2007 toyota Tundra Double Cab

2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab: After a number of almost-there versions, Toyota has actually gone all out with a half-ton pick-up: the second-generation 2007 Tundra rolling into dealers right now. My overall impact of the Tundra is that it's not a game-changer, yet it is a formidable gamer, which's more than enough to please purchasers as well as endanger various other truckmakers. From its high towing abilities and also optional six-speed transmission to its safety and ease attributes as well as roomy team cab, the Tundra is a must-drive for anybody in the market for a full-size vehicle.

2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

Exterior & Styling

The Tundra can be found in 3 taxi styles: normal, prolonged and crew, named Normal Taxicab, Double Taxi and also CrewMax, specifically. The Routine as well as Dual Taxi versions have short or long cargo beds measuring 6.5 feet and 8.1 feet in size.

There are three trim degrees: The Routine Cab DX is a stripped-down job associate a black grille and grille framework, and black bumpers, side mirrors and door as well as tailgate handles. It can be upgraded to an SR5 using an alternative bundle that includes-- among useful functions-- a chrome front bumper with a body-colored cap.

The Tundra resembles the Tacoma midsize pickup yet with a taller, domed hood. Its most distinct component is a black strip that extends the crest of the grille framework. I'm not sure I like it, yet there it is. It sticks out much more on the body-colored grille surround that begins the Sport Look Plan, an option offered for Normal and also Dual Cabs.

In the Dual and CrewMax designs, the SR5 trim level adds the chrome grille framework, and also the chrome and also body-colored treatment for the rear in addition to the front bumper. The Minimal trim level adds chrome to the grille's three bars, the door takes care of and also the side mirrors, with the exception of the optional extendable mirrors offered for pulling objectives. The Limited's front bumper is entirely body-colored, and also it's the only trim level with common haze lights.

The typical wheels are 18 inches, in steel for the SR5 as well as alloy for the Limited. Twenty-inch alloys are optional.
Going & Ending
In addition to a V-6 that's basic on the Normal Taxicab and Double Taxicab, the Tundra provides 2 V-8 engines. The CrewMax doesn't come with 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 setting up employees behind each vehicle, pressing; a designer in the bed with a bullhorn making vrooom vroom, roar roar audios; as well as a marketing exec riding shotgun as well as asserting that the rearview mirrors had not been available in yet but would certainly be included quickly.

In truth (always less intriguing) there became plenty of the larger blocks, which along with the pickup truck market's initial six-speed transmission, are the new Tundra's primary claim to fame. The drivetrain is impressive without a doubt, driving the Tundra up to freeway speeds faster than a 4x4 team taxicab has a right to go, finish with a passionate grumble from under the hood. Alternatively, when you speed up slowly, having six gears maintains the engine speed reduced, and the sound in addition to it. The generous torque is available in a broad band, with a minimum of 90 percent of the top torque at hand from 2,400 to 5,500 rpm, inning accordance with Toyota's dimensions.

The trans additionally delivers better gas mileage than the 4.7-liter and also its five-speed automated in 4x2 Expanses, as well as only concerning a fifty percent an mpg less than the 4.7-liter in 4x4 variations. It's the less-powerful engine that possibly would benefit much more from the extra equipment, but the 4.7-liter goes to least partnered with a five-speed automatic. I discovered this pairing to be greater than appropriate in a Tundra Dual Taxi 4x2, as well as I'm positive it would be adequate with 4WD as well. Chevy and also Ford vehicles have four-speeds. The Dodge Ram has five, and Ford has promised a six-speed for the next-generation F-Series.

All Tundras are fitted with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist as well as electronic brake-force distribution. In typical driving, the brakes did their task, but the numb pedal feel left lots to be preferred. The Silverado has a genuine side below.


The optional 4WD, readily available just with the V-8, is an easy part-time, shift-on-the-fly system with some included tricks that make it more advanced. At the twist of a dial, the dual-range transfer situation engages the front axle, which is separated by default for fuel savings. The torque is split 50/50 (front/rear), however the conventional four-wheel traction control can likewise move power from one side to the various other on either axle-- in both 4WD high and 4WD low modes.

