Electronics get a major upgrade in the 2016 Toyota Tundra. All models get the latest version of Entune, the automaker's advance infotainment system. The entry level SR gets the regular Entune Audio system while the SR5 now comes with Audio Plus. Entune Premium Audio with navigation and app suite are now standard on the Limited and TRD Pro trim levels, and the Tundra 1794 Edition and Platinum rock with the high-end Entune Premium JBL Audio. Revised front fascias, equipment shuffling, and the availability of a larger gas tank on select models round out the Tundra's changes for the model year.
The 2016 Toyota Tundra continues to be offered six trim levels, three bed lengths, and three cab configurations to match buyer's preference and expectations. Trim levels include the base SR, the SR5, the Limited, the Platinum, the 1794 Edition and the TRD Pro. Bed lengths list a 5.5-foot short bed, a 6.5-foot standard bed and an 8.1-foot long bed. Availability of a particular truck bed varies depending on the trim level.
Cab styles include the regular, the extended double and the crew cab. Regular cab Tundra pickups seat up to three passengers while the others seat up to six. Note double and crew cabs come with traditional forward hinge doors.
Two engine choices are offered. The 4.6-liter V-8 can found underneath the hood of all SR5 Tundra models and SR double cabs. It produces 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque which are channeled to the rear or all four wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 16 mpg combined regardless of drivetrain. Tow capacity varies between 6,400 lbs. to 6,800 lbs. depending on the truck's configuration.
All Tundra Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Pro pickups come with a 5.7-liter V-8 as standard. Same with all regular cabs models. Transmission is also a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15 mpg combined with tow capacity maxing out at 10,500 lbs.
Notes Autotrader: "We like the Tundra's relatively compact steering wheel and car-like cockpit, which help give the truck a maneuverable feel. We also appreciate that the cabin remains fairly quiet at highway speeds. Off-road, the Tundra is a formidable performer, especially in the TRD Pro guise."
Both the standard and optional equipment lists for the Tundra are long. Notable ones found at all trim levels include a backup camera system, an easy-lower-and-lift tailgate, and replaceable bumper panels. Safety features are also numerous. Called the STAR Safety System, each Tundra comes equipped with stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist just to name a few.