2016 Toyota Tundra: The Workhorse Choice

2016 Toyota Tundra

2016 Toyota Tundra

When you want a full size truck what are you looking for?  If it’s a great truck that can get the job done for towing, for hauling home a weekend project and for getting the job done at work the Tundra makes a great choice.  Lauded for the reliability and toughness the Tundra offers plenty of power and a great design that gives you a truck that can easily compete with any in the segment.  While the domestic names are often more highly acclaimed the Tundra has made a push to be the choice more want to make for every purpose that a truck can offer.

When you get behind the wheel of the Tundra you instantly feel the power, but what you can also notice is the drivability of this large truck.  This truck can head off road with ease, especially when equipped with the TRD Off Road 4×4 package which is made for taking on the wilderness.  When towing you feel confident that the truck will continue to perform perfectly but the one thing you will notice the most about the Tundra is the fact this is a truck that is quiet inside the cabin.  With a smooth and quiet ride you will be able to enjoy the travel wherever you need to go.

What most shoppers don’t understand about the Tundra is the fact this is actually a domestic truck.  Yes, Toyota is a Japanese company, but the Tundra is designed and built in the heartlands of the US and offers plenty of ruggedness and dependability along with a great resale value.  For 2016 the Tundra adds a 38-gallon fuel tank on the Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro trims.  The SR5 and 1794 have a revised styling on the front end and every model adds an upgraded version of the Entune audio system.

With trucks one of the most important and talked about features is what is under the hood.  For the Tundra there are two engines to choose from to give you plenty of power for any job you need to do.  The base engine is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque.  This is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission to help produce 15 city/19 hwy mpg in the 2WD model and 14 city/18 hwy mpg for the 4WD version to give you plenty of power.

When you need more power, the larger engine of the Tundra may be where you want to look which is a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque.  This beast uses the same transmission and offers a massive towing capacity of 10,500 pounds.  This powertrain shows up with a 13 city/18 hwy mpg for the 2WD model and 13 city/17 hwy mpg on the 4WD version.  Tundra models with this engine do also receive an integrated trailer brake controller to make it much easier to tow and haul whatever you need to bring to any jobsite.

One of the main reasons we love trucks is their capability and versatility.  While you can often have more configurations in an SUV a truck with a crew cab lets you bring six people to the party and fill the bed and trailer with stuff to enjoy.  The cabin of the Tundra can be configured in a variety of ways, but the common factor is the comfort, style and equipment aboard that let you have a great experience every time you drive the truck.  As one of the quieter truck interiors on the road, if you need this to be a family vehicle as well the Tundra makes a great choice.

One the outside you can’t mistake the Tundra for any other vehicle on the road.  With a large and chrome covered grill and an imposing stance the Tundra has been looked at as a large and in charge truck for many years.  Regardless of the cab choice this is a truck that can be configured for the job you need it for.  As for function and features the Tundra offers you a lockable tailgate that automatically lowers slowly to help prevent the item from slamming down on you. 

As for the standard features of the Tundra you can enjoy the fact this truck comes with a rearview camera, power windows and door locks, a 6.1-ich touch screen infotainment system, a USB port, an auxiliary input, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a 40/20.40 split folding front bench seat,  four way adjustable driver and passenger seats, vinyl upholstery on the Work Truck package, the ability to configure the cab and bed to what you want the truck to be and two years or 25,000 miles of complimentary factory scheduled maintenance which give your truck a great start in life with the right maintenance program.

The optional features of the Tundra are typically put into the many trim levels.  the SR5 add a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a sliding rear window and an under seat storage compartment.  the Limited trim adds a premium audio system, a navigation system, leather trimmed and heated front bucket seats, 20-inch wheels, chrome mirrors and door handles and a power operated rear sliding window.  At the Platinum and 1794 Edition the seats become heated and cooled and these version add a moonroof, a JBL premium audio system and blind spot monitoring.  The TRD Pro Off-Road package adds Bilstein shocks, TRD tuned springs with a two-inch lift I the front, a front skidplate and unique badging to set it apart.

Full size truck can offer a vast range of prices because of the various differences you can find in the style of the vehicle.  The Tundra at the base model starts out at $30,645 for an SR 4×2 Regular Cab.  At the top of the line the Platinum or 1794 Edition can reach well over $50,000 for a loaded Crew Cab 4×4 version.  The Tundra is a truck that is built to get the job done and offer you a way to handle the challenges of your personal and work lives.  Come on in to the Toyota dealership and see what makes this truck so tough.

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