2015 Toyota Tundra Drops V-6 for All V-8 Lineup
Low Take Rate Spelled End for 4.0L V-6
With the success of the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 in the Ford F-150 and Ram selling plenty of both the 3.6L Pentastar and 3.0L EcoDiesel engines in the 1500 truck, you’d think downsizing is the name of the game for fullsize truck brands. Not for Toyota. Buyers have overwhelmingly chosen V-8 engines for the Tundra, prompting the company to drop the 4.0L V-6 altogether for 2015. Only about five percent of buyers chose the V-6, making the powertrain rationalization choice an easy one.
That leaves the 310-hp, 327-lb-ft 4.6L V-8 as the base engine, with the 5.7L 381-hp, 401-lb-ft V-8 as the upgrade engine. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2015 Tundra also gets a slight increase in its maximum towing capacity to 10,500 pounds, an increase of 500 pounds over last year’s maximum rating. Toyota was the first official adopter of the SAE J2807 towing standard.
The biggest news for 2015 was the addition of the TRD Pro model to the Tundra lineup with a 2-inch lift, specially tuned Bilstein off-road shocks, a front skidplate, and a TRD dual exhaust. Also new for the 2015 Tundra is an integrated trailer brake controller for 5.7L models equipped with the tow package. Information and feedback from the system are displayed on a 3.5-inch multi-information display.