2007 toyota Tundra

2007 toyota Tundra: After a number of almost-there versions, Toyota has gone all out with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling into car dealerships today. My general perception of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, yet it is an awesome gamer, and that's ample to satisfy buyers and threaten other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities and optional six-speed transmission to its safety and security as well as ease functions as well as roomy crew cab, the Tundra is a must-drive for anyone in the market for a full-size vehicle.

2007 toyota Tundra

Outside & Styling

The Tundra can be found in 3 taxi styles: routine, extended and team, called Routine Taxi, Dual Taxicab and also CrewMax, respectively. The Normal as well as Dual Taxi versions include short or lengthy freight beds gauging 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in length.

There are three trim levels: The Routine Cab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille and grille structure, 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 option plan that includes-- amongst useful attributes-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra looks like the Tacoma midsize pick-up but with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille frame. I'm unsure I like it, however there it is. It stands apart extra on the body-colored grille surround that comes on the Sporting activity Look Package, an option offered for Regular and Dual Taxis.

In the Double and also CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim degree includes the chrome grille structure, and the chrome and body-colored treatment for the back as well as the front bumper. The Restricted trim degree adds chrome to the grille's 3 bars, the door takes care of as well as the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors supplied for lugging functions. The Limited's front bumper is totally body-colored, as well as it's the only trim level with basic haze 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 & Preventing
Along with a V-6 that's common on the Regular Taxi and also Double Taxi, the Tundra provides two V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't come with the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had not yet started automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Prior to I got it, I pictured 3 assembly workers behind each truck, pushing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, grumble roar sounds; and a marketing exec riding shotgun and declaring that the rearview mirrors had not can be found in yet but would be included soon.

In reality (constantly less interesting) there became plenty of the bigger blocks, which along with the pickup truck market's very first six-speed automatic transmission, are the new Tundra's major claim to fame. The drivetrain goes over indeed, driving the Tundra approximately freeway rates faster compared to a 4x4 team taxicab has a right to go, complete with a passionate roll from under the hood. Conversely, when you increase progressively, having 6 equipments keeps the engine rate reduced, as well as the sound in addition to it. The charitable torque comes 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 dimensions.

The trans also delivers far better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter and its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Tundras, as well as 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 benefit a lot more from the added equipment, yet the 4.7-liter is at least partnered with a five-speed automated. I located this pairing to be greater than ample in an Expanse Dual Cab 4x2, and also I'm certain it would be adequate with 4WD as well. Chevy and also Ford vehicles 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 ABDOMINAL, brake aid and also digital brake-force distribution. In regular driving, the brakes did their job, however the numb pedal feel left plenty to be desired. The Silverado has a real edge below.


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

RWD models-- and also 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have traction control. It can be shut off or set to an intermediate placement Toyota calls Vehicle LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default traction control because it permits some wheelspin. When it, as well, is switched off, the typical electronic security system likewise is defeated.

Flight & Handling

The new Tundra Double Taxi and CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case circumstance. There's some shudder in the structure when surrendering bumps, but this prevails among body-on-frame pickups, and it's not excessive right here. It's feasible that the long-bed version's longer wheelbase would certainly present even more spin or resonance, yet I drove only the CrewMax and the Dual Cab short bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was applauded for its trip comfort. Since that time, the competitors has actually made inroads and Toyota has actually reconstructed the vehicle for larger service. For whatever reason, there's no longer a clear distinction. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, specifically, has actually risen to the obstacle.

Readily available on the short-bed SR5 and also Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Racing Advancement) Off-Road Package that has different adjusting courtesy of stiffer front coil springs as well as rear fallen leave springtimes as well as stronger Bilstein brand name shock absorbers and also bushings. It likewise consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and also front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it performed well, yet I really did not experience it on pavement. A person is specific to: The TRD plan is offered on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup guiding isn't anything to obtain excited around, however the 44-foot turning size is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxicab and also long-bed Normal Taxi. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really practically U-turns; it determines just how dramatically you could cut a swing when you're car parking or navigating a trailer drawback. With a lengthy bed, the Double Cab's circle expands to 49 feet, shedding its benefit. The long-bed F-150 does it in 48 feet. (For those maintaining rating, the standard-bed Tundra Normal Cab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

Another of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab backseat whose 60/40-split segments slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so needs the biggest backseat in a pick-up, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limo would be a reasonable contrast. Some 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, but that doesn't discuss the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box and also a smaller backseat.

The Dual Taxicab's rear seat isn't really half negative either, with convenient legroom as well as doors that open forward rather than rearward. They swing nearly to an appropriate angle with the side, so entrance and also departure is as basic as one could expect. The center floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The standard pole position is a 40/20/40-split fabric bench that accommodates three passengers. To fit much shorter chauffeurs, it's ideal to outfit the Tundra with a seat-height adjustment and also a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither is available in the base Regular Taxicab (the standard wheel just tilts). In the bigger taxis, the SR5 trim level brings premium cloth as well as hands-on vehicle driver's elevation modification to the split bench. You'll require the pail seats-- typical on the Restricted and optional on the SR5-- to obtain power changes and also a steering wheel that both tilts and also telescopes. The Limited additionally adds leather upholstery as well as heated seats.

