2015 toyota Tundra Crewmax

2015 Toyota Tundra Crewmax: Huge as well as strong, the 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is a remarkably large, civil full-size vehicle, let down by an uncompetitive inside as well as miserable fuel economic climate.

From the beginning, the Toyota Tundra has been something of a bit player in the full-size pickup market. It began as also tiny, as well weak and also too limited in size as well as extent for typical American buyers, but has actually considering that grown in dimension as well as capacities to the formidable beast you see today. Not second fiddle to its American-brand foes for taxi dimension or towing duties, the Tundra today is a completely affordable, equally large pickup truck. For 2015, the brand name offers an off-road version called the TRD Pro that brings the very same all-terrain capacity to the full-size vehicle as comparable packages have brought for the Tacoma small pick-up as well as 4Runner SUV. But in transforming the big vehicle from roomy towing gear to Baja-ready off-roader, has Toyota compromised its daily civility? I invested a week with a molten-lava-orange Tundra TRD Pro to find out.

2015 Toyota Tundra Crewmax

Exterior & Styling

It's hard to make a full-size pick-up look distinctive. There's only a lot one can do with the three-box shape, and lot of times the designer's best hope is to just not egregiously screw something up. Toyota's done a good job in maintaining the Tundra traditional yet trendy, communicating a sense of power and heft without looking gaudy. LED front lights trim doesn't really produce as unique a look on the Tundra as it does on the GMC Sierra, for example, however the "TRD Pro" marked into the rear fenders is certainly special. The grille is massive, and also on various other trim models comes in acres of chrome. It's body-colored on the TRD Pro, and also exactly what a shade it is-- Inferno orange, so brilliant as well as unsubtle that the only method the Tundra would certainly be much more recognizable was if it were in fact ablaze.

Just 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 basic six-speed transmission. No V-6 is offered, turbocharged or otherwise, neither exists a diesel alternative. My test car was outfitted with the larger engine, paired up to a TRD dual exhaust that appeared positively worthless. The roar and also holler of the 5.7-liter included serious manly credibility to the orange truck, making it sound as similar to a Baja race vehicle as it looked. If you're trying to find an extravagant, tranquil pickup experience, this isn't it. It's a butch as well as ruthless assault on the eyes and ears, but it certainly leaves you grinning.

The drive from the big V-8 is substantial too. In spite of carrying around all that mass, the Tundra develops lots of motion to go along with that noise, 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 big truck's ride and handling are exceptional. It's not uneven like other vehicles. Even unladen, the softer song takes in road blemishes however maintains exceptional stability in nearly all driving conditions, a particular we located to be true in the 4Runner TRD Pro as well (but most certainly not in the old Tacoma TRD Pro, which is terrible on the street). The Tundra's ride as well as taking care of habits could be its most outstanding attributes.

The downside of the Tundra's huge, older powertrains comes with the pump-- my 4x4 examination associate the huge V-8 is ranked at 13/17/15 mpg city/highway/combined, a number that marginally boosts to 13/18/15 when you define the standard 4x2 truck. Select the smaller sized 4.6-liter engine and you'll web 14/18/16 mpg in 4x4 form, or 15/19/16 in 4x2 trim. This fades in contrast with the most effective of the residential competitors. A Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 with the even larger 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is ranked at 15/21/17 mpg, many thanks in part to the conventional eight-speed transmission. The extra efficient 4x2 V-6 Chevy rings in at 18/24/20 mpg, well north of one of the most efficient Tundra.

The Ford F-150 matches the Chevy's 6.2-liter V-8 gas economic climate with its 385-hp, 5.0-liter V-8, providing 15/21/17 mpg, however Ford likewise provides two turbocharged V-6 engines. They supposedly both provide V-8 power with much better fuel economy. The Ram 1500 4x4 with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is likewise rated at 15/21/17 mpg, matching the huge engines in the Ford and Chevy. Yet the gas economic climate leader for the Ram schedule is a 4x2 with a light-duty turbocharged EcoDiesel V-6, which turns in a 20/28/23 mpg score, the very best in the number. As constantly, your gas mileage will vary, yet the Toyota has an innate negative aspect from the beginning because of its outdated 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 motorist (running boards are optional, but after that you shed the ground clearance you obtained by specifying the TRD Pro trim). When in the exceptionally large cabin, you clear up right into some broad, level seats covered in black-and-orange material. The orange stitching rollovers to the dashboard as well as doors, as well as resembles a custom-made order to match the Inferno orange outside paint. Sadly, it appears like a dress-up job on what is or else a subpar inside, packed with economical hard plastic and also switches that look inexpensive.

