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2015 Toyota Tundra

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/4/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Toyota Tundra is no longer available with a V-6 engine. A new integrated trailer brake is now available, as is a spray-in bedliner. Some double-cab models come with a storage tray under the rear seats. The TRD Pro Off-Road model joins the lineup for those in search of the most rugged Tundra.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Tundra is a full-size truck slotting above the compact/midsize Tacoma. It is sold with three cab styles, two bed lengths, two engine choices, six grades, and rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations.

Overview

All 2015 Toyota Tundras are equipped with one of two V-8 engines: a 4.6-liter producing 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque or a 5.7-liter making 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. Both come paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance is good with the 5.7-liter providing the best acceleration. TRD Pro Series models with their retuned suspension are the most capable off-roaders in the lineup and don’t sacrifice ride quality on the pavement. Additionally, models equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 have a generous 9,800-pound towing capacity, making it a viable work truck.

Fuel economy is where the Tundra falls behind its competitors. The EPA rates 4.6 rear-drive models at 15/19 mpg city/highway and 14/18 mpg with four-wheel drive. Trucks equipped with the larger 5.7-liter V-8 are no better at 13/18 mpg for rear-drive variants and 13/17 with four-wheel drive.

Interior space is generous, particularly in double-cab variants with spacious rear seats that can easily accommodate adults. Controls are easy to use and within easy reach from the driver and front passenger, and the leather seats are comfortable and soft. However, material quality remains lackluster with gauges that look good but feel extremely cheap.

The 2015 Tundra has a four-star overall safety rating and a five-star side impact score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the Crew Cab version received a Good score in four categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Toyota Tundra remains a viable choice for full-size-truck buyers, but its low-quality interior, disappointing fuel economy, and carryover powertrain are behind the times compared to competing trucks from Ford, GM, and Ram. In a First Drive of the TRD Pro Series model, we said that the truck remains an excellent off-roader and doesn’t sacrifice ride quality on pavement. While the interior is roomy for adults and the controls are easy to use, the material quality is disappointing with a less sophisticated cabin and a dash made of cheap plastics. Additionally, we noted during a 2014 First Test that the exterior lacked inspiration with “a front end that “resembled “gaudy plastachrome” and chrome wheels “reminiscent of Pep Boys wheels.”

You’ll Like

  • Off-road capabilities
  • V-8 power
  • Generous 9,800-pound towing capacity

You Won’t Like

  • Low-quality plastic s in the cabin
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Dull exterior design

Key Competitors

  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ram 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Nissan Titan

Rating

2 star

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