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Since 1999 the Toyota Tundra has claimed status as a full size pickup made for any town North America and the families residing within. It helps that this vehicle is manufactured on our continent's soil, but geography is one small part of what makes the Tundra one of the most sought after pickups by Americans and Canadians alike. While the automobile received an overhaul two years ago, 2016 still has lots to get excited about. This year sees a total of six trim levels - the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition and TRD Off-Road Pro. Today we take a look at what makes the new Tundra perfect for families with personalities more suited to a full-size pickup than an SUV.
1. An Exterior That Defines Your Family Unit
The 2014 redesign changed the way people look at full-size pickups, adding an unmatched aura of subtle sophistication to complement its tough demeanor. This is one of the reasons why family units have embraced the Tundra over the past couple of years and even more so in 2016. The base SR, SR5, and TRD Off-Road drive on 18-inch wheels with the SR5 (double cab and CrewMax) adding fog-lights and exterior chrome trim while the TRD contributes additional styling elements such as black alloy wheels. The Limited (Double and CrewMax) rides on 20-inch alloy wheels and Platinum's (CrewMax) model really shines with sleek LED running lights, a sunroof, 20-inch wheels and additional styling features. The 1794 extends upon the look of the Platinum with subtle but impactful aesthetics. With six trim styles to choose from you will find the Tundra that suits your family's persona best.
2. Drives Comfortably and Efficiently
The Tundra provides the classic comfort that you're accustomed to from a longstanding North American pickup. It also packs the power than you and your household need for day to day work, errands, and road trips alike. Whether you opt for the 6-speed automatic 4.6L V8 (310 hp / 327 lb ft torque) or the 5.7L V8 (381 hp and 401 lb ft of torque) the Tundra has you covered. The Tundra wins when it comes to fuel economy too, with the 4.6L V8 claiming 16 mpg combined and the 5.7L V8 coming in at 15 mpg. Efficiency doesn't stop there. For instance, the last thing you want to worry about when on a long trip with the family is running out of gas. With the 2016 Tundra this is not a problem. At 38 gallons, you're driving with the largest fuel tank in its class. Of course your trip will go as swiftly as possible with the Tundra's available Integrated Navigation system which features a 7-inch HD touch-screen display to guide you and your loved ones to your destination.
3. Can Tow and Store All of Your Family's Toys
The Tundra is ready for road trips and family expeditions, be it to see the in-laws (sorry about that) in a neighboring province or for a fishing trip in up in the mountains. 2016 5.7L V8 Tundras now come standard with an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. What this means, is that when you connect to a compatible trailer, you are allowed the luxury of adjusting the trailer brake to accommodate its specific weight for a truly customized experience. Towing power is also hard to beat. The new Tundra has 22 unique configurations that can manage over 10,000 lbs while the 4x2 Regular Cab Long Bed w/available 5.7L V8 can tow up to 10,500 lbs. These latter Tundra models also have a Tow Haul Mode that increases throttle response, power, braking, and most importantly locks in the proper gear when towing. The 2016 Tundra also comes with Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) which is comforting for backseat drivers (literal and figurative) concerned about journeys over more challenging paths.
Storage capacity is also impressive, and can accommodate any and all recreational gear that your family deems essential to a successful expedition. The 2016 Tundra options three available bed lengths to suit the unique needs of your troupe. There is a 5.5 ft short bed, a 6.5 ft standard bed, and an 8.1 ft long bed, all of which are 5.5 ft wide and 22.2 inches in depth. The new deck-rail system ensures that whatever you manage to cram in stays in place.
4. An Interior to Make Your Family Feel at Home
The new Tundra has one of the most spacious and comfortable pickup cabins around. Industry experts such as Edmunds.com have used phrasing such as "sprawl-out comfortable" and "copious legroom" to describe 2016 renditions of the Toyota Tundra. Tundra Double Cabs and CrewMaxes are best suited to family units, both comfortably seating five or six, depending on whether or not you option for a front bench. This comfort extends to the same level of ease you'd find in your living room, with seats that fold up instead of down, making it easier to get in and out - a BIG bonus for families with kids and pets that need to make sudden "pit stops" along the way.
Auto-infotainment is also essential to making your family feel at home while on the road. The 2016 Tundra delivers here as well. The vehicle comes standard with Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, a CD player, and a 6 JBL speaker sound system which is managed by a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface. The SR5 and Limited upgrade to media interface to a 7-inch touchscreen, add HD and satellite radio, and enhanced traffic and navigation information with the Limited optioning up to 9 JBL speakers. The Platinum model packs all of the above in but includes 12 JBL speakers. Your family will feel right at home within the comforts of your 2016 Toyota Tundra.
5. Manufactured to Protect Your Family
Family safety is synonymous with the 2016 Tundra. For starters, navigating in and out of a neighborhood driveway or school parking lot is a snap with the pickup's standard wide-angle backup camera. The Tundra has the essential driver/front-outboard-passenger airbags, side curtain and front seat-mounted side airbags but unlike any other pickup on the market it also has driver/front-outboard-passenger knee airbags. The Tundra was also first out of the gates to provide a Blind Spot Monitor and a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, both of which have been updated for 2016. The 2016 Tundra also comes standard with the Toyota's Star Safety SystemT which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution & Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. Another practical but ingenious addition that makes the Tundra perfect for families includes LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children). With LATCH, outboard rear seats are outfitted with lower anchors and the rear center seat is outfitted with a tether anchor. You will be able to connect and secure car seats with unparalleled ease. Finally, when you buy a Toyota you have access to the ToyotaCare plan and 24-hour roadside assistance.
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