Toyota Tundra 2007

Toyota Tundra 2007: After a few almost-there designs, Toyota has actually gone all out with a half-ton pickup: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into dealerships today. My overall impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, however it is an awesome gamer, which's more than enough to satisfy customers and also endanger other truckmakers. From its high towing capabilities as well as optional six-speed transmission to its safety and ease functions as well as roomy staff taxicab, the Tundra is a must-drive for any person on the market for a full-size truck.

Toyota Tundra 2007

Outside & Designing

The Tundra is available in 3 cab styles: normal, prolonged and also staff, named Regular Taxicab, Double Taxicab and also CrewMax, specifically. The Regular and also Dual Taxicab versions include short or lengthy freight beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.

There are three trim degrees: The Routine Taxicab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille and grille structure, and black bumpers, side mirrors and also door as well as tailgate takes care of. It can be updated to an SR5 through an option package that adds-- among practical features-- 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 unique component is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille frame. I'm unsure I like it, but there it is. It sticks out much more on the body-colored grille border that comes on the Sport Look Package, an option offered for Routine and also Dual Cabs.

In the Double and CrewMax styles, the SR5 trim degree includes the chrome grille framework, as well as the chrome and body-colored therapy for the rear as well as the front bumper. The Restricted trim level includes chrome to the grille's three crossbars, the door handles and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors used for lugging functions. The Limited's front bumper is totally body-colored, and it's the only trim level with typical haze lights.

The typical wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 and alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Stopping
Together with a V-6 that's common on the Regular Cab as well as Double Taxicab, the Tundra provides two V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't come with the V-6.

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet begun mass production in Huntsville, Ala., when I got my sneak preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I imagined three assembly employees behind each vehicle, pushing; an engineer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, grumble roar audios; as well as a marketing director riding shotgun and claiming that the rearview mirrors hadn't been available in yet but would be added quickly.

Actually (always much less fascinating) there ended up being lots of the bigger blocks, which together with the pickup truck market's first six-speed automatic transmission, are the new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain is impressive certainly, driving the Tundra up to freeway rates much faster than a 4x4 team cab has a right to go, finish with a passionate grumble from under the hood. Conversely, when you increase slowly, having 6 gears keeps the engine rate reduced, and the sound together with it. The charitable torque is available in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the height torque on tap from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.

The trans additionally supplies better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Expanses, and also only concerning a half an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that most likely would benefit much more from the extra gear, but the 4.7-liter goes to least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I found this pairing to be more than sufficient in a Tundra Double Taxicab 4x2, and also I'm positive it would certainly be adequate with 4WD too. Chevy and also Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, and also Ford has guaranteed a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake aid as well as electronic brake-force distribution. In normal driving, the brakes did their job, yet the numb pedal really feel left lots to be desired. The Silverado has a genuine side here.


The optional 4WD, readily available just with the V-8, is a straightforward part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some added tricks that make it extra advanced. At the spin of a dial, the dual-range transfer case engages the front axle, which is separated by default for fuel savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the common four-wheel grip control could additionally transfer power from one side to the other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and also 4WD low modes.

RWD designs-- and 4x4s in 2WD setting-- also have grip control. It can be turned off or readied to an intermediate position Toyota calls Auto LSD, which is simply an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It differs from the default grip control because it permits some wheelspin. When it, too, is switched off, the standard electronic security system also is defeated.

Trip & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Dual Taxicab as well as CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, but this prevails amongst body-on-frame pickups, as well as it's not excessive here. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would present more spin or resonance, but I drove just the CrewMax as well as the Dual Cab short bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was commended for its trip comfort. Since that time, the competitors has made inroads as well as Toyota has rebuilt the vehicle for heavier solution. For whatever factor, there's not a clear distinction. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, in particular, has risen to the obstacle.

Offered on the short-bed SR5 and Minimal is a TRD (Toyota Racing Advancement) Off-Road Package that has different tuning courtesy of stiffer front coil springs and also back fallen leave springtimes as well as firmer Bilstein brand name shock absorbers and also bushings. It also consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it performed well, but I didn't experience it on pavement. A person is certain to: The TRD package is offered on rear-drive vehicles.

Pickup truck steering isn't really anything to obtain excited around, yet the 44-foot transforming size is an accomplishment on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxi and long-bed Regular Cab. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't almost U-turns; it dictates just how sharply you can cut a swing when you're parking or maneuvering a trailer hitch. With a long bed, the Dual Taxicab'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 Normal Taxi turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seating

One more of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so requires the biggest rear seat in a pick-up, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limousine would be a reasonable contrast. Several of the space below originates from a bed that's a little bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Staff Cab's 5.75 feet, however that does not clarify the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box as well as a smaller backseat.

