2016 Tundra New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Tundra is a full-size pickup known for durability. This second-generation Tundra was introduced as a 2007 model and updated for 2014.
For 2016, Tundra gets mild exterior touch-ups. Some 2016 Tundras get a larger fuel tank, and the infotainment system has been updated.
Only V8 engines are offered. Each performs smoothly, though trailing the full-size pack. The base 4.6-liter V8 is rated at 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. Standard on certain versions, the 5.7-liter V8 generates 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet.
Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available.
Tundra falls short of domestic models in the number of available configurations, as well as fuel economy, though it comes with a choice of cabs, bed lengths, and trim levels. The range starts with an entry-level SR, progressing through SR5, TRD Pro (Off-Road), Limited, and Platinum, topped by a luxurious 1794 Edition named for the Texas ranch where the factory is located. Tundra Regular Cab models seat two or three and come with a long (97.6-inch) cargo bed. Tundra Double Cab trucks can have either a 78.7- or 97.6-inch bed. They include rear-hinged back doors and flip-up back seats.
CrewMax models are fitted with a 66.7-inch bed, four conventional doors, and a back-seat bench. Standard on Platinum and 1794 Edition trim levels, the CrewMax body style is the correct choice if six-footers wish to ride in the second row. Toyota's largest truck lacks certain utility features, such as lockable storage within the cargo bed, damped tailgate operation, steps, and handrails.
Although basic standard safety equipment is good, including eight airbags, the Tundra lags Ford's F-150 in active-safety features. Technology like adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warnings are unavailable.
Crash-test scores are better than they used to be, but still no more than average. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Tundra four stars overall (five for side-impact protection). Some versions get only three-star rollover ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates Tundra Good, but only Acceptable in the small-overlap crash test.
The 2016 Toyota Tundra SR ($32,190) comes with fabric upholstery, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD stereo, smartphone connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free phone/music streaming, and 18-inch steel wheels. A Work Truck package substitutes durable vinyl upholstery and flooring.
Tundra SR5 ($34,000) features off-road styling, adding foglamps, intermittent wipers, Entune Audio Plus, and satellite radio. Alloy wheels are optional. Tundra TRD Pro ($45,560) features off-roading upgrades, including Bilstein trail-tuned dampers, 18-inch TRD alloy wheels, skid plates, and black leather-trimmed seats with red stitching.
Tundra Limited ($41,720) gets leather seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 20-inch alloy wheels. Tundra Platinum CrewMax ($49,580) features perforated leather upholstery; 12-way power driver's seat with memory; heated/ventilated front seats; 12-speaker Entune Premium JBL Audio with navigation, and a moonroof. Tundra 1794 Edition CrewMax ($49,580) matches Platinum trim, adding special brown premium leather-trimmed seating with embossed and ultra-suede accents. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).