Vehicle Type: Pickup
History/Description: With nearly a dozen model configurations to choose from, you might say that Toyota was keen on offering a Tundra for any need, lifestyle or budget. In general, this era of the Tundra line offers two drivetrains, two V8 engines, three cab styles and three cargo bed lengths. From there, shoppers can select trim levels and options packages to help suit their individual needs or tastes. Whether it’s a trail-ready mud-crawler, a luxurious towing rig or a simple and reliable work truck, there’s a Tundra for any shopper. Further, a wide range of factory accessories opens the door on endless possibilities for even more customization.
An automatic limited-slip rear differential is fitted to all models, and skid-plates are included on all 4×4 models, too. With a heavy duty starter, battery, alternator and transmission cooler on every model, Tundra came standard with some of the stuff other trucks charge extra for.
Available features include a back-up camera, six-disc CD changer, automatic climate control, a premium audio system, wood trim, leather-lined cabin and plenty more.
Engines / Trim: All models get a six-speed, electronically-controlled automatic transmission for maximum performance and fuel economy. The 4.7 and 5.7L V8 engines feature intelligent Variable Valve Timing technology for maximized on-demand torque and minimized fuel consumption.
Toyota’s latest iForce V8 powerplants develop 310 or 381 hp, respectively, with slightly less output from the old 4.6L V8 engine used before 2010. Shoppers after a value model will likely gravitate towards the SR5, while Limited and Platinum models were more top of the line. The TRD Offroad package is ideal for the adventurous owner that frequently ventures off-road, and includes a set of heavy-duty shock absorbers from Bilstein in both front and rear.
2007 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Limited. Click image to enlarge
What Owners Like: Highly rated were the Tundra’s power output, a tremendously spacious cabin, big storage bins, and rear-seat legroom in certain models. Seat comfort was rated highly too, as was handling. Styling, braking performance and powertrain refinement are also commonly praised.
What Owners Dislike: Typical pickup gripes comprise most of the complaints of the Tundra, with owners reporting that advertised fuel consumption is much lower than what’s achievable in real life, and that it’s a difficult machine to park. Others report an overly bouncy ride on rougher surfaces.
Check out some owner reviews from autoTRADER.ca.
The Test Drive: By and large, owners taking to the web to chat about their Tundra ownership experiences report few issues, and even fewer major ones. However, some pre-purchase checks are advised for maximum peace of mind.
A large number of owners suggest test-driving the Tundra, primarily, with your ears.