It's got the Army Green paint a TRD Pro goodies, including an exhaust system that sounds fantastic. Probably the biggest problem with the truck is the engine. Yes, the 5.7-liter V8 could live on forever, but its EPA numbers are disappointing - 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway and 14 mpg combined. Considering how many Tundras are pushing half a million miles, we'd take the loss on the mpg front.
The power itself isn't bad at 381 horses and 401 lb-ft of torque. But the Toyota isn't built for speed and the six-speed automatic is not the quickest. They've had an 8-speed for many years but chose reliability over efficiency and speed.
But this drag race from TFL proves the Tundra is outdated. The red Chevy Silverado beside it is the Trail Boss with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and a 10-speed automatic. It's making 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, down in both regards compared to the Toyota.
Based on just horsepower and engine size, the TRD should win. Heck, it even sounds better. But the two vehicles are level at the beginning of the race, and by the end of the short stretch, the Chevy appears to take the lead. We think that over a quarter-mile, it would be significantly quicker.
To make matters worse, the Trail Boss should be cheaper to buy since it's a Double Cab spec model starting from around $46,000. Meanwhile, the rugged Toyota CrewMax model is about $51,000 with the savings they offer right now.