2015 toyota Tundra Platinum

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum: Huge as well as bold, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an extremely spacious, civil full-size truck, pull down by an uncompetitive interior as well as miserable gas economy.

From the start, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It began as too little, also weak as well as too restricted in dimension as well as scope for conventional American customers, however has because grown in dimension and abilities to the powerful beast you see today. No longer second fiddle to its American-brand enemies for taxi dimension or towing responsibilities, the Tundra today is a completely competitive, similarly enormous pickup. For 2015, the brand name uses an off-road version called the TRD Pro that brings the exact same all-terrain ability to the full-size truck as similar packages have brought for the Tacoma portable pickup and also 4Runner SUV. But in transforming the large truck from sizable pulling rig to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota compromised its daily civility? I spent a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to learn.

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum

Exterior & Styling

It's difficult making a full-size pick-up appearance distinct. There's just a lot one can do with the three-box shape, and sometimes the developer's finest hope is to simply not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a great task in maintaining the Tundra conservative yet trendy, communicating a sense of power and heft without looking tasteless. LED headlight trim does not actually produce as distinct a view the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for example, however the "TRD Pro" marked right into the rear fenders is certainly unique. The grille is massive, and on other trim models is available in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and also just what a color it is-- Snake pit orange, so intense and also unmistakable that the only way the Tundra would certainly be a lot more visible was if it were in fact 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 typical six-speed automatic transmission. No V-6 is offered, turbocharged or otherwise, neither is there a diesel choice. My examination car was outfitted with the bigger engine, compared to a TRD double exhaust that seemed favorably worthless. The growl as well as holler of the 5.7-liter included significant manly reliability to the orange truck, making it seem as similar to a Baja race truck as it looked. If you're seeking a luxurious, serene pickup experience, this isn't it. It's a butch and harsh assault on the eyes and ears, but it most definitely leaves you grinning.

The drive from the large V-8 is considerable also. Despite hauling around all that mass, the Tundra creates a lot of motion to support that sound, as well as 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 trip and handling are outstanding. It's not choppy like some other trucks. Also unladen, the softer tune takes in road imperfections however preserves remarkable stability in almost all driving conditions, a characteristic we discovered to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro as well (yet most absolutely not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is horrible on the street). The Tundra's ride as well as taking care of habits may be its most remarkable qualities.

The drawback of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes at the pump-- my 4x4 examination truck with the large V-8 is rated at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally enhances to 13/18/15 when you define the common 4x2 truck. Go with the smaller 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 competitors. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the even bigger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, many thanks partly to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The a lot 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 economy with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, providing 15/21/17 mpg, however Ford also supplies 2 turbocharged V-6 engines. They supposedly both give V-8 power with better gas economic situation. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is also rated at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the big engines in the Ford and also Chevy. Yet the gas economic situation leader for the Ram lineup is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which turns in a 20/28/23 mpg ranking, the most effective in the bunch. As constantly, your gas mileage will vary, yet the Toyota has an innate negative aspect from the start as a result of its outdated powertrains.


It's one hell of a climb into the cabin of the TRD Pro, made more difficult by the absence of a grab handle for the chauffeur (running boards are optional, yet after that you lose the ground clearance you obtained by specifying the TRD Pro trim). Once in the greatly roomy cabin, you settle into some vast, flat seats covered in black-and-orange fabric. The orange sewing carries over to the dashboard and also doors, and looks like a custom order to match the Snake pit orange outside paint. However, it appears like a dress-up work on what is or else a substandard interior, filled with economical difficult plastic and also switches over that look and feel economical.

In an era when the major gamers in the course are placing good insides in their base version pickups and also actually great insides in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's interior appearances low-rent as well as cost-cut. You most certainly won't really feel cramped, nevertheless, with plenty of space front and back for five full-sized grownups. External exposure is excellent, with a commanding seats setting as well as huge home windows all over. The rear window features something nothing else pickup has: It's one consistent item of powered glass, and it drops down right into the taxicab body like the door home windows. Drop all the home windows as well as you have an unique outdoor experience in a pick-up, yet beware-- the aerodynamics mean that exhaust gas is moving in via that opening, which you'll smell rather plainly if you increase intensely.

Cargo & Towing

The Tundra may not be the best-selling truck on the market, but it's obtained the freight as well as hauling capabilities to hang with the major gamers. 2 wheelbases are offered in addition to 3 taxi designs and three bed lengths, all suggested to provide versatility in ordering. The regular taxicab can be had with the lengthy bed just, while the double taxi can be had with basic or long beds. The huge CrewMax four-door could only be had with a brief bed offered its already generous dimension. My examination car, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, common bed and CrewMax taxi, had a tow score of 9,800 pounds, which is likewise completely competitive with the remainder of the area. All the automakers offer a lot of mixes for their pickup lineups, nevertheless, that contrasting them is difficult. Suffice it to claim, they could all mostly do the exact same points, and also do them well.


The Tundra's accident tests give it a four-star overall ranking from the National Freeway Traffic Safety And Security Administration as well as a great ranking for nearly every examination from the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety And Security (out of a feasible excellent, acceptable, limited or poor). That brings it despite the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's test, but below the Chevy Silverado and Ford F-150, which both score 5 star.

Where we start to see some distinctions between the vehicles remains in innovation, especially with security features. Many automakers are starting to outfit their pick-ups with the most recent security attributes, with Ford leading the way, featuring available automatic cruise control with collision discovery warning and dead spot sensing units (Toyota provides this as well, however on greater trim levels). The Chevy joins the Ford in offering lane separation warning and parking assist sensors. Both the Toyota as well as the Ram have some catching up to do in this division.

Value in Its Course

Pricing for the Tundra is as competitive as its equipment, and also while you'll find a lot more options now in regards to packages and also trim levels compared to formerly used, it still does not have rather the very same degree of develop mixes as the residential vehicles. It starts with the 4x2 double-cab brief box for $29,705 (including a destination charge), featuring the smaller V-8 engine as well as not much else. You could option an Expanse as much as soaring heights, ranging up with the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Edition and Platinum trim degrees. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at just less than $50,000, which truthfully is still a couple of steps listed below where competitor vehicles max their luxury trims out at. My examination lorry was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxicab as well as larger engine; together with an optional drop-in bedliner it involved a practical total amount of $45,465.

The residential automakers all offer vehicles just like the Tundra TRD Pro, yet 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 model, but the TRD Pro trim is more off-road racer compared to just off-road qualified. It's not as severe a Baja-racer vehicle as a Ford Raptor, however then nothing else is. All the Detroit trucks use large engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, however, despite tow rankings that are similar.