From the start, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It started out as also small, as well weak and also as well restricted in size and range for typical American customers, but has actually considering that expanded in size as well as capacities to the formidable beast you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand adversaries for cab dimension or towing tasks, the Tundra today is a completely affordable, equally massive pickup. For 2015, the brand name offers an off-road variation called the TRD Pro that brings the same all-terrain capability to the full-size vehicle as similar packages have brought for the Tacoma portable pickup and also 4Runner SUV. However in transforming the huge vehicle from sizable hauling gear to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota endangered its daily respect? I invested a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to learn.
2015 Toyota Tundra Specs
Outside & Styling
It's tough making a full-size pick-up look distinct. There's only a lot one can do with the three-box form, as well as often times 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 fashionable, sharing a feeling of power and also heft without looking tasteless. LED headlight trim does not truly produce as distinct a search the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for instance, however the "TRD Pro" stamped into the rear fenders is certainly special. The grille is huge, as well as on other trim versions is available in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, as well as exactly what a shade it is-- Snake pit orange, so brilliant and also unsubtle that the only way the Tundra would certainly be extra visible was if it were actually on fire.
How It Drives
2 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 common six-speed automatic transmission. No V-6 is readily available, turbocharged or otherwise, nor is there a diesel option. My examination vehicle was equipped with the bigger engine, paired up to a TRD double exhaust that appeared positively evil. The grumble and also roar of the 5.7-liter included serious aggressive reliability to the orange truck, making it seem as just like a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're seeking a glamorous, serene pickup experience, this right. It's a butch and also ruthless assault on the eyes as well as ears, yet it absolutely leaves you smiling.
The thrust from the big V-8 is significant also. In spite of hauling around all that mass, the Tundra establishes lots of motion to support that noise, and also the six-speed automated is well-matched to it. Regardless Of the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and also suspension adjusting, the large vehicle's flight and also handling are outstanding. It's not rough like other vehicles. Also unladen, the softer tune soaks up roadway blemishes yet preserves praiseworthy stability in nearly all driving problems, a particular we discovered to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro as well (however most definitely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is terrible on the street). The Tundra's flight and also handling behavior may be its most impressive features.
The downside of the Tundra's big, older powertrains comes at the pump-- my 4x4 test truck with the huge V-8 is rated at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally enhances to 13/18/15 when you specify the common 4x2 vehicle. Opt for the smaller 4.6-liter engine and also you'll internet 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 type, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in contrast with the very best of the residential competitors. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also bigger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, many thanks partially to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The a lot more reliable 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of the most efficient Tundra.
The Ford F-150 matches the Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 gas economic situation with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, offering up 15/21/17 mpg, yet Ford additionally supplies 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They allegedly both give V-8 power with 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 big engines in the Ford and Chevy. However the gas economic situation leader for the Ram lineup is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which kips down a 20/28/23 mpg score, the very best in the lot. As constantly, your gas mileage will certainly vary, however the Toyota has an inherent drawback from the start as a result of its obsolete powertrains.
It's one heck of a climb up into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made more difficult by the absence of a grab handle for the vehicle driver (running boards are optional, yet after that you shed the ground clearance you got by specifying the TRD Pro trim). Once in the greatly sizable cabin, you work out right into some wide, flat seats covered in black-and-orange textile. The orange sewing rollovers to the dashboard and doors, and appears like a customized order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. Regrettably, it looks like a dress-up job on what is otherwise a substandard inside, full of low-cost hard plastic and switches that feel and look affordable.
In an age when the primary players in the course are putting wonderful interiors in their base model pick-ups and also actually wonderful interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior looks low-rent and also cost-cut. You most definitely will not feel cramped, nonetheless, with lots of area front and back for five full-sized adults. Outward visibility is excellent, with a powerful seating setting and large home windows all around. The back window features something nothing else pickup has: It's one consistent piece of powered glass, and also it drops down right into the taxicab body like the door windows. Drop all the windows as well as you have an one-of-a-kind outdoor experience in a pickup, but beware-- the aerodynamics suggest that exhaust gas is moving in through that opening, which you'll scent fairly clearly if you accelerate strongly.
Freight & Towing
The Tundra might not be the best-selling truck on the marketplace, but it's obtained the cargo and lugging capabilities to hang with the significant gamers. Two wheelbases are readily available together with 3 cab designs and also 3 bed sizes, all meant to provide flexibility in ordering. The normal cab can be had with the long bed only, while the dual taxi can be had with standard or long beds. The substantial CrewMax four-door can only be had with a brief bed provided its currently generous dimension. My test vehicle, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, conventional bed and also CrewMax taxicab, had a tow ranking of 9,800 extra pounds, which is also totally competitive with the remainder of the field. All the automakers offer so many combinations for their pick-up lineups, however, that contrasting them is tough. Suffice it to say, they can all mostly do the same points, as well as do them well.
Safety and security
The Tundra's crash examinations give it a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Management and a good score for almost every examination from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Security (out of a possible good, acceptable, low or bad). That brings it even with the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, yet below the Chevy Silverado and also Ford F-150, which both score 5 star.
Where we begin to see some distinctions in between the vehicles is in innovation, especially with safety features. Several automakers are starting to equip their pick-ups with the current safety functions, with Ford leading the way, showcasing readily available automated cruise control with crash detection caution as well as unseen area sensing units (Toyota uses this also, but on higher trim degrees). The Chevy joins the Ford in providing lane departure warning and parking assist sensing units. Both the Toyota and the Ram have some reaching perform in this division.
Value in Its Class
Prices for the Tundra is as affordable as its equipment, as well as while you'll discover more choices currently in regards to plans as well as trim degrees than previously used, it still does not have rather the same level of build combinations as the residential trucks. It starts with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (including a destination charge), featuring the smaller sized V-8 engine as well as not much else. You can alternative an Expanse as much as lofty heights, varying up through the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Edition and also Platinum trim levels. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at simply less than $50,000, which truthfully is still a few steps listed below where competitor trucks max their high-end cuts out at. My test vehicle was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxicab as well as bigger engine; along with an optional drop-in bedliner it came to a practical total of $45,465.
The domestic automakers all use vehicles 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 specify your Ram to be the new Rebel version, yet the TRD Pro trim is a lot more off-road racer compared to just off-road capable. It's not as severe a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, however then nothing else is. All of the Detroit vehicles offer large engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, nevertheless, in spite of tow scores that are similar.