By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Tundra in 2014

The 2014 Toyota Tundra gets a redesigned interior and exterior, the high-end 1794 trim level, and Toyota’s Entune smartphone integration for the infotainment systems...
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Vehicle Overview

The Toyota Tundra is the automaker’s full-size half-ton pickup that fits above the smaller Tacoma in the lineup.

Summary

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is available in four trim levels, has one V-6 and two V-8 engines, five- and six-speed automatic transmissions, rear- and four-wheel drive, and three different cabs. The regular cab is exactly what you’d expect, the double cab is surprisingly roomy, and the CrewMax is downright spacious. The base SR model gets the option of a 4.0-liter V-6 that makes 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque, can only be paired with RWD and a five-speed automatic, and gets an EPA-estimated 16/20 mpg city/highway. Two V-8s are available: the 310-hp 4.6-liter V-8 that makes 327 lb-ft of torque, or the 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 401 lb-ft. Both engines get a six-speed automatic and get EPA-estimated mileage to the tune of 14-15/18-19 on the 4.6-liter V-8 and 13/17-18 on the 5.7-liter V-8.

The 2014 Toyota Tundra lineup received three- and four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars): The regular and RWD extra cab models received the lowest rating at three stars, while the crew cab and 4WD extra cab models received the highest rating at four stars. In IIHS testing, the Tundra received a rating of good for the four categories it has been tested in (the highest-possible rating is good).

What We Think

In a vacuum, this truck is great, but we couldn’t help comparing it to the domestic competition, saying in a First Drive of the 2014 Tundra: “Another gripe about the Tundra is that nothing much is happening in the cargo bed. Compared with the Ram's clever cargo management system and bodyside storage compartments or the Ford F-150's bed extender and deployable tailgate step, it's not too advanced . . . the six-speed automatic is no match for the Ram's eight-speed (and the fuel economy advantage it returns), but isn't a bad transmission . . . Considering this new level of Frankentruckness along with the curious lack of powertrain improvements and the absence of key features, we have to ask: will Toyota ever get the big truck thing right?” Despite those criticisms, we praised the 1794 edition for its high quality and comfort. While it’s a good truck in some ways, “we can't think of a significant advantage the Tundra has over the Ram or any other full-size competitor.”

You’ll Like

  • Well-paired 5.7-liter V-8 and six-speed tranny
  • 1794 edition
  • Good steering feel and feedback

You Won’t Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Controversial revised styling
  • Missing key features of competitors

Key Competitors

  • Ford F-150
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ram 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Nissan Titan

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2014 Tundra Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Interior

  • Cup Holders

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
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