2007 Half-Ton Pickup Trucks Comparison Test

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests (1)
  • Comparison (1)
  • Long-Term

2007 Toyota Tundra Truck

(5.7L V8 4x4 6-speed Automatic 6.6 ft. Bed)
  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Picture

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Picture

    While both the Tundra and Silverado sport dual gloveboxes, the Chevy's boxes are small and the lever is fiddly and sharp. | September 29, 2009

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  • Comparison Test
  • Dyno-testing
  • Final Rankings and Scoring Explanation
  • Data and Charts
  • Top 8 Features
  • Second Opinions
  • 2007 Toyota Tundra Specs and Performance
  • 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Specs and Performance
  • 2007 Nissan Titan Specs and Performance

More commotion surrounds the introduction of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Tundra than a tour by the Rolling Stones. Everyone wants to know if these trucks have what it takes to dominate the half-ton class. Since it's been three years since our last pickup comparison, we fired up our testing gear for some serious truck driving.

Once we rounded up a 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 Limited to face off against the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 that we purchased for long-term testing, we decided to add another truck as a benchmark for the market segment. The natural choice is the Nissan Titan, the winner of our last full-size pickup truck test, and we chose a 2007 Titan 4x4 SE.

All three of these pickups are 4x4 full-size half-ton trucks equipped with a heavy-duty engine. While the Nissan and Chevrolet feature full-size crew cabs, the Tundra CrewMax isn't yet available, so we settled for a double cab. In addition, all three pickups are equipped with optional trailer-towing packages, and the Tundra and Titan are equipped with off-road packages.

Prices of the pickups in our test range from a low of $37,155 for the Titan to a high of $41,494 for the Silverado. The Titan is equipped with the SE Popular Package with Rockford Fosgate, Off-Road Package, Tow Package, SE Utility Bed Package, XM Satellite Radio and floor mats.

Our Silverado ticks boxes for the Max Trailering Package, Rear Seat Entertainment System, Safety Package, LT2 Convenience Package, power-sliding rear window, XM Satellite Radio, skid plates and P265/70/R17 tires.

Optioned with DVD navigation with backup monitor, Off-Road Package, Cold Kit and daytime running lights, our Tundra tester rings in at $41,055. All prices include destination.

Approach angle
We compiled test scores based on the capability, performance, price and feature content of each truck. Utility is a top priority for us, and powertrain flexibility is a must. Off-road capability is important, too. On-road comfort and drivability also count for a lot, especially since all the truckmakers have invested significant resources in improving this aspect of pickup performance.

Fortunately, these are trucks. And trucks offer a tremendous variety of options and configurations, meaning there's a useful combination of utility and performance for a wide range of buying power.

For almost two weeks, we drove all three trucks in a variety of terrain including urban crush, freeways and gravel roads. We loaded and unloaded them, poked and prodded them, and even dyno-tested them. And then there were the discussions among our staff. We analyzed, argued, got mad, made up, then argued some more.

Overall, we came away impressed. There isn't a stinker in the lot, nor did any one truck give an across-the-board beating to the other two. On the contrary, this is one of the closest comparison tests we've done, with only the thinnest of margins separating 1st from last place.

The background
Chevy's Silverado is the highly anticipated all-new version of one of the most popular vehicles on the road. Riding on a completely new chassis for 2007 and sporting your choice of two redesigned interiors, the range of bed, powertrain and cab configurations for the Silverado will make you dizzy. For this test, we used the Silverado we bought a few months ago as part of our long-term test fleet.

In our last full-size truck comparison test, a 2004 Nissan Titan took top honors. The 2007 Titan is much the same truck as it was three years ago, as horsepower increased for 2007 from 305 to 317 hp, and torque climbed from 379 pound-feet to 385 lb-ft. There are only a small number of different configurations, however, as there's one powertrain, two cab choices and two bed-length choices.

The all-new Tundra is Toyota's first serious attempt at competing head-on with domestic nameplates, and it's no casual affair. Unlike the earlier Tundra generations, this is one serious truck. It's no wet tissue, either, weighing in at nearly 200 pounds more massive than our Silverado. The Tundra's specifications sheet also reads like a truck guy's fantasy wish list, as it's available in a total of 31 different combinations of powertrain, wheelbase, cab type, bed length and trim level.