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

Trip & Handling

The brand-new Tundra Double Cab and also CrewMax ride well with a vacant bed-- the worst-case scenario. There's some shudder in the structure when surrendering bumps, however this is common among body-on-frame pick-ups, and it's not excessive right here. It's feasible that the long-bed version's longer wheelbase would certainly introduce even more spin or resonance, however I drove just the CrewMax as well as the Double Taxi short bed. When the first-generation Tundra appeared, it was praised for its trip convenience. Because that time, the competitors has actually made invasions and also Toyota has reconstructed the vehicle for heavier service. For whatever factor, there's no longer a clear difference. The brand-new Chevy Silverado, specifically, has actually risen to the obstacle.

Available on the short-bed SR5 and Minimal is a TRD (Toyota Racing Advancement) Off-Road Package that has different tuning thanks to stiffer front coil springs and also rear leaf springs and stronger Bilstein brand shock absorbers as well as bushings. It additionally consists of distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, offroad tires as well as front tow hooks. I drove this arrangement off-road, where it executed well, but I didn't experience it on pavement. Someone is particular to: The TRD package is available on rear-drive vehicles.

Pickup guiding isn't anything to obtain excited about, however the 44-foot transforming diameter is a success on the CrewMax, standard-bed Double Cab and also long-bed Normal Taxi. Compare this to the Ford F-150's 45 feet as well as the Silverado's 47 feet. This isn't really almost U-turns; it dictates exactly how sharply you can cut a swing when you're car parking or steering a trailer hitch. With a long 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 score, the standard-bed Tundra Regular Cab turns a 39.2-foot circle.).

The Seats

An additional of the Tundra's firsts is a crew-cab rear seat whose 60/40-split segments slide forward and back and also recline. Doing so needs the largest rear seat in a pick-up, which the Tundra provides. With the reclining and the legroom, a limousine would certainly be a fair comparison. A few of the room below comes from a bed that's a little bit shorter-- 5.5 feet long versus the Silverado Team Taxi's 5.75 feet, but that doesn't describe the F-150, which has a 5.5-foot box as well as a smaller sized rear seat.

The Double Cab's rear seat isn't really half negative either, with convenient legroom and also doors that open forward rather than rearward. They swing almost to a best angle with the side, so entrance as well as departure is as straightforward as one could expect. The facility floor hump, as in the CrewMax, is only a few inches high.

The standard pole position is a 40/20/40-split cloth bench that suits three passengers. To accommodate much shorter vehicle drivers, it's ideal to outfit the Tundra with a seat-height modification as well as a tilt/telescoping wheel. Neither is available in the base Regular Taxi (the standard wheel just tilts). In the bigger taxicabs, the SR5 trim level brings premium towel and also hands-on chauffeur's height change to the split bench. You'll require the pail seats-- common on the Limited and optional on the SR5-- to get power changes and a guiding wheel that both turns and telescopes. The Limited likewise adds natural leather furniture as well as heated seats.

The Tundra's high hood and cargo box walls produce bad exposure promptly around the truck. For ease of car parking, however, front and also rear sonar sharp systems are offered (rear-only is more typical), as well as the optional navigating system includes a rearview video camera that shows the location behind the vehicle on the control panel screen-- a should for affixing a trailer drawback alone. At some time this year Toyota will certainly offer a dealer-installed rearview electronic camera with a 3.5-inch display as a alternative separate from the expensive nav function. Prices isn't set for this rare and also welcome function, however it's estimated to be approximately $600-- method better than the navigation/rearview video camera option's $2,810 list price.

Interior Decoration, Top Quality

The "driver-oriented cockpit" exceeds the common tilted center control board: Elevated and colored silver, the left-hand side of the console prolongs from in between the container seats, up the facility control board and leftward to develop the whole vehicle driver's side of the dashboard. I find the principle appealing, but the faux-metal surface isn't really the most effective I've seen (some are actually suitable nowadays). In my opinion the control panel shows the best (glossy piano-black lacquer) and also the worst (plastic mimicing metal) of modern wood-trim-alternative materials. This silvery things becomes part of exactly what has actually delayed Toyota's well-regarded interior top quality, which is still great but isn't really retreating from the much-improved competitors.

Like the inner and outer door deals with, the handles and dials are large, in maintaining with the gloved-workman picture. Taking an action beyond, the vehicle likewise identifies how the requirements and also tools of craftsmen have transformed-- that the concept of knuckle-dragging sheetrockers and tin-knockers is a distant memory: Versions with bucket seats have a center storage space console large sufficient for a notebook computer and fitted with rails to sustain hanging data folders.

