This generation of the Tundra was bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Growing dramatically in size, but losing much of the refinement of the previous model, the Tundra, once considered the Camry of pickups -- fully-modern and easy to live with -- became one of the least refined and most dated. Shortcomings abound. Among them, the Tundra's ride is jittery, especially with the TRD off-road package.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard from 2003. ESC, side and head protection air bags standard from 2007. FCW and AEB standard from 2018.
Road Test

This generation of the Tundra was bulked up to take on Detroit's full-sized workhorses. Growing dramatically in size, but losing much of the refinement of the previous model, the Tundra, once considered the Camry of pickups -- fully-modern and easy to live with -- became one of the least refined and most dated. Shortcomings abound. Among them, the Tundra's ride is jittery, especially with the TRD off-road package. Build configurations and options were limited as well.

On the plus side, Tundra's 5.7-liter V8 produces effortless power and a still-competitive 15 mpg. Off-road capability is impressive, as is towing capacity. A neat feature is the hydraulically damped tailgate, which falls opens gracefully instead of flopping down.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.6-liter V8 (310 hp)
  • 5.7-liter V8 (381 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Toyota Tundra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"Electronic screen keeps freezing uo"

Billie G., TX (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"I usually only listen to music using the USB port. Right after the 2 year warranty expired (of course) the system began freezing up and not playing music properly. Even the on/off button wouldn't work. I have to wait around 60-90 seconds of the system being frozen for it to re-boot itself"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"The screen froze then went black. The dealer had to provide a firmware update to repair the problem. We we told the electronics warranty had expired and had to pay over $400. For the fix."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Info center would completely freeze up multiple times on a drive and would require a hard reset (holding the power button 10+ seconds. All navigation instructions would be completely deleted. No radio, navigation, etc. It was solved by Toyota dealer by downloading the latest software, which I had to pay for even thought the truck was under full warranty. Wouldn't you think downloads would occur regularly from the cloud or satalite? And wouldn't you think software updates would be covered during the warranty period? It cost me $39 for the software update."

John D., CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Sometimes the radio and screen freezes and I cannot change stations or adjust volume or anything. It will cause the phone to stop working through the Bluetooth system. I have to push and hold the on/off button until the system turns off and then I can turn it back on."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"The entire entertainment/nav system freezes up and then reboots. The cycle can take 3 or 4 minutes and it loses the destination information which requires you to re-enter your destination."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Quite often on a trip but the computer had to be reprogrammed. So far that has worked but later the texting on the Bluetooth has quit. Of course now Toyota wants to charge $120 to access the problem instead of trying to reboot the computer"

Anonymous, (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Display would freeze up. Replaced with radio from Best Buy which has Apple play"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"The infotainment system would freeze up or reboot on it's own frequently. A software update from Toyota fixed the problem completely."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"System locks up quite often and has to be reset. Sometimes issue will not occur for a month and then it will come back and reoccur several times in a row."

Dickson W., TX (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"entertainment and navigation system spontaneously rebooted. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen started to flash on/off continually & eventually became dark. I purchased a replacement screen & installation for just over $500"

Anonymous, (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 4.6-L V8)

"last year, it would simply shut down. after about 5 min, it would reset. at my last oil change at the dealership they did a software update and all seems to be fine since"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Intermittently, when the audio system connects to Bluetooth, the display screen goes blank. If switched back to 'FM Radio' the music works, but the screen remains blank. Rarely, the entire audio system shuts down - no music, no display. Does not restart until the vehicle is shut off and restarted."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"A problem with the interface with Apple iPhone caused the infotainment system to continuously reboot making it unusable. It took several attempts to update the firmware of the infotainment system before the problem was fixed"

Anonymous, WV (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"Phone interface to truck radio stopped working"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Toyota Tundra Unsure 5.7-L V8)

"See previous comment - the Bluetooth interface and the display screen problem seem to be related."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Repaired under warranty. Repair was made to replace electronics head unit (because of defective USB ports) before I owned it and mechanic didn't plug GPS back into the head unit"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"In order to update the map, you must buy a 100-200 dollar chip instead of simply getting updates from the web."

Anonymous, AR (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The Bluetooth will not pair with a basic phone, just with certain smart phones. Toyota does not state this non-feature in the owner's manual and did not instruct the dealers of this issue until sometime in 2016"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Phone pairing was fixed but the texting problem is not fixed"

Anonymous, (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Radio

"Radio will shut off on its own and then will either turn back on by itself or I will have to turn it back on."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"XM radio went out within 6 hours of owning the vehicle. Took almost 2 weeks to get the part. Radio still has intermittent issues when it rains"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Software update fixes

"Entertainment system restarts randomly"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Caliper on the rear diver side siezed"

Anonymous, NL (2015 Toyota Tundra 5.7-L V8)

"One brake caliper on front brakes seized."

