2015 toyota Tundra Diesel

2015 Toyota Tundra Diesel: Huge as well as vibrant, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an extremely large, civil full-size vehicle, pull down by an uncompetitive interior and miserable gas economic climate.

From the beginning, the Toyota Tundra has actually been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It started as too small, too weak and as well minimal in size and also range for standard American buyers, however has considering that expanded in dimension and also capabilities to the powerful beast you see today. No longer second fiddle to its American-brand foes for taxi dimension or towing responsibilities, the Tundra today is a fully competitive, just as substantial pickup truck. For 2015, the brand name supplies an off-road version called the TRD Pro that brings the exact same all-terrain capacity to the full-size vehicle as similar bundles have actually brought for the Tacoma portable pick-up and also 4Runner SUV. However in changing the huge truck from sizable lugging 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 Diesel

Exterior & Styling

It's difficult to make a full-size pick-up appearance unique. There's only a lot one can do with the three-box form, and also often times the developer's ideal hope is to simply not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done an excellent work in maintaining the Tundra conventional yet trendy, conveying a feeling of power and also heft without looking gaudy. LED headlight trim doesn't truly create as distinct a view on the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for instance, but the "TRD Pro" marked right into the back fenders is definitely one-of-a-kind. The grille is enormous, as well as on other trim versions can be found in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and just what a color it is-- Inferno orange, so intense and also unmistakable that the only method the Tundra would certainly be more obvious was if it were actually ablaze.

Exactly how It Drives

Two engines are 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 transmission. No V-6 is readily available, turbocharged or otherwise, nor exists a diesel alternative. My test car was geared up with the bigger engine, paired up to a TRD twin exhaust that appeared positively wicked. The grumble as well as holler of the 5.7-liter added serious aggressive reputation to the orange truck, making it seem as similar to a Baja race truck as it looked. If you're seeking a lavish, serene pickup experience, this right. It's a butch and ruthless attack on the eyes and ears, but it definitely leaves you grinning.

The thrust from the huge V-8 is significant also. Despite hauling around all that mass, the Tundra develops plenty of motion to accompany that sound, and also the six-speed automated is well-matched to it. In Spite Of the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock and suspension adjusting, the big truck's ride as well as handling are outstanding. It's not uneven like a few other trucks. Also unladen, the softer tune soaks up roadway flaws however preserves admirable stability in almost all driving conditions, a particular we located to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro also (however most absolutely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is horrible on the street). The Tundra's flight and dealing with habits may be its most remarkable qualities.

The drawback of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes with the pump-- my 4x4 test associate the huge V-8 is rated at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally improves to 13/18/15 when you define the common 4x2 vehicle. Select the smaller sized 4.6-liter engine as well as you'll net 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 kind, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in comparison with the best of the domestic competitors. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the even larger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks partially to the common eight-speed transmission. The a lot more reliable 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of one of the most effective 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, providing 15/21/17 mpg, yet Ford additionally provides 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They apparently both provide 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 big engines in the Ford and Chevy. But the gas economy 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 gas mileage will certainly vary, yet the Toyota has an innate drawback from the start as a result of its obsolete powertrains.


It's one hell of a go up right into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made harder by the absence of a grab deal with for the chauffeur (running boards are optional, however after that you shed the ground clearance you gained by specifying the TRD Pro trim). Once in the greatly large cabin, you settle into some broad, flat seats covered in black-and-orange fabric. The orange stitching carries over to the dashboard as well as doors, and also resembles a customized order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. However, it appears like a dress-up job on what is or else a low-grade interior, filled with cheap difficult plastic as well as changes that look and feel cost-effective.

In an age when the major gamers in the class are placing wonderful insides in their base model pick-ups as well as truly nice insides in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior appearances low-rent and cost-cut. You most definitely will not feel cramped, however, with a lot of space front and back for 5 full-sized grownups. Outward exposure is superb, with a powerful seats placement and huge windows all around. The back home window features something no other pickup has: It's one uniform piece of powered glass, and also it falls right into the taxicab body like the door windows. Go down all the windows as well as you have an one-of-a-kind al fresco experience in a pickup, yet beware-- the aerodynamics suggest that exhaust gas is streaming in via that opening, which you'll scent rather plainly if you accelerate intensely.

Cargo & Towing

The Tundra might not be the very popular vehicle on the marketplace, however it's obtained the freight and also hauling capacities to hang with the significant gamers. Two wheelbases are offered together with three taxicab designs and 3 bed sizes, all suggested to provide flexibility in ordering. The regular cab can be had with the lengthy bed just, while the double taxi can be had with basic or long beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door can just be had with a short bed given its currently large size. My test lorry, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, typical bed and CrewMax taxicab, had a tow ranking of 9,800 pounds, which is likewise completely affordable with the remainder of the field. All the automakers provide many combinations for their pickup schedules, nevertheless, that comparing them is challenging. Suffice it to state, they could all greatly do the exact same points, and also do them well.


The Tundra's collision tests give it a four-star total score from the National Highway Traffic Security Administration and also a great ranking for virtually every test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Security (out of a feasible excellent, acceptable, low or poor). That brings it despite having the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's test, however below the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150, which both rack up 5 star.

Where we begin to see some distinctions between the vehicles is in technology, especially with safety and security attributes. Many car manufacturers are beginning to outfit their pickups with the most up to date safety functions, with Ford leading the way, featuring readily available automatic cruise control with accident detection caution and also unseen area sensing units (Toyota uses this also, but on greater trim levels). The Chevy joins the Ford in offering lane separation caution and also car park help sensors. Both the Toyota and the Ram have some reaching carry out in this department.

Value in Its Course

Prices for the Tundra is as competitive as its equipment, as well as while you'll discover extra options currently in regards to bundles and trim degrees compared to previously used, it still doesn't have fairly the very same level of build mixes as the domestic trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab short box for $29,705 (consisting of a destination charge), featuring the smaller sized V-8 engine and also very little else. You could choice an Expanse up to soaring heights, 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 trucks max their luxury trims out at. My test lorry was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxicab as well as bigger engine; in addition to an optional drop-in bedliner it pertained to a reasonable total amount of $45,465.

The residential automakers all use trucks similar to the Tundra TRD Pro, however none with a specialized midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You can get a Z71 off-road bundle for the Chevy or define your Ram to be the new Rebel design, however the TRD Pro trim is extra off-road racer compared to just off-road qualified. It's not as extreme a Baja-racer vehicle as a Ford Raptor, yet after that absolutely nothing else is. All the Detroit trucks provide big engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, nevertheless, regardless of tow scores that are similar.