I am writing this review just to start up a discussion on the new 2007 Toyota Tundra. I am thinking of buying one so had an extended test ride from the dealership. Here is what I found:
The truck is very quick from stop. Lot of power and you can feel it. It never feels that you are out of the power band. One problem that ford trucks have and which is did not find in the Tundra was the smoothness of power delivery. Power is there whenever you need it, no lag at all. However, I was not very impressed by the six speed transmission. At times, the shifts were pretty harsh particularly from second to third during acceleration. Overall the ride quality was good, but not exceptional. The TRD version had a notably stiffer ride, and I felt a little bouncing at highway speeds. The SR5 seemed smooth and balanced at highway speeds. The cabin is as quiet as it can be. No road (evidently) or wind noise. My F150 has some wind noise at highway speeds otherwise it's reasonably quiet.
Excellent visibility all around. Good quality parts inside. But coming from a 2005 Ford F150 Lariat, I prefer the ford style interior which in-fact is very competitive. I felt that the seats on the Tundra were more supportive than my Ford F150's. I am talking about the cloth seats and not leather. Ford's leather seats are better that Toyota's, however, my current truck has cloth seats. Tundra has a lot of intuitive storage compartments here and there which is really nice. I really liked the compartment where I can store my laptop. The Ford also has storage bin, but I liked the ones in Tundra better
I did not have the opportunity to test the towing capabilities, but am taking the Toyotas word on that. Also, after checking out the acceleration of the truck I don't have doubt about its towing capability. It would tow at least as much as the F150 and that's all I need in towing. One more thing, the brakes were excellent. There was appropriate pedal travel and was braking was linear, much better than my F150. Overall, they added a lot of confidence on the road.
I will update this review as and when I take more test rides or in case I buy it. Everybody is welcome to put in their comments. but please refrain from adding senseless comments and starting a review war. Please add a comment only if you own the truck or have driven it. Unnecessary "Toyota sucks, Ford rules" or vice versa are not appreciated. I am not a dealer nor affiliated to any. I am simply trying to make up my mind on whether to buy this Tundra or not. So if you all can help me out with this, I would really appreciate it.