2015 Toyota Tundra

What's new for 2015? The 2015 Toyota Tundra loses its base V6, leaving the two V8s as the only engine options. Also, Toyota has added the off-road-themed TRD Pro trim level to the lineup and will offer an integrated trailer brake controller.

After a major face-lift just a year ago, the Toyota Tundra gets another round of changes for 2015. Toyota updated the Tundra's styling last year, and this year it eliminated the V6 engine from the Tundra lineup and added an off-road trim level called TRD Pro. But after comparing the Tundra with the latest trucks from Detroit, we come away thinking that the Tundra is still a few updates short of true competitiveness.

There's no question that the Tundra is still a seriously capable truck. No matter which trim level you choose, you'll be getting a V8 powertrain. And when it's properly equipped, the Tundra's tow ratings can match some of the best in the class. The recent remodel made the interior far more modern and refined, so if you're looking to be pampered while your truck is hard at work, the Tundra will satisfy. And if you're looking to go off the beaten path, then the TRD Pro ranks high, too, as it comes with skid plates, off-road tires, Bilstein shocks and a raised suspension -- all of which make it extremely talented when the pavement ends.

Exterior Highlights
Full-size pickup truck available in two-door regular cab, four-door extended cab (double cab), and four-door crew cab (CrewMax) body styles

The 2015 Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup offered in three body styles: two-door regular cab, four-door extended cab ("double cab") and the four-door crew cab called the CrewMax. These body styles are mixed among two wheelbases and three bed lengths -- 5.5-foot short bed, 6.5-foot standard bed and 8.1-foot long bed. Double Cabs and CrewMaxes seat five or six, depending on how you equip them.

Depending on which configuration you choose, there are six trim levels for the Tundra: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Pro (late availability). The availability of some options depends on the region where you live.

Standard equipment on the entry-level SR regular cab models includes 18-inch steel wheels, a matte black lower front bumper, rear bumper and grille surround, tow hooks (four-wheel-drive models), keyless entry, heated mirrors, full power accessories, a windshield wiper de-icer, a damped tailgate, cruise control, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 40/20/40-split bench seat with four-way manual adjustment for the driver and passenger sections, a tilt-only steering wheel, two 12-volt power outlets, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.1-inch "Entune" touchscreen interface and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player, a USB port, an iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack. Options for the base 2015 Tundra include a bed rail system and a Work Truck package with vinyl seats and flooring.

Get the SR Tundra in the double cab body style and you add front and rear map lights, 60/40-split fold-up rear seats and two extra speakers.

The SR5 trim is available in the double cab and CrewMax body styles. Additional standard equipment includes foglights, a chrome grille surround, chrome rear bumper, variable intermittent wipers, a manual sliding rear window (power lowering in the CrewMax, which also gets an overhead console), a rear underseat storage tray (double cab only), a higher-resolution 7-inch Entune touchscreen display, satellite radio and HD radio. The optional SR5 Upgrade package adds front bucket seats with an eight-way power driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a front center console, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an alarm system. Separately, the TRD Off-Road package adds 18-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, an off-road-tuned suspension, skid plates, tow hooks (2WD models) and rear privacy glass.

The Limited trim (available in double cab and CrewMax) adds to the SR5's standard equipment with 20-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a more upscale "silver billet" grille, the bed rail system, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated power front bucket seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a horizontal power-operated sliding rear window (double cab), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system and a smartphone app suite that integrates into the Entune touchscreen. The Limited Premium option package provides front and rear parking sensors, one-touch power windows, illuminated entry lighting and a glass-breakage sensor.

Opt for the Platinum trim (available only with the CrewMax cab), and you'll get more chrome exterior detailing, special 20-inch wheels, LED running lights, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, a sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat (power thigh adjustment added), driver seat memory functions and an upgraded 12-speaker JBL sound system.

The 1794 Edition (named for the Texas ranch on which a portion of the Tundra factory now stands) is available only as a CrewMax, and adds unique silver exterior details, saddle-brown leather upholstery with simulated suede trim for the front seats and matching soft-touch materials for the shift console, door trim and instrument panel.

Focused on off-road ability, the TRD Pro trim is available in double cab and CrewMax body styles, and it largely mirrors the standard equipment on the SR5 Tundra. To the SR5's equipment it adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a TRD dual exhaust, Bilstein shocks, a 2-inch increase in ride height, unique exterior styling details, a front skid plate, bucket seats with red stitching and the larger 7-inch Entune touchscreen with satellite radio and HD radio. A spray-in bedliner can also be included on TRD Pro models as an optional extra. Option highlights on most trims include running boards and extending tow mirrors, while a blind spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alerts is optional on the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition models. Also available for Tundras equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 is an integrated trailer brake controller (late availability).

Large and easy to reach dials and buttons, functional interior, user-friendly Entune touchscreen interface, rearview camera, broad and comfortable seats

The Tundra is pretty livable on the inside. Audio and climate dials and buttons are large and easy to reach, and the instrument cluster features two conventional and legible dials for the speedometer and tachometer. The Tundra's interior is definitely functional.

Materials and build quality are acceptable, and the leather appointments in the upper trims are particularly appealing. One of Toyota's user-friendly Entune touchscreen interfaces and Bluetooth are standard across the board, and available smartphone services include features like the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio, real-time traffic and sports and stock information.

The front seats in every trim are broad and comfortable. There's a vast amount of legroom and headroom in the backseat of the CrewMax, which shouldn't surprise considering the enormity of this configuration's footprint. The folding rear seats in double cabs and CrewMaxes also provide a good amount of protected storage for valuable items you'd rather not leave in the bed.

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Toyota Tundra includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front knee airbags, front side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags that cover both rows. A rearview camera is standard across the board, while parking sensors are optional on the Limited and standard on the Platinum and 1794 Edition. A blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts is optional on the Limited, Platinum and 1794 models.

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