2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max

2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max: After a number of almost-there models, Toyota has gone all out with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling into dealers now. My general impact of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, however it is an awesome gamer, and that's sufficient to please customers as well as endanger other truckmakers. From its high towing capacities as well as optional six-speed transmission to its safety as well as ease features and also spacious staff cab, the Tundra is a must-drive for anybody in the market for a full-size truck.

2007 toyota Tundra Crew Max

Exterior & Designing

The Tundra comes in 3 taxi designs: regular, prolonged as well as team, called Normal Taxi, Dual Taxicab and also CrewMax, respectively. The Normal as well as Double Taxicab versions have brief or long freight beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.

There are 3 trim levels: The Routine Taxicab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille as well as grille framework, and also black bumpers, side mirrors and door and also tailgate handles. It can be upgraded to an SR5 using an option plan that adds-- among useful attributes-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra appears like the Tacoma midsize pickup but with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct component is a black strip that spans the crest of the grille structure. I'm not exactly sure I like it, however there it is. It stands out more on the body-colored grille border that begins the Sporting activity Appearance Package, a choice used for Regular and also Dual Taxicabs.

In the Double as well as CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim level adds the chrome grille framework, and the chrome and also body-colored treatment for the rear as well as the front bumper. The Minimal trim level adds chrome to the grille's 3 crossbars, the door manages and the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors offered for towing objectives. The Limited's front bumper is entirely body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with basic fog 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 & Stopping
Together with a V-6 that's typical on the Routine Taxicab and also Dual Taxi, the Tundra offers 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax does not featured the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I pictured three setting up employees behind each vehicle, pressing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roar rumble noises; as well as a marketing director riding shotgun and also asserting that the rearview mirrors had not can be found in yet but would be included soon.

In reality (always much less intriguing) there turned out to be lots of the bigger blocks, which along with the pickup truck market's first six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain goes over undoubtedly, moving the Tundra approximately highway speeds quicker compared to a 4x4 staff cab has a right to go, complete with a passionate rumble from under the hood. Alternatively, when you speed up slowly, having six gears maintains the engine speed low, and the noise along with it. The generous torque comes in a broad band, with at least 90 percent of the top torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, according to Toyota's measurements.

The trans likewise supplies better gas mileage compared to the 4.7-liter and also its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, and also just about 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, but the 4.7-liter is at the very least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be more than appropriate in an Expanse Double Taxi 4x2, as well as I'm certain it would certainly be adequate with 4WD too. Chevy as well as Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, 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 ABS, brake help as well as digital brake-force circulation. In typical driving, the brakes did their task, however the numb pedal feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has a real edge below.

Four-Wheel Drive

The optional 4WD, available only with the V-8, is a simple part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included methods that make it much more sophisticated. At the twist of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation engages the front axle, which is detached by default for fuel cost savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), yet the typical four-wheel traction control can likewise transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high as well as 4WD low modes.

RWD versions-- and 4x4s in 2WD setting-- likewise have traction control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate position Toyota calls Auto LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control because it permits some wheelspin. When it, also, is turned off, the standard digital security system also is beat.

Ride & Handling

The new Tundra Double Taxi and also CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the structure when rolling over bumps, yet this prevails amongst body-on-frame pick-ups, and it's not excessive below. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would present even more spin or resonance, yet I drove only the CrewMax and the Double Taxicab brief bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was praised for its ride convenience. Because that time, the competitors has actually made inroads and also Toyota has actually rebuilt the vehicle for much heavier service. For whatever reason, there's no longer a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, particularly, has risen to the challenge.

Available on the short-bed SR5 as well as Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Racing Advancement) Off-Road Plan that has various tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springs and back leaf springtimes as well as stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It likewise consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it executed well, but I really did not experience it on pavement. Somebody is particular to: The TRD package is offered on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup truck steering isn't anything to obtain thrilled about, however the 44-foot transforming diameter is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Cab as well as long-bed Routine Taxicab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and also the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really almost U-turns; it dictates just how greatly you can cut a swing when you're auto parking or steering a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Dual Cab's circle expands to 49 feet, losing its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those keeping rating, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Taxi turns 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 requires the biggest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would certainly be a fair contrast. A few of the area here originates from a bed that's a little bit much shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Team Taxicab's 5.75 feet, but that does not discuss the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box as well as a smaller rear seat.

The Double Taxi's rear seat isn't half bad either, with practical legroom and also doors that open up ahead rather than rearward. They swing practically to a right angle with the side, so entry as well as leave is as easy as one can anticipate. The center floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is just a couple of inches high.

