2015 Toyota Tundra 1794 CrewMax

     In a full-size pickup truck, the American-made Tundra offers something for everyone … literally. There are a dizzying number of trim levels, bed lengths and cabin sizes – paired to either a 4.6L or 5.7L V8 engine.  We test drove the 1794 CrewMax, which is a glorious grouping of brute strength, refined luxury, impressive technology and rugged good looks. Boys got to haul their toys, and the Tundra does it in style … with ample room for five (and space for six). You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how spacious the CrewMax cabin is. Whether the road is paved or unpaved, traveling to the lake or school, the Tundra is the king of the urban jungle.
     The 1794 Edition boasts a Western-themed interior that is well-appointed and luxurious. The first thing that grabs your attention is the gorgeous Lexus-grade saddle brown leather trim. Next is the massively wide center console. The 1794 also sports plenty of amenities, including heated/cooled/power front seats, power moonroof, parking sonar, dual-zone A/C, auto-dimming rearview mirror, backup camera, optional blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and an Entune premium JBL audio system with navigation.
     Under the hood, the 5.7L V-8 is an outstanding workhorse with plenty of superlatives. It races from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and through the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 91.2 mph. That’s quick for a near 3-ton truck. Pressing the pedal to the metal lets out an impressive sonic VROOM. The 1794 Edition is available in rear-wheel drive or 4WDemand part-time 4WD.
     On the exterior, the 1794 flexes big fender flares, a muscular front end, 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels and the requisite 1794 Edition badges. It’s a rugged, good-looking truck that just oozes testosterone.

Towing Power — In a promotional video, the Tundra pulled the space shuttle, so it can handle your trailer or boat … no problem. The Crewmax Limited V8 has towing capacity up to 10,500 lbs., hauls more than 2,000 lbs. and is SAE J2807 compliant.

Integrated Trailer Brake Controller — When connected to a compatible trailer, this system  allows the driver to adjust the amount of trailer braking based on the weight of the trailer.

Tow/Haul Mode — Intelligently holds lower gears longer, so the Tundra won’t keep shifting or “hunting” for the right gear when towing. This system also increases throttle response, pulling power and engine braking, helping the driver tow with more confidence.

Trailer-Sway Control — No one wants a runaway trailer, so this works in two ways: by detecting trailer sway and applying brake pressure at individual wheels, and by controlling engine torque to help stabilize the trailer … or your brand new boat.

Massive Ring Gear — Toyota fitted the rear differential with a massive 10.5-inch ring gear. Under the stresses of heavy loads, the ring gear is crucial when power is transferred to the rear axle.

Vital Stats:

  • Engine: iForce 5.7L 32-valve V8
  • Output: 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft of torque
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • MPG: 13 city/ 17 hwy
  • 0-60: 6.1 seconds
  • Price as tested: $50,275

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