2007 toyota Tundra Double Cab

2007 toyota Tundra Double Cab: After a few almost-there models, Toyota has actually gone for it with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling right into dealers right now. My overall impression of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, yet it is a powerful player, and that's more than enough to satisfy purchasers and threaten various other truckmakers. From its high towing capacities and optional six-speed transmission to its safety and security and benefit attributes and also spacious crew taxicab, the Tundra is a must-drive for anybody on the market for a full-size truck.

2007 toyota Tundra Double Cab

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra comes in three cab styles: routine, prolonged and also staff, named Regular Taxi, Double Taxicab and also CrewMax, specifically. The Normal and Dual Cab versions come with short or long cargo beds gauging 6.5 feet and also 8.1 feet in size.

There are three trim levels: The Regular Cab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille as well as grille frame, and black bumpers, side mirrors and door as well as tailgate handles. It can be upgraded to an SR5 through an option plan that includes-- among practical functions-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra resembles the Tacoma midsize pickup however with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct element is a black strip that covers the crest of the grille framework. I'm not exactly sure I like it, however there it is. It sticks out a lot more on the body-colored grille surround that comes on the Sport Look Package, an alternative offered for Routine and also Double Cabs.

In the Dual and also CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim degree adds the chrome grille frame, and also the chrome as well as body-colored therapy for the back along with the front bumper. The Minimal trim degree includes chrome to the grille's three bars, the door handles as well as the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors provided for towing purposes. The Limited's front bumper is completely body-colored, and it's the only trim level with standard fog lights.

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

The 5.7-liter V-8 had actually not yet started automation in Huntsville, Ala., when I obtained my preview of the Tundra in December 2006. Before I got it, I visualized three assembly employees behind each truck, pushing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roar rumble noises; as well as an advertising director riding shotgun and asserting that the rearview mirrors had not can be found in yet but would certainly be included soon.

Actually (constantly less fascinating) there turned out to be plenty of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup truck market's initial six-speed transmission, are the brand-new Tundra's main specialty. The drivetrain goes over without a doubt, thrusting the Tundra approximately freeway rates faster compared to a 4x4 team taxi has a right to go, finish with a passionate grumble from under the hood. Conversely, when you increase gradually, having 6 equipments maintains the engine rate reduced, and the sound along with it. The generous torque comes in a broad band, with at the very least 90 percent of the peak torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.

The trans also provides better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter as well as its five-speed automatic in 4x2 Tundras, 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 profit a lot more from the added gear, yet the 4.7-liter goes to the very least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I located this pairing to be greater than appropriate in a Tundra Dual Cab 4x2, as well as I'm confident it would suffice with 4WD as well. Chevy as well as Ford trucks have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has 5, and Ford has promised a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABDOMINAL, brake help and also electronic brake-force distribution. In regular driving, the brakes did their work, but the numb pedal feel left plenty to be wanted. The Silverado has an actual side here.

Four-Wheel Drive

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

RWD versions-- and also 4x4s in 2WD setting-- additionally have grip control. It can be shut off or readied to an intermediate setting Toyota calls Car LSD, which is merely an ABS-based limited-slip differential. It varies from the default traction control in that it allows some wheelspin. When it, as well, is turned off, the typical digital stability system also is beat.

Ride & Handling

The new Tundra Dual Taxicab and also CrewMax ride well with an empty bed-- the worst-case circumstance. There's some shudder in the framework when rolling over bumps, yet this prevails amongst body-on-frame pickups, and it's not excessive right here. It's possible that the long-bed variation's longer wheelbase would certainly present even more twist or resonance, however I drove just the CrewMax and also the Dual Taxi short bed. When the first-generation Tundra came out, it was commended for its ride comfort. Because that time, the competition has actually made inroads as well as Toyota has actually restored the vehicle for much heavier service. For whatever reason, there's no longer a clear difference. The new Chevy Silverado, in particular, has actually risen to the difficulty.

Available on the short-bed SR5 and also Restricted is a TRD (Toyota Competing Development) Off-Road Package that has various tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springtimes as well as rear leaf springtimes and also stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers and bushings. It additionally includes distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires and also front tow hooks. I drove this setup off-road, where it carried out well, however I didn't experience it on sidewalk. A person is certain to: The TRD bundle is available on rear-drive trucks.

Pickup steering isn't anything to get delighted about, yet the 44-foot turning diameter is an achievement on the CrewMax, standard-bed Dual Taxi and also long-bed Regular Taxi. Contrast this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet and also the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really just about U-turns; it determines just how sharply you can reduce a swing when you're car parking or maneuvering a trailer drawback. With a lengthy bed, the Dual Cab's circle grows 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 Taxi turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

One more of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab backseat whose 60/40-split sections slide forward and back and recline. Doing so requires the largest backseat in a pickup, which the Tundra delivers. With the reclining and also the legroom, a limousine would certainly be a reasonable comparison. Several of the area right here comes from a bed that's a little bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Crew Cab's 5.75 feet, yet that doesn't clarify the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box as well as a smaller sized backseat.

The Double Taxicab's backseat isn't really half bad either, with convenient legroom as well as doors that open up ahead instead of rearward. They swing almost to an ideal angle with the side, so access as well as exit is as basic as one could expect. The facility floor bulge, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The basic pole position is a 40/20/40-split towel bench that fits 3 owners. To fit shorter motorists, it's ideal to furnish the Tundra with a seat-height modification and also a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Neither can be found in the base Routine Cab (the criterion wheel just turns). In the bigger taxis, the SR5 trim degree brings premium fabric and also manual driver's elevation change to the split bench. You'll need the bucket seats-- standard on the Restricted as well as optional on the SR5-- to get power changes and a guiding wheel that both tilts and telescopes. The Limited additionally adds leather furniture and heated seats.

