Toyota overhauled its Tundra full-size pickup with loads of new tech and features to make its third generation more appealing to customers than the more popular options from Chevy, Ford, and Ram. But after taking a hybrid TRD Pro model to the test track, we can report that it can’t keep up with some of the competition, not to mention that it’s also more expensive to start.
One of the Tundra hybrid’s biggest disadvantages (we have yet to test a standard nonhybrid V-6 model) is that the hybrid-exclusive TRD Pro model is heavy. It weighed in at 6107 pounds, 313 pounds heavier than the Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid and 545 pounds more than the F-150 Tremor. That extra weight comes from its roughly 1.5-kWh nickel-metal hydride battery pack and electric motor and contributes to the TRD Pro’s 5.7-second run to 60 mph and 14.5-second quarter-mile at 92 mph.
Even though the lighter F-150 hybrid has 7 fewer horsepower and 13 fewer pound-feet, it was 0.3 second quicker to that mark—and so was a 420-hp Chevy Silverado 1500 RST we tested. Yes, the hybrid F-150 wasn’t equipped with Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires like the TRD Pro, but the F-150 Tremor, also on all-terrain rubber, was 0.1 second quicker than the Tundra. Both F-150s hit the quarter in 13.9 seconds. However, in our testing, the Yota outruns both the Ram 1500 Laramie and Rebel, which use a 5.7-liter V-8 and required 6.0 seconds and 6.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. It also beats lesser Silverados powered by the 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 rather than the mighty 6.2.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.