Toyota Tundra 2015

Toyota Tundra 2015: Huge and bold, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an incredibly spacious, civilized full-size vehicle, pull down by an uncompetitive inside as well as depressing fuel economic situation.

From the start, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup truck market. It began as also tiny, too weak as well as as well limited in dimension and extent for standard American purchasers, however has considering that grown in dimension and abilities to the powerful beast you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand adversaries for cab dimension or towing obligations, the Tundra today is a totally competitive, similarly large pickup truck. For 2015, the brand offers an off-road variation called the TRD Pro that brings the exact same all-terrain ability to the full-size vehicle as comparable packages have actually brought for the Tacoma compact pick-up and 4Runner SUV. But in transforming the large vehicle from roomy pulling gear to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota jeopardized its daily respect? I invested a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to find out.

Toyota Tundra 2015

Outside & Designing

It's difficult to earn a full-size pickup appearance distinctive. There's only so much one can do with the three-box shape, and sometimes the designer's ideal hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a great task in maintaining the Tundra conservative yet fashionable, conveying a sense of power and also heft without looking tasteless. LED front lights trim doesn't truly create as distinctive a view on the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, as an example, however the "TRD Pro" stamped into the rear fenders is absolutely special. The grille is massive, and on various other trim models can be found in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, as well as just what a shade it is-- Inferno orange, so bright and unmistakable that the only method the Tundra would certainly be much more obvious was if it were really ablaze.

Exactly 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 conventional six-speed automatic transmission. No V-6 is available, turbocharged or otherwise, neither exists a diesel choice. My test automobile was equipped with the larger engine, matched up to a TRD twin exhaust that seemed positively evil. The roar and roar of the 5.7-liter included serious manly integrity to the orange vehicle, making it appear as just like a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're searching for an extravagant, serene pickup experience, this isn't it. It's a butch and ruthless attack on the eyes and ears, yet it most definitely leaves you smiling.

The thrust from the big V-8 is substantial as well. In spite of carrying around all that mass, the Tundra establishes a lot of activity to support that sound, and also the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. Despite the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and also suspension tuning, the huge vehicle's flight and handling are impressive. It's not rough like some other trucks. Even unladen, the softer tune soaks up road imperfections however keeps praiseworthy security in nearly all driving problems, a particular we located to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro also (yet most definitely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is dreadful on the street). The Tundra's ride and also handling habits could be its most impressive qualities.

The downside of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes with the pump-- my 4x4 test truck with the large V-8 is ranked at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally enhances to 13/18/15 when you define the conventional 4x2 vehicle. Opt for the smaller sized 4.6-liter engine as well as you'll web 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 form, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This fades in contrast with the very 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 partly to the conventional eight-speed transmission. The extra 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 gas economic situation with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, offering up 15/21/17 mpg, however Ford likewise provides 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They supposedly both offer 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 large 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 ranking, the best in the number. As constantly, your gas mileage will certainly differ, but the Toyota has an innate drawback from the start as a result of its outdated powertrains.


It's one hell of a go up right into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made harder by the lack of a grab manage for the chauffeur (running boards are optional, yet then you lose the ground clearance you obtained by specifying the TRD Pro trim). When in the immensely spacious cabin, you clear up into some large, level seats covered in black-and-orange textile. The orange stitching rollovers to the dashboard and also doors, and looks like a custom order to match the Snake pit orange outside paint. However, it looks like a dress-up work on what is or else a second-rate interior, filled with low-cost tough plastic and also switches over that feel and look low-cost.

In an age when the primary players in the class are placing nice insides in their base design pick-ups and actually nice insides in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's indoor looks low-rent and also cost-cut. You most absolutely will not really feel cramped, nonetheless, with lots of area front as well as back for 5 full-sized grownups. Exterior presence is excellent, with a powerful seating setting as well as big home windows around. The back window includes something no other pickup has: It's one uniform piece of powered glass, and also it drops down right into the taxi body like the door windows. Go down all the home windows and also you have an one-of-a-kind al fresco experience in a pick-up, but beware-- the aerodynamics mean that exhaust gas is flowing in with that opening, which you'll smell quite clearly if you accelerate intensely.

Freight & Towing

The Tundra could not be the very successful truck on the marketplace, but it's obtained the freight and towing capabilities to hang with the major players. Two wheelbases are available in addition to three taxi designs as well as three bed sizes, all meant to provide flexibility in ordering. The normal taxi can be had with the lengthy bed only, while the dual taxi can be had with conventional or long beds. The huge CrewMax four-door can just be had with a brief bed provided its already massive dimension. My test automobile, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, basic bed and CrewMax taxi, had a tow rating of 9,800 pounds, which is likewise completely competitive with the remainder of the field. All the automakers provide numerous mixes for their pickup schedules, however, that comparing them is tough. Suffice it to claim, they can all greatly do the exact same things, and do them well.


The Tundra's accident examinations give it a four-star overall score from the National Highway Traffic Safety And Security Management as well as a great score for nearly every examination from the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety And Security (from a feasible excellent, appropriate, marginal or poor). That brings it despite having the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, however listed below the Chevy Silverado and also Ford F-150, which both score 5 star.

Where we start to see some distinctions between the vehicles remains in technology, especially with safety and security functions. Many car manufacturers are starting to furnish their pickups with the most recent safety and security functions, with Ford leading the way, featuring available automatic cruise control with accident detection caution and also dead spot sensing units (Toyota supplies this too, however on higher trim levels). The Chevy joins the Ford in providing lane separation warning and also car parking assist sensors. Both the Toyota and also the Ram have some reaching perform in this department.

Value in Its Course

Prices for the Tundra is as affordable as its tools, as well as while you'll discover a lot more alternatives currently in terms of packages as well as trim levels than formerly offered, it still does not have fairly the exact same degree of construct combinations as the domestic trucks. It starts with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (including a location charge), including the smaller sized V-8 engine and also very little else. You could choice an Expanse as much as soaring elevations, varying 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 honestly is still a couple of steps below where rival vehicles max their deluxe trims out at. My test automobile was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxi as well as larger engine; together with an optional drop-in bedliner it came to an affordable total amount of $45,465.

The domestic automakers all supply vehicles much like the Tundra TRD Pro, however none with a committed midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You can get a Z71 off-road bundle for the Chevy or specify your Ram to be the new Rebel design, however the TRD Pro trim is much more off-road racer compared to just off-road qualified. It's not as severe a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, but after that nothing else is. Every one of the Detroit vehicles provide big engines that outgun the Tundra in horse power, nevertheless, despite tow rankings that are comparable.