Toyota Drops V6 Engine in Tundra, Offers Only V8 for 2015
In years past, Toyota’s popular half-ton Tundra pickup truck has been offered with two engine choices: a V6 and a V8. This is all set to change in 2015, when Toyota will drop the sluggish V6 in favor of the more popular V8 that most Tundra drivers have chosen for years. The reason behind Toyota’s decision lies in the fact that Tundra V6 sales accounts for less than 5%, so keeping the engine as part of the lineup didn’t make sense in anyone’s books.
Gallery: 2015 Tundra Exterior
The V6 engine in the previous-model Tundra was a 236-horsepower 4-liter motor that lacked the pickup and power desired by most truck enthusiasts. The standard 5.7-liter V8, available on the Tundra SR, Limited, Platinum, and 1974 Edition trim levels, boasts 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque; while an available 4.6-liter V8, standard with the SR5 model, pumps out 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque.
The 2015 Tundra is available at dealerships across the nation right now, with a starting MSRP of $29,020 ($275 higher than its 2014 counterpart). That MSRP rises to $47,875 for the high-end 1974 Edition 4×4, which comes with heated and ventilated leather front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and chrome heated power outside tow mirrors, plus many more premium features.