2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro reminds me that parenting is really dirty work. I mean that in the best sense. It’s hands-on, physically demanding, pretty messy, and totally fun most of the time.  So it’s no surprise this truck makes a pretty solid family fit.


AT A GLANCE


Who Is This Car For?
Parents, Contractors

Specs:
Model Year: 2015
Manufacturer: Toyota
Model and Trim: Tundra TRD Pro
Price as Tested (including destination): $43,658
EPA fuel economy (combined/city/hwy):  15/13/17 mpg
Number of seats: 5
Number of Latch anchors: 2 sets
Number of cupholders: 3 in front, 2 in back, plus 4 in-door bottle holders

Safety Standouts

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick+, NHTSA 5-Star Rating
  • Roll-sensing curtain airbags
  • Standard rear-view camera

A few of my favorite things (about the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro):

  • Remote Start
  • I look like a badass when driving it
  • Inferno exterior color

FURTHER DETAIL


In and Out
The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro reminds me that parenting is really dirty work. I mean that in the best sense. It’s hands-on, physically demanding, pretty messy, and totally fun most of the time.  So it’s no surprise this truck makes a pretty solid family fit.

The Tundra will accommodate all your gear, toys, most of your kids, and do it comfortably.  It’s got a V8 and a TRD dual exhaust system that all your cows, er-neighbors can hear from a mile away. This is fun if not exactly fuel efficient.  The TRD Pro package also has off-roading shocks, skid plate, and black wheels. Paired with an Inferno orange paint job, the Tundra was perfect for Halloween and the trip to the pumpkin patch.

The Tundra has seating for 5 (6 If you get the SR5 trim), if you have two kids back there they won’t be in each other’s space. The LATCH connectors are visible between the seat cushions and are easy to access and use. There are three decent cupholders in the front, along with two bottleholders in the doors. In the back, there are only two and there are no bottle holders in the doors. Just so you know, there is also only one seatback pocket. I do love the Tundra’s massive center console that can house a large purse, and then the bottom of the console’s lid has molded plastic spaces for tissues and pens.  So cool.

The Tundra has a huge bed, great for hockey gear, lumber, backpacks, and camping equipment. But for groceries, you’d better get yourself a cargo management system. Some nets to go with the nifty tethers will keep your grapefruits from collecting bruises on the way home from the market. One may want to consider a lid if much of the cargo needs to be locked up or contained.

 

Meh…

Be forewarned, the Tundra is huge. It is not an ideal city vehicle. The large turning radius and extra-wide body make navigating small streets a bit tricky and stressful. The Tundra’s height will have you wince when entering any sort of parking garage (though I never made actual contact with any barriers).  It’s best suited for country roads and suburban driveways.

I should also comment that this truck is tall when equipped with the TRD Pro package. Any small children will need total assistance with reaching door handles and also with getting in. If you have very independent kids used to doing those things themselves, you may all need some patience to tackle the Tundra’s height.  Even I, at 5 feet 5 inches tall, required some momentum and assistance from the steering wheel to get in.

Lastly, the Tundra is not posh. It is comfortable, I could drive it or ride in it all day. But the TRD Pro a sporty truck. If you’re looking for a more luxurious interior, check out a different trim like the Limited or Platinum.

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