For 2015, the Tundra lineup drops the base V6 engine, making the 4.6-liter V8 standard and the 5.7-liter V8 optional. A TRD Pro Off-Road model is made to play harder in the muck, and a storage tray under the rear seats of some double-cab models adds versatility.
The Tundra has been significantly updated for 2014 with a more ergonomic interior and a freshened exterior that includes a higher hood and replaceable bumper panels. The Western-themed 1794 Edition joins the top-line Platinum model. Its name is derived from the founding date of the Texas ranch where the truck's factory now resides.
As Toyota's full-size truck, the 2015 Tundra aims for attention in a segment rife with entrenched players and brand loyalists. Capturing the limelight – and buyers' allegiance – is no easy task, and not just because the segment has long been dominated by GM, Ram and America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150. Where power used to be a pickup's calling card, the Tundra's rivals are now in a race to be the most sophisticated and efficient. Toyota's flagship truck addressed aspects of the former with last year's revamp, but has yet to update its aging powertrains. The Tundra's V8 engine choices are powerful, but neither cracks 20 mpg. What the Tundra does have on its side is strong resale value and a history of reliability.