Inside and out
Of the three pickups, the Titan wears its rugged trucklike honesty on its sleeve. The Titan's cloth seat upholstery and rubberized interior trim make the interior look robust and rugged, as if you could hose it out. The big-truck interior door pulls, window controls atop the door panel and booming exhaust note complete the impression.

On the other hand, it's impossible to see the Nissan's HVAC lights that indicate air-conditioning operation, and the liner for the cupholder yanks out of place every time you reach for your drink. Also, the monster-size headlights are curiously dim, while the thick A-pillar and outside rearview mirror compromise visibility.

When you clamber into the Tundra's driver seat, you're immediately struck by the sheer size of the thing. First, it's a big step up into the cabin. Once inside, the interior feels expansive. The center console imparts a vast, Hummer-like separation between the two front-seat occupants, and the multifunction display for the audio and navigation controls is waaay over there. Pull up next to a high-riding 3/4-ton truck and you'll be eye to eye with the driver.

Functionally, the Tundra's cabin is outstanding, with plenty of handy bins and that versatile center console, but the design of the instrumentation display wasn't universally loved. Nor was the Tundra interior's combination of silver, gray and black plastics that looked soft but felt hard. When we drove off-road, however, the Tundra's interior didn't attract nearly as much dust as the Silverado's nicer-looking cabin.

After piloting the Tundra, the Silverado gives the impression of tidier dimensions. It's a bit easier to step up into the Chevy's cab, so the lack of a grab handle on the driver side isn't an issue (although a curious omission nonetheless). The interior shares some of the basic style of the previous-generation GMT800 GM trucks, but almost none of that truck's cheap detailing. Overall, it feels like a right-size truck, perfect for all-around use.

Next to the buff-looking Titan and Tundra, the all-new Silverado's styling seems dated to some of us, and yet attractively traditional to others. The Chevy's interior is a big step forward for GM trucks, and it drew praise for its legible instrumentation, excellent materials and general quietness.

Even so, we'd like to see some changes to the Silverado's interior, including armrests for the seats that don't feel granite-hard. We also disliked the HVAC controls. As our logbook noted, "Hate having to repeatedly press HVAC buttons to set temperature and fan speed. Give me knobs, dammit."

Pavement and dirt
Of the three trucks, the Silverado is tops in on-road ride quality. It negotiates the choppy surface of L.A. freeways with a compliant ride and little pitching back and forth. Meanwhile, the Titan and Tundra have stiff-legged, off-road suspensions, so they ride like trucks in comparison. We'll see if the Silverado's comfortable ride affects its towing behavior in the future.

Off-road, the Chevrolet is unflappable over gravel-strewn washboard surfaces. With stout new chassis designs, both the Silverado and the Toyota Tundra are tight and solid while blasting through the dirt.

In contrast, the Nissan is on tiptoes, dancing around on the loose surface and dispersing the contents of its interior bins throughout the cabin. The Titan's precise, linear steering and nicely weighted effort make it fun to drive, but the skittish chassis means it can't maintain the pace of its rivals over the loose stuff. Our logbook says, "Feels the tidiest of the three, and really shrinks around you. Stiffer ride means more skating about. It's easily controlled, but the shakiest of the three."

Both the Chevy and the Nissan are equipped with a rear differential that can be locked for better traction, while every Tundra has a limited-slip differential as standard equipment. No matter what the differences in ultimate performance might be, we found that all three trucks are unstoppable in loose dirt.

Likewise, all three trucks sail through our frame-twisting obstacle course without scraping the underside of the chassis. This test forces the wheels to the limits of articulation, and it produces very little chassis windup in any of our three trucks. Watch our video to see how little the truck beds and cabs move relative to one another through the frame-twisting course.

In truth, it takes some pretty extreme off-roading to test the limits of these beasts, and our time in the dirt with them served as a first-blush character assessment rather than a test of ultimate capability.

Turning and stopping
Opinions about the Tundra's steering were mixed, but all agreed that it's precise. Beyond this, the Tundra has a turning circle of 44 feet, the tightest among our test group. This is a surprise considering that the Tundra has a 145.7-inch wheelbase, the longest in this test.

Since the Silverado shares its rack-and-pinion steering gear with the Chevy Tahoe, we expected the pickup to have the imprecision of that SUV's steering, but we are pleased to report otherwise. Well-weighted and fairly precise, it's a long way from the rubbery helm of older GM trucks.

