2015 toyota Tundra Limited

2015 Toyota Tundra Limited: Huge and also strong, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an incredibly spacious, civil full-size truck, pull down by an uncompetitive interior and also dismal gas economic situation.

From the beginning, the Toyota Tundra has actually been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup truck market. It began as also tiny, also weak and also too restricted in size and also extent for typical American purchasers, however has because expanded in dimension and abilities to the powerful monster you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand opponents for cab size or towing obligations, the Tundra today is a fully competitive, similarly substantial pickup. For 2015, the brand name uses an off-road variation called the TRD Pro that brings the very same all-terrain ability to the full-size truck as comparable bundles have actually brought for the Tacoma portable pickup as well as 4Runner SUV. However in changing the large truck from large lugging rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota endangered its daily civility? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to find out.

2015 Toyota Tundra Limited

Outside & Designing

It's hard to earn a full-size pick-up appearance distinct. There's only so much one can do with the three-box shape, as well as lot of times the designer's finest hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a great work in keeping the Tundra conventional yet elegant, sharing a sense of power as well as heft without looking ostentatious. LED headlight trim doesn't really develop as distinct a view the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for instance, but the "TRD Pro" stamped into the back fenders is definitely unique. The grille is enormous, and on various other trim versions can be found in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and what a shade it is-- Snake pit orange, so intense and also unsubtle that the only method the Tundra would be extra noticeable was if it were in fact ablaze.

Exactly how It Drives

Two 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 automatic transmission. No V-6 is offered, turbocharged or otherwise, neither is there a diesel alternative. My test lorry was geared up with the bigger engine, compared to a TRD double exhaust that seemed positively evil. The roar as well as roar of the 5.7-liter included major manly integrity to the orange truck, making it appear as just like a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're seeking a glamorous, tranquil pick-up experience, this right. It's a butch and brutal attack on the eyes and also ears, however it most definitely leaves you grinning.

The drive from the large V-8 is substantial also. Despite carrying around all that mass, the Tundra develops plenty of activity to accompany that noise, and the six-speed automatic is well-matched to it. Despite the TRD Pro's off-road-ready shock as well as suspension tuning, the huge truck's flight as well as handling are exceptional. It's not choppy like other trucks. Also unladen, the softer tune absorbs roadway flaws yet keeps praiseworthy stability in almost all driving conditions, a characteristic we located to be real in the 4Runner TRD Pro too (however most definitely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is horrible on the street). The Tundra's trip as well as dealing with behavior might be its most impressive characteristics.

The disadvantage of the Tundra's large, older powertrains comes at 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 vehicle. Select the smaller sized 4.6-liter engine and you'll web 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 type, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This pales in comparison with the very best of the residential rivals. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the also larger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, thanks in part to the basic eight-speed transmission. The more effective 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 situation with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, offering up 15/21/17 mpg, yet Ford also supplies two turbocharged V-6 engines. They apparently both provide V-8 power with far better gas economy. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the big engines in the Ford as well as Chevy. However the fuel 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 score, the best in the bunch. As constantly, your gas mileage will certainly vary, however the Toyota has an innate drawback from the start due to its outdated powertrains.


It's one heck of a climb up into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made more difficult by the absence of a grab manage for the motorist (running boards are optional, yet after that you lose the ground clearance you acquired by specifying the TRD Pro trim). When in the greatly roomy cabin, you work out into some broad, flat seats covered in black-and-orange fabric. The orange sewing carries over to the dash and doors, and resembles a customized order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. Sadly, it resembles a dress-up job on what is or else a low-grade interior, filled with inexpensive hard plastic as well as switches that feel and look inexpensive.

In a period when the primary players in the class are putting nice interiors in their base design pick-ups and actually good interiors in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior appearances low-rent and cost-cut. You most definitely will not feel confined, nonetheless, with lots of room front and back for 5 full-sized adults. Exterior exposure is exceptional, with a commanding seating position and huge windows around. The rear window features something no other pickup truck has: It's one uniform piece of powered glass, and it falls into the taxi body like the door windows. Drop all the home windows and you have an one-of-a-kind al fresco experience in a pickup, but beware-- the aerodynamics suggest that exhaust gas is flowing in through that opening, which you'll smell rather plainly if you increase intensely.

Cargo & Towing

The Tundra might not be the best-selling truck on the marketplace, but it's obtained the freight as well as pulling capacities to hang with the significant gamers. 2 wheelbases are available together with 3 taxi designs and also 3 bed sizes, all implied to supply flexibility in ordering. The normal taxi can be had with the lengthy bed only, while the double taxi can be had with conventional or lengthy beds. The huge CrewMax four-door can only be had with a short bed offered its already massive size. My examination vehicle, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, basic bed as well as CrewMax taxi, had a tow ranking of 9,800 extra pounds, which is likewise completely competitive with the rest of the field. All the automakers use a lot of mixes for their pickup schedules, nonetheless, that contrasting them is challenging. Suffice it to claim, they can all greatly do the same things, and also do them well.


The Tundra's crash tests offer it a four-star general ranking from the National Freeway Web Traffic Safety And Security Management and also a good ranking for virtually every test from the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Security (out of a feasible excellent, acceptable, limited or bad). That brings it despite having the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's examination, but listed below the Chevy Silverado and also Ford F-150, which both score 5 star.

Where we start to see some distinctions between the trucks is in modern technology, especially with safety and security attributes. Lots of automakers are starting to outfit their pickups with the most recent security attributes, with Ford leading the way, showcasing available automatic cruise ship control with accident detection caution and dead spot sensors (Toyota supplies this also, but on higher trim levels). The Chevy signs up with the Ford in providing lane separation warning and vehicle parking help sensing units. Both the Toyota and the Ram have some reaching perform in this department.

Worth in Its Course

Prices for the Tundra is as affordable as its tools, and while you'll locate much more options currently in terms of packages and also trim degrees than formerly offered, it still doesn't have fairly the very same degree of construct combinations as the residential trucks. It begins with the 4x2 double-cab brief box for $29,705 (consisting of a location fee), including the smaller V-8 engine as well as not much else. You could alternative an Expanse approximately lofty heights, varying up with the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Version and Platinum trim degrees. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at simply less than $50,000, which frankly is still a couple of actions listed below where competitor vehicles max their deluxe trims out at. My test car was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxicab and also bigger engine; in addition to an optional drop-in bedliner it pertained to an affordable total of $45,465.

The residential car manufacturers all provide vehicles similar to the Tundra TRD Pro, yet none with a dedicated midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You could get a Z71 off-road plan for the Chevy or specify your Ram to be the new Rebel design, but the TRD Pro trim is much more off-road racer than simply off-road qualified. It's not as extreme a Baja-racer vehicle as a Ford Raptor, but after that nothing else is. All of the Detroit trucks provide big engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, however, despite tow rankings that are comparable.