2016 toyota tundra Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Toyota Tundra gets an available flex fuel variant on rear-drive configurations and two new exterior colors: Blazing Blue and Midnight Black Metallic. SR5 and 1794 Edition models gain a revised front grille while. A larger 38-gallon fuel tank is now standard on the Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro models with the larger 5.7-liter V-8. SR models no come standard with Toyota’s Entune infotainment system while the SR5 gains navigation.
Limited and TRD Pro Tundras come with a Toyota premium audio system and an app suite together with the Entune infotainment system. The Platinum and 1794 Edition variants come standard with a JBL premium audio system. Blind spot warning now part of the Limited Premium package and comes standard on the 1794 Edition and Platinum grade. All Tundras with the 5.7-liter V-8 come standard with the integrated trailer brake controller.
The TRD Pro Series is now available in a new exterior color called Quicksand while the 1794 Edition gains an optional Off-Road package, which adds 18-inch TRD Off-Road alloy wheels, trail-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, engine skid plates, fuel tank skid plates, front tow hooks on rear-drive variants, and a TRD Off-Road decal.
The 2016 Toyota Tundra is a full-size truck that slots above the smaller Tacoma and is available in two cab styles, two bed lengths and in rear- or four-wheel-drive configuration.
Two V-8 engines are available in the 2016 Tundra: a 4.7-liter rated at 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque and a 5.7-liter with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft. Both engines are paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn’t one of the Tundra’s strong suits with rear-drive variants rated at 15/19 mpg city/highway for the 4.7-liter and 13/18 mpg with the larger 5.7-liter. Opting for four-wheel drive drops those numbers slightly to 14/18 mpg with the 4.7-liter and 13/17 mpg with the 5.7-liter. Depending on the cab style, engine and drivetrain configuration, the 2016 Tundra can tow 6,400 to 10,500 pounds when properly equipped.
In addition to the dual front, side-front, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 tundra comes standard with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Blind spot warning is available as part of the Limited Premium package and standard on the 1794 Edition and the Platinum trim.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base SR trim comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, the Entune infotainment system, 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench seats, cloth upholstery, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Stepping up to the SR5 trim adds a larger seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, 60/40 fold-up rear seat cushions, rear under-seat storage, and a matte black lower front bumper. The Limited grade is the mid-level model in the tundra lineup and adds auto on/off headlights with manual level control, a deck rail system with four tie-downs, chrome heated power side mirrors, 10-inch alloy wheels, the Entune mobile phone app suites, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power rear horizontal window with a privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. On the Platinum and 1794 Edition models, additional standard features include a JBL premium audio system, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seats, power vertical sliding rear window with a rear privacy glass, and blind spot warning. Tundra TRD Pro models are the off-road performance variants and come with the larger 5.7-liter V-8 and four-wheel drive. Standard performance features include TRD Pro front and rear Bilstein shocks, TRD dual exhausts, TRD front skid plates with an oil pan drain access panel, and 18-inch TRD Off-Road alloy wheels.
What We Think
In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that while the interior and dash are well design, the material quality of the plastics used is a letdown due to the low-quality materials used. Ride and handling, on the other hand, are secure on- and off-road while the seats provide plenty of support. We also said in a 2014 First Test of 1794 Edition model that the cabin is noisier than its competitors while the exterior design isn’t as fresh. Additionally, the 5.7-liter V-8 isn’t as quick as some of its competitors that use more advanced powertrains. Interior space, on the other hand, is generous especially the huge rear seats. For those who want maximum off-road performance, we said in a 2015 First Drive review that the Tundra TRD Pro feels better the faster it can go. Additionally, it doesn’t get disturbed easily and features excellent steering response and a well-tuned suspension than can cope with high-speed off-roading.
The Tundra TRD Pro is one of three TRD Off-road vehicles in the Toyota lineup, the other two being the 4Runner and the Tacoma.
- Toyota reliability
- Spacious interior
- Great off-road capability in the TRD Pro model
You Won’t Like:
- Noisy cabin
- Exterior design isn’t fresh
- Dated powertrain choices