The Tundra's high hood and freight box walls produce inadequate visibility right away around the vehicle. For convenience of car park, however, front and also rear finder sharp systems are supplied (rear-only is more usual), and the optional navigating system consists of a rearview cam that reveals the area behind the truck on the dashboard screen-- a need to for affixing a trailer drawback unassisted. Sometime this year Toyota will provide a dealer-installed rearview video camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a choice different from the expensive nav function. Pricing isn't established for this rare and also welcome feature, yet it's estimated to be roughly $600-- way far better than the navigation/rearview electronic camera choice's $2,810 retail price.

Interior Design, Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" surpasses the normal angled center control panel: Increased and colored silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from in between the container seats, up the center control board as well as leftward to form the whole driver's side of the control panel. I find the principle interesting, but the faux-metal surface isn't the best I have actually seen (some are in fact respectable nowadays). In my opinion the dashboard shows the best (glossy piano-black lacquer) and the worst (plastic imitating metal) of modern wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things is part of what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior top quality, which is still great yet isn't really pulling away from the much-improved competitors.

Like the inner and also external door manages, the handles and also dials are big, in keeping with the gloved-workman picture. Taking an action past, the vehicle additionally identifies how the requirements as well as tools of craftsmen have transformed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Designs with container seats have a center storage console big enough for a laptop and fitted with rails to support hanging file folders.

Various other storage provisions abound. There's a dual handwear cover compartment therefore many bins, spaces and also cubbies that it's like a coat with way too many pockets; you could fail to remember where you put things. I did. In my search, I was unfortunately unable to discover the switch that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternating cosmos where service providers most likely to conceal when they're supposed to be finishing your kitchen area.


The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, but it is well-appointed with standard security attributes. Not already discussed are side-impact air bags for the front seats and side drapes to protect the front and back seats. The curtains are developed to release in case of a rollover to protect occupants and also stop their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags will not deploy when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I really did not drive or discover a Normal Taxicab, but measurements and pictures show a charitable storage location behind the seats with incorporated storage space boxes. The Dual Taxi's 60/40-split backseat paddings turn as much as disclose a relatively clean floor. I favor the resulting high vertical area to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which give a great plastic-covered work surface yet not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

No place is the new design's greater dimension extra meaningful compared to in the cargo bed, which has actually grown a couple of inches in many measurements. It currently determines 66.4 inches between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A decreased tailgate extends the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of conventional building materials hanging.

The securing tailgate has a help strut that makes it feasible to raise with one or two fingers. A benefit is that it damps the motion, so eviction also decreases gradually under its own weight instead of banging down into the support cable televisions. Toyota says the strut likewise stops bouncing when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan provides a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck with the plastic lay-in type, thinking that proprietors want the option of removing it down the line and offering a potential new owner with an unmarred bed.

As a result of the numerous taxicab and also bed dimensions and also engine and driveline options, I might invest the remainder of the model year wading through haul as well as lugging specifications for you, so I'll just say the model line's haul scores vary from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Regular of half-ton trucks, it could carry an entire bunch.) The hauling optimums range from a healthy and balanced 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Routine Taxicab when each is equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Plan, that includes the drawback receiver, electrical wiring, raised back springtime rates, a transmission-fluid colder and a tow/haul change setting (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking on the Standard Equip. & Specifications and the Available Options switches above on the left.

Tundra out there

Full-size pickups are the marketplace section international brand names have failed to split-- probably the last staying one. These are the highest-volume as well as highest-profit lorries that the American companies offer, which is probably why Toyota execs have actually called the new Tundra the most vital version intro in the business's history. For viewpoint, Ford and GM sell close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota could have marketed as several Tundras since they first took place sale for the 2000 design year. Having offered more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively projecting sales of 200,000 for the new generation in 2007, taking into account a late launch. Toyota has just about promised a "bigger" Tundra, suggesting a three-quarter or one-ton variation as well as potentially a diesel option.

The new Tundra has some impressive specifications and some features that I would certainly identify as improvements greater than technologies. I can suggest that Nissan and also Honda showed more innovation out of the gate than the domestics have, but that hasn't given them similar sales or street cred. In this most faithful of car market segments, credibility and long life may be more vital. As the automobile industry continuouslies globalize, and also as Toyota constructs increasingly more of its models in North America using a growing number of residential parts as well as developing more and more American work, the idea of acquiring a Japanese pick-up ends up being an increasing number of appropriate among buyers. With the noteworthy exemption of the United Vehicle Workers as well as union fans, the method of acquiring American simply to buy American has actually gradually deteriorated, as well as several Americans have possessed or experienced Toyota automobiles as well as SUVs.

Toyota does not frequently get it right the very first time, or necessarily the second, however it has a background of making generational changes that at some point placed its products at or near the top of their car class in sales and/or allure. It occurred with the Camry, the Corolla and also the Sienna minivan. It hasn't already happened yet with the Yaris subcompact. It could be happening right now with the 2007 Tundra.