Which 2017 Toyota Tundra is Right for You?
The 2017 Toyota Tundra is incredibly spacious and has solid off-road capabilities. This makes it ideal for someone who needs a truck for work and play. While some trims focus solely on performance, others want you to tow as much as possible. Which trim is right for you?
The 2017 Toyota Tundra SR is the base trim and starts at $30,120. It comes equipped with a strong 4.6-liter V8 engine that’s capable of 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft of torque. Because it’s such a powerful engine, drivers can expect fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
For those concerned about how much work you can get out of your Tundra SR, this trim is capable of a 2,080-pound payload and 10,500-pound maximum towing capacity. If you’re planning on using it as a family vehicle, it may be best to upgrade to another trim. The SR trim only has seating for three. With that being said, it’s ideal for work or for someone who has no need for expansive passenger space.
The SR5 starts at $31,930 and is an affordable option for families. It has enough seating for six passengers but with lower towing and payload capabilities as the SR. The SR5 has a maximum payload of 1,600 lbs and a towing capacity of 6,800 lbs. Because it has the same standard engine, it also gets the same fuel economy, so you’re gaining a lot of features for a small price increase.
On the inside, the SR5 upgrades the infotainment system to include a connected navigation app so you’ll always be going in the right direction. Like the SR, the SR5 also comes with some other great features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, integrated backup camera, and advanced voice recognition.
The Limited has the first major engine upgrade for the 2017 Toyota Tundra. For $39,380, this trim comes with a 5.7-liter V8 standard engine that can produce 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft of torque. With this upgrade, the Limited increases the maximum payload to 1,670 pounds and towing capabilities to 10,100 pounds.
On the inside, the interior also experiences a few changes that include Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation. This allows for better sound, which plays through nine speakers that are located around the cabin. Additionally, the integrated navigation provides predictive traffic and Doppler weather overlay. You’ll never be caught off guard by inclement weather.
The TRD Pro is the only Toyota Tundra that comes standard as a 4×4 standard. You can, however, upgrade any of the Tundra trims to be four-wheel drive by paying a little extra. What else makes the TRD Pro Special? On the exterior, it comes with unique stampings, front skid plates with oil pan drain access panel, dual exhaust, and Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs. Since the TRD Pro focuses on off-road capabilities, the towing capabilities come in slightly below the Limited’s at 9,200-pound maximum. The TRD Pro has a starting MSRP of $46,110.
The Platinum is a stellar choice for anyone looking at the Toyota Tundra. It comes with plenty of features that make it luxurious to drive in all seasons. During the summer, drivers can open the sliding moonroof or turn on the ventilated front seats. Winter seasons allow drivers to use the chrome heated side mirrors for safer driving, as well as turn on the heated seating for a comfortable drive. Finally, the Platinum comes with Entune Premium Audio which features 12 JBL speakers, a subwoofer, and amplifier. The only drawback is that the Platinum has a maximum towing ability of 9,500 pounds. That’s less than the Limited and SR trims. The Platinum has the starting MSRP of $47,080.
If the Platinum doesn’t strike your fancy, the 1794 Edition just might. It even has the same MSRP of $47,080. There aren’t many differences between the Platinum and the 1794 Edition other than the fact both have unique stampings either labeled “Platinum” or “1794 Edition.” It’s all about looks when you’re trying to choose between these two trims, although the 1794 definitely has a more rustic Western vibe due to the different color choices and wood-style trim interior.
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