Drivetrain: Choice of two V8s that produce 310 and 381 horsepower; six-speed automatic transmissions.
While a full model replacement is some years away, Toyota keeps building on the Tundra’s positives in an attempt to be more appealing in a tough market segment. While the pickup’s recent mid-cycle facelift incorporated a new hood, reprofiled grille and a three-piece lower bumper, both the volume-leader SR5 and country-lux 1794 Edition get the most minute alterations to their front ends for 2016. The Tundra’s overall profile still hasn’t changed: it continues to be available in your choice of regular-cab, extended-length Double Cab and four-door CrewMax with its extra-sized rear doors. The standard 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and top-tuned 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 are untouched and operate using six-speed automatic transmissions. Four-wheel-drive is optional. Inside, the roomy cabins features several improvements to make life easier for the driver, including moving the heat/AC controls and the audio controls 2.5 inches closer. The seats feature better ventilation and can also travel more. The base SR5 gets cloth seats, metallic trim and other basic features, while the Limited gets leather seats, soft-touch doors and center console, and “wood-style” — seriously, wood-style — trim. The Platinum grade, introduced for 2014, gets perforated diamond-pleated leather seats and instrument panel, along with plenty of chrome touches, a 12-speaker touch-screen audio system, navigation and heated and cooled seats. The 1794 Edition is Toyota’s take on Ford’s King Ranch and Ram’s Laramie Longhorn. It’s billed as a tribute to the ranch in Texas, founded in the year 1794, where the Tundra plant is located. You get saddle-brown leather touches with suede inserts as well as similar luxury equipment to the Platinum. Lastly, the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro Series package is Toyota’s take on the successful Ford Raptor, and gets blacked-out body pieces, 18-inch black wheels with Michelin off-road tires, and a throaty TRD dual exhaust. It also sports a two-inch lift in ride height, more wheel travel and bigger Bilstein-brand shocks with external reservoirs. For 2016, all trims from Limited on up get larger 38-gallon fuel tanks, leaving the SR and SR5 with a 26.4-gallon capacity. Also, all Tundras get updated Entune multimedia systems that are now Siri Eyes Free voice-command compatible. And the 5.7-liter V8 now also gets a standard trailer-brake controller.