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2014 Toyota Tundra review

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Toyota Tundra highlights

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Pros

  • The crew-cab option, called CrewMax, is huge
  • Both V8 engine choices are strong, and the six-speed automatic is smooth-shifting

Cons

  • New styling but essentially the same old truck underneath
  • Fuel economy isn't impressive compared with rivals, nor is the driving experience

Mileage (EPA estimate)

13 city, 17 highway, 15 combined

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Toyota updates the Tundra pickup for 2014, mostly in looks only

We waited for Toyota to update the Tundra for what seemed like forever, and it finally did so for the 2014 model year. From the outside, the Tundra looks good; its more rugged appearance exudes quality and stands alongside rivals from Ford, GM, and Ram. The thing is, Toyota's revisions are only skin deep; behind that bolder style and redesigned interior is essentially the same truck that Toyota introduced back in 2007. Buyers have come to expect more from their full-size pickup than simple utility. They also want ride comfort, refinement, and car-like luxury options and convenience.

Toyota addressed some of these concerns with an updated trim lineup for the 2014 Tundra. The range encompasses the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition. Depending on trim level, the Tundra is available as a two-door regular cab, an extended four-door double cab, or a four-door crew cab (CrewMax) in two wheelbase lengths and three bed lengths—a 5.5-foot short bed, a 6.5-foot standard bed, and an 8.1-foot long bed. Add to the mix a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive and an engine lineup of a base 4.0-liter V6 with 270 hp, a 4.6-liter V8 with 310 hp, and a range-topping 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp. An array of options also let you tailor your Tundra to a specific task, be it towing, work, or as a luxury lifestyle machine. In all, this good-looking full-size pickup offers a ton of choices. It's a shame then that its underpinnings result in a drive that's not as smooth or agile as top rivals, and its EPA-estimated fuel economy trails the competition too. If utility is all you're looking for, the 2014 Tundra still has merit, but if you want a wider range of talents there are better choices.

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What is new for the 2014 Toyota Tundra?

  • The Tundra is available in a variety of new trims, including the 1794, SR, and SR5.
  • The Base trim has been discontinued for 2014.
  • Tundra trims have been upgraded with Leather & Suede Seats, Running Boards, Long Bed, and Entune as standard equipment this year.
  • Blind Spot Monitor features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Limited trim now comes with 20 Inch Plus Wheels and Navigation System as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Toyota Tundra

1. Choice of body styles

The 2014 Tundra premiered an updated look for the full-size Toyota truck with a choice of three base configurations: Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the four-door CrewMax. A further choice of two wheelbases and three load bed lengths—5.5ft, 6.5ft, or 8.1ft—offers even more variety and means there will be a 2014 Toyota Tundra for you.

2. Feature-packed trims

There are five 2014 Toyota Tundra trims: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and the new-for-2014 1794 Edition. All trims feature Bluetooth® and Apple iPod® connectivity, hands-free phone capability, and an Entune touchscreen audio system as standard. Limited trim includes a navigation system, as well as leather and power and heated front seats, while Platinum trim adds a power tilt/slide moonroof. If you want the ultimate luxury Tundra, though, choose the Western-themed 1794 Edition fitted with brown leather and ultra suede seats, and wood trim.

3. An upgraded interior

Not just smarter on the outside, the 2014 Toyota Tundra features an upgraded interior compared to previous models. The restyled dashboard is nearer to the driver than before, and redesigned instruments are easier to read. Overall material fit and finish are improved, too, all of which make the Tundra's cabin a more appealing place to be, whether you're driving along an off-road trail or taking the kids to the park.

4. Four-wheel-drive option

If you have to regularly venture off-road or visit a construction site, the 2015 Toyota Tundra has an four-wheel-drive option. The 4WDemand part-time AWD system has an electronically controlled transfer case and an automatic limited-slip differential to keep you moving over even the rockiest of roads. The active traction control system improves grip in low-traction conditions, ideal if you're pulling a trailer – a tow package is standard on all 5.7L V8 Toyota Tundras, with an estimated 10,500 lb towing capacity on 4x2 Regular Cab Long Bed models when properly equipped.

5. Powerful V6 and V8 engine options

Three gasoline engine options give the 2014 Toyota Tundra plenty of power for any driving scenario you find yourself in. The entry-level 270-hp 4.0L V6 provides 278 lb-ft of torque and is the engine to choose for fuel economy, achieving an EPA-estimated 20 mpg on the highway.

If you want more pulling power, the 4.6L V8 produces 310 hp and 327 lb-ft, but if you need to make lighter work of heavy-duty jobs, choose the 381-hp 5.7L V8 with its 401 lb-ft of torque.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is a truck that is praised for its performance, capacity, and ruggedness. Customers like the truck's towing capability and the quality of the interior. The truck is also praised for its fuel efficiency.
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RepairPal gave the Toyota Tundra an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Toyota Tundra 6th out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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Toyota Tundra features and specs

SR 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Long Bed
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch
  • Vinyl Seats

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

4.0L

Horsepower

270

Torque (ft-lbs)

278

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

26.4

Wheelbase

145.7"

Overall length

228.9"

Width

79.9"

Height

75.8"

Leg room

F 42.5"

Head room

F 39.7"

Front tires

P255/70TR18

Rear tires

P255/70TR18

Seating capacity

3

Max towing capacity

400/4000 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

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