2007 toyota Tundra Double Cab

2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab: After a couple of almost-there designs, Toyota has gone for it with a half-ton pickup: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into dealers now. My overall impact of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, however it is a powerful gamer, which's ample to satisfy buyers and threaten other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities and also optional six-speed transmission to its safety as well as benefit attributes and roomy team taxicab, the Tundra is a must-drive for any individual in the marketplace for a full-size vehicle.

2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra is available in 3 cab designs: routine, extensive and crew, named Normal Cab, Dual Taxi as well as CrewMax, specifically. The Normal as well as Double Taxi versions come with short or lengthy freight beds gauging 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in length.

There are three trim levels: The Regular Cab DX is a stripped-down job truck with a black grille and grille structure, and also black bumpers, side mirrors and door and tailgate manages. It can be updated to an SR5 by means of a choice plan that includes-- 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 unique component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille structure. I'm not exactly sure I like it, yet there it is. It stands apart extra on the body-colored grille border that comes on the Sporting activity Look Plan, an alternative provided for Normal and Dual Cabs.

In the Dual as well as CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim degree adds the chrome grille framework, as well as the chrome and body-colored treatment for the rear along with the front bumper. The Minimal 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 provided for lugging objectives. The Limited's front bumper is totally body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with conventional haze lights.

The common wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and also alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Stopping
In addition to a V-6 that's typical on the Normal Cab and Double Cab, the Tundra uses two V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't included the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet started mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I envisioned three assembly employees behind each vehicle, pressing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roar rumble sounds; as well as an advertising exec riding shotgun as well as claiming that the rearview mirrors had not been available in yet however would be added quickly.

In truth (always less interesting) there became a lot of the larger blocks, which together with the pickup truck market's very first six-speed automatic transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's primary claim to fame. The drivetrain goes over without a doubt, propelling the Tundra as much as freeway speeds quicker than a 4x4 staff taxicab has a right to go, finish with a passionate rumble from under the hood. Alternatively, when you increase slowly, having six equipments keeps the engine speed low, and the noise together with it. The charitable torque comes in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the optimal torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's dimensions.

The trans likewise delivers much better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, as well as only concerning a fifty percent an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 versions. It's the less-powerful engine that probably would benefit extra from the additional equipment, however the 4.7-liter goes to least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be greater than appropriate in a Tundra Dual Taxicab 4x2, as well as I'm certain it would suffice with 4WD also. Chevy as well as Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, and 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 assist and digital brake-force circulation. In typical driving, the brakes did their job, but the numb pedal really feel left plenty to be wanted. The Silverado has a genuine edge here.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, offered just with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included methods that make it a lot more innovative. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation involves the front axle, which is separated by default for gas savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), but the conventional four-wheel traction control can also transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and 4WD low settings.

RWD designs-- as well as 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have traction control. It can be turned off or set to an intermediate position Toyota calls Vehicle LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default grip control in that it allows some wheelspin. When it, also, is switched off, the basic digital stability system likewise is defeated.

Ride & Handling

The new Tundra Double Cab and also CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case situation. There's some shudder in the framework when surrendering bumps, but this is common amongst body-on-frame pick-ups, and it's not excessive here. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly present more spin or resonance, yet I drove only the CrewMax and the Double Taxi brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was commended for its ride comfort. Because that time, the competition has actually made invasions as well as Toyota has actually rebuilt the vehicle for much heavier service. For whatever factor, there's not a clear distinction. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has risen to the obstacle.

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

Pickup steering isn't really anything to get delighted about, yet the 44-foot turning diameter is an accomplishment on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Cab and long-bed Normal Cab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really nearly U-turns; it dictates just how sharply you can cut a swing when you're car park or steering a trailer hitch. With a lengthy bed, the Double Cab's circle expands to 49 feet, losing its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining score, the standard-bed Tundra Routine Taxicab transforms a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

Another of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split segments slide forward and back and recline. Doing so calls for the biggest rear seat in a pickup, which the Tundra provides. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would certainly be a fair comparison. Several of the room right here originates from a bed that's a bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Crew Taxicab's 5.75 feet, yet that doesn't describe the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and a smaller rear seat.

The Double Cab's backseat isn't really half poor either, with convenient legroom and also doors that open up ahead instead of rearward. They turn practically to an ideal angle with the side, so entrance and also exit is as basic as one can anticipate. The center floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a couple of inches high.

