2007 Toyota Tundra Expert Review

You'll Like The 2007 Toyota Tundra If...

If in need of a full-size pickup for loading, towing or commercial applications, Toyota's new pickup won't disappoint, especially for those customers accustomed to Toyota levels of reliability and refinement. If that's the case, the new Tundra should be right up your (paved or dirt) alley.

You May Not Like The 2007 Toyota Tundra If...

If you're a Chevy, Dodge or Ford loyalist you'll probably not see the point of changing truck brands, especially when Toyota's entry offers nothing in the way of ground-breaking content. And, for those with heavy-duty needs, a three-quarter-ton or one-ton variant is still the province of the domestic brands.

What's New

With the exception of its 4.0-liter V6 and 4.7-liter V8, virtually everything is new on the all-new Tundra. That includes the chassis, the sheetmetal (a product of Toyota's Calty Design), the signature 5.7-liter V8 and even the main Tundra plant that was built on a green-field site near San Antonio, Texas. Rarely, if ever, has a vehicle built and assembled by an importer enjoyed the degree of American involvement in its design and engineering as the Tundra. And, given the number of cab, bed and model configurations (31) available to consumers, Toyota's expanded commitment to the segment is also all-new.

Interior Features

We like the overall design and content of the new Tundra interior, while wishing the interior plastics provided a little higher impression of quality. Still, the ergonomics, design, generous space and seating comfort of the Tundra's interior should be more than enough for just about anybody except, maybe, a basketball star.

Exterior Features

The Tundra's assertive shape is not for the timid. In a vein similar to the latest Tacoma, Toyota's design team has given consumers an overt expression of toughness and utility. From the in-your-rearview-mirror grille to flared wheel wells and expressive cabin, no one will confuse this Tundra with any previous iteration. We especially liked the simplicity of the regular cab and visual balance provided by the (four-door) CrewMax. The Double Cab, which replaces the previous Access Cab, offers a forward-hinged rear door, aiding access in tight parking spots.

Driving Impressions

With an all-new chassis and big-displacement V8 we were expecting a giant stride in the Tundra's ride, handling and driving dynamic, and the new Tundra doesn't disappoint. We found the ride over uneven surfaces to be composed and controlled, while the big displacement V8 does your bidding in a way you'd fully expect from 381 horsepower. Although we didn't have a chance to sample either the V6 or 4.7-liter V8, those are known entities, and we'd expect them to perform appropriately in this new application. Towing a 10,000-pound test load over approximately sixty miles of highway was as non-eventful as Toyota claimed it would be, helped in no small part by the Tundra's accurate steering and four-wheel disc braking. When combining the 5.7-liter V8 with the regular cab/short bed you have a recipe for notable performance (assuming, of course, you're no longer towing 10,000 pounds).

Pricing Notes

Base price of a two-wheel-drive V6 Regular Cab/Short Bed is $22,935, while the same truck equipped with the 5.7 liter V8 is $25,025. On the upper end, a four-wheel-drive CrewMax equipped with the 5.7-liter engine and Limited trim starts at $42,495. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Prices to see what others are paying for their Tundras in your area. All prices are in line with their domestic competition, as are the residuals - a Double Cab SR5 is predicted by Kelley Blue Book to retain 47 percent of its original price after 48 months, while Nissan's Titan Crew Cab SE will retain 42 percent, the Ford F-Series SuperCrew 41 percent and Chevy's new Silverado Crew Cab 47 percent.

Notable Equipment

Standard equipment on the Tundra includes an AM/FM/CD with four speakers and an audio input jack, dual-zone climate control, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, a 40/20/40 split-bench front seat and two 12-volt outlets. The running gear includes a 4.0-liter V6 engine, 18-inch wheels and tires and four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Notable Options

A 4.7-liter V8 is standard on the four-door CrewMax and optional on all others, while optional on all three cab configurations is an all-new 5.7-liter V8, delivering 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. In conjunction with this powerplant is an optional towing package, boosting towing capability to a segment-leading 10,800 pounds. If you want comfort and convenience to go with your power, Toyota's SR5 adds power seats, windows, door locks and mirrors, along with keyless entry and upgraded upholstery. The Limited brings dual-zone climate control, a JBL audio system and the availability of 20-inch wheels. Other options include navigation with rearview camera, rear-seat entertainment and a wide range of accessories available from your Toyota dealer.

Favorite Features

Interior Storage

Even in the context of a regular cab, Toyota offers a generous amount of interior storage. Two glove boxes (upper and lower) set the tone, while the center console provides storage for a laptop computer or hanging files. Each front door holds two 22-ounce bottles, while rear doors on the Double Cab each hold one bottle.

Backup Camera

Spec your Tundra with the Navigation System and you'll enjoy the added benefit of a backup camera. In addition to its safety aspect, the camera makes it easy, even in low-light conditions, to line up the truck's hitch ball with a trailer's hitch, thus making connecting up to the trailer a true one-person operation.

Under the Hood

As noted, Toyota rounds out the Tundra's performance picture with an all-new, big-displacement V8 of 5.7 liters Prodigious horsepower and torque, however, are only part of the story - the new powerplant also meets California's ULEV II emission standard, and is rated Tier2 Bin 5 by the federal government, making it easier on the environment.

