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2016 Toyota Tundra Walk Around


Like other full-size pickups, Tundra emphasizes burly proportions, yet its overall appearance lacks the clean, crisply-chiseled appearance of Ford and GM models. Fans of big domestic pickups might even consider the styling gimmicky. Despite a mild freshening for 2014, focusing on the tall front end, some detail work seems unbalanced.

Bodysides and the rear end look more familiar, and the stamped tailgate comes across as rugged and understated. Cargo-bed utility trails the domestic pickups, notably the current Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

Interior

Every button and knob is big, but the chunky controls are sensibly laid-out. Overall, the layout seems meant for riders who invariably wear work gloves. Still, the cabin is on par with a Ford F-150 or Nissan Titan. Trim work on Platinum models and, especially, the 1794 Edition looks comparable to a King Ranch Ford or Laramie Longhorn.

Seats are roomy, plush, and comfortable. The central console can hold a laptop. All told, the interior suggests refinement and quietness, though materials quality isn’t quite up to domestic-brand pickups.

Double Cab models don’t have much second-row space. In the CrewMax, seating for five is a realistic expectation, with sufficient leg space for every rider. Seats slide and recline, though the backrest reclining angle isn’t too comfortable and cushions are somewhat low.

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