2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Finishes PUTC’s Challenge In Last Place – Here’s Why
Another Pickuptrucks.com half-ton challenge is in the books and, almost predictably, the Toyota Tundra finished dead last. Here’s why.
The 2015 Light-Duty V-8 Challenge featured all the major truck makers and their largest engine offerings. Officially, PUTC had:
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 LTZ 6.2-liter
- GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 6.2-liter
- Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-liter
- Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn 5.7-liter
- Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 5.7-liter
If one of these trucks feels like it isn’t like the others, you are right. The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro off-road truck doesn’t really belong. It is setup and built for tearing through the desert and not hauling in comfort.
This is especially true when considering the tests PUTC ran. They put all the trucks through the following tests:
In all cases, the Tundra finished last and it all points back to the type of Tundra that was tested. For example:
- Acceleration test – result was chalked up to poor grip from the tires.
- Quarter-mile – traction control hurt it from getting a good start on pavement.
- Braking test – larger, off-road tires and softer springs contributed greatly into coming in last.
- Fuel Economy – larger, off-road tires hurt the fuel economy quite a bit. In all fairness though, the Tundra isn’t known for its fuel economy.
- Davis Dam – larger, off-road tires are slower to get moving and that hurts its ranking in this towing test.
Overall, the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro got destroyed by the other trucks during this test. Yet, that isn’t exactly accurate. The variety of tests doomed the Tundra from the start. In fact, Toyota might have been better served if it followed Nissan’s lead and simply pulled out. Nissan smartly must have realized there was zero chance they could win and it didn’t benefit them at all with a new model coming out.
While this test is pretty interesting, it served no benefit to Toyota. Just like the 2013 test, Toyota sent a poor representation of its brand. One of these days, it would be nice if Toyota sent a true competitor to these types of tests.
Why Send A TRD Pro?
An interesting question is why did Toyota send the TRD Pro and not another type of truck. It is a bit complicated, but the simple answer is Toyota sends whatever is in their press fleet and what they are promoting. The other makers, either build a truck specifically for these challenges or pull from a larger press fleet assortment.
Currently, Toyota has a small collection of Toyota Tundra pickups in the press fleet. The majority of these models are the new TRD Pro variety. Toyota got the request and simply sent what they had available.
The other makers either have more models available or they will build one to specs. They can do this because they have more production capacity and can more quickly respond to journalist needs.
What do you think? Should Toyota have even entered a truck?
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