The Silverado's brake pedal is mounted too high but is mush-free and has excellent modulation in routine stops. A firm brake pedal in a GM truck? Indeed, and it's about time. In harder stops, some drivers observed that the pedal stroke is inconsistent. As one said, "It feels like it has two stages." Stopping from 60 mph in a drama-free 139 feet, the Silverado's performance is decent nonetheless, but it still trailed the braking performance of the Tundra by 8 feet and the Titan by 12.

Out back and in bed
The Silverado is the benchmark in the war of flip-up rear seats, permitting lever-free action with one hand, plus a floor uncluttered by the protruding seat brackets of the Tundra's arrangement. At the other end of the spectrum, it takes two hands to operate the latch and fold or unfold the Titan's seat, a minor nuisance.

The Titan is a great cargo carrier thanks to the optional Utility Bed Package with its durable spray-in bedliner, movable tie-down cleats, handy tailgate illumination and a driver-side lockbox. In comparison, our Tundra was equipped with a conventional plastic bedliner and side rails, but the tie-down cleats were missing in action. Chevy offers a similar tie-down system, but our truck didn't have it (or a bedliner).

Under the hood
If there's a major area where one truck unquestionably trumped the rest, it's the powertrain.

The Tundra's optional 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed transmission are simply the most impressive powertrain combination available in any half-ton truck. It's spectacular, delivering its test-topping 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque in an effortless, silken flood, hurling the Tundra to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and through the quarter-mile in a remarkable 14.8 seconds at 93.7 mph.

The Toyota's new six-speed transmission is calibrated brilliantly, and always manages to be in the correct gear regardless of conditions. It executes gearchanges swiftly and smoothly. When you consider that the console-mounted gear selector has a responsive manual mode, the Tundra's powertrain climbs to the top of the heap.

The Nissan Titan's tractable 5.6-liter V8 delivers plenty of muscle, right from idle, and it sounds great. Despite this, the Titan still trails the muscle-bound Tundra by 0.4 second to 60 mph and a half-second through the quarter-mile. The Titan's five-speed automatic delivers firm, satisfying gearchanges. Although it's outshined by the Toyota V8 and transmission, the Titan's powertrain has few faults.

In everyday driving, the Titan's rapid, linear throttle response made the Silverado's seem stodgy in comparison. Throttle inputs in the Silverado are overly damped, and the general reluctance of its four-speed transmission to downshift is very noticeable.

This Chevy V8's fuel-sipping four-cylinder power mode makes the engine seem even sleepier, and it takes a half-beat for all eight cylinders to wake up when you stab the throttle. From our logbook: "The Chevy's soft throttle response is unfortunate. Also, I'm not sure what the numbers say but this one feels by far the slowest."

At the track, our Silverado brings up the rear, trailing the Tundra by nearly a second to 60 mph, although it closed the gap to 0.7 second by the end of the quarter-mile. If you want to learn more about why the Silverado was slower than expected, despite its power ratings of 367 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque, check out our dyno-testing findings. Acceleration notwithstanding, the Chevy's 6.0-liter V8 and four-speed transmission placed last in the powertrain portion of our scoring.

The Titan averaged 13.7 mpg during its stay with us, with a best tank of 15.1 mpg. Despite its extra grunt and weight, the Tundra averaged 14.4 mpg, with a best tank of 16.9 mpg. EPA estimates are 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway for the Titan and 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway for the Tundra.

Since our Silverado is a long-term test truck, we have a larger sample size from which to cull fuel economy data. The picture is not pretty. Over 5,436 miles, the Chevy has averaged 12.7 mpg with a best tank of 14.2 mpg. Of the three trucks, the Silverado's performance is the furthest from its EPA rating of 15 mpg city, 19 mpg highway.

Departure angle
The 2007 Nissan Titan takes 3rd place in this group, though three years ago it placed 1st in its class with ease. With the introduction of the all-new Silverado and Tundra, the game has simply moved on, and the Titan's traditional character is cast in a harsher light. It has neither the capability of the Tundra nor the comfort of the Silverado, and the road manners of neither.

It's not that the Titan is bad — it's that the other two are so good. The fact that the Titan's range of configurations isn't up to par with the others did not play into our scoring, but is a reality it must contend with in the marketplace.

