When you see a pickup truck, the first thought generally is that there’s a vehicle made for work or hauling things. Today’s full-size pickups, like our 2016 Toyota Tundra, are large, have a big box and stand tall, like a longshoreman ready to unload a ship.  But experience also tells you that there are an awful lot of people who rely on pickups as their daily drivers, saving the practical applications of these vehicles for the weekends, either towing toys or hauling stuff.

After spending time in our long-term Tundra, there’s really no disconnect here, you can have the practicality of a work truck, but without sacrificing the ease of use, comfort and amenities that we’ve all come to expect from, in the case of our loaded Platinum trim level Tundra, a luxury car.

Riding high in the saddle

While the exterior of the Tundra may look daunting for its sheer size, once you’ve clambered up into the cabin (our all-wheel drive Tundra sits a bit higher than the rear-drive standard half-ton), you’re afforded such a great view that the vehicle actually feels smaller than its actual footprint when you’re driving around. The large mirrors and backup camera also allows the vehicle to be maneuvered easily in tight quarters. The light power steering, responsive brakes and linear thrust from its 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 contribute to this ease of operation.

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The CrewMax 4-door cab configuration offers plenty of room fore and aft. The rear bench is nicely padded and comfortable for two, while the center seating position is a bit stiffer, it will handle a full-sized adult in a pinch. The front buckets are comfy and supportive and there’s a wide center console that offers plenty of storage for everything from cellphones to full-size laptops.

The interior benefits from fit and finish levels commensurate with the top-line Platinum trim grade. There’s an abundance of quilted leather and soft-touch materials to go along with the heated/vented seats, moonroof, dual-zone climate control, 11-speaker Entune JBL audio, navigation and satellite radio.  The only curious omission was the lack of  push-button start, a feature we’ve become accustomed to in high-end vehicles like this one.

With its great seating position, command of the road visibility, ample power and a high level of creature comforts, the 2016 Toyota Tundra CrewMax makes the grade as a daily commuter without sacrificing the ability to get whatever job done. 

See past reports for our long-term 2016 Toyota Tundra…



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