The Dual Taxicab's rear seat isn't really half bad either, with practical legroom and doors that open up ahead instead of rearward. They turn practically to an appropriate angle with the side, so access and also departure is as easy as one could expect. The facility floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The conventional front seat is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that suits three passengers. To accommodate shorter drivers, it's ideal to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height modification and a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither can be found in the base Normal Cab (the requirement wheel only tilts). In the bigger taxis, the SR5 trim degree brings costs fabric as well as hands-on motorist's height change to the split bench. You'll need the container seats-- conventional on the Minimal as well as optional on the SR5-- to obtain power changes and also a guiding wheel that both turns as well as telescopes. The Limited likewise includes natural leather furniture and also warmed seats.

The Tundra's high hood as well as cargo box walls produce poor visibility immediately around the vehicle. For simplicity of auto parking, however, front as well as back sonar sharp systems are supplied (rear-only is a lot more common), and the optional navigating system includes a rearview cam that reveals the area behind the truck on the control panel display screen-- a must for affixing a trailer drawback unassisted. At some time this year Toyota will give a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a choice different from the pricey nav function. Pricing isn't set for this rare and welcome function, however it's estimated to be about $600-- method far better compared to the navigation/rearview video camera choice's $2,810 sale price.

Interior Decoration, Top Quality

The "driver-oriented cabin" exceeds the common angled facility control board: Increased and tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console expands from between the bucket seats, up the facility control panel and leftward to form the entire vehicle driver's side of the control panel. I locate the concept intriguing, yet the faux-metal surface isn't really the most effective I've seen (some are really decent nowadays). In my point of view the control panel shows the most effective (glossy piano-black lacquer) and the worst (plastic copying steel) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery stuff belongs to just what has actually stalled Toyota's well-regarded interior top quality, which is still excellent however isn't pulling away from the much-improved competitors.

Like the inner and outer door takes care of, the handles and dials are huge, in keeping with the gloved-workman photo. Taking an action beyond, the vehicle also recognizes just how the needs as well as tools of artisans have actually transformed-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Models with pail seats have a center storage space console big enough for a notebook computer as well as fitted with rails to support hanging file folders.

Other storage space arrangements abound. There's a double glove compartment therefore several bins, nooks as well as cubbies that it's like a coat with a lot of pockets; you may forget where you put things. I did. In my search, I was sadly not able to find the switch that amazingly teleports the Tundra to that alternate world where service providers go to hide when they're intended to be finishing your cooking area.


The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, yet it is fully equipped with typical safety and security attributes. Not currently mentioned are side-impact airbags for the pole positions and also side curtains to safeguard the front as well as back seats. The curtains are created to deploy in the event of a rollover to protect occupants as well as avoid their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags won't release when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I really did not drive or explore a Routine Taxicab, however dimensions as well as images reveal a charitable storage location behind the seats with incorporated storage boxes. The Double Cab's 60/40-split backseat paddings flip as much as expose a relatively uncluttered floor. I favor the resulting high upright space to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which provide a great plastic-covered work surface yet not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

Nowhere is the new version's higher dimension extra purposeful than in the freight bed, which has expanded a couple of inches in many dimensions. It now gauges 66.4 inches in between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches in between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A decreased tailgate expands the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the shortest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of conventional building materials hanging.

The securing tailgate has a help strut that makes it possible to lift with a couple of fingers. A perk is that it damps the movement, so the gate likewise lowers slowly under its very own weight rather than slamming down onto the assistance cords. Toyota claims the strut additionally stops jumping when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan supplies a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has actually stuck with the plastic lay-in type, believing that owners desire the option of removing it down the line and supplying a possible new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

Because of the different cab as well as bed dimensions and engine and driveline options, I could invest the rest of the model year wading through haul as well as towing specifications for you, so I'll simply say the design line's haul ratings vary from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 pounds. (Normal of half-ton vehicles, it could haul an entire ton.) The hauling optimums run from a healthy and balanced 10,100 extra pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Routine Taxi when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 and optional Towing Plan, that includes the drawback receiver, electrical wiring, enhanced back spring prices, a transmission-fluid colder and a tow/haul change mode (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be discovered by clicking the Standard Equip. & Specifications as well as the Available Options buttons above on the left.

Tundra in the Market

Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace sector foreign brand names have actually failed to fracture-- probably 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 called the new Tundra the most essential model introduction in the business's background. For point of view, Ford as well as GM market near a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota may have sold as several Tundras considering that they initially 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, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton version and potentially a diesel choice.

The new Tundra has some remarkable specifications and some functions that I 'd characterize as developments more than developments. I can say that Nissan and also Honda showed more development from eviction compared to the domestics have, however that hasn't provided equivalent sales or street cred. In this most devoted of automobile market sections, integrity as well as longevity could be more vital. As the automobile market remains to globalize, and as Toyota constructs a growing number of of its versions in The United States and Canada utilizing an increasing number of domestic components and producing increasingly more American work, the idea of buying a Japanese pickup comes to be an increasing number of appropriate among purchasers. With the noteworthy exemption of the United Auto Employees as well as union supporters, the method of acquiring American simply to purchase American has gradually deteriorated, and numerous Americans have actually owned or experienced Toyota cars and SUVs.

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