In the end, it was the Tundra's powertrain, performance and feature content that gave it the edge over the 2nd-place 2007 Chevrolet Silverado. In fact, the Silverado squeaked a minuscule lead over the Tundra in the evaluation portion of our scoring, and was the unanimous choice as the truck we'd most recommend to others for casual use. It's one refined truck, and offers an impressive breadth of talents. But the chasm in performance capability between the Tundra and Silverado simply couldn't be bridged by the Chevy's friendly ride and interior.

It comes down to utility, though, and the 1st-place 2007 Toyota Tundra simply offers more of it. No matter what we threw at it, the Tundra never blinked. It's almost as though Toyota built a 3/4-ton truck and honed it for half-ton duty, such is its unburstable nature. You pay for the Toyota's proficiency with a stiffer ride than the Silverado, but the payoff is the most capable half-ton truck on the market.

The manufacturers provided Edmunds these vehicles for the purposes of evaluation.

Power struggle
Stoplight racing is not the top priority for most truck owners, but the acceleration ability of an empty truck correlates well to its towing and hauling ability. In this comparison of half-ton pickups, the acceleration results we logged begged the question: Did Chevy bring a knife to a gunfight?

Not on paper. Equipped with the optional pushrod 6.0-liter L76 V8 rated at 367 horsepower and 375 pound-feet, our Silverado is packing a full 50 hp more than the quicker Titan. Sure, the Chevy's automatic transmission has only four speeds to the Nissan's five, but 50 hp is 50 hp. Were the Silverado's ponies asleep, or were Nissan's horses on steroids, or both?

To shed some light on whether any of the claimed power ratings are sandbagged or inflated, we put all three trucks on MD Automotive's Dynojet chassis dyno in Westminster, California.

Full power in 4... 3... 2... 1...
Of the three trucks we tested on the dyno, only the Silverado produced inconsistent results that appeared curiously low across nearly the entire rev range. Most unexpected was a power spike just before redline.

Although the spike resulted in a peak of 297 hp at the wheels — about right for the rated 367 hp at the flywheel, once drivetrain loss is factored in — the Silverado's measured power appeared to be underachieving everywhere else in the rev range.

In fact, the Chevy produces significantly less power than the Titan for the duration of the dyno test until the Chevy finally surpasses the Titan's peak of 291 hp at the wheels.

As it turns out, the explanation boils down to an engine calibration strategy. GM calibrated the 367-hp 6.0-liter V8 to remain in stoichiometric "closed-loop" fuel delivery mode for 4 seconds after the throttle is floored. This fueling strategy helps keep emissions in check (and saves fuel) at the expense of reduced power — about 40 hp less at the peak. Once the driver lifts his right foot from the wide-open throttle position, the 4-second clock resets.

This explains why the Silverado's power is low everywhere on the graph right up to the jump in power right before redline. Corresponding to the expiration of the 4-second window, the jump in power is indicative of the engine switching to open-loop "power enrichment" mode. It is only when operating in this mode that the engine delivers its full rated power.

Release the hounds
On the road, the Silverado's full advertised power will be on tap during extended full-throttle conditions such as towing, or any other situation in which the throttle is floored for more than 4 seconds.

Be aware, however, that the Silverado's horsepower herd will be thinned out during all but the most prolonged wide-open throttle squirts around town. And with an empty bed and no trailer, 4 seconds is a fairly long time to have the throttle matted.

Now that the Silverado mystery is solved, is the Titan pumping out more power than Nissan claims? Probably a bit. With a factory rating of 317 hp, the Titan's dead-consistent 291 hp at the wheels is on the robust side. We're curious if all 2007 Titans are similarly stout.

Torque to me, baby
Peak torque isn't present on the dyno graphs you see here because the Titan and Tundra were eager to downshift during testing. As a result, we had to begin their dyno pulls at engine speeds above those corresponding to peak torque.

With its wide-ratio four-speed transmission and general reluctance to downshift, we were able to capture the Silverado's torque peak of 271 lb-ft at 4,430 rpm. This value, of course, is hamstrung by the 4-second calibration mode described above.

Final Rankings

Final Rankings
2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE
Personal Rating
(5% of score)
77.8 77.8 44.4
Recommended Rating
(5% of score)
66.7 100.0 33.3
Evaluation Score
(30% of score)
82.6 82.8 77.2
Feature Content
(20% of score)
58.3 50.0 54.2
Performance
(20% of score)
95.2 80.9 90.2
Price
(20% of score)
89.5 88.3 100.0
Total Score 80.6 77.6 75.9
Final Ranking 1 2 3

Personal Rating (5%): Purely subjective. After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the pickups in order of preference based on which he or she would buy if money were no object.

