2015 toyota Tundra Platinum

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum: Large as well as strong, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a remarkably large, civil full-size truck, let down by an uncompetitive inside and miserable gas economic climate.

From the start, the Toyota Tundra has actually been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It began as too tiny, also weak and too restricted in size as well as range for traditional American buyers, however has considering that grown in size and abilities to the formidable beast you see today. No longer second fiddle to its American-brand enemies for taxicab size or towing obligations, the Tundra today is a totally competitive, equally massive pickup truck. For 2015, the brand offers an off-road variation called the TRD Pro that brings the exact same all-terrain capacity to the full-size vehicle as similar packages have brought for the Tacoma compact pickup and 4Runner SUV. Yet in changing the big truck from sizable towing gear to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota jeopardized its day-to-day civility? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to discover.

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum

Outside & Styling

It's hard to make a full-size pickup look unique. There's only a lot one can do with the three-box shape, and also lot of times the developer's best hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a great job in keeping the Tundra conservative yet trendy, conveying a sense of power and also heft without looking tasteless. LED headlight trim does not actually produce as unique a view the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for example, however the "TRD Pro" stamped right into the back fenders is absolutely special. The grille is huge, and also on other trim models is available in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and also just what a shade it is-- Snake pit orange, so brilliant as well as unsubtle that the only means the Tundra would certainly be much more recognizable was if it were really on fire.

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 typical six-speed transmission. No V-6 is offered, turbocharged or otherwise, neither is there a diesel alternative. My test vehicle was geared up with the larger engine, matched up to a TRD dual exhaust that sounded positively evil. The grumble as well as holler of the 5.7-liter included significant manly trustworthiness to the orange truck, making it appear as similar to a Baja race truck as it looked. If you're seeking an elegant, serene pickup experience, this right. It's a butch as well as brutal assault on the eyes and also ears, however it absolutely leaves you grinning.

The thrust from the large V-8 is considerable as well. In spite of carrying around all that mass, the Tundra develops a lot of activity to accompany that noise, and also the six-speed automated is well-matched to it. Regardless Of the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and suspension adjusting, the huge vehicle's flight and handling are impressive. It's not uneven like other vehicles. Also unladen, the softer song absorbs road blemishes yet keeps exceptional stability in nearly all driving conditions, a characteristic we discovered to be real in the 4Runner TRD Pro also (however most certainly not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is dreadful on the street). The Tundra's ride and managing behavior may be its most impressive features.

The disadvantage of the Tundra's large, older powertrains comes with the pump-- my 4x4 examination 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 specify the typical 4x2 vehicle. Select the smaller 4.6-liter engine and also you'll web 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 type, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This fades in comparison with the best of the residential rivals. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also bigger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, many thanks in part to the conventional eight-speed transmission. The extra efficient 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of one of the most efficient Tundra.

The Ford F-150 matches the Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 gas economy with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, offering up 15/21/17 mpg, however Ford also provides two turbocharged V-6 engines. They supposedly both provide 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 big engines in the Ford and Chevy. Yet the gas economic situation 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 most effective in the bunch. As constantly, your mileage will certainly vary, however the Toyota has an innate downside from the beginning as a result of its outdated powertrains.


It's one heck of a go up right into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made harder by the lack of a grab deal with for the vehicle driver (running boards are optional, however then you lose the ground clearance you got by defining the TRD Pro trim). When in the tremendously large cabin, you settle into some wide, flat seats covered in black-and-orange fabric. The orange stitching rollovers to the dash as well as doors, and also appears like a customized order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. Regrettably, it resembles a dress-up task on what is or else a low quality inside, full of affordable tough plastic and also switches that look and feel economical.

In an age when the major players in the class are placing nice interiors in their base model pickups and actually good interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's indoor looks low-rent and also cost-cut. You most definitely won't feel confined, however, with a lot of room front as well as back for 5 full-sized adults. Outward presence is outstanding, with a commanding seating placement and large windows all around. The rear home window showcases something no other pickup truck has: It's one consistent piece of powered glass, and also it falls right into the taxicab body like the door home windows. Drop all the home windows and also you have an unique outdoor experience in a pick-up, however beware-- the aerodynamics suggest that exhaust gas is flowing in with that opening, which you'll smell fairly plainly if you speed up vigorously.

Freight & Towing

The Tundra might not be the best-selling vehicle on the market, however it's got the cargo as well as pulling capabilities to hang with the major players. 2 wheelbases are offered along with three taxicab designs and also three bed lengths, all suggested to offer flexibility in ordering. The normal cab can be had with the long bed just, while the double taxicab can be had with basic or long beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door could just be had with a short bed offered its already copious dimension. My examination vehicle, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, standard bed and also CrewMax taxicab, had a tow score of 9,800 extra pounds, which is also completely competitive with the remainder of the field. All the car manufacturers use many mixes for their pickup schedules, however, that comparing them is hard. Suffice it to claim, they could all largely do the same points, and also do them well.


The Tundra's crash examinations give it a four-star overall ranking from the National Freeway Web Traffic Safety And Security Management as well as a great score for nearly every test from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Safety And Security (out of a feasible good, appropriate, limited or poor). That brings it even with the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, but listed below the Chevy Silverado as well as Ford F-150, which both score five stars.

Where we begin to see some distinctions in between the trucks remains in innovation, especially with security attributes. Several car manufacturers are beginning to furnish their pick-ups with the most recent safety features, with Ford leading the way, showcasing readily available automated cruise control with collision detection warning and dead spot sensing units (Toyota provides this too, yet on greater trim levels). The Chevy joins the Ford in providing lane separation caution and car park aid sensing units. Both the Toyota and also the Ram have some reaching carry out in this department.

Worth in Its Course

Rates for the Tundra is as competitive as its devices, as well as while you'll locate a lot more options now in terms of packages as well as trim degrees than previously offered, it still doesn't have rather the very same degree of construct mixes as the domestic trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (including a destination charge), showcasing the smaller sized V-8 engine as well as very little else. You can alternative a Tundra up to lofty heights, varying up via the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Version and 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 below where competitor vehicles max their luxury trims out at. My examination vehicle was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax cab as well as bigger engine; along with an optional drop-in bedliner it involved an affordable total amount of $45,465.

The residential automakers all provide trucks much like the Tundra TRD Pro, yet none with a committed 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 design, yet the TRD Pro trim is more off-road racer than merely off-road qualified. It's not as severe a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, however then nothing else is. Every one of the Detroit trucks provide huge engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, nevertheless, in spite of tow scores that are similar.

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