What Do the Toyota Tundra’s SR and SR5 Trim Levels Stand For?

You may already know that the Toyota Tundra’s base trims trucks are called the SR and SR5. You may even know it shares these names with the Tacoma. But did you know that these nameplates originally stood for “Sport Rally” and “Sport Rally 5-speed?” They actually predate the name Tundra–and they used to be the Toyota Truck’s top trim levels.

The Toyota Truck Sport Rally (SR) was the top of the line

The grille of the entry-level Toyota Tundra SR5 truck.
2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 | Toyota

Our story starts way back when, in the 1990s. Until 1995 Toyota didn’t even refer to its trucks by model names: the Toyota Truck was just called the Toyota Truck. But it did have trim levels.

The Toyota of the day was already banking on its off-road engineering and rally race wins to sell trucks. Therefore, it won’t surprise you that when Toyota introduced an upmarket trim of its pickup truck, it named this truck the “Sport Rally” or SR for short.

So what about the Toyota Tundra SR5? This was a trim level above the original Sport Rally.

My colleague Dan Mayfield reported that the SR5 trim came about when Toyota added a manual transmission with a whopping five gears. Luxury of luxuries! This transmission deserved its own trim level and the Sport Rally 5–or the SR5 was born.

Which 2022 Toyota Tundra is the SR trim?

The tailgate of a 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 pickup truck as it drives down a country road, trees in the background.
2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 | Toyota

You probably haven’t noticed and SR badge on the bed of a 2022 Toyota Tundra. This is because the Toyota Tundra SR is distinctly lacking in badges. It is the absolute base model of the Tundra pickup truck.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra SR starts at $37,645. At this entry price you get a 2WD truck with a detuned version of Toyota’s turbocharged V6 engine, a short bed, and the smaller of the Tundra’s two-door cabs. You can upgrade every feature but the engine.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra SR is very much a work truck. It’s actually the only trim of the Tundra that you can order with an eight-foot bed. On the passenger side of the dashboard it also has a small tray for holding work gloves or even a measuring tape. But if you want a more powerful engine you’ll have to opt for the 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5.

Which 2022 Toyota Tundra is the SR5 trim?

A gray 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 pickup truck parked in a train yard for a promo photo.
2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 | Toyota

SR5 no longer stands for “Sport Rally 5-speed.” The 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 has a 10-speed automatic, like every other third-generation Tundra pickup truck. It also is the cheapest trim with a full-power turbocharged V6.

The Toyota Tundra SR5 is an excellent trim to upgrade. This is because you can order it with the TRD Off-Road package, which includes a whole host of 4×4 goodies. Check out what the affordable TRD Off-Road package includes.

Finally, new for 2023 you can order a cost-effective Toyota Tundra SR5 with blacked out chrome by selecting what is called the SR5 SX package.

Check out the above packages or see the 2022 Toyota Tundra SR5 compared to the Ford F-150 XLT in the video below:

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