The standard front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that accommodates three residents. To fit shorter vehicle drivers, it's best to equip the Tundra with a seat-height change as well as a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither can be found in the base Regular Cab (the standard wheel only tilts). In the bigger taxicabs, the SR5 trim degree brings premium cloth and also manual motorist's height adjustment to the split bench. You'll require the container seats-- basic on the Minimal and optional on the SR5-- to obtain power modifications and also a steering wheel that both tilts and also telescopes. The Limited also adds leather upholstery and also warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood and freight box wall surfaces create poor presence instantly around the vehicle. For ease of parking, though, front and also back sonar alert systems are offered (rear-only is more usual), and also the optional navigation system includes a rearview cam that shows the location behind the vehicle on the dashboard screen-- a have to for attaching a trailer drawback alone. At some point this year Toyota will provide a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch display as a alternative separate from the costly nav function. Pricing isn't set for this rare as well as welcome function, however it's estimated to be about $600-- means far better than the navigation/rearview video camera option's $2,810 market price.

Interior Decoration, Quality

The "driver-oriented cockpit" exceeds the normal tilted facility control panel: Increased and colored silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from in between the container seats, up the center control board and leftward to develop the whole vehicle driver's side of the control panel. I find the concept appealing, yet the faux-metal finish isn't really the most effective I've seen (some are in fact good nowadays). In my point of view the control panel displays the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) and the most awful (plastic copying steel) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things belongs to just what has delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior quality, which is still excellent however isn't pulling away from the much-improved competition.

Like the inner and also external door manages, the handles and also dials are big, in keeping with the gloved-workman photo. Taking a step beyond, the vehicle additionally recognizes just how the needs and tools of artisans have altered-- that the notion of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers as well as tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Versions with bucket seats have a facility storage space console huge sufficient for a laptop computer and also fitted with rails to support hanging file folders.

Other storage space provisions abound. There's a dual handwear cover area and so lots of containers, spaces and also cubbies that it resembles a coat with too many pockets; you may forget where you place points. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately not able to find the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternate world where professionals most likely to conceal when they're expected to be completing your cooking area.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, yet it is well-appointed with basic safety and security features. Not already stated are side-impact air bags for the pole positions as well as side curtains to protect the front and back seats. The curtains are designed to deploy in case of a rollover to shield owners and prevent their ejection. There's a cutoff switch so the bags will not release when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I didn't drive or explore a Normal Taxicab, however measurements as well as pictures show a generous storage location behind the seats with incorporated storage boxes. The Dual Taxi's 60/40-split rear seat paddings flip as much as reveal a relatively clean floor. I prefer the resulting high vertical room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which provide a wonderful plastic-covered job surface but not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.

No place is the new model's better dimension much more meaningful compared to in the freight bed, which has actually expanded a few inches in the majority of dimensions. It currently measures 66.4 inches in between the wall surfaces as well as 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A lowered tailgate prolongs the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the shortest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of conventional structure materials hanging.

The locking tailgate has an assist strut that makes it possible to lift with one or two fingers. A bonus offer is that it damps the activity, so the gate additionally reduces gradually under its very own weight as opposed to pounding down onto the support cords. Toyota says the strut also prevents jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan supplies a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck to the plastic lay-in kind, believing that owners want the option of removing it down the line and providing a prospective brand-new owner with an unmarred bed.

Due to the different taxi as well as bed sizes and also engine as well as driveline options, I could spend the rest of the version year wading through haul and towing specs for you, so I'll just state the design line's payload ratings vary from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton trucks, it could transport an entire heap.) The pulling maxima 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 as well as optional Towing Bundle, which includes the drawback receiver, electrical wiring, enhanced rear spring prices, a transmission-fluid colder as well as a tow/haul shift setting (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be located by clicking on the Standard Equip. & Specs and also the Available Options switches over left wing.

Tundra in the marketplace

Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace segment foreign brand names have actually failed to fracture-- arguably the last remaining one. These are the highest-volume and highest-profit cars that the American business sell, which is most likely why Toyota officers have actually called the brand-new Tundra one of the most vital version introduction in the business's background. For viewpoint, Ford and GM offer near a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota could have offered as several Tundras given that they first went on sale for the 2000 model year. Having marketed more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously forecasting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, taking into consideration a late launch. Toyota has almost assured a "larger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton version and also perhaps a diesel alternative.

The new Tundra has some remarkable specifications and some functions that I would certainly characterize as developments more than technologies. I might argue that Nissan and Honda revealed even more development out of eviction compared to the domestics have, however that hasn't already provided similar sales or street cred. In this most devoted of automobile market sectors, integrity as well as longevity could be more crucial. As the automotive industry remains to globalize, and as Toyota builds a growing number of of its models in The United States and Canada utilizing more and more residential components and also producing a growing number of American work, the idea of acquiring a Japanese pick-up ends up being increasingly more appropriate amongst customers. With the noteworthy exception of the United Automobile Employees and union advocates, the method of getting American just to acquire American has slowly worn down, and also numerous Americans have possessed or experienced Toyota automobiles as well as SUVs.

Toyota doesn't frequently get it right the very first time, or necessarily the second, yet it has a history of making generational modifications that at some point put its items at or near the top of their lorry course in sales and/or charm. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already took place yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be occurring now with the 2007 Tundra.