2015 toyota Tundra Platinum

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum: Big as well as strong, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an extremely roomy, civilized full-size truck, let down by an uncompetitive inside as well as dismal fuel economic climate.

From the beginning, the Toyota Tundra has actually been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It began as too small, also weak as well as also restricted in size and scope for traditional American buyers, however has since expanded in dimension and capacities to the formidable beast you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand foes for taxi size or towing tasks, the Tundra today is a completely competitive, similarly huge pickup. For 2015, the brand offers an off-road version called the TRD Pro that brings the very same all-terrain capacity to the full-size truck as similar plans have brought for the Tacoma small pickup and 4Runner SUV. Yet in changing the big truck from large towing rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota jeopardized its daily civility? I invested a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to learn.

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum

Outside & Designing

It's difficult making a full-size pick-up appearance unique. There's just a lot one can do with the three-box shape, and sometimes the developer's best hope is to simply not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a good work in maintaining the Tundra conservative yet fashionable, sharing a sense of power and also heft without looking tasteless. LED front lights trim doesn't actually create as unique a search the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for example, but the "TRD Pro" marked right into the rear fenders is certainly special. The grille is substantial, and on other trim models comes in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and also exactly what a color it is-- Snake pit orange, so brilliant as well as unmistakable that the only means the Tundra would certainly be more visible was if it were actually ablaze.

Exactly how It Drives

2 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 standard six-speed automatic transmission. No V-6 is readily available, turbocharged or otherwise, nor is there a diesel alternative. My test vehicle was geared up with the bigger engine, paired up to a TRD double exhaust that appeared favorably evil. The grumble and also holler of the 5.7-liter added significant aggressive trustworthiness to the orange vehicle, making it sound as much like a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're seeking a glamorous, calm pick-up experience, this isn't it. It's a butch as well as ruthless assault on the eyes and ears, however it most definitely leaves you grinning.

The drive from the big V-8 is substantial too. Regardless of hauling around all that mass, the Tundra establishes plenty of motion to accompany that sound, and also the six-speed automated is well-matched to it. Despite the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and also suspension tuning, the huge truck's trip and handling are outstanding. It's not uneven like a few other vehicles. Even unladen, the softer song absorbs roadway flaws however preserves remarkable security in nearly all driving conditions, a characteristic we discovered to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro as well (but most absolutely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is terrible on the street). The Tundra's ride and dealing with habits may be its most impressive features.

The downside of the Tundra's big, older powertrains comes with the pump-- my 4x4 test truck with the huge 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 as well as you'll internet 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 type, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in contrast with the most effective of the domestic competitors. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also bigger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks in part to the typical eight-speed transmission. The more reliable 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of the most reliable Tundra.

The Ford F-150 matches the Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 fuel economy 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 provide V-8 power with far better fuel economic situation. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the large engines in the Ford and also Chevy. Yet the fuel 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 most effective in the number. As always, your gas mileage will certainly vary, but the Toyota has a natural disadvantage from the start because of its out-of-date powertrains.


It's one hell of a climb up right into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made harder by the absence of a grab deal with for the vehicle driver (running boards are optional, yet then you shed the ground clearance you obtained by defining the TRD Pro trim). When in the greatly roomy cabin, you resolve into some wide, flat seats covered in black-and-orange textile. The orange sewing rollovers to the dash and also doors, as well as appears like a personalized order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. Regrettably, it looks like a dress-up work on what is or else an ineffective inside, packed with cheap tough plastic and changes that feel and look cost-effective.

In an era when the major gamers in the class are placing nice interiors in their base model pick-ups and truly nice insides in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's indoor appearances low-rent as well as cost-cut. You most absolutely will not really feel confined, nevertheless, with plenty of area front and also back for five full-sized grownups. Outside presence is outstanding, with a commanding seats position and also huge windows all over. The back window showcases something no other pickup has: It's one consistent item of powered glass, as well as it falls into the taxicab body like the door windows. Drop all the home windows and you have a distinct open-air experience in a pick-up, but beware-- the aerodynamics suggest that exhaust gas is flowing in with that opening, which you'll smell quite plainly if you accelerate intensely.

Freight & Towing

The Tundra might not be the best-selling vehicle on the market, but it's got the cargo and also hauling capabilities to hang with the significant gamers. 2 wheelbases are available in addition to three taxicab designs and also 3 bed sizes, all implied to supply adaptability in ordering. The normal taxi can be had with the lengthy bed only, while the dual taxi can be had with common or lengthy beds. The substantial CrewMax four-door could just be had with a short bed given its already large size. My examination vehicle, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, basic bed as well as CrewMax taxicab, had a tow ranking of 9,800 extra pounds, which is likewise totally affordable with the remainder of the area. All the car manufacturers offer so many mixes for their pick-up schedules, nevertheless, that comparing them is tough. Suffice it to say, they can all largely do the very same things, and also do them well.


The Tundra's collision tests give it a four-star general ranking from the National Freeway Web Traffic Safety Management as well as a great score for nearly every examination from the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety And Security (out of a feasible great, acceptable, limited or poor). That brings it even with the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, yet below the Chevy Silverado as well as Ford F-150, which both score five stars.

Where we begin to see some differences between the vehicles remains in modern technology, particularly with security attributes. Numerous automakers are beginning to furnish their pickups with the most recent safety and security features, with Ford leading the way, including readily available automated cruise ship control with accident detection warning and blind spot sensing units (Toyota offers this too, but on greater trim levels). The Chevy signs up with the Ford in using lane separation caution and vehicle parking assist sensors. Both the Toyota and the Ram have some reaching do in this division.

Value in Its Course

Rates for the Tundra is as affordable as its tools, as well as while you'll find a lot more alternatives now in terms of bundles and also trim levels compared to formerly supplied, it still doesn't have rather the same degree of develop mixes as the residential trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (including a destination cost), showcasing the smaller V-8 engine as well as not much else. You can option a Tundra as much as soaring elevations, ranging up via the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Version and also Platinum trim degrees. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at simply less than $50,000, which truthfully is still a couple of actions below where competitor vehicles max their deluxe trims out at. My test vehicle was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax cab as well as bigger engine; along with an optional drop-in bedliner it came to a reasonable overall of $45,465.

The domestic car manufacturers all supply trucks just like the Tundra TRD Pro, yet none with a specialized midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You could obtain a Z71 off-road plan for the Chevy or define your Ram to be the new Rebel design, but the TRD Pro trim is a lot more off-road racer than merely off-road capable. It's not as severe a Baja-racer vehicle as a Ford Raptor, yet after that absolutely nothing else is. Every one of the Detroit trucks offer huge engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, however, in spite of tow scores that are comparable.