Auto Corner: 2015 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

05 December 2015   John Kehlenbeck
The Toyota Tundra: Ready to compete with the domestic titans of trucking.

2015 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition

Personality: A VIP transport meets West Texas Ranchers

Best Gizmo: The giant engine

Most Annoying Feature: The price tag, not that I a blame them.

MPG (as tested): 13 in the city, 18 on the highway

Performance: Better than expected

Cars we smoked at stoplights: Every single SUV and a Mazda 3

0-60: 6.5 seconds

How Fast Is That? Wicked fast for a truck this size

How Much? Base price is $26,200 but go all the way to the 1794 and you will see $50,000 quickly

Serious Contenders? Ford F-150 Platinum Edition, RAM 2500, GMC Sierra

The backbone of America is the heartland families willing to sweat and struggle to turn farmland into food and crops. Those with the guts and the grit necessary to produce the “Amber Waves of Grain." 

No other vehicle embodies that American determination and work ethic more than the full-size pickup truck. Say what you will, but I don’t know any jean wearing, cowboy boot sportin’ ranchers who saddle up in a Honda Civic to reflect on the progress of the day’s labor.

No, my friend, it is a V-8, four wheel drive, American-Made truck …

And here, my friend comes the Toyota Tundra. Now, before you shake your head in disbelief and dismiss this truck as a Japanese imposter, know this… it has been American for over a decade and sports a Texas plant to prove it.

With the standard profile of the “Big Three” automakers products, the Tundra makes no effort to shake up the normal style we have all been accustomed to. Let me be clear, Toyota made that mistake in the mid-2000’s and they are not likely to repeat the same error, “fool me once…” right?

The level of trim styles available might make you a bit blurry eyed, but stay with me. Base level is the SR, then step up to the SR5 and beyond that the Limited.  Now, shoppers who want an off-road  version capable of traversing the most hostile terrain will be drawn to the TRD Pro ($42,200), which adds improved suspension and other accessories. From there we climb to the Platinum edition, coming at nearly $50,000 with the options to back up the price, it is a good place to land if you have a fat wallet and   discerning taste. Wait wait, there is more- the 1794 Edition. Think of it as the Platinum edition on steroids and it comes with the price tag to boot. Packed under the hood of the top of the line 1794 edition is a 381 horsepower, 5.7 liter V8 engine. With a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds and 401 lb-ft of torque, this thing can haul 10,000 pounds down the country road.

Of course that comes with the expected low 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 on the highway for a combined 15 miles per gallon.

The 1794 Edition distinguishes itself from the lower priced Tundra on the outside with LED daytime running lights, silver lower front bumper and chrome caps, fog lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome step bar, and 1794 badging all around.  

From the inside, two-tone leather seats with silver accenting and wood trim greet the driver with style. The heated and vented seats are sure to keep you comfortable and the JBL surround sound will make entertainment simple on the long road trips. The four spoke design steering wheel with controls integrated in a simple manner ensures eyes stay on the road. On the wide center stack, a 7-inch touch screen display easily integrates information, navigation, and entertainment. Since the 1794 is a crew max cab, people in back are offered plenty of leg room and space.

From base model to 1794, the Tundra answers the call of competing with the domestic titans of trucking. This American made truck is welcome on farmland, and driveways everywhere.