2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max

2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max: After a few almost-there designs, Toyota has gone all out with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into car dealerships right now. My total impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, but it is a powerful player, and that's sufficient to satisfy purchasers as well as intimidate other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities and optional six-speed transmission to its security and ease features as well as roomy team taxicab, the Tundra is a must-drive for any individual out there for a full-size truck.

2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max

Exterior & Designing

The Tundra comes in three cab styles: normal, prolonged as well as staff, called Routine Taxicab, Dual Cab and CrewMax, respectively. The Routine as well as Dual Taxicab variations have brief or lengthy cargo beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in length.

There are 3 trim levels: The Regular Cab DX is a stripped-down job truck with a black grille as well as grille framework, and also black bumpers, side mirrors and also door and tailgate takes care of. It can be upgraded to an SR5 by means of an alternative package that includes-- among 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 aspect 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 extra on the body-colored grille surround that begins the Sport Look Bundle, an alternative used for Routine as well as Dual Taxicabs.

In the Dual and CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim degree adds the chrome grille frame, and the chrome and also body-colored treatment for the rear along with the front bumper. The Restricted trim level adds chrome to the grille's 3 bars, the door takes care of and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors offered for hauling objectives. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with standard fog lights.

The conventional wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Ending
Together with a V-6 that's common on the Regular Taxi and Dual Taxicab, the Tundra supplies 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't included the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I envisioned three setting up employees behind each vehicle, pushing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, rumble grumble sounds; and also a marketing director riding shotgun and also claiming that the rearview mirrors had not come in yet however would certainly be included quickly.

In truth (constantly much less fascinating) there ended up being plenty of the bigger blocks, which along with the pickup market's first six-speed transmission, are the new Tundra's primary claim to fame. The drivetrain is impressive undoubtedly, propelling the Tundra up to freeway rates much faster compared to a 4x4 staff taxi has a right to go, complete with a hearty rumble from under the hood. On the other hand, when you increase slowly, having 6 equipments keeps the engine rate reduced, as well as the sound along with it. The charitable torque can be found in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the optimal torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's measurements.

The trans additionally provides much better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, and just about a fifty percent an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would profit more from the additional gear, 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 Cab 4x2, as well as I'm confident it would certainly 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 ABS, brake assist as well as digital 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 an actual side right here.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, readily available only with the V-8, is a basic part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added tricks that make it much more advanced. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer case involves the front axle, which is separated by default for fuel cost savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the standard four-wheel traction control could additionally move power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and 4WD low settings.

RWD models-- and 4x4s in 2WD mode-- likewise have traction control. It can be shut off or readied to an intermediate placement Toyota calls Vehicle LSD, which is simply an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default traction control in that it allows some wheelspin. When it, too, is switched off, the standard digital stability system additionally is defeated.

Flight & Handling

The new Tundra Double Taxi and CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the framework when surrendering bumps, however this prevails among body-on-frame pickups, and also it's not excessive below. It's feasible that the long-bed version's longer wheelbase would certainly introduce even more twist or vibration, but I drove only the CrewMax as well as the Double Taxicab short bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was applauded for its ride convenience. Since that time, the competitors has actually made inroads and Toyota has actually reconstructed the vehicle for heavier solution. For whatever reason, there's no longer a clear distinction. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has actually risen to the obstacle.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Competing Advancement) Off-Road Package that has various adjusting courtesy of stiffer front coil springtimes and rear fallen leave springtimes and firmer Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It additionally includes distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it executed well, however I really did not experience it on sidewalk. Someone is certain to: The TRD package is readily available on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup guiding isn't really anything to get thrilled about, yet the 44-foot transforming size is an accomplishment on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab and also long-bed Routine Cab. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't just about U-turns; it determines just how sharply you can cut a swing when you're car park or maneuvering a trailer drawback. With a lengthy bed, the Dual Cab's circle expands to 49 feet, losing its advantage. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Taxi transforms a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab backseat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so calls for the biggest rear seat in a pick-up, which the Tundra supplies. With the reclining as well as the legroom, a limousine would be a fair contrast. A few of the space right here originates from a bed that's a little bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Cab's 5.75 feet, yet that does not describe the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller backseat.

The Dual Cab's backseat isn't really half negative either, with convenient legroom and also doors that open up onward as opposed to rearward. They turn virtually to an appropriate angle with the side, so entrance as well as exit is as easy as one can expect. The center flooring hump, as in the CrewMax, is just a few inches high.

