If you immediately think of fuel-sipping hybrid sedans when you hear the word Toyota, the 2016 Toyota Tundra just may be enough to change your mind. While Toyota is not as well known for trucks as its American rivals, the iconic Japanese nameplate has been making inroads in this popular market.
Since the market for pickup trucks has been on fire in recent years, this move by Toyota should play out quite well for the automaker. The 2016 Tundra is Toyota’s entry in the lucrative full-size pickup truck market segment, and it is an impressive entry indeed.
In addition to the fact that the Toyota Tundra is a full-size workhorse, the Tundra model is also notable for the fact that starting in 2016 this popular full-size pickup truck will be available with a diesel engine. The only thing hotter than the market for pickup trucks is the market for diesels, and this pickup truck model is expected to score big on both counts.
For the 2016 model year, the Toyota will be available with a V-8 diesel engine, providing plenty of power for work, play or everyday commuting. Making the entry into the diesel market even more impressive is the fact that renowned engine maker Cummins will be supplying the diesel power plant for the new Tundra.
In addition to its impressive new Cummins diesel, the 2016 Toyota Tundra comes with a choice of four different engines. The base engine produces 270 horsepower and 278-lb-ft of torque, and it comes paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. This engine gets a respectable 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway – comparable to other pickups of its size and power.
While ordinary drivers are unlikely to put it to the test, the 2016 Toyota Tundra goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it a tad faster than previous models. The 2016 Tundra is rated for a top speed of 112 mph – again something that most drivers will probably not put to the test.
The market for full-size pickup trucks has been growing steadily for the past several years, and the recent drop in oil prices is only expected to fuel the popularity of this vehicle class. If you are in the market for a new full-size pickup truck, the new 2016 Toyota Tundra is definitely one to consider. The fuel economy and the available diesel engine are certainly points in its favor, as is its excellent ratings for horsepower and torque.
Before you buy a new full-size pickup trucks from rivals like Ford, Chevy or Nissan, you owe it to yourself to at least test drive the 2016 Toyota Tundra and see what it has to offer. Toyota has long been known for its commitment to quality and customer service, and the 2016 Tundra is a worthy addition to the stable of this popular Japanese carmaker.