for you, so I'll simply say the model line's haul ratings range from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Common of half-ton vehicles, it could transport a whole heap.) The towing optimums range from a healthy 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Routine Cab when each is equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 and optional Towing Bundle, that includes the drawback receiver, wiring, raised rear spring prices, a transmission-fluid cooler as well as a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be located by clicking on the Criterion Equip. & Specs and the Available Options buttons above left wing.

Tundra out there

Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace segment international brand names have actually cannot fracture-- probably the last remaining one. These are the highest-volume and highest-profit automobiles that the American business sell, which is possibly why Toyota officers have called the brand-new Tundra one of the most important version introduction in the firm's history. For point of view, Ford and also GM sell close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota might have offered as numerous Tundras since they first took place sale for the 2000 design year. Having marketed greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously projecting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, thinking about a late launch. Toyota has just about assured a "larger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton variation and potentially a diesel option.

The new Tundra has some remarkable specs and also some functions that I would certainly define as improvements greater than innovations. I might argue that Nissan and also Honda revealed even more development out of eviction than the domestics have, however that hasn't provided equivalent sales or street cred. In this most dedicated of automobile market segments, trustworthiness as well as durability could be more important. As the automotive industry remains to globalize, and also as Toyota builds an increasing number of of its versions in North America utilizing a growing number of domestic parts and producing increasingly more American jobs, the suggestion of acquiring a Japanese pickup becomes an increasing number of appropriate amongst purchasers. With the noteworthy exemption of the United Vehicle Workers as well as union supporters, the technique of getting American just to buy American has slowly deteriorated, as well as numerous Americans have owned or experienced Toyota automobiles and SUVs.

Toyota does not typically get it right the first time, or always the second, yet it has a history of making generational modifications that eventually put its products at or near the top of their car class 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 could be occurring right now with the 2007 Tundra.