Toyota Tundra 2005

Toyota Tundra 2005 - As with the T100 before it, the Toyota Tundra concedes size and power to the 5 other full-size vehicle brands, surrendering brutish measurements for a less tangible advantage in general improvement. For 2005, Toyota has resolved the power deficit with brand-new V-6 and also V-8 engines. The V-6 displacement expanded from 3.4 to 4.0 litres, a rise that nets an additional 55 horsepower as well as 62 lb-ft of torque, for overalls of 245 and also 282, respectively. The 4.7-liter V-8 obtained variable valve timing, improving horsepower from 240 to 282 and also enhancing torque by a moderate 10 lb-ft, for an overall of 325. A six-speed manual transmission changes the five-speed guidebook in V-6 Tundras. This well-mannered pickup family members is provided in regular-cab, Access Cab (expanded), and also Dual Taxicab (staff) body setups, with the array gaining 2 2005 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value honors.


Toyota Tundra 2005


The Tundra is anonymously handsome, its qualified elements wrapped in sheetmetal much better suited for pressing via air compared to stirring emotions. Within its broad-appeal style, the Tundra is pure Toyota, concentrated on value, feature, and utility. For example, climbing right into the Tundra is a bit easier than in most various other full-size vehicles, as a result of its somewhat much shorter general stature-- non-Double Taxi Tundras are 3 to 5 inches much shorter than the Ford F-150 and also Dodge Ram-- and its light, easy-to-open doors. It's still an ascent, nevertheless, so, like the majority of various other pick-up makers, Toyota offers A- and B-pillar-mounted grab manages for support.

Out back, getting things into the bed is relieved by a reasonable load height. The Tundra's tailgate is incredibly heavy, however, and duke it outing it had us wishing for Ford's Tailgate Assist attribute, which utilizes an integrated torsion bar to earn shutting the rear of the F-150 a snap. One more niggle: The optional bedliner drinks and also rattles over bumps; Nissan has the best concept by supplying a spray-in bedliner for the Titan.

And though they might adversely affect ride quality, a little larger wheels may offer to enliven the Tundra's somewhat dowdy appearance-- the basic 16-inchers look small, and the optional 17s typically aren't far better. The 2005 designs are identified just by upgraded head- and also taillamps.

The functional design mainly carries over for 2005, with superb worldly high quality and first-class fit as well as surface throughout. All the surface areas really feel great to the touch, and also the controls are textbook examples of user interface simplicity. The cockpit console was upgraded for 2005, and a new optional navigation system is offered on pick four-door designs. The optional between-seat console is specifically great, with a flip-up note pad owner and a charitable opening efficient in swallowing copious amounts of traveling equipment. Front-seat comfort is acceptable, however struggles with a lack of side reinforcing and back-rests that appear too upright regardless of what the level of recline. The driving placement is second-to-none, however, with remarkable presence out the front and also a tilt steering wheel that always seems to be at a comfortable angle.

For rear passengers, there are up to 4 cup holders and also, in Double Cab setup, a power vertical moving back window that, when integrated with the optional sunroof, offers the Tundra an extra ventilated, open feel than in various other vehicles. The rear bench suffers from, once again, upright seatbacks, level cushions, and an absence of padding, however below those attributes are necessitated by flip-and-fold seats. In Dual Taxis, they fold up level and after that tumble onward, producing a huge storage location where things can be protected by means of bands constructed in to the bottom of the flattened seats. If you've still got even more things to stash, there are also various bins and also cubbies hidden under and also behind the back seats.Other complaints relating to the interior concern dark instrument-panel illumination-- also called up all the way, some buttons were as well illegible in the evening, as well as still others just weren't brightened in any way.

In addition to the between-seat console, which is consisted of with the twin front bucket seats option, interior decorations include rear-seat DVD amusement (Dual Taxi just), a sunroof, as well as a JBL in-dash six-disc CD changer.