In a period when the major players in the class are placing great insides in their base model pick-ups and also actually great insides in the midlevel trims, the Tundra's indoor looks low-rent and cost-cut. You most certainly won't feel cramped, nonetheless, with a lot of space front and also back for 5 full-sized adults. Outward visibility is superb, with a powerful seating setting and also large home windows all around. The back home window features something nothing else pickup has: It's one uniform piece of powered glass, as well as it drops down into the taxi body like the door home windows. Drop all the windows and you have a distinct al fresco experience in a pick-up, yet beware-- the aerodynamics indicate that exhaust gas is flowing in with that opening, which you'll smell rather clearly if you increase intensely.

Cargo & Towing

The Tundra could not be the best-selling vehicle on the marketplace, yet it's got the freight and hauling capabilities to hang with the significant players. Two wheelbases are readily available together with three taxi styles as well as three bed lengths, all indicated to provide versatility in ordering. The routine cab can be had with the long bed just, while the dual taxicab can be had with conventional or lengthy beds. The enormous CrewMax four-door can only be had with a short bed given its currently massive dimension. My test car, the TRD Pro with the 5.7-liter V-8, typical bed and CrewMax taxicab, had a tow score of 9,800 extra pounds, which is additionally fully affordable with the rest of the field. All the car manufacturers use numerous mixes for their pickup lineups, nonetheless, that contrasting them is tough. Suffice it to state, they can all mainly do the very same points, and also do them well.


The Tundra's accident examinations provide it a four-star overall rating from the National Freeway Web Traffic Safety Management and also a great rating for virtually every examination from the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety (out of a feasible excellent, acceptable, low or inadequate). That brings it even with the Ram 1500 in NHTSA's test, yet below the Chevy Silverado as well as Ford F-150, which both rack up five stars.

Where we begin to see some distinctions between the vehicles remains in modern technology, especially with safety functions. Numerous car manufacturers are beginning to furnish their pickups with the current safety and security features, with Ford blazing a trail, including offered automatic cruise control with crash discovery caution and also unseen area sensing units (Toyota supplies this as well, yet on greater trim degrees). The Chevy joins the Ford in providing lane separation caution and also vehicle parking assist sensing units. Both the Toyota as well as the Ram have some catching up to carry out in this department.

Value in Its Course

Pricing for the Tundra is as competitive as its equipment, as well as while you'll find much more alternatives currently in regards to bundles and also trim degrees compared to previously provided, it still does not have fairly the same degree of build mixes as the residential trucks. It starts with the 4x2 double-cab brief box for $29,705 (including a destination fee), showcasing the smaller V-8 engine as well as not much else. You could alternative a Tundra as much as lofty elevations, varying up through the SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, 1794 Edition and also Platinum trim levels. It maxes out at the Platinum CrewMax 4x4 at simply less than $50,000, which truthfully is still a couple of steps listed below where competitor vehicles max their deluxe trims out at. My test automobile was a TRD Pro with the CrewMax taxicab and also larger engine; in addition to an optional drop-in bedliner it pertained to a reasonable total amount of $45,465.

The residential automakers all offer vehicles much like the Tundra TRD Pro, yet none with a devoted midlevel desert-runner spin like the TRD Pro. You could obtain a Z71 off-road package for the Chevy or specify your Ram to be the brand-new Rebel version, yet the TRD Pro trim is a lot more off-road racer compared to merely off-road qualified. It's not as severe a Baja-racer truck as a Ford Raptor, yet then absolutely nothing else is. Every one of the Detroit vehicles offer huge engines that outgun the Tundra in horsepower, nonetheless, despite tow rankings that are similar.