The standard front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that fits three residents. To fit much shorter drivers, it's finest to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height modification and also a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither comes in the base Routine Cab (the criterion wheel only turns). In the bigger taxicabs, the SR5 trim level brings costs fabric and hand-operated vehicle driver's height change to the split bench. You'll need the bucket seats-- typical on the Limited and also optional on the SR5-- to get power changes and a steering wheel that both tilts and also telescopes. The Limited additionally adds natural leather upholstery and also heated seats.

The Tundra's high hood and also cargo box walls create inadequate visibility right away around the vehicle. For simplicity of parking, though, front and back sonar sharp systems are offered (rear-only is more typical), as well as the optional navigation system includes a rearview electronic camera that reveals the area behind the vehicle on the dashboard display screen-- a need to for connecting a trailer hitch unassisted. At some time this year Toyota will give a dealer-installed rearview electronic camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a option separate from the pricey nav attribute. Prices isn't set for this unusual and welcome attribute, however it's approximated to be approximately $600-- way better than the navigation/rearview electronic camera alternative's $2,810 sale price.

Interior Design, High Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" exceeds the usual tilted facility control board: Raised as well as colored silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from between the pail seats, up the center control board and leftward to develop the entire chauffeur's side of the control panel. I find the idea intriguing, but the faux-metal coating isn't the most effective I have actually seen (some are really respectable nowadays). In my opinion the dashboard exhibits the best (glossy piano-black lacquer) and also the worst (plastic mimicing metal) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery stuff becomes part of exactly what has stalled Toyota's well-regarded indoor quality, which is still good however isn't retreating from the much-improved competition.

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

Various other storage provisions abound. There's a dual glove area and so numerous containers, nooks and also cubbies that it resembles a jacket with way too many pockets; you could forget where you place points. I did. In my search, I was however not able to locate the button that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternative universe where specialists most likely to conceal when they're intended to be completing your kitchen.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, yet it is well-appointed with typical safety and security attributes. Not currently stated are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side drapes to safeguard the front and also back seats. The drapes are created to deploy in case of a rollover to safeguard owners and also stop their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags won't release when off-roading.

Freight & Towing

I didn't drive or discover a Regular Taxi, but measurements and photos show a generous storage location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Dual Taxicab's 60/40-split rear seat cushions turn as much as disclose a reasonably minimalist flooring. I like the resulting high vertical area to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which give a great plastic-covered work surface but not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.

Nowhere is the new model's better dimension much more purposeful than in the cargo bed, which has actually grown a couple of inches in the majority of measurements. It currently measures 66.4 inches 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 fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of typical building materials hanging.

The locking tailgate has a help strut that makes it possible to raise with one or two fingers. A bonus is that it damps the motion, so eviction likewise reduces gradually under its very own weight as opposed to banging down into the assistance cable televisions. Toyota says the strut additionally protects against jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan offers a manufacturing facility 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 new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

Due to the numerous cab and also bed dimensions as well as engine as well as driveline selections, I might spend the rest of the design year wading through payload and also pulling specifications for you, so I'll simply claim the design line's payload ratings range from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Common of half-ton vehicles, it can carry a whole lot.) The pulling optimums range from a healthy and balanced 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Normal Taxi when each is outfitted with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Bundle, that includes the drawback receiver, circuitry, raised back springtime prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be located by clicking on the Standard Equip. & Specifications and the Available Options buttons above on the left.

Tundra on the market

Full-size pickups are the marketplace segment international brand names have cannot split-- arguably the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit vehicles that the American business market, which is probably why Toyota execs have called the brand-new Tundra one of the most crucial model intro in the business's history. For point of view, Ford and also GM market near a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota could have offered as numerous Tundras given that they first took place sale for the 2000 model year. Having actually marketed greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively 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 version and perhaps a diesel alternative.

The brand-new Tundra has some impressive specs and some features that I would certainly define as developments greater than innovations. I can argue that Nissan as well as Honda revealed more development out of eviction than the domestics have, however that hasn't provided similar sales or street cred. In this most dedicated of automobile market sections, trustworthiness and also longevity may be more important. As the auto sector continuouslies globalize, and also as Toyota develops increasingly more of its designs in The United States and Canada using increasingly more residential parts and also producing a growing number of American jobs, the suggestion of getting a Japanese pickup becomes an increasing number of acceptable amongst customers. With the remarkable exception of the United Automobile Employees and also union advocates, the practice of buying American simply to purchase American has gradually worn down, as well as numerous Americans have possessed or experienced Toyota vehicles and SUVs.

Toyota does not frequently get it right the first time, or always the second, but it has a history of making generational changes that ultimately put its items at or near the top of their lorry class in sales and/or appeal. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already happened yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be happening now with the 2007 Tundra.