2016 Toyota Tundra
- Engine & Transmission
Base Engine 4.6L V8 32 Valve Gas Regular Unleaded 1UR-FE Transmission AUTOMATIC 6A Drivetrain rear wheel drive Horsepower 310 Horsepower Torque 327 ft-lbs. Valves 32 Fuel Efficiency (CTY/HWY) 15 MPG City / 19 MPG Highway Fuel Capacity 26.4 Fuel Type regular unleaded Turning Circle 44.0
Front Suspension Classification independent Independent Suspension front Rear Spring Type leaf springs Rear Suspension Classification solid axle Front Stabilizer Bar stabilizer bar Front Spring Type coil springs
- Exterior Dimensions
Overall Width Without Mirrors 79.9 in. Overall Length 228.9 in. Wheelbase 145.7 in. Overall Height 76.0 in. Bed Length Measurement 78.7 in. Maximum Ground Clearance 10.4 in.
- Interior Dimensions
2nd Row Leg Room 34.7 in. 1st Row Hip Room 62.6 in. 1st Row Head Room 39.7 in. 2nd Row Shoulder Room 65.6 in. 1st Row Leg Room 42.5 in. 2nd Row Head Room 38.7 in. 2nd Row Hip Room 62.6 in. 1st Row Shoulder Room 65.7 in.
Toyota hasn’t redesigned the full-size Tundra pickup truck in a decade. It has restyled it, yes. It has added modern convenience and technologies, sure. But under the sheet metal and behind the boundaries of the cabin, the Tundra is the same rig Toyota rolled out for the 2007 model year. Ten years ago, this truck was competitive. Today, it’s not.
Changes for 2016 Toyota Tundra
• Larger fuel tank now holds 38 gallons of gas
• 5.7-liter V8 engine includes a trailer brake controller
• Updated Entune infotainment systems debut
• SR5 and 1794 Edition models get revised front styling
• TRD Pro model gets new seats
2016 Toyota Tundra Highlights
Toyota makes a pretty big deal about how the Tundra was designed and engineered in California and Michigan, about how the powertrain components are sourced from Alabama and North Carolina, and how final assembly takes place just outside of San Antonio, Texas. That’s because truck buyers want to buy American trucks, and never you mind that a Ram 1500 is sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which houses its global headquarters in London, England.
Not only does the Tundra have a compelling story to tell as far as flag waving is concerned, but now that gas is cheaper than bottled water, the 5.7-liter V8 engine’s guzzling isn’t nearly as consequential to budgets. Plus, for 2016, the fuel tank has grown from 26.4 gallons to 36 gallons, and the Tundra doesn’t inspire its driver to stop at every gas station that appears on the horizon. Still, every other light-duty pickup truck on the market, except for certain versions of the Ram 1500 equipped with a “Hemi” V8, is more efficient than this Toyota.
The Tundra also has trouble competing with newer and stronger competitors that can tow and haul more weight. Until last year, Toyota could claim it was the only company rating its truck according to SAE J2807 standards. Now, everybody does, and the Tundra comes up short at 10,500 pounds. The maximum payload rating is 2,060 pounds, far less than a Ford F-150.
If you’re still set on getting a Tundra, you can choose between regular cab, extended cab (Access Cab), and crew cab (Double Cab) styles decked out with SR, SR5, Limited, TRD Pro, Platinum, or 1794 Edition trim. Our favorite is the TRD Pro model, which has a unique look combined with serious off-roading hardware and a tuned exhaust that makes the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter V8 engine sound terrific.
Alternatives to the 2016 Toyota Tundra
Thirstier and less capable than its competition, the Tundra is a tough sell to people who actually use their trucks for serious work and play. If you need an alternative, consider the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500.