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2015 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2015 Toyota Tundra ranks poorly among full-size pickup trucks because it can't match the overall performance or work capabilities of most rivals. It also has a lower-than-average safety score for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Two strong V8 engine choices
  • Capable TRD Pro off-road model
  • Excellent rear legroom in CrewMax models
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Below-average safety score for class
  • Lower towing and hauling limits than rivals
  • Some low-rent cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.0
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2015 Toyota Tundra Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

The Toyota Tundra is a decent used full-size pickup truck, but the class is packed with much better choices. Its towing and hauling capacities are nothing to brag about, and although it comes with one of two powerful V8 engines, it returns poor fuel economy, offers a stiff ride, and suffers from dull handling. Cabin quality lags behind that of some competitors as well. Still, the Tundra has a spacious interior and formidable off-road ability that make it worth considering for some shoppers.

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How Much Is the 2015 Toyota Tundra?

Based on listings for the 2015 Toyota Tundra on our site, the average price is around $33,100. Prices range from $25,500 to $40,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Toyota Tundra Cost to Own?

The 2015 Tundra’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,800, or $5,960 per year. That’s about average for a full-size pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tundra?

Both the 2015 and 2019 Toyota Tundra belong to the same generation. These models have a lot in common, but there are a few key differences.

Toyota gave the Tundra a slight exterior refresh for 2018 and added a previously unavailable suite of driver assistance features as standard equipment. This Toyota Safety Sense package includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more. Toyota also discontinued the truck’s Regular Cab body style for 2018, limiting shoppers who want that body style to used models.

You’ll need to stick with a newer model if these active safety features are important to you. Going with a new model might not cost you that much more either. The Tundra has held its value exceptionally well compared to other vehicles on the market. You may find that the price of a new Tundra is only slightly higher than the price of the average used model.

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If you'd prefer to buy a new truck and don’t need five-figure towing capabilities, check out the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma is a compact pickup truck, and it ranges in price from $25,850 to just under $43,000, closely mirroring what you might pay for a used 2015 Tundra. These two trucks have similar lists of standard and available infotainment features, but a new Tacoma boasts several driver assistance features that you won't find in the Tundra.

While the Tundra is larger and has two potent V8 engine options, the Tacoma can still fit adults pretty easily in its optional Double Cab, and it's available with a capable V6 engine. Old-school truck aficionados will appreciate that the Tacoma is still available with a manual transmission.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Tundra Is Best?

For 2015, Toyota axed a standard V6 engine in the Tundra, leaving you with a choice of two muscular V8s. The Tundra saw an interior and exterior design refresh for 2014. A rearview camera became standard that same year, and blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert became available. We suggest a 2014 Tundra, which offers improvements over older models but with a lower price than the 2015.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Tundra?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Tundra a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry as a whole. However, all full-size pickup trucks from this model year have a rating of three or above.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Toyota Tundra. These recalls address defective wheel lug nuts and incorrect labels regarding the vehicle load carrying ability and tire pressure.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Toyota Tundra Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Toyota Tundra comes in six trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro. You'll have to choose from two V8 engines, rear- or four-wheel drive, three cab configurations, and three bed lengths.

Strictly looking at features, the SR5 trim offers a good balance of technology for a reasonable price. The SR5 includes the upgraded Entune infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, rear under-seat storage, and a sliding rear window. Off-road fans should check out the TRD Pro, which features an upgraded suspension that helps the truck maintain its composure on rough terrain.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Tundra?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Toyota Tundra an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash test and five stars in the side crash test. Rear-wheel-drive models earned three stars in the rollover test, and four-wheel-drive models received four stars in the same test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tundra Extended Cab the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest score of Acceptable in the driver's side small overlap front test. The Tundra Crew Cab fared worse across the board in IIHS tests compared to the Extended Cab version.

The Tundra comes standard with a rearview camera. Front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are available.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Tundra or 2015 Nissan Titan?

