— and then some
Fine, of course, is subjective. Fine is like saying the person you just met is “nice.” Fine is about acceptance, not desire. When it comes to the thrill of owning a vehicle that performs and executes its duties exactly as you want it to, “fine” is not fine.
My friend’s dilemma, like many in Toyota nation, is that the majority of changes made to the Tundra for the 2014 model year were cosmetic. Sure, plenty were hoping for a diesel, or at least some significant powertrain enhancements or wider choices (still can’t buy a CrewMax with the 4.6-L engine) when the refreshed truck debuted in Chicago in 2013, but, alas, the alterations covered mostly sheet metal and an all-new interior. And then when the cool TRD Pro models debuted last year, Canada was denied them.
So, given the choice between keeping an aging but reliable Tundra or upgrading to brand new for the sake of a few modern features, the latter option didn’t seem all that compelling. But then something happened.
My friend became very interested in the 2015 Platinum 4x4 CrewMax I borrowed from Toyota for the week. Text messages lit up my phone. At $56,747 for the loaded Platinum, the price was less than a comparably equipped 2015 F-150. And it had a backup camera that his old SR5 lacked.
Other changes on the new Tundra include a suspension that received