Anonymous, (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Because of the way I drive,I in the past get on average 85,000 miles on the front breaks,only got about 63,000 miles.no problem this is a cheap fix."

Anonymous, (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"This truck is lightly used and fairly low miles, so having issues with the brakes was a surprise to me"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Rotors

"Rotors warp when towing"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"The rotors needed to be replace prematurely in my opinion. I believe as some point they overheated and warped."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Squeaking

"breaks made noise when backing up"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wheel bearing seal went bad"

John D., KY (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Minor, reed-type, noise from windshield. A simple windshield re-seal solved the issue."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"My model is a 1794 edition and has good sound dampening. It may be that the squeal that emanates from the air intake box is easier to hear becasue of this....when the engine hits 2000 RPM it creates a high pitched squeal with a pitch that fluctuates with the RPMs. It's quite annoying. I have had my local dealership try to fix it 3 times and the last time the mechanic said he has the same issue with his own pickup and he has run into the same problem on other Tundras. That said, Toyota has not is"

Chris D., AR (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

"rattle in front end"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"passenger side dash"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

"Interior is poorly constructed compared to my 2006 Tundra. Cheap plastic which creaks and vibrates. Dash has an annoying creak when turning left or right. Dealer unable to fix. Door panels rattle when playing stereo with a little volume especially wh"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"I have auto start and it normally will not start when using the system. Have to manually start A/C and heat"

John D., KY (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"AC compressor stays on even if switched off on front vent setting"

Tony S., CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"The ventilation system on this off-road vehicle is open to attack by rodents. The cabin air filter is touted to remove particles down to xx microns - however, it does not stop rodents chewing through the filter and actually entering the vehicle interior. I have had items on the seats chewed up by rodents that entered the vehicle through the ventilation system. A few $ spent on the addition of metal barriers (gauze or the like) at the points of entry would prevent this foreseeable problem. It seems that the people designing Toyota vehicles have little appreciation for how and where they will be used - outsmarted by rodents."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"Intermittently would stop blowing"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Right rear turn signal became inoperative: therefore dangerous to drive and illegal--the socket and wire for the bulb had to be replaced--$160"

Anonymous, (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"The light stayed on when purchased. Had to return it several times to get it fixed"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper motor failed"

Barbara L., CO (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"This vehicle has soy based wiring insulation and the wiring is unprotected. This is an off-road vehicle and rodents just love to chew up the wiring. Chewed up wiring resulted in most of the problems cited with this vehicle, and have now left the vehicle undrivable twice. Toyota dealers are swamped with customers with similar problems. I recently had to wait almost a month to have vehicle wiring assessed and repaired by dealer because they had such a backlog. Vehicle sat outside unusable during this time. Toyota deny there is a design/materials problem - shameful. What idiots designed this vehicle."

Anonymous, IN (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"truck simply would not start. called the towing company. when they arrived at my house, he said grab your other key. i grabbed my spare, put it in the ignition, the truck started right up. Since then, i haven't had an issue with EITHER key working. Pure electronic failure causing automobile not to operate."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7-L V8)
Transfer case

"Wouldn't shift out of 4WD Low. The shop said that the transfer case went out and that it needed to be replaced which was very expensive and unexpected in a vehicle with ZERO previous problems."

Anonymous, ID (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Rear oil seal leak found by dealer and promptly replaced under warranty"

Kathy A., MT (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

"cam cover minor oil leak fully covered under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Problem with maintaining alignment adjustments"

Robert S., CO (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Dealer found leaking power steering hose, and replaced it. However, it still makes noises when barely turn the wheel. Not turning to extremes either. I would expect noise when turning the wheel to the extrem left or right"

David O., AZ (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Transmission hunt at highway speeds"

Anonymous, OR (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Per Toyota Dealer, Toyota makes some engine part / hose from a soy based material that apparently can attract rodents (other cases reported). A nest was found in a hose (not sure which one) that damaged a sensor, which in turn prevented the truck from shifting past 4th gear. Approximately $600 to repair."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The roof rubber molding on the passenger side came off. Until in came off I had an intermittent tapping sound that drove me crazy. It sounded like something was mechanically wrong and the dealership could not find what was wrong. In fact a friend spotted the what was wrong when he was following me. Then it took the dealership more than one trip from me before they could repair the problem. The repair was covered by the warranty"

James P., CA (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)
Rust

"Have factory installed steps. The hardware used to mount the steps to the body are rusting badly. And Toyota won't fix the problem under the warrantee"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

"Muffler just needed to be replaced - due to age of vehicle"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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