Toyota continues the Tundra’s focus on ride and handling with standard 18-inch wheels and tires, the largest standard package in the segment. Regular Cabs get the 18 x 8-inch steel wheels with P255/70R18 tires. Step up to the SR5 grade and the wheels become styled steel, and on Limited models they become aluminum alloy, which are also optional on the SR5 and are matched to P275/65R18 rubber. Limited models have available a 20-inch alloy wheel with a lower-profile P275/55R20 tire. All models come with a standard tire pressure monitor system.
One last area we want to mention is the cargo bed. It’s deeper than the previous model and features an available cargo management system, a locking gate, and an assist that not only helps reduce the effort when raising the gate, but also damps it when lowering. The assist strut is housed inside the rear taillight assembly so it’s protected from the elements. Plus a backup camera is available to help when hooking up a trailer. The tailgate can be removed even when equipped with the camera. Toss in an available front and rear sonar system, and the Tundra makes it easy to maneuver just about anywhere.
By now you should be realizing that Toyota is serious about getting a bigger piece of this American pie. If you’re still not convinced of this by outside appearances alone, let’s take a look at what’s going on inside.
We mentioned that the Regular Cab had lots of interior space behind the seats for storage, as well as a fold flat front passenger seat that can double as a small work space. All cabs have best-in-class front-row leg room, and the Regular Cab with the bench seat hides a big storage area below the middle section. Three-point belts and adjustable head restraints at all seating positions are welcome safety features on all trim levels. All trims have front doors with three-position stops, standard manual dual-zone climate control system, and the quietest blower at any level of airflow.
The Double Cab features many comfort and convenience areas, like standard 60/40 split-fold cloth rear bench seat with fold-up seat cushions and a 22-degree seat back angle. All models are satellite radio capable, as well as available Bluetooth hands-free calling capability. The Double Cab features a 10-speaker JBL sound system as standard.
The CrewMax gets more goodies than the rest, including electronic dual-zone automatic climate control and standard power vertically sliding rear window on the Limited level. Standard on all CrewMax cabs is the most rear-seat leg room in the segment, leather seats, rear seat recline and slide (a segment exclusive), power thigh support, leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt/telescoping feature and redundant audio, climate, and cruise controls, and a 3-position door stop with the widest opening at 80 degrees.
Over 40 accessories are available for Tundra for 2007, and the truck has the distinction of winning the award for being the most accessory friendly truck at SEMA last year. Although Toyota admits that its primary target are the true truckers, we don’t think it would be upset if it saw a lot of tricked-out Tundras roaming the streets of every town, since personal-use truckers are also on its list of potential purchasers.