Recommended Rating (5%): After the test, each participating editor was asked to rank the pickups in order of preference based on which he or she thought would be best for the average consumer shopping in this segment.

31-Point Evaluation (30%): Each participating editor ranked the three pickups using a comprehensive 31-point evaluation process. The evaluation covered everything from exterior design to cupholders. Scoring was calculated on a point system, and the scores listed are averages based on all test participants' evaluations.

Feature Content (20%): Editors picked eight features they thought would be most beneficial to a consumer shopping in this segment. Each test vehicle was then given a score based on which of those features it possessed. More points were awarded when these features were standard versus optional, and no points were given if the feature was unavailable. The score given here represents the percentage of points, out of a total possible 24 points.

Performance (20%): We subjected these pickups to our standard set of performance tests. Scores were calculated by giving the best truck in each category 100 percent. The other truck was awarded points based on how close it came to the best-performing truck's score.

Price (20%): The numbers listed are the result of a simple percentage calculation based on the least expensive vehicle of the three. Using the "as tested" prices of the actual evaluation vehicles, the least expensive vehicle received a score of 100, with the other vehicles receiving their score based on how much more they cost beyond the least expensive vehicle's price.

Dimensions
Engine & Transmission Specifications
Warranty Information
Performance Information

Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions & Capacities
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8
Length, in. 229.9 224.2 228.7
Width, in. 79.9 78.8 79.9
Height, in. 73.7 76.7 76.4
Wheelbase, in. 143.5 139.8 145.7
Curb Weight, lbs. 5,457 5,398 5,637
Turning Circle, ft. 47.2 45.3 44.0
Ground Clearance, in. 9.1 10.3 10.4
Approach Angle, degrees 16.0 30.0 29.0
Departure Angle, degrees 23.3 28.0 25.0
GVWR, lbs. 7,300 6,521 7,100
Payload, lbs. 2010 1322 1655
Towing Capacity, lbs. 10,500 9,300 10,300
Bed Length, in. 69.6 67.1 78.7
Interior Dimensions
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8
Front headroom, in.
41.5 41.0 40.2
Rear headroom, in.
40.6 40.4 38.7
Front shoulderroom, in.
65.2 65.1 66.6
Rear shoulderroom, in.
65.2 64.6 65.7
Front legroom, in.
41.3 41.8 42.5
Rear legroom, in.
38.7 40.4 34.7

Engine & Transmission Specifications

Engine & Transmission
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8
Displacement,
liters
6.0 5.6 5.7
Engine Type V8 V8 V8
Horsepower (SAE) @ rpm 367 317 381
Max. Torque, lb-ft @ rpm 375 385 401
Transmission 4AT 5AT 6AT
EPA Fuel Economy City, mpg 15 13 14
EPA Fuel Economy Hwy, mpg 19 18 18
Observed Fuel Economy combined, mpg 12.7 13.7 14.4

Warranty

Warranty Information
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8
Basic Warranty 3 yr/36,000 mi 3 yrs/36,000 mi. 3 yrs./ 36,000 mi.
Powertrain 5 yrs./100,000 mi. 5 yrs./60,000 mi. 5 yrs./60,000 mi.
Roadside Assistance 5 yrs./ 100,000 mi. 3 yrs./36,000 mi. N/A
Corrosion Protection 6 yrs./100,000 mi. 5 yrs./Unlimited mi. 5 yrs./Unlimited mi.

Performance

Performance Information
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8
0-60 mph acceleration, sec. 7.2 6.7 6.3
Quarter-mile acceleration, sec. 15.5 15.3 14.8
Quarter-mile speed, mph 88.1 89.0 93.7
60-0-mph braking, feet 139 127 131
Lateral Acceleration, g 0.69 0.69 0.69
600-ft slalom, mph 57.0 56.7 54.9

Features

Features
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Crew Cab LT2 2007 Nissan Titan 4x4 SE 2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4x4 LTD V8
Bedliner O O O
Bed tie-down System O O S
E85 flex-fuel capability O O N/A
Extending outside mirrors O O O
Locking differential O O N/A
Rearview camera O N/A O
Stability control S O S
Tow/haul transmission mode O O O

Key:
S: Standard
O: Optional
N/A: Not Available

Bedliner: Not only does this protect the truck's bed, it protects the stuff you put in the bed.

