Tough jobs demand tough trucks and the American-assembled Tundra is ready to be put in the game.
According to Toyota, “A dedicated team proudly assembles every Tundra in San Antonio, Texas. We are committed for the long haul to building the most capable full-size pickup truck on the planet.”
Tundra’s engineering is done in Michigan, where harsh conditions help the engineering team make sure Tundra can handle everything the work site has to offer. “We created Tundra with the American consumer in mind right from the start. Inspiration was taken from all over the nation to design the legendary new Tundra,” says Toyota.
Tundra’s 4.6L V8, offering 310 hp with 327 lb-ft of torque, is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Its double overhead cams, 32-valve head design, and dual independent variable valve timing with intelligence (Dual Independent VVT-i) provide the power you need when you need it.
Also available is the Tundra TRD Pro, with a 5.7-liter V8 providing 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a standard Tow Package with added engine and transmission oil coolers to equal heavy-duty towing capability.
THE SIZE OF THE MATTER
Tundra comes with three available bed lengths: 5.5-ft short bed (CrewMax), 6.5-ft standard bed (Double Cab), and 8.1-ft long bed (Regular Cab, Double Cab). All three beds are 5.5-ft wide and 22.2 inches deep, giving Tundra pleanty of space for loading up equipment and supplies. Tundra’s easy lower and lift tailgate is easily removed and can be locked to secure cargo. “The available deck rail system incorporates four adjustable tie-down cleats, each rated at 220 lbs to help keep the heavy stuff in place,” Toyota says. The 2016 Tundra offers the largest fuel tank in its class via a 38-gallon capacity fuel tank, allowing you to get more work done with less interference.
Tundra offers a more spacious cab with available dual zone automatic climate control with individual temperature settings for the driver and front passenger.
Wanting to make a few creature comforts available to drivers, Tundra offers a more spacious cab with available dual zone automatic climate control with individual temperature settings for the driver and front passenger. Also available are front bucket seats, a center console with a covered storage compartment, and 12V auxiliary power outlet. Tundra’s seats fold up instead of down to make it easier to get in, get out, and load up.
The customizable 3.5-inch Multi-Information Display provides odometer, tripmeter, instant/average fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, trip timer, and an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller monitoring screen in select models. And, it’s placed where the driver needs it most—right in front of them.
IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
The 2016 model year offers a new standard feature for Tundras equipped with the 5.7L V8: Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. “When connected to a compatible trailer, this system will allow you to adjust the amount of trailer braking based on the weight of the trailer. In other words, it’s one more way Tundra gives you more control over what’s going on behind you,” according to Toyota.
Tundra offers 22 different configurations in six trim levels, which can all tow 10,000 lbs or more. The 4×2 Regular Cab Long Bed with available 5.7L V8 can tow up to 10,500 lbs. Tundra models with the 5.7L V8 include TOW/HAUL Mode, which holds lower gears longer and increases throttle response, pulling power, and engine braking. Tundra’s i-FORCE 5.7L V8 also includes features like staggered, outboard-mounted shocks and heavy-duty TripleTech™ frame to help you tow confidently.
“Tundra has been SAE J2807-rated since 2010—adopting the standard tow ratings as set by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE),” says Toyota. Tundra comes standard with Trailer-Sway Control (TSC), which works in two ways: it detects trailer sway and applies brake pressure at individual wheels and controls engine torque to help stabilize the trailer. Tundra also has the largest-in-class front brakes, equipped with 4-piston brake calipers, to make sure you don’t go any farther than you mean to. Tundra’s 4WD with A-TRAC is a traction control system that uses the 4-channel ABS system to control power flow to the front and rear wheels without cutting throttle input.
The available Tundra TRD Pro comes with a 5.7-liter V8 providing 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.
AN ADDITION OR TWO
The 2016 Tundra offers Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, which provides popular mobile applications and data services. These features can be accessed with a Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone. Tundra’s standard, wide-angle backup camera makes backing a trailer easier and safer.
Tundra comes standard with the Star Safety System™, a suite of six advanced safety features, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST).
Tundra also comes equipped with driver and front outboard passenger airbags, side curtain, front seat-mounted side airbags, and driver/front outboard passenger knee airbags. Tundra is the first full-size pickup to offer Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). When the BSM detects a vehicle, it illuminates a warning indicator on the appropriate outside mirror to alert you to the presence of another vehicle, helping you to determine when it’s safe to change lanes. Similarly, RCTA provides audible and visual indicators to help warn you of approaching vehicles.
“Toyota is devoted to safety and dependability. Proper vehicle maintenance is important to both. That’s why we include a no cost maintenance plan with the purchase of every new Tundra for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. 24-hour roadside assistance is also included for two years and unlimited miles,” says Toyota.
Safe, powerful, and capable, Tundra seems like a promising addition to any fleet.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Find out more about the 2016 Toyota Tundra and other Toyota Fleet products and services, visit fleet.toyota.com.
MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: June 2016 ISSUE
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