2015 toyota Tundra Interior

2015 Toyota Tundra Interior: Huge as well as bold, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a remarkably spacious, civilized full-size vehicle, let down by an uncompetitive inside and also depressing gas economic situation.

From the beginning, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It started as also tiny, as well weak as well as also restricted in dimension and scope for traditional American customers, but has since grown in dimension and abilities to the powerful beast you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand adversaries for taxicab size or towing duties, the Tundra today is a totally affordable, similarly huge pickup. For 2015, the brand provides an off-road variation called the TRD Pro that brings the very same all-terrain capacity to the full-size truck as similar bundles have brought for the Tacoma compact pickup and also 4Runner SUV. Yet in transforming the large vehicle from spacious lugging gear to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota jeopardized its everyday civility? I invested a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to discover.

2015 Toyota Tundra Interior

Outside & Styling

It's hard making a full-size pickup appearance unique. 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 good task in keeping the Tundra conservative yet elegant, sharing a feeling of power as well as heft without looking ostentatious. LED front lights trim does not really create as distinct a search the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for instance, but the "TRD Pro" stamped into the rear fenders is absolutely one-of-a-kind. The grille is substantial, as well as on other trim models comes in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and what a color it is-- Snake pit orange, so brilliant and also unsubtle that the only means the Tundra would be more noticeable was if it were in fact on fire.

How It Drives

Two engines are offered 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, neither is there a diesel choice. My test automobile was equipped with the bigger engine, matched up to a TRD dual exhaust that seemed favorably wicked. The growl as well as roar of the 5.7-liter included major manly reliability to the orange vehicle, making it seem as much like a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're searching for a glamorous, tranquil pick-up experience, this isn't it. It's a butch and harsh assault on the eyes and ears, but it certainly leaves you smiling.

The thrust from the huge V-8 is substantial as well. Despite carrying around all that mass, the Tundra creates a lot of motion to accompany that sound, as well as the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. Regardless Of the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock as well as suspension tuning, the big vehicle's ride as well as handling are outstanding. It's not rough like other vehicles. Even unladen, the softer song absorbs road blemishes yet preserves praiseworthy security in almost all driving problems, a characteristic we discovered to be real in the 4Runner TRD Pro also (yet most absolutely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is dreadful on the street). The Tundra's ride and also managing behavior may be its most excellent attributes.

The downside of the Tundra's big, older powertrains comes at the pump-- my 4x4 examination truck with the huge V-8 is rated at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally boosts to 13/18/15 when you specify the common 4x2 vehicle. Opt for the smaller 4.6-liter engine and also you'll net 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 kind, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This fades in comparison with the very best of the residential competitors. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also larger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks partially to the conventional eight-speed transmission. The much 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, but Ford additionally offers 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They allegedly both offer V-8 power with far better gas economic situation. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is additionally rated at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the large engines in the Ford and Chevy. However the gas economic situation leader for the Ram schedule is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which turns in a 20/28/23 mpg rating, the very best in the number. As always, your gas mileage will vary, yet the Toyota has an innate downside from the beginning due to its out-of-date powertrains.


It's one hell of a go up into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made more difficult by the lack of a grab take care of for the motorist (running boards are optional, however then you lose the ground clearance you obtained by specifying the TRD Pro trim). As soon as in the greatly roomy cabin, you resolve into some wide, level seats covered in black-and-orange textile. The orange stitching carries over to the dash and also doors, as well as appears like a custom-made order to match the Inferno orange exterior paint. Regrettably, it resembles a dress-up work on what is or else a low quality inside, full of low-cost difficult plastic and switches over that look inexpensive.

In an age when the main players in the course are putting wonderful insides in their base version pickups as well as truly good interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior appearances low-rent as well as cost-cut. You most definitely won't really feel cramped, however, with a lot of room front as well as back for 5 full-sized grownups. Outward presence is exceptional, with a commanding seating position as well as big windows throughout. The rear home window features something no other pickup truck has: It's one consistent item of powered glass, and it drops down into the taxi body like the door windows. Drop all the windows and also you have a distinct outdoor experience in a pick-up, however beware-- the aerodynamics indicate that exhaust gas is moving in via that opening, which you'll smell quite clearly if you speed up vigorously.

Freight & Towing

The Tundra might not be the best-selling truck on the marketplace, yet it's obtained the cargo and hauling capabilities to hang with the significant gamers. Two wheelbases are readily available along with three taxi styles and also 3 bed lengths, all suggested to provide versatility in ordering. The routine cab can be had with the long bed just, while the double taxi can be had with common or lengthy beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door can only be had with a brief bed given its already copious size. My examination lorry, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, typical bed and CrewMax taxicab, had a tow score of 9,800 extra pounds, which is likewise totally competitive with the remainder of the field. All the car manufacturers use a lot of mixes for their pickup lineups, nevertheless, that contrasting them is tough. Suffice it to state, they could all mostly do the very same things, and also do them well.


The Tundra's crash tests give it a four-star general rating from the National Freeway Web Traffic Security Administration and a good rating for almost every test from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Security (from a feasible great, appropriate, minimal 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 rack up 5 star.

Where we begin to see some distinctions between the vehicles is in technology, particularly with safety and security attributes. Several car manufacturers are starting to furnish their pick-ups with the most up to date safety and security functions, with Ford blazing a trail, including readily available automatic cruise ship control with accident discovery caution and also blind spot sensing units (Toyota supplies this too, however on higher trim degrees). The Chevy joins the Ford in supplying lane separation caution as well as auto parking aid sensing units. Both the Toyota as well as the Ram have some reaching perform in this department.

Worth in Its Class

Rates for the Tundra is as competitive as its tools, and also while you'll locate a lot more choices currently in terms of bundles and trim levels than previously supplied, it still does not have rather the same level of develop mixes as the residential trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (consisting of a destination cost), including the smaller V-8 engine and also very little else. You could choice an Expanse as much as soaring elevations, varying up through the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Edition and Platinum trim levels. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at simply less than $50,000, which truthfully is still a couple of steps listed below where competitor trucks max their high-end cuts out at. My examination vehicle was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax cab and also larger engine; along with an optional drop-in bedliner it came to an affordable total amount of $45,465.

The domestic car manufacturers all use vehicles much like the Tundra TRD Pro, but none with a dedicated 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, however the TRD Pro trim is much more off-road racer compared to simply off-road qualified. It's not as severe a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, but then nothing else is. All of the Detroit vehicles supply huge engines that outgun the Tundra in horse power, nevertheless, despite tow rankings that are similar.