Bed tie-down system: With loops that slide fore and aft in the truck's bed, these systems provide a very useful means to accommodate objects of various size, shape and fragility.

E85 flex-fuel capability: E85 refers to a fuel blend that is 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Flex-fuel means that either E85 or straight unleaded gasoline can be put into the tank. That's important, because E85 isn't readily available in most areas.

Extending outside mirrors: Extending side mirrors make towing easier by allowing a view down the side of the trailer. Plus, they often include a smaller secondary mirror which eliminates the blind spot on each side of the truck.

Locking differential: Splits the engine's power equally among the rear wheels. Useful in muddy terrain or whenever there is a risk of getting stuck. Locking diffs are actuated via a switch in the cabin.

Rearview camera: Since it's hard to see what's directly behind pickups of this size, the likelihood of backing into something is huge. Like eyes in the back of your head, a rearview camera displays a ground-level view of what's directly behind; usually using the navigation system screen. It also makes trailer hookup extremely easy.

Stability control: Pickups can experience a wide range of loading situations, all of which can alter the weight distribution and, subsequently, the truck's handling. Stability control is a boon in inclement weather conditions when there's a load in back.

Tow/haul transmission mode: Towing heavy loads puts unique demands on an engine and transmission. A tow/haul switch alters the shift points to hold lower gears longer to maximize the available engine power, which helps to reduce hunting and avoids buildup of excessive transmission heat.

Senior Editor Ed Hellwig says:
With the most seat time in our Silverado since we bought it three months ago, I didn't think the Tundra had a chance. Sure, Toyota finally stepped up to the plate and built a real full-size truck, but our Silverado is so slick I didn't know where Toyota could make up the difference.

Then I got in the Tundra, hit a freeway on-ramp and watched the speedometer swing past 80 mph like Sosa on a fast ball. It was exactly the kind of ridiculous power the Tundra needs to make a name for itself, and the six-speed tranny never misses a chance to put it to the ground. And yes, I know trucks aren't for drag racing, but throwing a load of bricks in the bed and hitching up a trailer out back isn't going to change anything. The Tundra's drivetrain is superior no matter how you cut it.

I'll admit I never warmed up to the Tundra's interior, but it didn't leave me wishing for anything either. You want stupid-size cupholders? Plenty of those. You want a console big enough to swallow a 12-pack of Old Milwaukee and a bag of ice? Check and check.

Now I know there are plenty of GM flag wavers out there who will say there's no way the Tundra is a better truck than the Silverado. They'll start talking about duallies and diesels and the six-speed automatic that doesn't come until the 2009 model year. Well, this test wasn't about those trucks, it was about regular old half-tons in 2007. And the baddest half-ton in 2007 is the Toyota Tundra.