While it may not be a course leader in regards to dimension or sales, the Tundra certainly wins top marks for its long listing of readily available safety and security attributes. While only anti-lock brakes and also double front airbags are conventional throughout the Tundra lineup, Toyota supplies side as well as side drape air bags-- in addition to digital security as well as grip control-- to Double Cab customers. The Nissan Titan matches this checklist of safety and security attributes, yet the Ford F-150 as well as GMC Sierra can only be had with ABS and also dual front airbags.

The Tundra published good ratings in NHTSA's frontal accident tests: four stars for the vehicle driver as well as a best five for the passenger. The guest mark ties for best-in-class with the Ford F-150 as well as Dodge Ram 1500, both of which also notched best 5's in the chauffeur's- side test.

The Tundra is readily available with a couple of engines: a 4.0-liter/ 245-horse V-6, shown the Tacoma and also 4Runner, as well as a 4.7-liter/ 282-horse V-8 that's also located in the Sequoia. While these engine outcome numbers could path those of competitors, the Tundra weighs less than the other vehicles. The V-6 can be coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission (brand-new this year, changing a five-speed manual) or a five-speed automatic. The V-8 is just offered with the autobox. Downshifts with the automated are virtually instant, total power delivery is silky smooth, as well as the throttle feedback is instant, though not as hostile as that of the Nissan Titan. In 4 × 4 examples, power is transmitted with an online controlled transfer case; the type of drive-- two-wheel, four-wheel high, or four-wheel low-- is picked by means of dash-mounted controls.

The 4.7-liter V-8 does a great job of encouraging even the Double Taxicab SR5 4 × 4, and it's greater than fit to move the remainder of the Tundra lineup, which includes variations virtually 700 pounds lighter. The V-8 is really peaceful as it sets about its work; also at full-throat, the sound from under the hood is stifled, giving the Tundra a refined quality.

Refinement is just what the Tundra is about, from the transmission relocating easily through equipment modifications to the tractable and subdued V-8. The vehicle is well damped, and also the interior is quiet also over the gnarliest of roadways. The double-wishbone front and also leaf-spring back suspension capably regulates side-to-side motions as well as maintains residents satisfied and comfy-- until you push the envelope, in which case, the Tundra rolls and also pitches, as would any type of huge vehicle. However keep in mind, excitement and vibrant performance aren't part of the equation below; think calm, kicked back, and also easygoing. Unfortunately, "kicked back" likewise defines the numb guiding-- it isn't as communicative or specific as the Ford F-150's-- and the brakes, which can utilize even more power and pedal feel.

While it will not likely be the first choice for buyers in search of a good ol' pickup truck, the present Tundra gives a qualified, polished, and also safe concession between mid- and also full-size pickups. And also though it's not as huge as the leviathans from Detroit, the Toyota's maximum haul rating of 2,025 pounds (3rd in course, simply behind GM's vehicles) as well as its 7,100-pound max tow ranking supply sufficient muscle for the occasional heavy-duty job. Its lowered size also makes it much easier to maneuver through blocked city streets and also right into tight parking spaces.

Tundra purchasers get a three-year/36,000- mile bumper-to-bumper guarantee, along with five-year/60,000- mile powertrain coverage and also a five-year, unlimited-mileage rust-through warranty. And also, purchasers have the satisfaction of buying an automobile with a proven worth track record, as provened by its Superb IntelliChoice Expense Worth Score, making certain a great roi later on.

A well-refined vehicle, the Tundra's included muscular tissue and Finest Overall Worth condition make it a must for any type of clever truck buyer's checklist.

What's HOT:

+ Improved flight

+ Toyota top quality

+ Much More V-6, V-8 power

Just what's NOT:

-- Not quite full-size

-- Dull exterior design

-- Back guest comfort

A brand new design is anticipated for 2007, yet Toyota hasn't already forgotten the existing Tundra. For 2005, the firm went down the 4 × 4 Accessibility Taxi with a V-6 and also added a 4 × 2 regular-cab setup for V-8 buyers. Other notable adjustments include a front bench-seat choice for Dual Taxicabs, new head- and also taillights, an upgraded control panel, as well as an available navigating system in Access Taxicab Limited as well as Double Taxi designs.