2015 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition
The 1794 Edition might be the most Texan of all Tundra models-- it's named for the year the JLC Cattle ranch, the website of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, was started. Like all 1794 Editions, our tester was a CrewMax model with the 5.5-foot bed and also came powered by Toyota's 5.7-liter V-8, which produces 381 hp as well as 401 lb-ft of torque. Our truck additionally came equipped with part-time four-wheel drive as well as a selection of TRD Efficiency parts (as part of the TRD Off-Road bundle) and also various other accessories that drove the cost up to $54,796. The 1794 Version helps justify its MSRP with an interior bound in soft, smooth leather. The seats, center console, shifter, dash, and also door panels are covered in rich-feeling cowhide, which provides a Western look with its saddle-brown color as well as white contrast sewing.
Although the natural leather furniture itself looks good, it could be much better matched with the remainder of the interior, which uses silver-colored hard plastics and also plasticky-looking wood trim. The door panels and rush make use of the same sturdy materials discovered in other Tundra designs, which is probably a good thing for those who plan on actually using their 1794 as a truck. The utilitarian appearance does stick out against the extra high end parts of the interior, however.
After the leather, the next thing you'll observe when getting into the Tundra is that this is an older item. You can not obtain a Tundra in 2017 with hands-free keyless entrance or push-button start, but our truck did have a remote-start attribute, which was a lifesaver in the Texas heat, as I can start the vehicle and also start cooling the cabin before getting in. The entire vehicle was heavily upgraded in 2014, yet in some way the indoor currently feels dated. The steering wheel is chunky as well as showcases controls that look a generation behind, and also the touchscreen infomercial system-- although perfectly useful-- does not have the sharp resolution as well as rapid action customers have involved anticipate from new vehicles.
Yet if you can look past all that, the Tundra is a solid truck. The trip is smooth on the freeway, and also the interior is mostly peaceful besides some noise from the TRD Off-Road package's 275/65R18-size all-terrain tires. The Tundra takes care of like a smaller lorry on twisty roadways, and it had not been as hard to maneuver in the city as you may anticipate of a full-size pickup. I was definitely glad to have the typical rearview electronic camera as well as auto parking sensing units when I needed to park, however. Guiding feeling is on the lighter side, as well as the ratio takes some obtaining made use of to, yet overall the Tundra is very easy to drive.
The V-8 provides plenty of power, as well as the six-speed transmission fasts to kick down a gear when trying to pass on the freeway. The drivetrain likewise had no trouble climbing up steep qualities. A few minutes on a crushed rock roadway was the closest I reached off-roading in the Tundra. It wasn't testing sufficient to actually check the Tundra's capabilities, yet if the road ever got rockier or more rutted, the vehicle would certainly have been prepared thanks to the TRD Off-Road package's off-road-tuned Bilstein shocks, engine and also fuel tank skidplates, as well as the abovementioned A/T tires. The Tundra 4 × 4 1794 CrewMax additionally uses 10.4 inches of ground clearance. I really did not have an opportunity to tow or haul anything on my journey, yet the 4 × 4 1794 Version has a max pulling capability of 8,800 pounds as well as a max payload of 1,530 pounds.
Living with the Tundra daily would not be hard for motorists of bigger stature, yet if you have short legs like me, getting in can be a challenge. The vehicle driver's side doesn't have a grab take care of on the A-pillar or over the home window frame, so you end up pulling on your own up on the steering wheel or the generously sized door armrest. Inspecting the box for the $345 running boards on the options listing will certainly fix this, and it's advised if you have children so they could much more quickly gain access to the rear of the staff taxicab. As flip-up rear seats come, the Tundra 1794 Version's benches are quite comfy. The leather is soft, and there's a lot of cushioning for lengthy drives. There's additionally ample legroom. I was able to fit 2 carry-on roller bags laterally in the footwells without moving the front seats.
Hopefully advancement on the next-gen Tundra is well in progress, due to the fact that the current version is showing its age. The Tundra 1794 Edition is still glamorous and also capable, however it could benefit from another indoor refresh at the very least. The next Tundra will additionally need to work with its effectiveness, as the current 4 × 4 V-8 is EPA-rated at just 13/17 mpg city/highway, less than practically each 4 × 4 V-8 pick-up in the class. The 1794 Edition does begin less than its Western-themed competition-- that includes the Ford F-150 King Ranch, Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, as well as Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country-- at $48,375 for a rear-drive version. So if an ocean of brownish natural leather is the look you're going for, you'll pay a little much less for it with Toyota's version.
The Tundra still ticks a lot of the right boxes for today's truck purchaser, but competitors are consistently increasing bench in the full-size pick-up category. If the next-gen Tundra could supply class-leading gas economy, modern-day tech, as well as boosted worldly top quality along with the convenience, ability, as well as sturdiness today's Tundra currently supplies, after that Texans will have something they can really be proud of.