Vehicle
Model year2007
MakeToyota
ModelTundra
StyleTundra Double Cab Limited 4WD (5.7L V8 6A)
Base MSRPNot available at press time
As-tested MSRPNot available at press time
Drivetrain
Drive typePart-time 4x4 with low-speed transfer case
Engine typeV8, aluminum block and heads
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5700cc (348cu-in)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)381 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)401 @ 3,600
Transmission type6-speed automatic with manual mode and tow/haul switch
Chassis
Suspension, frontDouble wishbones, coil springs, monotube shock absorbers, tubular stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearLeaf srings, staggered monotube shock absorbers
Steering typeHydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Tire brandBFGoodrich
Tire modelRugged Trail T/A
Tire size, frontP275/65R18
Tire size, rearP275/65R18
Brakes, front13.9-inch ventilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.1
0-60 mph (sec.)6.3
0-75 mph (sec.)9.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.8 @ 93.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)54.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.69
Sound level @ idle (dB)45
@ Full throttle (dB)76.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.6
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsAll the best runs were made with traction control off*, but with prudent throttle modulation to keep the rear tires from evaporating. Wow, this thing is quick!*Note: Turning traction control off automatically engages Auto LSD, an electronic limited slip function.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsNot much to tell: Very little ABS pulse or hum; pedal stroke and firmness remained the same from 1st to last stop.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsOur test truck had no owner's manual, and we didn't find the defeat mechanism for the stability control while at the track. Therefore, our slalom results came in lower than they otherwise would have. Nevertheless, steering is quick and precise, and the chassis is suited to dancing. Unlike in the slalom where stability control was the limiting factor, the tires were limiting on the skid pad. An inexorable "push" develops that doesn't seem to awaken the sleeping electronic nanny.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (F)60
Wind (mph, direction)1
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 city/18 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.4
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,637 (as-tested)
Length (in.)228.7
Width (in.)79.9
Height (in.)76.4
Wheelbase (in.)145.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)34.7
Headroom, front (in.)40.2
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)N/A
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceN/A
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear curtain
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
Vehicle
Model year2007
MakeChevrolet
ModelSilverado 1500
StyleLT2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$35,840
As-tested MSRP$41,919
Drivetrain
Drive typeFour-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5967cc (364cu-in)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)367 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)375 lbs-ft@ 4300 rpm
Transmission type4-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbones, coil springs
Suspension, rearSolid axle, leaf springs
Steering typePower-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelWrangler AT/S
Tire size, frontP265/70R17 113S
Tire size, rearP265/70R17 113S
Brakes, frontventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.5
0-60 mph (sec.)7.2
0-75 mph (sec.)10.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.5 @ 88.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)139
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)57
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.69
Sound level @ idle (dB)46.3
@ Full throttle (dB)74.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsWith traction control turned off, spinning or not spinning the rear tires didn't much affect the acceleration numbers. There's no indicated redline, but upshifts generally occur at 5,500 rpm. Wide gear spacing revealed a couple dead-spots in the 6.0L V8's power band.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThe pedal stroke and resistance is not consistent throughout the 60-0-mph ABS test. There are two distinct thresholds as the truck slows from, say 60 to 30 mph and then from 30 to 0 mph when the pedal goes almost to the floor. Also, there doesn't appear to be a "brake assist" program as one 95-percent application of the brakes did not activate ABS fully.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, with the stability system disabled, the Silverado gets into tire sidewall flex frequency that causes the truck's front tires to bounce and the whole truck to porpoise. As a result, the truck eventually begins to understeer.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (F)61
Wind (mph, direction)0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city / 19 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)12.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,371 (5,457 as tested)
Length (in.)229.9
Width (in.)79.9
Height (in.)73.7
Wheelbase (in.)143.5
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)38.7
Headroom, front (in.)41.5
Headroom, rear (in.)40.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)53.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot available
Head airbagsOptional head airbags
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlNot available
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionOptional
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
Vehicle
Model year2007
MakeNissan
ModelTitan
StyleSE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (5.6L 8cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$32,285
As-tested MSRP$37,155
Drivetrain
Drive typeFour-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5552cc (339cu-in)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)317 @ 5200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)385 @ 3400
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid axle, leaf springs
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power-assist rack-and-pinion steering
Tire brandBFGoodrich
Tire modelRugged Trail T/A
Tire size, frontP285/70R17 117T
Tire size, rearP285/70R17 117T
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.2
0-60 mph (sec.)6.7
0-75 mph (sec.)10.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 89.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.69
Sound level @ idle (dB)49.4
@ Full throttle (dB)74.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.7
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe Titan is difficult to launch aggressively because of the open rear differential. It tends to be a "one-legger" when wheelspin occurs. Shifts are crisp and right at redline. Wonderful-sounding engine.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsWell controlled but a noticeable amount of noise from the tires and ABS controller. Otherwise, good pedal feel with minimal nose dive and straight stops.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsThe open differential won't allow the Titan to circle the skid pad any faster. When the inside-rear tire gets light, the outside-rear wheel loses power and that's that. In the slalom, the Titan really feels much sportier than most pickups. Steering is direct, well weighted, and the chassis will respond to some "slideways" antics without much protest. The raw mph figure doesn't reflect how capable and confident the Titan feels here.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (F)62.2
Wind (mph, direction)0
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)28
Edmunds observed (mpg)13.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)28
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,199 (5,398 as-tested)
Length (in.)224.2
Width (in.)78.8
Height (in.)76.7
Wheelbase (in.)139.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)40.4
Headroom, front (in.)41
Headroom, rear (in.)40.4
Seating capacity6
Cargo volume (cu-ft)N/A
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional side airbags
Head airbagsOptional head airbags
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionOptional
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance3 stars
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