Toyota Tundra 2015

Toyota Tundra 2015: Large and strong, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an incredibly sizable, civil full-size truck, pull down by an uncompetitive interior and also miserable gas economic climate.

From the start, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It started out as too little, as well weak and too limited in size and also range for typical American buyers, yet has since expanded in dimension and also capacities to the formidable monster you see today. No more second fiddle to its American-brand adversaries for taxi dimension or towing responsibilities, the Tundra today is a fully affordable, just as huge pickup. For 2015, the brand name uses an off-road version called the TRD Pro that brings the same all-terrain capacity to the full-size vehicle as similar plans have brought for the Tacoma small pick-up as well as 4Runner SUV. But in changing the large truck from spacious pulling rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota compromised its daily civility? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to discover.

Toyota Tundra 2015

Outside & Designing

It's tough making a full-size pickup appearance distinctive. There's just so much one can do with the three-box form, and lot of times the designer's ideal hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a good work in keeping the Tundra conservative yet elegant, conveying a feeling of power and also heft without looking tasteless. LED headlight trim does not truly develop as distinctive a search the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, as an example, however the "TRD Pro" stamped right into the back fenders is definitely unique. The grille is enormous, and also on other trim versions can be found in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and just what a shade it is-- Snake pit orange, so bright and unmistakable that the only means the Tundra would certainly be extra obvious was if it were really on fire.

Exactly 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 basic six-speed transmission. No V-6 is readily available, turbocharged or otherwise, neither is there a diesel option. My examination car was equipped with the bigger engine, paired up to a TRD double exhaust that seemed favorably wicked. The grumble and holler of the 5.7-liter included serious manly integrity to the orange vehicle, making it appear as much like a Baja race truck as it looked. If you're seeking an elegant, tranquil pickup experience, this isn't it. It's a butch and brutal attack on the eyes and also ears, but it certainly leaves you grinning.

The thrust from the big V-8 is substantial as well. In spite of transporting around all that mass, the Tundra establishes plenty of motion to accompany that noise, and the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. Despite the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and suspension tuning, the large vehicle's ride and handling are exceptional. It's not rough like some other vehicles. Even unladen, the softer song takes in road blemishes but keeps praiseworthy security in nearly all driving problems, a particular we discovered to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro too (yet most certainly not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is dreadful on the street). The Tundra's ride as well as handling actions might be its most outstanding features.

The disadvantage of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes with the pump-- my 4x4 test associate the huge V-8 is ranked at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that partially improves to 13/18/15 when you define the conventional 4x2 truck. Select the smaller 4.6-liter engine and also you'll net 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 type, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in comparison with the most effective of the residential rivals. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also larger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, many thanks partially to the typical eight-speed transmission. The a lot 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 climate with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, providing 15/21/17 mpg, however Ford additionally offers two turbocharged V-6 engines. They supposedly both give V-8 power with better fuel economic situation. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also rated at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the huge engines in the Ford and Chevy. However the fuel economic climate leader for the Ram schedule is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which kips down a 20/28/23 mpg rating, the best in the number. As constantly, your gas mileage will differ, however the Toyota has an inherent disadvantage from the start as a result of its obsolete powertrains.


It's one hell of a climb right into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made harder by the absence of a grab handle for the vehicle driver (running boards are optional, but then you shed the ground clearance you gained by defining the TRD Pro trim). Once in the immensely large cabin, you resolve right into some vast, flat seats covered in black-and-orange fabric. The orange stitching rollovers to the dashboard and also doors, as well as looks like a custom order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. Unfortunately, it looks like a dress-up work on what is or else a second-rate inside, loaded with cheap hard plastic and also switches over that look and feel economical.

In an era when the main players in the class are putting nice insides in their base design pickups and also actually nice interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior looks low-rent as well as cost-cut. You most certainly will not really feel confined, nonetheless, with lots of area front and back for 5 full-sized grownups. Exterior presence is superb, with a commanding seats placement as well as large windows around. The back window includes something nothing else pickup has: It's one uniform item of powered glass, and also it falls into the taxi body like the door windows. Go down all the windows and also you have an unique al fresco experience in a pick-up, but beware-- the aerodynamics imply that exhaust gas is streaming in via that opening, which you'll smell quite clearly if you accelerate vigorously.

Cargo & Towing

The Tundra may not be the very successful vehicle on the marketplace, yet it's got the freight as well as pulling abilities to hang with the major players. 2 wheelbases are readily available along with three cab styles and also three bed lengths, all indicated to give flexibility in ordering. The regular taxicab can be had with the long bed just, while the dual taxi can be had with typical or lengthy beds. The huge CrewMax four-door can just be had with a short bed provided its already large dimension. My test lorry, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, typical bed and CrewMax cab, had a tow rating of 9,800 extra pounds, which is also fully affordable with the rest of the field. All the car manufacturers provide a lot of mixes for their pick-up schedules, nonetheless, that contrasting them is hard. Suffice it to claim, they could all greatly do the exact same things, as well as do them well.


The Tundra's accident examinations give it a four-star general score from the National Highway Web Traffic Security Management and a great ranking for almost every examination from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Safety (from a feasible great, acceptable, limited or bad). That brings it despite having the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, but below the Chevy Silverado and also Ford F-150, which both score five stars.

Where we begin to see some distinctions between the vehicles is in technology, particularly with safety features. Many automakers are beginning to furnish their pick-ups with the latest safety and security functions, with Ford blazing a trail, featuring available automatic cruise ship control with accident discovery warning and unseen area sensors (Toyota offers this also, however on higher trim degrees). The Chevy joins the Ford in supplying lane separation warning and also auto parking help sensors. Both the Toyota and also the Ram have some reaching perform in this division.

Worth in Its Course

Prices for the Tundra is as competitive as its tools, as well as while you'll discover a lot more alternatives currently in terms of bundles and also trim levels than formerly offered, it still doesn't have rather the exact same level of construct mixes as the residential trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab brief box for $29,705 (consisting of a location fee), including the smaller V-8 engine and very little else. You could alternative a Tundra as much as soaring heights, varying up through the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Edition and Platinum trim degrees. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at just less than $50,000, which honestly is still a couple of actions below where competitor trucks max their deluxe cuts out at. My test automobile was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax cab and larger engine; in addition to an optional drop-in bedliner it pertained to a practical total of $45,465.

The domestic car manufacturers all offer vehicles similar to the Tundra TRD Pro, but none with a specialized midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You could get a Z71 off-road package for the Chevy or define your Ram to be the new Rebel design, however the TRD Pro trim is much more off-road racer compared to just off-road capable. It's not as severe a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, yet after that nothing else is. All the Detroit trucks provide big engines that outgun the Tundra in horse power, nonetheless, regardless of tow rankings that are comparable.

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