Toyota has been selling the Tundra for a long time now and despite the fact it remains one of the older models on the market, it still sells quite well thanks to the fact it is an all American truck which offers one of the best cabins in its class. The 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel model is expected to be the last one in this series and it is expected to be replaced in the near future with an all new model. The steel ladder chassis as well as the suspension system remain the same but the truck received upgrades inside the cabin, a slightly different exterior and updated engine choices.
2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel Review
These allow it to remain afloat until the new model will be launched but there are signs that the truck is old. The ride quality, while it is great for a truck, it is sub-par when it comes to off-road use because it is a bit too rigid. The new model has already been released on the market a few weeks ago and the price levels have been adjusted accordingly. While the base model has dropped in price by a rather large amount, the equipment level is actually better than before which allows it to be very good in terms of value for money. The new 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel model also adds a whole new trim level with the 1794 Special Edition model which is the top end luxury version that adds not only a different look but also a much better interior.
Engine wise, the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel is available with only two engines and not three like the older model. This is because Toyota said that their old V6 was just not making any sense considering their larger V8 offered better fuel economy and higher performance. This means that the new base model comes with a rather impressive 4.6 liter naturally aspirated V8 which is good for 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque, more than any of its direct competitors in the sub-$28,000 price range.
Further up the range, the new 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel is available with the same 5.7 liter naturally aspirated V8 as before but this time it comes at a lower price point. This larger V8 offers a more impressive 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque which gives it a larger towing rating, better on and off-road performance as well as a smoother ride. With the larger V8, the 2016 model of the Tundra can have a total payload of little over 2,000 pounds and it can tow more than 8,000 pounds which is very good for a petrol powered truck. Both engines are only available with a single type of gearbox, a 6 speed automatic which is mated to the rear wheels in the base models. Only the TRD Pro edition, which is the off-road version of the truck, will come as standard with a four wheel drive system.
We do hope that in the near future Toyota will give the Tundra a diesel as well as a turbocharged petrol engine in order to be able to compete with Ford and GM in terms of towing capacity and unaltered raw power. Also, the new 2016 model received a larger 38 gallons fuel tank for both the TRD Pro and for the 1794 Special Edition models which should improve the range of the truck considerably.
2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel Design
The design of the truck did not change all that much over the years and the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel makes no exception. The SR and Limited models did not change a bit but the SR5 as well as the TRD Pro are a bit more different. These two received a slightly different front end with new headlights and a new sportier grille which makes the aging Tundra look a bit more up to date. On top of that, the 1794 Special Edition adds unique rims to the mix as well as more chrome than usual and the same new front end as the other two.
Interior of Tundra 2016
Inside the cabin the new truck is very similar to the 2015 model and while there are no real design changes between the two, the 2016 Tundra comes with a better equipment level on all models thanks to the addition of a new Entune audio system which is better than the one before it but still sub-par when compared to Ford’s infotainment unit.