The Seven Toyota Tundra Trim Levels Include High-End Options
Most vehicle models are offered in multiple trim options; the base is the lowest priced trim, while other options can raise the price of the model substantially. With pickup trucks, there can be numerous trims for each model to accommodate for the needs of buyers.
The Toyota Tundra is the largest pickup truck model offered by Toyota, although the brand’s best-selling pickup is the smaller Tacoma. The Tundra is equipped for towing heavier loads and also can be an option for buyers who can’t find an F-150 or another top-selling half-ton. There are seven Toyota Tundra trim models:
- Toyota Tundra SR
- Toyota Tundra SR5
- Toyota Tundra Limited
- Toyota Tundra Platinum
- Toyota Tundra 1794
- TRD Pro
- Toyota Tundra Capstone
Buyers might be a bit overwhelmed with their trim choices for the Tundra; here’s what to know about each trim to find the best Tundra for towing, budget and driving needs.
The SR is the base model. It has the lowest price of all the trims—at $35,950. The SR includes 18-inch steel wheels and features a double-cab design that can fit five. The engine is Toyota’s i-FORCE 3.5-Liter Twin-Turbo V6. The fuel efficiency is typical for a larger truck; the SR can get 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. It can tow up to 8,300 pounds.
The SR5 is the next step up from the base trim. It’s priced at $40,755 and features 18-inch alloy wheels and a double-cab design that seats up to five. The SR5 is powered by Toyota’s i-FORCE 3.5-Liter Twin-Turbo V6. Depending on the options selected for the trim, the SR5 has a towing capacity of 11,090 to 12,000 pounds. It can get 18 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
The Limited is priced at $46,850. It features 20-inch alloy wheels, SofTex-trimmed power-adjustable front seats, and is powered by Toyota’s i-FORCE 3.5-Liter Twin-Turbo V6 (or the hybrid option of this engine). Depending on the options chosen, the Limited has a towing capacity of 11,120 to 11,400 pounds. It can get 18 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
The Platinum moves toward the high-end price point and includes many upgraded standard features. Priced at $56,990, the Platinum includes 20-inch dark wheels (painted dark grey), leather front seats, and a power-tilt sunroof with a power shade. The Platinum offers the same engine power as the Limited. Depending on the trim specs, the Platinum has a maximum towing capacity from 11,050 to 11,310 pounds.
The 1794 is a slight upgrade from the Platinum trim. The 1794 has an MSRP of $57,690 and includes 20-inch alloy wheels (machine-finished), chrome grill and accents and upgraded interior that includes wood trim. Depending on the trim specs, the 1794 has a maximum towing capacity from 10,890 to 11,310 pounds.
The TRD Pro is one of the highest-priced trims for the Tundra. It has an MSRP of $66,805 and features 18-inch forged aluminum wheels, Falken WILDPEAK tires, TRD Pro off-road suspension, a special TOYOTA grill with LED-light bar and more. The high-end TRD Pro does have lower fuel efficiency than other trims—it gets 19 MPG in the city and only 21 MPG on the highway. The TRD Pro can tow up to 11,175 pounds.
The Capstone is the most luxurious trim for the Tundra. With an MSRP of $73,530, the Capstone features 22-inch dark chrome and alloy wheels (machine-finished), semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats (power controlled), power running boards, wood trim and more. The Capstone offers a towing capacity of 10,340 pounds.
What Tundra Trim is the Best Choice?
As most pickup truck models offer numerous trim options, the choices can boggle buyers who might not know which one is the best model for their needs. When researching the trims, buyers can consider:
- Towing needs
- Driving habits
- Interior features
For many buyers, the budget can be the greatest factor in determining which trim is ideal. For those who need a pickup truck but have a budget that is a bit more constricted, the base model could be the ideal choice. The SR can tow up to 8,300 pounds, which can be adequate for those who don’t need their truck for pulling heavier loads.
Some buyers need a pickup truck for their job or to tow a boat, camper, etc. If the budget allows, buyers can focus on trims that offer more towing power. The SR5 can be a lower-priced option that offers the towing capacity the buyer demands.
Most trucks aren’t going to offer ideal fuel efficiency. Their weight and their larger engines make them less fuel efficient. However, the Tundra’s base model can get 24 MPG on the highway for those who need to travel long distances for work and want a trim that offers the best gas mileage.
Those who want to take their Tundra off-roading might look for trims with extra features and larger tires that are ideal for the roads less traveled.
A truck doesn’t have to be strictly utilitarian. The Tundra trims can offer a combination of form and function. Opt for top-of-the-line trims that feature high-end interior like leather and wood trims. In addition, most trims also offer upgraded options for buyers that want to add additional features beyond the standard basics of what is included on a specific trim.
Toyota let’s buyers build their vehicle online; this can help buyers better understand what their dream truck will cost them. If the price is a bit too high for the budget, buyers might need to adjust their options or choose a lower-priced trim.
Look Beyond the MSRP
Buyers might focus on the MSRP of a specific trim. However, the MSRP is only the suggested retail price of a trim and its most basic features. The MSRP will increase as a buyer includes more options beyond what is standard for a particular trim.
For example, many of the specs for trims can show variable towing capacities. Buyers can opt for different options for a trim that increase or decrease the truck’s towing capability. Some options can bump up the price beyond the stated MSRP for the model.
Buyers should take advantage of the ‘build’ tool that is offered on manufacturers’ websites. Building a vehicle online is a better way to fully understand what the vehicle will cost.
Find the Best Tundra Using Carzing
Looking for the lowest priced Tundra or a specific trim style? Use Carzing to find the best Tundra for the budget or for the buyer’s specific preferences.
To find all the Tundra models in the area, search by make/model. Carzing will include new and used options, but buyers can opt to filter their results to show only used or only new Tundra models. In addition, the toolbar to the left of the search results also lets buyers choose other options and preferences for their truck.
Buyers can sort their search results by price, location, mileage and more. This allows the best options to appear at the top of the page.
When buyers find the Tundra they want, they can use Carzing to get pre-qualified for financing. Choose the loan with the lowest monthly payment or the shortest term. Carzing even helps buyers understand how much they will need for their down payment.
With Carzing, finding the best Tundra from all the Toyota Tundra trim levels is simple and convenient.