As its name implies, the Tundra does well in the snow

With a name like Tundra, Toyota’s half-ton pickup ought to be good in the snow. As it turns out, it is. But it seemed weird testing that capability in late May.

Last week’s snowstorm dumped an incredible amount of thick, wet, heavy snow on much of Wyoming. Our little corner of God’s country didn’t escape the snow. I don’t know how much snow we got officially, and it was hard to tell how deep it actually was, because much of it piled up in four-, five-, and six-foot drifts all around our property. Many of those drifts were across our driveway. What wasn’t drifted was covered in four to twelve inches of that heavy snow.

I didn’t even attempt to get out on Thursday. But Friday, cabin fever was setting in, so I gave it a shot.

With the assistance of the remote-start key fob, I fired up the 2017 Toyota Tundra I had for the week from the comfort of my dining room. I let it warm up a bit while I dressed myself up like Nanook of the West, then I went out and climbed in that Tundra. It was the Limited version, so it didn’t have some of the snow-crawling features that would have been available in the TRD Pro model, but I locked in the four-wheel-drive and headed up my driveway.

I was amazed at how well the Tundra did on that snow. The Michelin LTX AT2 tires that came on it weren’t my first choice for snow and mud, but they turned out to be a decent all-terrain tire. I was able to stay out of the ditches, and I didn’t get stuck. On my driveway, that’s an accomplishment.

It was good to get out the driveway. The whole family was starting to go a little stir crazy, so I came back to the house and loaded the clan up in the Tundra for a surprise dinner out at the truck stop down the road. That may not sound like much, but after two days cooped up in the house, it was a welcome escape.

 

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