Various other storage space stipulations abound. There's a dual glove compartment and so many containers, nooks and cubbies that it's like a coat with too many pockets; you might forget where you place things. I did. In my search, I was regrettably unable to discover the switch that magically teleports the Tundra to that alternate cosmos where contractors most likely to hide when they're meant to be finishing your kitchen area.

Safety and security

The Tundra has actually not yet been crash-tested, however it is fully equipped with standard safety and security functions. Not already stated are side-impact airbags for the pole positions as well as side curtains to secure the front and also rear seats. The curtains are made to deploy in case of a rollover to shield occupants as well as stop 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 Cab, but dimensions and also pictures reveal a generous storage area behind the seats with incorporated storage space boxes. The Double Taxicab's 60/40-split rear seat pillows turn as much as disclose a reasonably minimalist flooring. I choose the resulting tall upright room to the CrewMax's fold-down back-rests, which provide a nice plastic-covered work surface area yet not as much floor-to-ceiling height.

Nowhere is the new design's greater dimension a lot more purposeful compared to in the freight bed, which has actually expanded a few inches in most dimensions. It now determines 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 extends the CrewMax bed to around 7.5 feet, so also the fastest bed leaves only 1/2 foot of common building materials hanging.

The securing tailgate has an assist strut that makes it feasible to lift with one or two fingers. A perk is that it damps the activity, so eviction likewise reduces gradually under its very own weight rather than slamming down into the support wires. Toyota says the strut also stops jumping when driving with the gate down. Where Nissan uses a manufacturing facility spray-in bedliner, Toyota has stuck with the plastic lay-in type, believing that proprietors want the choice of removing it down the line and offering a prospective new owner with an unmarred bed.

As a result of the numerous taxi as well as bed dimensions and engine as well as driveline selections, I might spend the remainder of the version year wading through haul as well as hauling specifications for you, so I'll just claim the version line's haul scores vary from 1,420 extra pounds to 2,060 extra pounds. (Common of half-ton trucks, it can carry a whole load.) The lugging optimums range from a healthy and balanced 10,100 pounds in a 4x4 CrewMax to 10,800 extra pounds in a 4x2 Regular Taxi when each is furnished with the 5.7-liter V-8 as well as optional Towing Plan, that includes the hitch receiver, circuitry, raised back spring prices, a transmission-fluid cooler and a tow/haul shift setting (on the six-speed just). All the specifics can be found by clicking on the Requirement Equip. & Specs and also the Available Options buttons above on the left.

Tundra in the Market

Full-size pick-ups are the marketplace segment international brand names have cannot crack-- perhaps the last staying one. These are the highest-volume and also highest-profit cars that the American firms market, which is most likely why Toyota execs have called the brand-new Tundra the most crucial version intro in the firm's history. For viewpoint, Ford as well as GM sell close to a million full-size pick-ups a year. Toyota could have sold as many Tundras given that they initially went on sale for the 2000 version year. Having marketed more than 124,500 Tundras in 2006, Toyota is cautiously projecting sales of 200,000 for the brand-new generation in 2007, thinking about a late launch. Toyota has almost guaranteed a "larger" Tundra, recommending a three-quarter or one-ton variation and possibly a diesel choice.

The brand-new Tundra has some remarkable specs and some features that I would certainly identify as developments more than innovations. I could argue that Nissan as well as Honda showed even more development from eviction than the domestics have, but that hasn't already given them equivalent sales or road cred. In this most devoted of vehicle market segments, trustworthiness as well as longevity could be more vital. As the auto sector continues to globalize, and also as Toyota builds an increasing number of of its versions in North America using an increasing number of residential components as well as developing an increasing number of American tasks, the idea of acquiring a Japanese pick-up becomes a growing number of appropriate among customers. With the significant exception of the United Auto Employees and union fans, the practice of getting American just to purchase American has actually gradually worn down, and numerous Americans have possessed or experienced Toyota autos and SUVs.

Toyota doesn't typically get it right the first time, or necessarily the 2nd, yet it has a background of making generational modifications that at some point put its items at or near the top of their vehicle class in sales and/or charm. It happened with the Camry, the Corolla and the Sienna minivan. It hasn't happened yet with the Yaris subcompact. It may be taking place now with the 2007 Tundra.