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2014 Toyota Tundra Overview
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With a subtle new look inside and out, the 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck joins its contemporaries in offering a workman-like profile, along with a little more pampering and convenience inside. Though the changes aren’t readily apparent, this heavy hauler gets some tweaks to the hood and grille, a larger front fascia and a new dashboard design that’s easier to navigate and boasts a 3.5-inch color touchscreen display with vehicle info and split-folding rear seats in the CrewMax (crew cab) trim. A couple of new convenience items, like a rear-view camera and Bluetooth hands-free communications, also come standard in the lower trim levels for this year.
Standing pat are the traditional 5 trim levels offered; the base SR, the lower midlevel SR5, the up-featured Limited, the posh Platinum and the top-shelf 1794. Cabs offered include the 3-seat, 2-door regular cab, the 6-place Double Cab with reverse-opening rear doors, and the 6-passenger CrewMax with its 4 independently opening doors. Also returning are the 3 bed lengths: an 8.1-foot bed that graces regular and select Double Cab trims; the standard 6.6-foot bed, also on regular and Double Cab trims; and the 5.5-foot bed, found only on the CrewMax variant.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is once more standard, but 4-wheel drive (4WD), packing Toyota’s touted Active Traction Control (A-Trac), is available across the lineup, and allows the 4WD system to be engaged on wet or dry pavement while retaining the 2-speed transfer case and an auto-engaging limited-slip rear differential.
Once again, this sizable Toyota truck flaunts a 270-hp 4.0-liter V6 powerplant as its base engine. Mated with the standard 5-speed shiftable automatic transmission to put out 278 lb-ft of torque, the well-wrought six-banger sports variable valve timing (VVT) for estimated mileage of 16 mpg city/20 highway. Towing is once again maxed out at 6,500 pounds.
Next on the power parade is a 310-hp 4.6-liter V8 engine that combines with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 327 lb-ft of torque. Again with VVT, this pint-size V8 can tow up to 6,800 pounds, with VVT again keeping mileage at an okay (for its class) 15/19 in RWD trims and 14/18 in 4WD-equipped versions.
Standard in the three higher Tundra trims levels is a potent 381-hp 5.7-liter V8, again with VVT, that also comes under the management of the 6-speed shiftable automatic to put out 401 lb-ft of torque. Mileage, meanwhile, drops to a tepid 13/18 in RWD trims and 13/17 in 4WD editions, but towing capacity increases to 10,000 pounds.
Delivered appearance stuff in the Tundra SR and SR5 remains 18-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, full power accessories, cruise control, tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning and a new-for-2014 rear-view camera. Both trim levels also sport standard Bluetooth hands-free calling (also new for 2014) and a single-CD player with 2 speakers in regular cab variations and 4 speakers in 6-passenger versions. The SR5, meantime, additionally sports satellite radio and a sliding rear window.
The Limited and Platinum trim levels come delivered with standard 20-inch alloy wheels, leather, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a power-sliding rear window, universal remote, dual-zone climate control, a remote garage door opener, upgraded cabin accents and a flash-memory-based navigation suite. The Platinum also adds a power sunroof, memory for driver's settings and 6 premium JBL speakers.
Finally, the flagship Tundra 1794 tosses upgraded leather upholstery, LED daytime running lights and simulated wood cabin accents onto those items found in the Limited and Platinum trim levels.
Options for the entry-level SR and the SR5, of course, include many items found standard in the higher trim levels. All trim levels, meantime, again return eligible to be fitted with available TRD (Toyota Racing Division) exhaust, braking and cooling systems, while higher trims can be delivered with the optional TRD Off-Road Package, sporting beefed-up suspension parts, 18-inch forged off-road wheels, all-terrain tires and skid plates. Additionally, heated manually-folding tow mirrors are available to all trim levels, while the Limited trim level and higher can be equipped with an available blind-spot warning system.
Notable standard safety features for 2014 once more include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags and daytime running lights, with the SR5 and higher trim levels also sporting standard front fog lights. The Platinum and 1794 trim levels, meanwhile, additionally boast standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors.
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