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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

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 Review

The 2015 Toyota Tundra can’t match the overall performance of its rivals, and it lacks the innovative features of its competitors.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Excellent legroom in CrewMax models
  • Off-road prowess with TRD Pro trim

 

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Touchy brakes
  • Lower towing and hauling limits than rivals
  • Lack of innovative cargo features

2015 Toyota Tundra Overview

Is the 2015 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

Although the Tundra is a good full size pickup truck, you can find great ones elsewhere. Its subpar fuel economy, too-sensitive brakes, and shortage of cargo and safety upgrades hold it back. Still, it has a roomy interior and an impressive off-road trim that make it worth considering for some shoppers.

Used 2015 Toyota Tundra Performance and Interior

A 4.6-liter V8 comes standard in the Tundra. It produces 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, giving it ample grunt for light duty. The alternative is a 5.7-liter V8, which steps it up to 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. With the larger V8, you’ll have quick throttle responses and a good amount of power for hauling heavier loads. The Tundra can tow up to 10,500 pounds and haul up to 2,080 pounds, which are numbers that don’t quite match the competition. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, while four-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy is poor for the class at 13-15 mpg in the city and 17-19 mpg on the highway. The Tundra has a firm ride, composed handling, and good maneuverability, but its brakes are overly sensitive. The TRD Pro trim – with its Bilstein shocks and other trail-ready add-ons – will appeal to off-road enthusiasts.

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Regular Cab models seat three. Double Cabs (extended cab) and the larger CrewMax models seat up to six. As with many trucks, interior quality varies by trim level. The base model comes with cloth seats, but some used models have vinyl or leather upholstery and heated, ventilated, and power-adjustable front seats. The front and rear seats provide great support, and the rear seats are very roomy – particularly in CrewMax models. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection on the middle seat. The Tundra offers three different bed lengths, though their availability depends on the cab configuration.

Unlike many of its rivals, the base Tundra isn’t a barebones truck. Standard features include power windows, power door locks, an Entune touch-screen infotainment system with a 6.1-inch display, Bluetooth, and a USB port (oddly, even a loaded Tundra has only one USB port). The audio and climate controls are easy to use for the most part. Notable available features include a moonroof, navigation, a JBL audio system, and an upgraded Entune system with a 7-inch display.

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Used 2015 Toyota Tundra Prices

A used 2015 Toyota Tundra costs anywhere from about $25,310 for the base SR trim to around $39,800 for a well-equipped Platinum trim. Prices vary based on the truck’s demand, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Toyota Tundra?

The 2015 Toyota Tundra received a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. While this is an above-average score overall, most pickup trucks match or beat it.

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How Safe Is the Tundra?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Tundra an overall rating of four out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and an Acceptable rating in the fifth (the small overlap front crash). This test measures a vehicle’s crashworthiness in the event of a collision with an object like a tree or the front corner of another vehicle.

Along with basic safety features like airbags, the Tundra comes standard with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are the only available driver assistance features. Some of the Tundra’s rivals offer features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Tundra?

The Tundra’s second generation began with the 2007 model year and includes the 2017 Toyota Tundra. Toyota refreshed the Tundra inside and out for 2014, and a rearview camera became standard. The Tundra dropped the V6 engine for 2015, leaving the two V8s. Also, a rear-seat storage system and an integrated trailer brake became available. Your best bet is to get a 2014 model, which costs less and offers many of the same features as a 2015 Tundra.

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Which Used Toyota Tundra Is Right for Me?

Among the Tundra’s six trim levels (SR, SR5, TRD Pro, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition), the Toyota Tundra SR5 makes the best choice for shoppers looking for a healthy dose of tech features without the hefty price tag. It comes with the upgraded Entune infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, rear under-seat storage, a chrome grille, and a sliding rear window. Off-road fanatics should check out the TRD Pro, which maintains admirable composure on craggy terrain, in tricky ruts, or up steep inclines.

For added peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its CPO vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2015 Toyota Tundra and Other Trucks to Consider

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

The Ford F-150 delivers superior performance compared to the Tundra, offering a diverse array of engines and higher maximum towing and hauling capacities. However, the Tundra’s TRD Pro trim has off-road capabilities that are unmatched by anything in the 2015 F-150 lineup. The Tundra comes standard with features the F-150 doesn’t, but you can easily find many of these as add-ons in some used F-150s for a similar price. The F-150 offers more available upgrades in general, including advanced safety equipment and innovative cargo features, such as movable tie-downs and a tailgate step.

Which Is Better: 2015 Toyota Tundra or 2015 Ram 1500?

The Ram 1500 has a top-notch interior, one of the smoothest rides in the class, and max towing and hauling capacities that match the Tundra’s. The Ram offers better overall fuel economy and an available turbodiesel engine. It also has available RamBox lockable storage compartments that can be used to carry items like grocery bags. On the other hand, the Tundra has more standard features and better safety scores than the Ram. We recommend choosing the model that best suits your needs.

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