From the start, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup truck market. It began as also tiny, too weak and also also restricted in size and also range for conventional American buyers, but has considering that expanded in dimension and also capabilities to the powerful monster you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand foes for taxicab size or towing responsibilities, the Tundra today is a totally affordable, equally large pickup. For 2015, the brand name provides an off-road version called the TRD Pro that brings the same all-terrain capability to the full-size truck as comparable bundles have brought for the Tacoma portable pick-up as well as 4Runner SUV. But in transforming the huge truck from sizable hauling rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota compromised its everyday respect? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to discover.
2015 toyota Tundra Limited
Outside & Styling
It's difficult making a full-size pickup appearance distinct. There's just a lot one can do with the three-box form, and also sometimes the developer's finest hope is to simply not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done an excellent job in keeping the Tundra conservative yet trendy, communicating a sense of power and heft without looking ostentatious. LED headlight trim does not actually develop as distinct a view on the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for example, yet the "TRD Pro" marked right into the rear fenders is definitely special. The grille is huge, as well as on various other trim models can be found in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, as well as exactly what a color it is-- Inferno orange, so bright and unmistakable that the only method the Tundra would certainly be more noticeable was if it were really ablaze.
Exactly how It Drives
Two engines are available for the Tundra: a 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 or a 385-hp, 5.7-liter V-8, both mated to a basic six-speed transmission. No V-6 is offered, turbocharged or otherwise, nor exists a diesel alternative. My examination vehicle was furnished with the larger engine, paired up to a TRD twin exhaust that seemed positively wicked. The grumble and roar of the 5.7-liter added significant manly trustworthiness to the orange vehicle, making it seem as much like a Baja race truck as it looked. If you're looking for a lavish, serene pickup experience, this isn't it. It's a butch as well as harsh attack on the eyes and ears, however it certainly leaves you grinning.
The drive from the big V-8 is considerable too. Regardless of hauling around all that mass, the Tundra creates lots of motion to go along with that noise, and also the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. Despite the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and also suspension tuning, the huge vehicle's flight and handling are exceptional. It's not uneven like a few other vehicles. Even unladen, the softer song absorbs roadway flaws yet maintains remarkable stability in nearly all driving conditions, a characteristic we discovered to be real in the 4Runner TRD Pro too (however most certainly not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is horrible on the street). The Tundra's trip and also dealing with behavior could be its most remarkable qualities.
The drawback of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes at the pump-- my 4x4 examination associate the big V-8 is rated at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that partially boosts to 13/18/15 when you specify the typical 4x2 truck. Opt for the smaller 4.6-liter engine and you'll web 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 type, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in contrast with the best of the residential rivals. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the even larger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks partially to the typical eight-speed automatic transmission. The more reliable 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of the most effective Tundra.
The Ford F-150 matches the Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 fuel economic situation with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, offering up 15/21/17 mpg, but Ford likewise provides 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They supposedly both supply V-8 power with far better fuel economic climate. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is additionally ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the huge engines in the Ford and Chevy. But the gas economic climate leader for the Ram lineup is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which kips down a 20/28/23 mpg rating, the very best in the number. As constantly, your gas mileage will vary, but the Toyota has a natural drawback from the beginning because of its obsolete powertrains.
It's one hell of a climb into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made more difficult by the absence of a grab handle for the driver (running boards are optional, yet after that you shed the ground clearance you obtained by specifying the TRD Pro trim). As soon as in the tremendously large cabin, you resolve into some wide, level seats covered in black-and-orange fabric. The orange sewing carries over to the dash and also doors, as well as appears like a custom order to match the Snake pit orange outside paint. However, it resembles a dress-up job on what is or else a low quality inside, loaded with low-cost hard plastic and switches over that look and feel cost-effective.
In an age when the primary gamers in the class are placing wonderful insides in their base version pick-ups as well as really great interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's indoor looks low-rent and also cost-cut. You most absolutely won't really feel confined, nevertheless, with lots of space front and back for five full-sized adults. Outside visibility is exceptional, with a powerful seats setting and large home windows throughout. The rear home window includes something no other pickup truck has: It's one uniform item of powered glass, and also it drops down into the taxicab body like the door windows. Drop all the windows as well as you have a distinct al fresco experience in a pickup, however beware-- the aerodynamics indicate that exhaust gas is moving in through that opening, which you'll scent quite clearly if you increase vigorously.
Cargo & Towing
The Tundra could not be the very successful truck on the market, yet it's obtained the cargo as well as towing capacities to hang with the significant players. 2 wheelbases are readily available along with 3 taxi styles as well as 3 bed sizes, all suggested to provide versatility in ordering. The regular taxi can be had with the lengthy bed only, while the double cab can be had with typical or long beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door can just be had with a brief bed given its currently massive size. My test automobile, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, typical bed as well as CrewMax taxi, had a tow score of 9,800 extra pounds, which is also fully competitive with the remainder of the area. All the car manufacturers supply numerous mixes for their pick-up lineups, however, that comparing them is challenging. Suffice it to state, they could all mainly do the exact same points, and also do them well.
The Tundra's accident tests offer it a four-star general rating from the National Highway Web Traffic Safety And Security Management as well as a good score for nearly every examination from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Security (out of a feasible great, appropriate, limited or bad). That brings it despite the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, yet below the Chevy Silverado and also Ford F-150, which both rack up 5 star.
Where we start to see some distinctions in between the vehicles is in technology, especially with safety and security attributes. Lots of automakers are starting to furnish their pick-ups with the latest safety and security attributes, with Ford blazing a trail, showcasing available automated cruise control with collision detection caution as well as blind spot sensing units (Toyota provides this also, but on higher trim levels). The Chevy signs up with the Ford in supplying lane departure warning and also auto parking aid sensors. Both the Toyota as well as the Ram have some reaching do in this division.
Worth in Its Class
Pricing for the Tundra is as competitive as its equipment, and while you'll discover more choices now in terms of packages and also trim levels compared to formerly used, it still does not have rather the same level of build combinations as the domestic trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (consisting of a destination fee), featuring the smaller V-8 engine and very little else. You could option an Expanse up to soaring elevations, varying up via the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Version as well as Platinum trim degrees. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at just less than $50,000, which truthfully is still a couple of steps listed below where competitor vehicles max their deluxe cuts out at. My test automobile was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxi and also larger engine; together with an optional drop-in bedliner it came to a practical total amount of $45,465.
The residential car manufacturers all provide trucks much like the Tundra TRD Pro, but none with a devoted midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You could obtain a Z71 off-road package for the Chevy or define your Ram to be the new Rebel design, yet the TRD Pro trim is more off-road racer compared to just off-road capable. It's not as extreme a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, but then nothing else is. All the Detroit trucks provide huge engines that outgun the Tundra in horse power, nevertheless, despite tow rankings that are similar.