There’s big news coming out of San Antonio as Toyota rolls out the all-new Tundra, completely redesigned inside and out for the 2014 model year.
Produced at Toyota’s San Antonio Assembly Plant in Texas, the new Tundra features a long, long list of new features and enhanced capabilities.
Available in three cab styles — two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax — Tundra buyers have the option of rear- or four-wheel drive configurations.
Tundra buyers have a lot of choices as Toyota has ensured there is a half-ton pickup model to fit any need. Available trim levels for 2014 include the SR, SR5, Limited and two premium grade models — Platinum and the all-new 1794 Edition, a tribute to the ranch founded in 1794 on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.
With a base price starting below $26,000 and with seating for 3-, 5- or 6-passengers (depending on body style), consumers also have the option of three available powertrains.
A 4.0-liter V6 (270 horsepower/278 lbs.-ft. torque) is the standard engine on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg city, 20 mpg highway.
An available 4.6-liter V-8 engine (310 horsepower/327 lbs.-ft. torque) is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 mpg city, 19 mpg highway for 4X2 models (14/18 mpg respectively for 4X4 models).
Tundra consumers also have the option of the 5.7-liter V-8 engine 382 horsepower/401 lbs.-ft. torque). Also mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway for 4X2 models (13/17 mpg respectively for 4X4 models).
A number of enhances have been made for the 2014 model to improve performance. Re-tuning the shock absorber valving and steering system have made significant improvements to the ride and comfort. You will also notice the improvements that reduce engine noise coming into the cabin, which allow for a super quiet ride.
A number of standard features have been added to the new Tundra, included back-up camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power window and door locks and heated power outside mirrors.
Limited models add eight-way power driver seat, chrome door handles and outer mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system.
Platinum and 1794 Edition models feature 10-way power driver’s seat with memory and four-way passenger seat, power moonroof, parking sonar, premium JBL audio system, navigation and dual zone air conditioning, among others.
Standard safety features include vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop brake override technology, along with eight airbags. Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert is available.
The new Tundra is well worth a test drive.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.
The Nuts and Bolts
2014 Toyota Tundra
3-, 5- or 6-seat pickup
Rear-, or four-wheel drive
Regular Cab, Double Cab or CrewMax body styles
Short- or long-bed
Sr, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition
4.0L V6 (270 hp/278 T)
4.6L V8 (310 hp/327 T)
5.7L V8 (381 hp/401 T)
FUEL: Regular unleaded
Vehicle stability control and traction control
LENGTH: 228.9/247.8 inches
WHEELBASE: 145.7/164.6 inches
WIDTH: 79.9 inches
FUEL TANK: 26.4 gallons
TIRES: 18-, or 20-inch
TOWING: Up to 10,400 lbs.