5.7 liter V8

381 horsepower @ 5600 rpm

401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 (2WD), 14/18 (4WD)

Editors' Notes

Given the hype surrounding the introduction of Toyota's all-new Tundra, you'd think Toyota's product team had discovered at least a cure for the common cold. A full-size truck from Toyota is big news and, after Toyota's two previous attempts at the full-size market (the T-100, introduced in 1993, and the first-generation Tundra, introduced in 2000), it does heighten expectations. The newest Tundra is not, however, the reinvention of the pickup. Rather, with its new Tundra, Toyota hopes to hit the sweet spot in the marketplace and, while not reinventing the pickup, its launch significantly raises the stakes in the full-size segment.

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Twelve years and still going strong!

I've owned my Tundra for more than 12 years now and I love it just as much as I did when I bought it. It has been incredibly reliable throughout the years. I have done little more than general maintenance to keep it on the road. The fuel efficiency has declined over the years but it still runs great.I've been rough on the truck, used it for work, landscaping, off road etc. And it has never let me down. I have 189k miles on the truck and I hope to double that number.I have the crew cab model and it has proven to be quite roomy and comfortable. It has ample storage under the rear seat. Plenty of legroom in the front and back. The seats are quite comfortable and the drivers sweet is equipped with lumbar controls. The center console is well thought out and has a great deal of storage including a place to store files. The ride is smooth and road noise is minimal. At 383 horsepower you have all the power you should ever need. I would highly recommend buying a Tundra to anyone looking for a tough, reliable, full sized pickup truck.

- Glenn W

My Toyota tundra has served me well, and it will keep on.

Awesome truck, always fun to drive. I did have a few problems early on though, and I had bought it used with eighty one thousand miles on it already, the most miles I had ever signed my name to. But most everything I've had to get repaired ended up being covered or at least partially by Toyota's warranty, so it wouldn't have worked out better. The only thing mine is lacking is four wheel drive, I guess I'll get it next time. If this one ever dies, which seems unlikely at this point, id run out and try to buy another one, without a doubt. The truck is the most comfortable vehicle I've ever had, and has some truly superior interior to boot. I got the five point seven liter v eight, and this thing goes. Picks up fast, climbs hills completely undaunted. Has the best handling I've ever experienced in a pickup truck.

- Kevin K

The best truck ever Tundra and service for this truck is cheap.

It a big truck with a lot of space in the cabin, and have a option to a 3rd seat at front so it's ready for 6 people the rear window open like others 4 windows so when I need to carry poles 12 ft long just open the rear window and it's more easy, the issue it's just the radio has something wrong electric but I love this truck and for sure I going to buy the brand new Tundra I recommend this truck your no complain the back doors open wide 90° cause usually the other trucks open like 45° and you can control all windows from the driver door you can lock and unlock from the drivers door.

- Joel R

The Toyota tundra has 4.10 rear gears so it has a lot of torque.

The Toyota tundra is a really nice truck. I personally own a 2007 tundra that is equipped with the 5. 7 v8. It has a lot of power and torque. Mine also has 4WD and it works as it should. I have the double cab and it has plenty of room in the back for whoever. I might have to scoot my seat up a little for taller people but it is just for their comfort. They can usually fit without me doing that. Inside is nice and basic and I understand all the buttons and functions. It has been really reliable so far and I do not plan on selling it.

- Bradley M

Very reliable, comfortable, and tough. Poor gas mileage

I really enjoy my 2007 Toyota Tundra. It has been extremely reliable, very comfortable, and gives a Smooth ride. I have owned the truck for 9 years and outside of breaks, tires and routine maintenance, have only had one issue with rodents eating at the wiring. I feel Toyota should have designed the Tundra so this can't happen. My only other complaint is gas mileage. I have averaged 14.5 mpg. This alone may stop me from buying another Tundra

- Craig N

Great truck to invest in.

Great vehicle, I have always liked the Toyota Tundra. I have the 4 door crew max. Great for friends and family. I love going off-road in it, and road trips as well. I have really not have to much trouble with it. 2 years ago, it had a bit of a hick up in the motor, but since it was fixed. It has been running very smooth. I recommend it to anyone. For some reason, the original window motors on Toyotas go out to easy. That is the only downside.

- Eli H

2007 Toyota tundra- great vehicle.

I have one had to get routine maintenance done in my 5 years with the vehicle other than I had to get my water pump replaced. Otherwise, been a great vehicle. I love the extra room and the can easily haul 5 or 6 people. The engine is very strong and I can easily tow more than I will ever need to. Most cities have Toyota dealerships, so I advise to go ahead and get services done there just to be on the safe side.

- Zack H

Family of 5 Toyota Tundra.

Even with three children we LOVE our Tundra. The gas mileage is decent, and it has tons of random storage parts. One down side is traveling, without a cover over the truck of the bed it makes traveling long distances, and hauling tons of groceries when all 5 of us are in the truck. The truck runs great, and the seats are all comfy, and you can customize the driver's seat in many ways. Overall an amazing truck!

- Cherity L

Most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.

I have owned many vehicles in my life, but the Toyota tundra is hands down my favorite. The body style literally changed the industry, all the other manufacturers are attempting to copy this vehicle in their newer models. The interior is also top notch compared to other similar vehicles. I have not had a single mechanical issue in 10 years, and I plan on driving this vehicle for the next 20.

- Samuel L

Overall satisfied with new Toyota Tundra

Love the space of vehicle and the smooth drive. Wish the air condition vents were bigger in the back but overall very satisfied. The comfort level is high and it's easy for a family of 4 to travel in. The service of Toyota was great and the deal was awesome. The leather seats are smooth and the options to adjust are perfect. Bad on gas but it a huge truck so it was expected.

- Jackie G

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