From the start, the Toyota Tundra has actually been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup truck market. It started out as also little, also weak as well as too minimal in dimension as well as range for conventional American buyers, however has actually given that expanded in size and also abilities to the powerful beast you see today. No longer second fiddle to its American-brand foes for cab dimension or towing responsibilities, the Tundra today is a totally affordable, similarly substantial pickup truck. For 2015, the brand uses an off-road variation called the TRD Pro that brings the very same all-terrain capacity to the full-size truck as similar packages have actually brought for the Tacoma small pick-up and also 4Runner SUV. However in changing the huge vehicle from sizable hauling rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota jeopardized its everyday respect? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to find out.
2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum
Outside & Designing
It's difficult to earn a full-size pick-up appearance distinctive. There's only so much one can do with the three-box shape, as well as often times the developer's best hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a great work in maintaining the Tundra conservative yet elegant, communicating a sense of power and also heft without looking ostentatious. LED front lights trim does not actually develop as unique a search the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, as an example, yet the "TRD Pro" stamped right into the rear fenders is absolutely one-of-a-kind. The grille is massive, and also on other trim versions comes in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, as well as what a shade it is-- Snake pit orange, so brilliant and unmistakable that the only way the Tundra would be extra visible was if it were really on fire.
Exactly how It Drives
Two engines are readily 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 automatic transmission. No V-6 is available, turbocharged or otherwise, nor exists a diesel alternative. My test vehicle was geared up with the bigger engine, compared to a TRD double exhaust that appeared favorably evil. The growl and holler of the 5.7-liter included serious manly reliability to the orange truck, making it sound as just like a Baja race truck as it looked. If you're seeking a glamorous, calm pick-up experience, this isn't it. It's a butch and ruthless attack on the eyes as well as ears, but it certainly leaves you grinning.
The thrust from the large V-8 is significant as well. In spite of transporting around all that mass, the Tundra creates plenty of activity to accompany that sound, as well as the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. Despite the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and also suspension adjusting, the large truck's trip as well as handling are outstanding. It's not choppy like a few other vehicles. Even unladen, the softer song takes in roadway blemishes yet keeps admirable security in almost all driving conditions, a characteristic we discovered to be real in the 4Runner TRD Pro as well (however most certainly not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is terrible on the street). The Tundra's trip as well as handling actions could be its most outstanding attributes.
The downside of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes at the pump-- my 4x4 test associate the huge V-8 is ranked at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally improves to 13/18/15 when you define the basic 4x2 vehicle. Choose the smaller sized 4.6-liter engine and you'll net 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 form, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in comparison with the very best of the domestic rivals. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also bigger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks partly to the standard eight-speed transmission. The a lot more reliable 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of one 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 additionally provides two turbocharged V-6 engines. They allegedly both provide V-8 power with far better fuel economy. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is likewise rated at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the huge engines in the Ford as well as Chevy. But the gas economic situation leader for the Ram lineup is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which turns in a 20/28/23 mpg score, the very best in the lot. As constantly, your mileage will certainly differ, however the Toyota has a natural downside from the beginning because of its out-of-date powertrains.
It's one heck of a climb up right into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made harder by the absence of a grab manage for the chauffeur (running boards are optional, however after that you lose the ground clearance you got by specifying the TRD Pro trim). When in the immensely sizable cabin, you work out right into some broad, level seats covered in black-and-orange material. The orange stitching carries over to the dash as well as doors, and appears like a customized order to match the Inferno orange exterior paint. However, it resembles a dress-up task on what is or else a low quality interior, full of low-cost hard plastic as well as changes that look economical.
In an era when the major gamers in the class are putting great interiors in their base model pickups as well as really good interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior appearances low-rent and cost-cut. You most definitely won't really feel cramped, nevertheless, with plenty of room front and back for five full-sized grownups. Exterior visibility is excellent, with a commanding seating placement and also big windows all over. The back window includes something nothing else pickup truck has: It's one consistent item of powered glass, and also it drops down right into the cab body like the door home windows. Go down all the home windows and you have a special outdoor experience in a pick-up, yet beware-- the aerodynamics suggest that exhaust gas is flowing in through that opening, which you'll scent quite plainly if you increase intensely.
Cargo & Towing
The Tundra may not be the very popular vehicle on the marketplace, however it's obtained the cargo as well as hauling capabilities to hang with the significant gamers. Two wheelbases are readily available along with three cab designs as well as 3 bed lengths, all indicated to give flexibility in ordering. The normal taxi can be had with the lengthy bed just, while the dual cab can be had with common or long beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door can just be had with a brief bed provided its already copious dimension. My test car, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, standard bed and CrewMax taxi, had a tow ranking of 9,800 pounds, which is likewise completely affordable with the rest of the field. All the automakers use numerous combinations for their pick-up lineups, however, that comparing them is challenging. Suffice it to state, they can all mostly do the very same points, and do them well.
Safety and security
The Tundra's collision examinations offer it a four-star total rating from the National Highway Web Traffic Safety And Security Administration and a good rating for almost every examination from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Safety (from a possible excellent, acceptable, limited or bad). That brings it despite the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, however below the Chevy Silverado as well as Ford F-150, which both score 5 star.
Where we begin to see some differences between the trucks is in innovation, particularly with security functions. Several car manufacturers are starting to outfit their pickups with the latest safety functions, with Ford leading the way, showcasing readily available automated cruise control with crash detection caution and also dead spot sensors (Toyota provides this too, however on higher trim degrees). The Chevy joins the Ford in offering lane separation caution as well as car parking help sensors. Both the Toyota and also the Ram have some catching up to carry out in this division.
Value in Its Course
Pricing for the Tundra is as competitive as its equipment, as well as while you'll discover more options now in regards to bundles and trim degrees than formerly offered, it still does not have rather the exact same level of construct combinations as the domestic trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab brief box for $29,705 (including a location cost), showcasing the smaller V-8 engine and very little else. You can option a Tundra approximately lofty elevations, ranging up via the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Version and Platinum trim levels. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at just less than $50,000, which honestly is still a few steps listed below where competitor vehicles max their high-end trims out at. My test vehicle was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax cab as well as bigger engine; together with an optional drop-in bedliner it came to a sensible total amount of $45,465.
The domestic car manufacturers all provide trucks much like the Tundra TRD Pro, yet none with a specialized midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You can obtain a Z71 off-road bundle for the Chevy or define your Ram to be the brand-new Rebel version, yet the TRD Pro trim is extra off-road racer than simply off-road capable. It's not as extreme a Baja-racer vehicle as a Ford Raptor, yet after that absolutely nothing else is. All of the Detroit trucks offer huge engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, nonetheless, despite tow ratings that are comparable.