Used 2015 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Pickup
Toyota Tundra CrewMax Pickup
Toyota’s 2015 Tundra is powerful and retains its value very well, but lags rivals in terms of efficiency and powertrain sophistication.
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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.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2015 Tundra full-size pickup truck has allure with Toyota's reputation for quality in general and this model's excellent resale value in particular. It also has deep American roots: The truck was designed and is made in America.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The Tundra's rivals offer more power, more efficiency, higher tow ratings and a wider variety of trims. The Ram 1500, for instance, is rated up to 28 mpg. And then there's the 800-pound gorilla, the 2015 Ford F-150, which actually just shed 700 pounds thanks to its aluminum body.
What's New for 2015
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.
On road and off, Toyota's full-size truck is still formidable. Its standard 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 is more than acceptable for lighter duties, while the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 is up for almost any task (yes, it famously pulled the Space Shuttle over a bridge). On the open road, the Tundra's cabin is surprisingly quiet. Toyota's half-ton truck isn't exactly nimble, but it drives smaller than its dimensions suggest. The Tundra's 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth, though not as buttery as the Ram's 8-speed. The Tundra does not offer a locking rear differential, but the big truck had no problems when we drove a 4-wheel-drive (4WD) TRD edition up muddy embankments, crawled down steep hills and waded through water. With TRD Pro Off-Road models you can tackle even more, including small jumps without fear of bottoming out. As a bonus, the Tundra TRD Pro's long suspension travel creates a more comfortable on-road ride.
REPLACEABLE BUMPER PANELS
Treat a truck like a truck and it's almost bound to happen: bruising a bumper. The 2015 Toyota Tundra features a 3-piece design for its front and rear bumpers that makes them easier and less costly to replace should/when they get banged up.
BLIND-SPOT MONITORING SYSTEM
Driving a big truck means dealing with a wider zone in which you can miss spotting vehicles to the rear left and rear right. Sedans have been offering electronic monitoring of these areas for years, but Toyota claims the title of being first to bring the technology to a full-size truck.
As with most full-size pickups, the Tundra's interior spans from that of a basic truck with a 3-passenger fabric bench seat to a luxurious family hauler with brown leather interior and wood trim. Double-cab and CrewMax cab variants seat up to six when you opt for a bench in front, or five with the more comfortable bucket seats. Even base SR trims have a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system in the dash, a far cry from the dial radio in your dad's pickup. Knobs and controls are easier to reach than in past Tundras, and sturdy enough to be used with gloves on.
The 2015 Tundra half-ton pickup is available in three cab configurations and three bed lengths. Regular-cab and double-cab models can be had with a standard bed (78.7 inches) or long bed (97.6 inches). The CrewMax has the biggest cab of the bunch and is only available with a short bed (66.7 inches). As part of last year's revamp, the Tundra's hood was raised slightly and better integrated into the grille. As with other full-size trucks, the Toyota's grille appears to just get bigger and bigger. At the other end, the lockable tailgate automatically lowers slowly to prevent the dreaded tailgate slam.
Notable Standard Equipment
Even if you buy the least expensive version of the 2015 Tundra, you'll get a nicely equipped truck with a V8 engine, rearview camera, power windows and door locks, and 6.1-inch touch-screen audio/entertainment system with AM/FM/CD player, USB and auxiliary inputs and Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity. These models also come with a fabric-trimmed 40/20/40-split fold-down front bench seat with 4-way adjustable driver and passenger seats (tough vinyl is available with the Work Truck package). All new Toyotas also come with two years/25,000 miles of complimentary factory-scheduled maintenance.
Notable Optional Equipment
Most extras for the 2015 Tundra are bundled into trims. SR5 models add a larger, 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, sliding rear window and the new storage compartment under the rear seats, while Limited trims bring premium audio and navigation, leather-trimmed and heated front bucket seats, 20-inch wheels, chrome mirrors and door handles, and power-operated sliding rear window. The top-line Platinum and 1794 Edition offer heated and cooled front seats, moonroof, JBL premium audio and blind-spot monitoring. The TRD Pro Off-Road package, available in double-cab or CrewMax form, includes Bilstein shocks, TRD-tuned springs with a 2-inch lift in front, front skidplate and unique badging.
Under the Hood
2015 Tundra models are now powered solely by V8 engines since the former base V6 has been dropped. The 4.6-liter V8 is now the standard engine in lower-trim models, while the powerful-yet-thirsty 5.7-liter is available across all Tundra models and is standard on higher trims of Toyota's full-size truck. Both V8s are connected to a 6-speed automatic. All Tundra engines run on regular gasoline, and the big 5.7-liter V8 is E85-capable. The Tundra's maximum towing rating is 10,500 pounds and applies to a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) regular-cab model with the 5.7-liter V8. Additionally, models with that engine can be had with an integrated trailer brake controller.
310 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
327 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 mpg (RWD), 14/18 mpg (4WD)
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg (RWD), 13/17 mpg (4WD)
With the V6 dropped as the base engine, the 2015 Tundra's starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) has risen to just over $30,000, about $3,000 higher than last year's entry model. At that price, the Tundra is in line with the Nissan Titan and several thousand dollars more than the starting prices of the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ford F-150, though the prices begin to even out if those trucks are equipped with a V8 like the Tundra. A top-line Tundra Platinum or 1794 Edition – whose name derives from the founding date of the Texas ranch where the truck is built – can climb to $50,000 when loaded. While the Tundra's rivals surpass it in power, efficiency and towing capacity, the Toyota has the upper hand in resale value. Just last year the Tundra won the Best Resale Value Award among full-size pickup trucks.
Toyota Tundra CrewMax Consumer Reviews
November 11, 2018
I bought the Tundra after buying a 2015 Ford F-150 and having alot of problems with it. With 18k on the Toyota i have not had one...
October 24, 2018
I test drove Ford, GM, and the 2019 RAM. Bought the Tundra as it delivered the most for the least money. Safety is important. Had to...
October 23, 2018
My THIRD and BEST Tundra
Absolutely love the improvements made in this truck over the past 16+ years. Owned a 2002, 2008, and now 2018. It may not be the...
July 02, 2018
Best truck Ive owned.
I have the 1794 Edition. Love the interior. Very comfortable on the Highway and capable off-road. Great Truck
June 20, 2018
Simple but reliable
If you want a pretty pavement princess with all the bells and whistles then maybe this truck isnt for you, if you want a real work truck...
April 15, 2018
Best family truck
This is my second Tundra Crewmax I have owned and by far the best family truck on the market.
February 01, 2018
First Tundra for me.
After driving high end F-150 and Ram trucks I decided to give the Tundra a try and bought a 2018 Tundra Limited CM 4x4 with most...
January 27, 2018
I keep coming back to Toyota
Traded my 2010 SR5 DC in only because I saw a 2018 and was intrigued. Went to the dealer and came home with a new truck. The 2018 has...
December 16, 2017
Love my Tundra
I have had my tundra for 3 years and couldnt be happier. Extremely reliable, plenty of towing power, looks awesome and rides great. ...
August 30, 2017
This is my 4th Tundra. This time I purchased the Platinum Edition and am very happy with it. I put a bed cover on the back and am...