2015 toyota Tundra Trd

2015 Toyota Tundra Trd: Large and vibrant, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an extremely large, civilized full-size truck, let down by an uncompetitive inside and also disappointing fuel economic climate.

From the start, the Toyota Tundra has actually been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It started out as too small, also weak and also as well restricted in dimension as well as extent for typical American purchasers, however has since grown in size as well as capabilities to the formidable beast you see today. No more second fiddle to its American-brand enemies for taxi size or towing tasks, the Tundra today is a completely competitive, equally substantial pickup truck. For 2015, the brand uses an off-road variation 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 portable pickup and also 4Runner SUV. However in changing the big truck from sizable pulling rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota compromised its daily respect? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to figure out.

2015 Toyota Tundra Trd

Exterior & Styling

It's difficult to earn a full-size pickup appearance unique. There's just a lot one can do with the three-box form, as well as sometimes the designer's finest hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a good work in maintaining the Tundra conservative yet elegant, conveying a feeling of power and heft without looking gaudy. LED headlight trim doesn't really produce as unique a view the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for instance, however the "TRD Pro" marked right into the back fenders is certainly distinct. The grille is substantial, and also on other trim versions is available in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, as well as exactly what a shade it is-- Inferno orange, so brilliant as well as unmistakable that the only means the Tundra would certainly be a lot more visible was if it were really on fire.

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 basic six-speed transmission. No V-6 is available, turbocharged or otherwise, nor exists a diesel alternative. My examination vehicle was furnished with the larger engine, paired up to a TRD twin exhaust that seemed favorably evil. The roar and also roar of the 5.7-liter included major manly credibility to the orange vehicle, making it seem as much like a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're trying to find a lavish, serene pickup experience, this right. It's a butch as well as brutal attack on the eyes and ears, however it definitely leaves you smiling.

The thrust from the big V-8 is considerable too. In spite of transporting around all that mass, the Tundra creates lots of activity to accompany that sound, as well as the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. In Spite Of the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and also suspension tuning, the large vehicle's trip as well as handling are superior. It's not uneven like other trucks. Also unladen, the softer tune soaks up roadway imperfections however maintains remarkable security in nearly all driving problems, a particular we discovered to be real in the 4Runner TRD Pro too (yet most definitely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is dreadful on the street). The Tundra's trip and also dealing with behavior might be its most impressive features.

The disadvantage of the Tundra's huge, 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 partially improves to 13/18/15 when you specify the common 4x2 truck. Go with the smaller sized 4.6-liter engine and you'll internet 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 form, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in contrast with the most effective of the domestic rivals. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the even bigger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks partly to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The extra efficient 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of the most efficient Tundra.

The Ford F-150 matches the Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 fuel economic situation with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, providing 15/21/17 mpg, yet Ford likewise offers 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They apparently both offer V-8 power with better fuel economy. 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 also Chevy. However the gas economy 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 most effective in the number. As always, your gas mileage will certainly vary, yet the Toyota has an innate drawback from the beginning due to its out-of-date powertrains.


It's one heck of a go up into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made more difficult by the absence of a grab take care of for the chauffeur (running boards are optional, however after that you lose the ground clearance you gained by defining the TRD Pro trim). As soon as in the exceptionally large cabin, you work out into some large, flat seats covered in black-and-orange textile. The orange stitching carries over to the dashboard and doors, as well as looks like a personalized order to match the Snake pit orange exterior paint. Regrettably, it looks like a dress-up work on what is otherwise a second-rate inside, filled with low-cost hard plastic as well as switches over that feel and look inexpensive.

In a period when the major gamers in the course are placing good insides in their base model pick-ups and also truly nice interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior looks low-rent and cost-cut. You most certainly won't really feel confined, nevertheless, with lots of area front and back for 5 full-sized grownups. External presence is excellent, with a powerful seating position and also large home windows around. The back 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 home windows. Drop all the home windows as well as you have a special open-air experience in a pick-up, but beware-- the aerodynamics mean that exhaust gas is streaming in through that opening, which you'll scent fairly plainly if you increase intensely.

Freight & Towing

The Tundra could not be the very successful vehicle on the marketplace, but it's got the cargo and pulling capabilities to hang with the significant players. Two wheelbases are available together with 3 taxicab designs and three bed lengths, all implied to offer adaptability in ordering. The routine taxi can be had with the lengthy bed only, while the double cab can be had with conventional or lengthy beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door can just be had with a short bed given its already large dimension. My test vehicle, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, standard bed and also CrewMax taxicab, had a tow rating of 9,800 pounds, which is also fully competitive with the remainder of the area. All the automakers offer a lot of mixes for their pickup schedules, nonetheless, that comparing them is difficult. Suffice it to state, they could all mainly do the same points, and also do them well.


The Tundra's crash tests provide it a four-star overall ranking from the National Freeway Website Traffic Safety And Security Administration as well as an excellent rating for virtually every test from the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety (from a possible good, appropriate, low or poor). That brings it despite the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, however listed below the Chevy Silverado and also Ford F-150, which both rack up 5 star.

Where we start to see some differences in between the trucks remains in innovation, particularly with safety attributes. Numerous automakers are starting to outfit their pickups with the latest safety and security functions, with Ford blazing a trail, including available automatic cruise control with accident discovery warning as well as blind spot sensing units (Toyota supplies this as well, but on greater trim degrees). The Chevy joins the Ford in supplying lane departure warning and also auto parking assist sensing units. Both the Toyota as well as the Ram have some catching up to do in this department.

Worth in Its Class

Rates for the Tundra is as competitive as its tools, as well as while you'll find a lot more choices now in regards to bundles and also trim levels compared to previously offered, it still does not have quite the very same degree of construct combinations as the residential vehicles. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (including a destination fee), featuring the smaller sized V-8 engine and very little else. You can option an Expanse up to soaring elevations, varying up through the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Version as well as Platinum trim levels. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at just less than $50,000, which frankly is still a couple of steps listed below where competitor trucks max their high-end trims out at. My examination vehicle was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxi and also bigger engine; in addition to an optional drop-in bedliner it concerned a sensible total amount of $45,465.

The residential automakers all offer trucks similar to the Tundra TRD Pro, however none with a specialized midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You could get a Z71 off-road bundle for the Chevy or specify your Ram to be the new Rebel model, but the TRD Pro trim is extra off-road racer than simply off-road capable. It's not as extreme a Baja-racer vehicle as a Ford Raptor, but then nothing else is. All of the Detroit trucks supply large engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, nonetheless, in spite of tow ratings that are comparable.