The current model of the Tundra has been around ever since the 2007 model year and in the meantime, it did not change all that much despite the fact it received a couple of different updates. The 2016 Toyota Tundra is very similar to the older trucks and it only received a few minor changes inside and out which will make its buyers happier but it does not make it as good as the newer competitors. In order to be relevant once again, Toyota will have to completely redesign and release an all new model of the Tundra as soon as possible.
2016 Toyota Tundra Price
Until then, though, they lowered the price of the base S model to around $28,000 which is quite good considering it usually is better equipped than some of its more expensive competitors. The SR5, on the other hand, will start at $31,000 while the Platinum model will go from $40,000 and up. The special edition 1794, as well as the TRD Pro, will only be available on request while the latter is only going to be built in 3,400 units so we expect it to carry a premium over all the others despite the fact it will not be the best equipped of the bunch.
2016 Toyota Tundra Interior
The interior of the 2016 Toyota Tundra received minor attention so it still comes with the same basic design of the 2015 truck. However, this time around Toyota managed to install their Entune audio-unit even on the base model which is a really nice feature to have, especially on a work-truck. On top of that, there are more safety features as standard such as the rear cross-lane traffic alert or even a frontal collision warning. The 1794 special edition, on the other hand, comes with brown leather upholstery stitched by hand, more premium seats and a larger infotainment system while the TRD Pro will add leather wrapped Recaro sports seats and a slightly different steering wheel but it will not get the leather upholstery of the others but rather a more durable material.
The exterior remained pretty much unchanged over that of the 2015 model so the S, Titanium, and the TRD Pro will all carry on unchanged. However, both the SR5 as well as the 1794 Edition will come with a new front end with a larger chrome grille in the front and slightly different headlights which now include Xenon low and high beams and LED daytime running lights.
2016 Toyota Tundra Specs
Engine wise, the new 2016 Toyota Tundra is sticking with the same two engines as the previous models which are a bit of a shame because even though both of these engines are reliable and smooth, both of them are worse in terms of fuel consumption or towing capacity than most others out there. The base model gets a slightly unusual powertrain for this price range because it is a 4.6 liter naturally aspirated V8 which is good for 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. The better and more refined choice will remain the 5.7 liters naturally aspirated V8 which despite its age is capable of producing an impressive 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Both of these engines will be able to get around 15 MPG on average which is poor by today’s standards.
The good part is that both of them feel great on the road and despite not offering the highest towing ratings on the market, both of them feel right at home when towing large loads. The only transmission of choice remains the 6-speed automatic which routes the power to the rear wheels. A four-wheel drive is optional but the good part is that all models will be offered as standard with a limited slip rear differential.