2017 Toyota Tundra Overview
The 2017 Toyota Tundra is more than just a powerful work truck. This full-size light-duty pickup is versatile enough to take you off-road, pull a large boat, handle a bed full of construction supplies, or simply take your family around town. While most people choose to drive the Tundra for its incredible performance and capabilities, its styling and modern features also provide it with some strong selling points.
Regardless of what you are looking for in a light-duty full-size pickup truck, you will find it in the 2017 Tundra. There are five main trim levels, along with the off-road-oriented TRD Pro. There is also the choice of a Regular Cab with a single row of seats, the Double Cab with two rows, and the CrewMax Cab with two rows and even more space, including numerous storage nooks. Factor in the choice of two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, three bed lengths, and the two available engines, and the Tundra is available in dozens of configurations.
Performance and Power
The Tundra offers the choice of two i-FORCE V8 engines, a 4.6-liter and a 5.7-liter version. The 4.6-liter V8 works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and has 32 valves, Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence, and Double Overhead Cams. It delivers 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque with ease. The 5.7-liter V8 is similarly designed, but larger, increasing its output to 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet. Opting for this more powerful engine automatically gives you a Tow Package that adds oil coolers for both the transmission and the engine to enhance towing capability. This engine has even towed a space shuttle.
Towing and Off-Roading
When towing a heavy trailer, you need to be able to stop with confidence, which is why the 2017 Toyota Tundra has the largest-in-class front brakes complete with 4-piston brake calipers. Thanks to the Tow Package, integrated towing hitch receiver, and trailer hitch with 12 high-strength bolts, the 5.7-liter V8 engine can tow more than 10,500 pounds. This engine has a designated TOW/HAUL mode to hold gears longer. You can even track how well your Tundra is handling the load with the combination meter for engine oil and fuel pressure, coolant temperature, and voltmeter gauges. Factor in Trailer-Sway Control and the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, and you are set.
Every Tundra can handle at least basic off-roading tasks, such as driving over sand or through mud, thanks to the standard automatic limited-slip differential. This system takes traditional limited-slip differentials to the next level by applying the brakes individually to whichever wheels lack traction. Best of all, it won’t cut your engine power while doing so, meaning you always get the power you need. The available 4-wheel-drive system is better than the competition thanks to the A-TRAC active traction control system. It relies on 4-channel ABS to control power flowing to the wheels without having to cut the throttle input, always enhancing your traction. Of course, if you truly want to go off-road, the 2017 Tundra TRD Pro will give you everything you need, including a TRD ¼-inch aluminum front skid plate and TRD Pro Bilstein shocks featuring remote reservoirs.
The 2017 Tundra proves that tough work trucks don’t have to sacrifice interior features. You can stick a more basic interior with features like power door locks and windows and Entune Audio or create an upscale environment with more expensive materials. The Limited CrewMax, for example, has front seats that are trimmed in leather and heated, along with leather on the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The available dual-zone automatic climate control ensures everyone is a comfortable temperature at all times. Since the Tundra is typically a work truck and doesn’t have a traditional trunk, Toyota made sure the rear seats fold up, giving you plenty of interior storage. Models with front bucket seats even have a center console with its own auxiliary power outlet.
As a pickup truck, the most important exterior feature on the 2017 Toyota Tundra for most drivers is its bed. CrewMax cabins come with a 5.5-foot short truck bed, Double Cabs come with either a 6.5-foot standard bed or an 8.1-foot long bed, and the Regular Cab comes with the longest version. All beds are 22.2 inches deep and 5.5 feet wide so you have room for everything you need. The deck rail system lets you make the most of this space with adjustable tie-down cleats that are rated for 220 pounds each. The tailgate easily lifts and lowers with only two fingers, and you can lock it in place or remove it.
As expected from a Toyota, the latest Tundra comes packed with the most recent technological advances. Every single 2017 version of this pickup has a wide-angle backup camera so you don’t have to worry about trying to maneuver your full-size truck into a parking space. The standard version of Entune Audio has high-end features, like a 6.1-inch touchscreen, USB and iPod inputs, auxiliary audio jack, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free. If you work from your truck and visit new clients on a regular basis, you will appreciate the choice of the Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link system or integrated navigation to help you find your destination. The 2017 Toyota Tundra even has a 3.5-inch customizable Multi-Information Display by the gauges where you can see exactly what you want, including your average speed, distance to empty, average or current fuel economy, odometer, trip meter, and more.
Safety won’t ever be a concern when you are behind the wheel of your 2017 Toyota Tundra. It comes standard with side curtain, front-seat-mounted side, front outboard passenger, and driver airbags, along with driver and front outboard passenger airbags, the last of which is only available on this pickup. You also always have the Star Safety System with features like Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Smart Stop Technology, Brake Assist, Antilock Brake System, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Thanks to the LATCH system, the Tundra can easily become a family vehicle. You can even add advanced safety, like a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
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