2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax

2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax
Class:  Pickup Trucks
Fuel Economy: 13/18
Base Price: $46,110

As I glance across the list of MOST DEPENDABLE vehicles, Toyota products frequent the top 10 year after year. That list is fresh on my mind as I look at the 2017 Toyota Tundra – a work truck for some, a luxury family vehicle for others, and yet fully capable of off-road ruggedness for all. It’s nearly impossible to think that the auto manufacturer can continually improve on a close-to-perfect product, and yet they do.

A full-size pickup, the 2017 Toyota Tundra is available in several cab and body styles: regular cab (seats three), extended double cab and the CrewMax cab (both seat up to six depending on configuration chosen). Also, several trim level options make this Toyota pickup easy to fit your lifestyle. Choose from SR, SR5, TRD Pro, Limited, Platinum and a 1794 Edition (Texas heritage celebration model).

My test model was the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax with black 18-inch alloy wheels and an off-road package. Leather upholstery, navigation and a superb audio system round out the features of this Toyota truck and make it a favorite for families who are looking for a sturdy, dependable vehicle. As its name would suggest, the CrewMax makes room for people. Its longer cab, larger rear doors, and shorter 5.5-foot bed make for a luxury-like 42.3 inches of back seat legroom. Limited trim Double Cab models come standard with a power sliding horizontal rear window, while all CrewMax models have a power vertical sliding rear window.

2017 Toyota Tundra

Power Specs: 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax

  • 6-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 327 lb/ft of torque – standard on SR and SR5 models. Towing capacity is 6,800 pounds.
  • 7-liter V8 with 381 horses and 400 lb/ft of torque – standard on regular cab, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro – optional on SR5 models. Towing capacity is slightly better than 10,000 pounds.

Other Specs of the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Rugged and ready for the great outdoors, the Toyota Tundra TRD is loaded with off-road amenities like a suspension upgrade, Bilstein High-Performance shocks, internal hydraulic bump stops and piggyback external reservoirs. All-terrain tires with 18-inch black alloy wheels along with a unique front grille remind you that this isn’t just any truck – it’s a product of Toyota.

Despite the ready-made off-road appearance, the Toyota Tundra is easily adaptable as a family vehicle with its smooth ride, quiet cabin and luxury touches. Cabin craftsmanship is high-grade with large knobs on the gizmos and gadgets, and lots of storage with console areas.

Technology is not spared from the Tundra starting with the Entune™ Audio System including: MP3/WMA, aux jack, USB 2.0 port with increased charging capability and iPod® connectivity. Also, the Tundra is equipped with hands-free phone capability, Siri® Eyes Free, advanced voice recognition, plus phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth.

Upgrades on the SR5s include: Entune™ Audio Plus with the Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link App and includes the Entune Multimedia Bundle with hi-res 7.0-inch touch-screen display; HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging and HD Radio™ Traffic and Weather (metro areas only), and SiriusXM®satellite radio (note there is a three month complimentary trial included).

If you are looking at the Limited or TRD Pro, standard technology includes Entune™ Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite that pairs well with your smartphone offering access to apps like Slacker, iHeart Radio, MovieTickets.com, Open Table®, Pandora®, Yelp and Facebook Places. Additionally, real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, stocks and other options are available through touch screen technology.

Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax models get all the bells and whistles with the Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio with Navigation and Entune App Suite (also optional for the Limited CrewMax).

My Thoughts on the Toyota Tundra

2017 Toyota Tundra

Comfort and safety always come first and of course, Toyota equips all of their vehicles with the latest and greatest safety equipment. I feel very safe driving my precious cargo around town or on a road trip in the Toyota Tundra. Just on the heels of safety comes comfort and this vehicle is two thumbs up in that category too. The truck bed allows tons of room for thrift store finds, hauling toys and so many other needs. Would I drive this for a family vehicle? Without a doubt!

Limited Warranty and Toyota Care

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have complete details on the limited warranty. Tundra also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Curious about other pickups? Check out the GMC Sierra and the 2016 Ram 1500. What’s your favorite pickup?

Toyota provided the Tundra for test drive with a tank of gas and insurance coverage. No financial exchange was given. Opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Toyota USA. Cover photo is the Platinum model.

Becky J. Beall

Becky is a travel and automotive journalist with 20+ years experience in writing and editing. She is also a radio show host, television personality and speaker.

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