The Tundra's high hood and freight box wall surfaces produce inadequate visibility promptly around the truck. For convenience of auto parking, however, front and also back sonar alert systems are supplied (rear-only is much more usual), and also the optional navigation system consists of a rearview cam that shows the area behind the truck on the control panel display-- a need to for attaching a trailer drawback unassisted. At some point this year Toyota will provide a dealer-installed rearview camera with a 3.5-inch screen as a choice separate from the costly nav function. Rates isn't established for this rare as well as welcome attribute, yet it's estimated to be roughly $600-- means far better than the navigation/rearview electronic camera choice's $2,810 sale price.

Interior Decoration, Quality

The "driver-oriented cockpit" surpasses the usual angled facility control panel: Increased as well as tinted silver, the left-hand side of the console extends from between the pail seats, up the facility control panel and also leftward to form the entire motorist's side of the dashboard. I discover the concept interesting, however the faux-metal finish isn't really the most effective I have actually seen (some are actually respectable nowadays). In my viewpoint the control panel shows the very best (glossy piano-black lacquer) as well as the most awful (plastic imitating metal) of modern-day wood-trim-alternative products. This silvery things is part of just what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded indoor high quality, which is still excellent yet isn't really pulling away from the much-improved competition.

Like the inner and outer door handles, the knobs and dials are big, in maintaining with the gloved-workman picture. Taking a step beyond, the vehicle additionally identifies just how the needs as well as devices of artisans have altered-- that the idea of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and also tin-knockers is a thing of the past: Models with pail seats have a facility storage space console big enough for a laptop as well as fitted with rails to support hanging documents folders.

Other storage space arrangements abound. There's a dual glove area and so several bins, nooks and cubbies that it resembles a jacket with too many pockets; you could neglect where you place things. I did. In my search, I was sadly not able to discover the button that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternative cosmos where professionals most likely to hide when they're intended to be completing your cooking area.


The Tundra has not yet been crash-tested, yet it is well-appointed with standard safety features. Not currently mentioned are side-impact air bags for the pole positions and also side curtains to shield the front as well as back seats. The drapes are made to deploy in the event of a rollover to shield owners and also stop their ejection. There's a cutoff button so the bags will not release when off-roading.

Cargo & Towing

I didn't drive or explore a Routine Cab, but measurements as well as pictures show a generous storage location behind the seats with integrated storage space boxes. The Double Taxicab's 60/40-split backseat cushions turn as much as reveal a relatively clean floor. I like the resulting tall upright room to the CrewMax's fold-down backrests, which supply a good plastic-covered work surface area but not as much floor-to-ceiling elevation.

Nowhere is the brand-new model's higher dimension extra meaningful compared to in the freight bed, which has grown a couple of inches in many measurements. It currently measures 66.4 inches in between the wall surfaces and 50.0 inches between the wheel wells. The sides are 22.3 inches high. A reduced tailgate expands the CrewMax bed to about 7.5 feet, so also the quickest bed leaves just 1/2 foot of typical building materials hanging.

The securing tailgate has a help strut that makes it possible to lift with 1 or 2 fingers. A benefit is that it damps the activity, so the gate also lowers slowly under its very own weight rather than pounding down onto the support wires. Toyota claims the strut additionally stops bouncing when driving with eviction down. Where Nissan provides a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck to the plastic lay-in type, believing that owners want the choice of removing it down the line and also supplying a possible brand-new proprietor with an unmarred bed.

Because of the different cab as well as bed sizes and engine and driveline options, I might spend the remainder of the design year learning haul as well as hauling specs for you, so I'll simply state the version line's payload ratings vary from 1,420 pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Typical of half-ton trucks, it could haul a whole ton.) The lugging optimums run from a healthy and balanced 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 pounds in a 4x2 Normal Taxicab when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 and also optional Towing Plan, which includes the hitch receiver, wiring, enhanced back springtime rates, a transmission-fluid cooler and also a tow/haul shift mode (on the six-speed only). All the specifics can be found by clicking the Requirement Equip. & Specs as well as the Available Options switches above on the left.

Tundra in the Market

Full-size pickups are the marketplace section foreign brands have actually cannot fracture-- arguably the last remaining one. These are the highest-volume and highest-profit lorries that the American business offer, which is possibly why Toyota execs have called the new Tundra one of the most essential version intro in the business's background. For perspective, Ford as well as GM sell near to a million full-size pickups a year. Toyota may have sold as lots of Tundras since they initially went on sale for the 2000 version year. Having actually offered greater than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is conservatively forecasting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, thinking about a late launch. Toyota has all but guaranteed a "larger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton variation and potentially a diesel choice.

The new Tundra has some excellent specifications and also some attributes that I would certainly identify as improvements greater than innovations. I can say that Nissan as well as Honda showed more development out of the gate compared to the domestics have, but that hasn't already given them similar sales or road cred. In this most faithful of car market sections, credibility as well as durability could be more important. As the automotive industry remains to globalize, and as Toyota builds more and more of its versions in North America utilizing a growing number of residential parts and also creating a growing number of American tasks, the concept of purchasing a Japanese pickup ends up being an increasing number of acceptable among purchasers. With the significant exemption of the United Auto Workers as well as union fans, the practice of acquiring American just to acquire American has slowly deteriorated, and lots of Americans have owned or experienced Toyota autos and also SUVs.

Toyota does not usually get it right the first time, or always the 2nd, yet it has a history of making generational modifications that at some point put its items at or near the top of their automobile class in sales and/or charm. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't occurred yet with the Yaris subcompact. It might be occurring right now with the 2007 Tundra.