Select the new 5.7L Hemi option for your Durango and you've got yourself a hot rod of an SUV that handles like a sports sedan. This is a truly nimble truck that handles transitions effortlessly; produces confident, even braking with plenty of power in reserve; and pulls off corners like, well, a Hemi.
The styling is unique and crosses somewhere between an SUV and a minivan. If all this speaks to you, you should hustle down to your dealer and order your own Hemi-powered '04 Durango.
'04ToyotaTundra Double CabIt's no secret that the crew cab light-truck market segment is hot. So it makes perfect sense for Toyota to follow truck buyers' preferences and produce the new Tundra Double Cab. The Tundra Double Cab is available in V-8 two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models in SR5 and Limited grades. It's powered by the 4.7L iForce V-8 backed with a four-speed automatic. The new Toyota fullsize pickup features one of the longest beds and most comfortable rear seats of any fullsize four-door 1/2-ton pickup on the market.
The Double Cab features 37.5 inches of rear legroom and a rear seatback angle of 24 degrees. Rear-seat passengers get their own heating and air-conditioning ducts, and the Tundra Double Cab also offers an optional rear-seat audio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones. Each rear-seating position also includes a headrest and three-point seatbelts. The 60/40 split-fold-and-tumble seats offer an extra measure of cargo utility for carrying items the owner would prefer not to put in the bed. But one of the best new features is the truck's limo-like, vertical, power-sliding full rear window.
Driving ImpressionThe dash layout is neat; not exactly Sequoia but you can tell the influence. Toyota says it's not lifted from the Sequoia because the dimensions are different. Acceleration is more than adequate from the 4.7L multivalve V-8. As we always expect of Toyota, the powertrain delivers smooth, solid shifts that aren't harsh. The brake feels good, even though it has drums on the rear.
The new Tundra Double Cab's ride is very well damped and surprised us by not exhibiting the expansion chamber resonant frequency chop; it seemed to be able to manage those forces well. The damping and spring rates seem to be very nicely tuned; not harsh but firm enough to control the body for a comfortable ride. While mountain driving, there's not a lot of body roll and brake dive is not excessive. The handles are good, with lots of corner grip. Hitting some "washboard" at 60 mph didn't upset the chassis; it handled it comfortably, though, it had a little aftershake. Overall, the truck is really good in the corners. The suspension sucks up the rough and crumbly surfaces, with not a lot of steering correction required to hold turns since the rear's not dancing around even though we're unloaded.
At 80-mph cruise, the cabin is very quiet. The power rear window retracts fully into the back of the cab; the side rear windows also retract fully. The effect is a very spacious-feeling cabin. The extensions on the visors are much appreciated and should be required for all trucks in California and other sun-belt states. The back seat is very roomy; tumble forward for space. The rear seatback angle is very comfortable.