2014 Tundra Truck HighlightsThe 2014 Tundra will be offered with five different trim levels:
- SR Tundra -- a work truck that's all about utility.
- SR5 Tundra -- still a work truck, but with a chrome grille surround, fog lights, satellite radio and your choice of 18-inch alloy wheels. SR5 trucks have historically been Toyota's sales leader -- their equipment-to-dollars ratio has been attractive. However, Toyota feels that an increasing number of consumers are looking for even more perks when they purchase a pickup truck.
- Tundra Limited -- a unique grille insert, and the front bumper center section is black. The Limited features chrome body accents and 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside are heated leather bucket seats (power on the driver's side), woodgrain trim, navigation and Entune (Toyota's infotainment system).
- Platinum Edition Tundra, with a body colored grille surround and matching front bumper. Inside, seating surfaces are made from black perforated leather; chrome and brushed aluminum trim is found throughout the interior.
- The upscale 1794 Edition Tundra truck -- new for 2014, and named to commemorate the founding year of the ranch near San Antonio, Texas, where the Tundra plant is located. Look for a western themed interior in the 1794 edition, with saddle-brown leather, ultra suede accents, bold contrast stitching and the 1794 logo.
Each version of the Tundra truck sports a different grille and front bumper trim. The TRD Off-Road package will be offered again, too, but it isn't clear yet which versions of the Tundra will be available with that option.
Designers gave each trim level its own unique appearance, both inside and out, so watch for those differences when you climb into the trucks during test drives.
New and Enhanced Tundra FeaturesThe center stack (HVAC, audio, etc.) has been moved closer to the driver by over 2.5 inches, providing easier reach. The instrument cluster is more visible and a back up camera and bluetooth are now standard on all trucks.
A built in trailer brake controller and combination 4-pin / 7-pin trailer wiring connector were moved into the bumper, next to the licenses plate, and no longer hang under the bumper.
Three Tundra Engine Choices for 2014The 2014 Tundra will continue to be available with three engine choices:
- A 4.0 liter V6 engine is standard on Tundra regular and double cab trucks (270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque @4400 RPM).
- A 4.6 liter V8 (310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque @3400 RPM).
- A 5.7 liter V8 (381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5600 RPM).
All trucks are equipped with an automatic transmission -- a 5-speed with the V6 and a 6-speed with the V8s.
Toyota's STAR safety system is standard on all models and includes anti-lock brakes, brake assist, traction control, electronic brake force distribution and vehicle stability control. Additional Tundra safety equipment: 8 standard airbags (including standard front knee airbags).
A segment first Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is available on 1794 and Platinum trucks.
Tundra's exterior lines are more pronounced, especially along the side body and the truck's bed. Watch for a new tailgate with the word Tundra embossed along its upper edge, and an integrated spoiler along the top. Tundra's hood is 1.6 inches taller than the hood on previous generations of the truck.
The 2014 Tundra will be offered as a standard cab, a double cab or the more spacious CrewMax cab pickup truck. Research indicates that approximately 60-percent of all trucks sold in today's market are crew cabs, so the biggest selection at your dealer will probably be Tundra trucks carrying the CrewMax body.
The new Tundra is definitely Toyota's attempt to push itself deeper into the full-size truck market, but unlike other manufacturers, Toyota has no intention of dropping out of the compact truck market. Tacoma is due for a redesign, too, and perhaps we'll see that for the 2015 or 2016 model year.