Vehicle loans and reviews are always enjoyed by my whole family, but none so much as the 2015 Toyota Tundra we got to review in June. It was hands down our favorite review to date. The Inferno paint job and the shiny black trim on the Tundra Double Cab TRD Pro lent themselves well to the love at first sight effect, but honestly, I was suspicious of the drive. I had liked the Silverado so much I wasn’t sure I could ever like a Toyota truck.
I was wrong. I immediately loaded my boys into this truck and took it out for a spin. After that, I rarely let my husband behind the wheel. This was MY truck. On one of the few occasions where I didn’t need it that day, Ryan drove the Tundra to work. On his return the first day he said “Honey, we need to find a way…” Me: “to buy a truck?” Him: “Preferably that one.” I completely agree.
Why the Toyota Tundra is a Good Truck for the Homestead
Besides for the super nice ride, the perfect rumble, and the head-turning body style, the Tundra is a great all-around truck. It hauls, it pulls, and it’s durable. We enjoyed the very spacious cab. Even the Double Cab model which I feared would have small back seats and little leg room was HUGE and plenty large enough for our whole family. Personally, I would upgrade to the Crew Max model with 4 full doors, just to make it last us longer, but overall, it was the perfect truck for our needs.
- Starts at $41,385
- 17mpg HWY
- 381 Horsepower
- 5.7L i-FORCE V8 DOHC 32-Valve
- 6 Speed Automatic
- Built in San Antonio, Texas
- Roomy and Comfortable
- Fabric Trimmed Seats
- 4WDemand part-time 4WD
- TRD Pro Bilstein® shocks
The Tundra’s Middle Name is Durability
In years past I’ve really disliked the bulky body of the Tundra and I’d always assumed it was plasticy and all for show. The recent makeover looks so much better, but I still wasn’t sure. Turns out, the truck is as big and durable as it looks. We felt no fear in this truck. It’s really really nice, but it’s not built for luxury like the Silverado. Instead, it’s engineered to go off-road. This is the truck we’d take camping, haul canoes in, bring home a deer in, and load to the max with firewood.
My husband works for a trailer company and he’s seen the same loads pulled behind multiple brands and models of trucks and he says the Tundra is made for pulling and doesn’t sag the way some other trucks do.
Ride in Practical Comfort
The shocks on this thing are amazing. This is what a truck is supposed to feel like. I drove the Tundra all over a field. I took it out on back roads and paths. We drove it all around town and took it on a day trip to the zoo. Everywhere we went we were comfortable.
Normally I’m a sucker for leather interiors, but I’ve decided I feel more comfortable in cloth. I worry less about the kids ruining things and I love the way it washes up! What can I say -I’m a practical girl! The cloth trimmed seats in the Tundra are a high quality fabric and I liked that they didn’t get hot like leather, even tho they’re black!
The Tundra doesn’t come with the entertainment package, so my kids were a little disappointment that they couldn’t watch movies on the road trips to the dairy and the zoo. But really. How often do you need those things in a pickup truck? I’d rather spend less, and not worry about one more gadget breaking!
Made in the U.S.A.
Texas to be exact. Need I say more? I didn’t think so.
If you’re buying new, one of the things you have to look at is the resale value of the vehicle. Does it hold its value well? Like the Tacoma, the Toyota Tundra has one of the best resale values on the market. This means if you decide to sell, you’ll get a good price for it. The downside? People like us who only buy used will pay a higher price for a used Tundra. But, that’s OK. They last a really long time! A friend of ours has had one for 8 years and he still loves it and can’t find an excuse to upgrade!
What I didn’t love
Do I really have to find something?
Ok, so there are a few things that some other new vehicles we’ve driven had, that we missed in the Tundra. My husband wished for the Auto setting for the climate controls. I missed the memory seats and the power fold-in mirrors. But, all of these things were so minor we decided we could live without them. :-)