Like the Tundra, the 2015 Nissan Titan ranks low among full-size pickup trucks. The Titan has only one engine option, and its towing capacity is lower than the Tundra's by 1,000 pounds. The Nissan handles with more athleticism than the Toyota, but the Titan has a dated cabin design with plenty of low-rent materials. It also offers fewer standard features, and the available infotainment system can be tricky to use. Both trucks get poor fuel economy, with the Titan's being the worst in the class. If you must choose between these two, let your personal preference or your budget decide. The average list price for the Titan is considerably lower than the Tundra, but the Nissan is expected to cost an extra $2,000 in ownership costs over five years.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Tundra or 2015 Ford F-150?

The 2015 Ford F-150 is an excellent full-size pickup. No rival can match this Ford's 12,200-pound towing capacity and 3,300-pound payload limit. Although the Tundra’s TRD Pro trim has off-road capabilities that are unmatched by the F-150, the Ford boasts a lineup of four powerful engines, balanced handling, and a comfortable ride. However, the Tundra has more standard equipment than the F-150, though you can still find those in many F-150 models. The Ford also offers advanced driver assistance systems that you won't find in the Tundra. The F-150 boasts above-average safety ratings, a good reliability rating, and the lowest five-year ownership costs in the class. This is an easy call – go with the F-150.

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2015 Tundra Performance

How Does the 2015 Toyota Tundra Drive?

The 2015 Toyota Tundra is available with one of two V8 engines. The 4.6-liter V8 is rated at 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, and it has enough force for light duty towing and everyday driving. The available 5.7-liter V8 doles out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. This larger V8 has quick throttle response and a good amount of power for hauling heavier loads. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

This pickup has composed handling around turns and decent maneuverability for its size. However, its brakes can feel overly sensitive and the ride quality may be too stiff for some drivers. The Tundra is available with both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

The new-for-2015 TRD Pro model is an off-road trim. Upgrades include Bilstein high-performance shocks, a raised TRD suspension, skid plates, and off-road tires.

Does the 2015 Toyota Tundra Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Toyota Tundra gets poor fuel economy for the class. With the base engine and rear-wheel drive, the Tundra returns an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive models return 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. The larger V8 engine gets 13 mpg city and 17 or 18 mpg highway.

2015 Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity

The 2015 Tundra can tow up to 10,500 pounds and has a maximum payload capacity of 2,080 pounds. Those figures are fairly unimpressive for the full-size pickup truck class.

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2015 Tundra Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Tundra Seat?

The Toyota Tundra is available in three body styles. The Regular Cab model seats three people, while the Double Cab and the larger CrewMax models seat up to six. The seats in all configurations are spacious and comfortable, even in the back. Tundra CrewMax models are particularly impressive for the amount of legroom they offer.

The lower trim levels have some disappointing plastic surfaces that bring down the overall level of interior quality. However, upper trims boast more soft-touch materials, upscale wood trim, and leather accents.

The Tundra comes standard with cloth upholstery and a manually adjustable front bench seat. Available amenities include vinyl or leather upholstery, front bucket seats, heated front seats, a 10- or 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four- or six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Toyota Tundra?

For installing child car seats, each of the Tundra's rear outboard seats has a complete set of LATCH connectors, and there's an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Tundra's LATCH system the lowest rating of Poor for ease of use. All of the tether anchors are hard to find and could be confused for other seat hardware. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, so it can be hard to maneuver your hands around them.

2015 Toyota Tundra Features

Unlike many rivals, the base Tundra isn’t some bare-bones work truck. Standard features include power windows and door locks, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, HD Radio, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, the Entune App Suite, a moonroof, and a JBL premium stereo.

The infotainment system offers a user-friendly interface, and reaching the touch screen from the driver's seat is easy. Large, clearly marked buttons and knobs make adjusting audio and climate settings a cinch.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Dimensions

Toyota Tundra Cargo Space

The Toyota Tundra Regular Cab and Double Cab models are available with a 6-foot-7-inch or an 8-foot-2-inch bed. All CrewMax models have a 5-foot-6-inch bed.

2015 Tundra Length and Weight

The 2015 Tundra ranges in length from about 19 feet to roughly 20.7 feet. Its curb weight is between 4,920 and 5,675 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for this pickup ranges from 6,700 to 7,200 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Toyota Tundra Built?

Toyota built the 2015 Tundra in Texas.

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