The basic front seat is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that fits 3 passengers. To suit much shorter chauffeurs, it's finest to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height adjustment as well as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither is available in the base Normal Taxicab (the criterion wheel just tilts). In the larger cabs, the SR5 trim level brings costs cloth as well as manual chauffeur's height modification to the split bench. You'll require the container seats-- standard on the Restricted and optional on the SR5-- to get power changes and also a steering wheel that both tilts and telescopes. The Limited likewise includes leather upholstery and warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood and freight box walls produce poor presence quickly around the truck. For simplicity of parking, though, front as well as back finder alert systems are supplied (rear-only is extra common), and also the optional navigating system includes a rearview video camera that shows the area behind the truck on the dashboard screen-- a must for connecting a trailer drawback alone. At some point this year Toyota will supply a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a option different from the expensive nav feature. Pricing isn't set for this rare as well as welcome attribute, however it's estimated to be about $600-- method much better compared to the navigation/rearview video camera alternative's $2,810 retail price.

Interior Design, Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" exceeds the common tilted facility control panel: Increased and tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from in between the container seats, up the center control board and also leftward to create the whole chauffeur's side of the dashboard. I discover the concept intriguing, however the faux-metal surface isn't really the very best I've seen (some are in fact good nowadays). In my viewpoint the dashboard exhibits the very best (shiny piano-black lacquer) and also the worst (plastic mimicing metal) of contemporary wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things belongs to exactly what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded indoor high quality, which is still excellent but isn't retreating from the much-improved competitors.

Like the internal and outer door handles, the handles as well as dials are big, in maintaining with the gloved-workman image. Taking an action beyond, the vehicle additionally identifies just how the demands as well as devices of craftsmen have transformed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a distant memory: Models with bucket seats have a center storage space console large enough for a laptop as well as fitted with rails to support hanging file folders.

Other storage space arrangements abound. There's a dual handwear cover compartment and so numerous containers, spaces as well as cubbies that it resembles a jacket with too many pockets; you could forget where you put points. I did. In my search, I was sadly unable to discover the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternate cosmos where contractors most likely to conceal when they're intended to be completing your cooking area.


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

Freight & Towing

I really did not drive or explore a Normal Cab, yet measurements and images reveal a charitable storage area behind the seats with integrated storage boxes. The Dual Taxicab's 60/40-split backseat paddings turn as much as disclose a fairly uncluttered flooring. I favor the resulting tall vertical room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which offer a nice plastic-covered job surface area however not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

No place is the new design's better dimension more meaningful than in the cargo bed, which has actually expanded a couple of inches in many measurements. It currently measures 66.4 inches between the walls and also 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A reduced tailgate prolongs the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of standard structure products hanging.

The securing tailgate has an assist strut that makes it possible to lift with a couple of fingers. A benefit is that it damps the activity, so eviction also lowers gradually under its very own weight as opposed to slamming down into the assistance cables. Toyota says the strut likewise avoids jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan offers a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck with the plastic lay-in type, thinking that proprietors desire the option of removing it down the line and also providing a possible new owner with an unmarred bed.

Because of the different taxi as well as bed dimensions and also engine and driveline options, I might invest the rest of the version year learning payload and also lugging specifications for you, so I'll simply claim the design line's payload rankings vary from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton trucks, it can carry a whole lot.) The lugging maxima run from a healthy 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Routine Cab when each is outfitted with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Plan, which includes the drawback receiver, circuitry, boosted back springtime rates, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking on the Requirement Equip. & Specifications and also the Available Options buttons over left wing.

Tundra on the market

Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace section international brands have actually cannot fracture-- perhaps the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit automobiles that the American firms offer, which is probably why Toyota officers have actually called the new Tundra one of the most vital version intro in the firm's history. For viewpoint, Ford and GM sell near a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota might have sold as several Tundras considering that they first went on sale for the 2000 model year. Having actually sold greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively predicting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, taking into account a late launch. Toyota has all but promised a "larger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton variation and also perhaps a diesel alternative.

The new Tundra has some remarkable specs as well as some functions that I 'd identify as developments more than developments. I could suggest that Nissan as well as Honda revealed even more innovation out of the gate than the domestics have, but that hasn't already given them comparable sales or road cred. In this most devoted of automobile market sectors, reliability and also longevity might be more vital. As the auto industry continuouslies globalize, and also as Toyota builds increasingly more of its versions in The United States and Canada making use of an increasing number of residential parts and developing an increasing number of American work, the suggestion of purchasing a Japanese pick-up becomes more and more acceptable among buyers. With the notable exemption of the United Car Employees as well as union supporters, the practice of purchasing American simply to get American has actually slowly worn down, and also lots of Americans have actually owned or experienced Toyota vehicles and SUVs.

Toyota does not frequently get it right the very first time, or necessarily the 2nd, but it has a history of making generational changes that ultimately put its products at or near the top of their car class in sales and/or allure. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't happened yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be taking place now with the 2007 Tundra.