Through the Mountains in a 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Double Cab
A few weeks ago, I had two unique opportunities with a 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Double Cab. First, was a 1,047 mile trip through the Colorado mountains and back to move my daughter to my home. The second was riding in the back to Tabernash, Colorado from Pine Bluffs, Wyoming and back for a media driving event. Here are my experiences.
On the Road to Montrose
The first opportunity, and the reason I wanted to get the Tundra, was a trip to Montrose, Colorado from my home in Gering, Nebraska. It was a down and back trip with just one overnight. I was on the road for 19 hours and I didn’t drive the truck lightly.
On the trip, I went through parts of Wyoming with 80 MPH speed limits, little towns of Meeker and tourist towns of Steamboat Springs until finally turning south through Grand Junction to Montrose. On the way back, I took I-70 through the mountains to Denver and then went north.
All along the trip, I didn’t drive to make good fuel economy. Instead, I drove like I normally do – putting the pedal down, passing other vehicles, and on the gas.
While researching this story, I found this interesting elevation analysis tool that says I gained a total of 23,612 feet on the 512 mile journey on the way to Montrose. Here is a chart:
The way back, I went the other way – through the mountains via I-70 and north through Cheyenne. Here is that chart:
How did I do on fuel? I put gas in the truck 4 times, 3 when the truck was low and once when it was half full. I had nearly a half tank when I got back home. Looking at the computer gauge, throughout the trip, my average fuel economy dropped to as low as 15.2 – on the way down – and I finished at the peak of 16.8.
Looking at the numbers, my total trip was 1047.6 miles and I put 63.2 gallons of gas into the truck. This works out to 16.6 MPG via the hand calculation. This is pretty darn close to the computer calculation in my opinion.
I’d like to reiterate again, I don’t drive grandma speeds. And I certainly wasn’t trying to hyper mile it. Those are my actual numbers. Individual results will vary, but that was what I was able to get.
Riding in the Back
While I had the chance to drive the truck into the mountains and back, I also had the chance to ride in the back for 7 hours (425 miles or so) a few weeks later. The Rocky Mountain Automotive Press association held their annual Rocky Mountain Driving Experience at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. A really amazing resort and spa hotel with unreal views of the mountains. While there, I was able to drive numerous vehicles on road and off road including a 2015 GMC Sierra 2500, a 2015 Ford F-150 (same one I reviewed earlier) and numerous sports cars like the $121,000 Jaguar F-type convertible – (Aaaa-mazing!).
Riding in the back was actually a pretty unique experience. Typically, I never ride in the back due to how press loans work – only I can drive them.
My first impression of the rear seats in the double cab is how much less room you have versus a Crewmax. I was initially hesistant on being comfortable with the less legroom and space. Yet, those concerns were for naught. The legroom in the double cab was good actually and the ride was comfortable. Now, it wasn’t “cross your legs” comfortable like the Crewmax, but it was ample enough for me.
The only thing I don’t like is the weird door handle on the double cab. Sure, I got used to it, but I found it odd to use and I wonder if Toyota is trying to be “unique” for the sake of being different from the others.
In the end, I really do like the TRD Pro Tundra trucks. They are a great blend of a capable off-road truck with all the capacity of the stock Tundra.
Model: 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Double Cab
Engine: 5.7L V8
Transmission: 6 speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 13/17/15 city/highway/combined EPA estimates
Price: $43,658 with $1,100 delivery fee
Filed Under: Toyota Tundra Reviews and Comparisons