The new 2017 Toyota Tundra is full-size pickup that offers serious off-roading capability in a comfortable and quiet interior accommodation. Although it may not be as popular as its other American rivals, the Tundra offers plenty of reasons that should probably make you consider it on your shopping list. The Tundra release date is set for the 2017 summer, if rumors by those in the know are anything to go by.
The winning formula that has been part and parcel of Toyota Tundra has more or less features strong V8 powertrains, an off-road themed capability, colossal CrewMax cab, and a large double cab. On the flipside, though, the Tundra fails to offer a V6 engine, impressive fuel economy ratings, and a smooth ride quality.
While the previous model gained an upgraded electronics interface, a standard integrated trailer brake control, and an upgraded front and rear fascia, the new model comes with a tweaked exterior, a more refined interior hosting upgraded technologies and materials, and better off-roading. Regardless of what happens on its facets, what remains as the denominator is its unabashedly American creation.
But it isn’t the only vehicle that has the American flare, trucks from GM, Ram, and Ford are serious contenders here, too. In fact, the Tundra is, in comparison, to these trucks, at a disadvantage if the sales volume is anything to go by. Mark you, it isn’t because the Tundra is Japanese, as it is built and produced in Texas. Much of what ails it is, by and large, its age.
Although the new model has gained a substantial refresh relative to the outgoing model that has brought about updated features, an improved cabin, a revised styling, and better cabin layout, the changes are akin to a kitchen remodel as compared to building from scratch. Take for instance its rivals such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500, which have improved in leaps and bounds. The Ford F-150 comes with strong turbocharged engines, a lightweight aluminum body, and redesign interior layout. The Ram 1500 gains an efficient and powerful turbo-diesel engine, a smooth ride quality thanks to the smooth-riding coil spring suspension system, and a slightly improved fuel economy over the previous model.
Finally, the Chevrolet Silverado too comes with incremental changes over the previous model it is replacing. It keeps up with the Joneses thanks to a myriad of changes on its exterior, and interior. The output also sees fuel economy gains. While the Toyota Tundra is arguably among the best when it comes to off-roading, its fuel economy ratings and power don’t meet the required threshold to be noticeable in the segment. In all fairness, the new 2017 Tundra simply doesn’t make the cut given the available options available in the segment today. We find it extremely difficult to recommend it to shoppers looking for a serious, all-rounded pickup truck.
2017 Toyota Tundra Release Date & Price
As already mentioned, its release date should be expected sometime in the summer of 2017. Toyota is yet to make the pricing details known, however, this hasn’t stopped the best brains in the industry from coming up with the best case scenarios. At its best, the Tundra will probably costs an MSRP starting from $32,000 – that is, considering Toyota actually makes substantial changes. On the other hand, minimal changes will stagnate the price at the current cost estimates at $29,900.
2017 Toyota Tundra Exterior
Rumors within the industry allege the new model will come with several key changes on both its front and rear fascia. The front end will probably feature a menacing chrome accented grille, larger air intakes, and redesigned headlights. All these should aid it in offering a better stance than before. Some of the highlights that the exterior will offer include a damped tailgate, heated mirrors, eighteen-inch steel wheels, off-road tires, automatic LED headlights, a sunroof (Platinum), and a skid plates.
2017 Toyota Tundra Interior
Accessories available should include keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a CD player, air conditioning, HD and satellite radio, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
Six trims, unless slightly changed on its release date, are available: SR, SR5, Platinum, Limited, TRD Pro, and the 1794 Edition.
As of this writing, two engines are available for the Toyota Tundra 2017: a 4.6L V8 engine able to crank out 310 hp and 327 lbs. ft. of torque, and a 5.7L V8 able to send 381 horsepower to the wheels.
In government crash tests, the new Toyota Tundra achieved four stars out of the possible five for frontal and side crash impact protection, five stars for rear impact, and four stars for overall crash impact protection.