Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - September 28, 2015

Expert Rating

4.6 (Excellent)
13 City / 18 Highway

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2016 Toyota Tundra OVERVIEW

The Toyota Tundra is an alternative choice in the full-size truck segment that should make Camry buyers feel at ease. With a brawny V8 and brash styling, however, it aims for the heart of the truck market.

What's New for 2016

For 2016, even the base Tundra SR gets Toyota's latest Entune infotainment system, while the SR5 gets a navigation app in place of the Limited and higher's built-in navigation. SR5 and 1794 Edition models get a new front-end treatment as well.

Choosing your Toyota Tundra

The Tundra is available in three cab styles: Regular, Double and CrewMax.

  • Both the Double and CrewMax have four doors and can carry up to six passengers, but the CrewMax offers full-width rear doors and more legroom in back.
  • The Regular Cab comes only with the long bed (8.1 feet), while the Double can get either the short (5.5 feet) or long bed. The CrewMax is available with the short bed only.

Regular CabDouble CabCrewMax Cab
Short BedXX
Long BedXX

The Tundra's 4.6-liter V8 is good for 310 horsepower, and the optional 5.7-liter achieves 381 horsepower. Four-wheel drive is available with either engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board. Towing capacity reaches 10,400 pounds with the larger V8.


Available in Regular or Double Cab form, the entry-level SR gets matte black exterior trim, heated mirrors, power windows and locks, Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and Toyota's Entune infotainment system. Cloth seats and full carpeting are also standard, but an all-vinyl interior is also available.


Comes in Double Cab or CrewMax body styles with chrome exterior trim, expanded instrumentation, satellite and HD radio and a connected navigation app. The CrewMax also gets a power rear window and overhead console. The available SR5 Upgrade Package adds front bucket seats with driver power, additional interior storage and an alarm.


Limited adds leather upholstery, heated front seats with a front-passenger's power seat, a navigation system with integrated smartphone apps in the Entune Premium Audio system, 20-inch wheels, more chrome exterior trim and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Premium Package adds front and rear parking sensors, express up/down windows and illuminated entry lighting. A blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert is also available.


Available only as a CrewMax, Platinum gets new wheels, more chrome, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with driver memory and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

1794 Edition

This most luxurious Tundra gets a Western design theme that includes silver exterior accents and a saddle-brown extended leather interior with faux suede trim. (1794 references the founding date of the San Antonio, Texas, ranch on which the Tundra's factory is located.)


The offroad-oriented Tundra gets a special front-end with distinctive TOYOTA badging, matte black headlight surrounds and badges, an off-road suspension with Bilstein high-performance shocks, skid plates, all-terrain tires on 18-inch wheels and black leather upholstery with red stitching.

CarsDirect Tip

Limited is probably the best bet for substantive equipment and a reasonable price, and the Double Cab and CrewMax styles are worth it if you carry a full cab of adults. The Tundra isn't as plush as the newer domestic rivals, although it isn't priced as high as those, either.

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