2014 Toyota Tundra
Six years into the full-size pickup market, Toyota finally decided to re-introduce the third generation Toyota 2014 Tundra. With a more commanding look, and a host of grille designs, is the 2014 Tundra the long awaited truck of this generation? With its several safety and exterior improvements, it just might finally be.
For its 2014 lineup, the engine selection of the Tundra remains the same. The options are a 4.0-liter V6 engine (270 horsepower, 278 lb-feet of torque), a V.6-liter V8 engine (310 horsepower, 327 lb-feet of torque), and a 5.7-liter V8 engine 381 horsepower, 401 lb-feet of torque).
Understanding that buyers of full size pick-up vehicles place a premium on the truck’s overall vehicle performance, the 2014 Tundra now comes with a few shock-valving changes for better handling and ride quality. Even the steering wheel has undergone a few welcome changes, to give the drive less fatigue and to ensure more control on the road.
The 2014 Tundra is offered in five trim levels, all with its grille design. The design of all five is characterized by a taller hood and a wider grille than its predecessor—giving it an overall more contemporary yet rugged look. The rear sports an integrated spoiler, designed to improve the fuel economy.
What further sets the 2014 Tundra apart from its full-size pickup rivals is its powerful towing capacity. It’s the only model that complies with the SAE J2807 towing standards—with a commendable max towing capacity of 10,400 pounds.
The interior of this full-size pickup depends on the trim level. The base is the SR Package, also known as “work duty” trim. This is followed by the SR5, the “professional gear”, characterized by contrasting chrome accents and fabrics. A third trim level, the “active premium”, has offers leather trim with soft-touch materials as well as a wood trim. It comes with eight-way driver seat adjustment, 20-inch alloy wheels, and outer mirrors.
The fourth and fifth trims of the 2014 Tundra takes luxury interior to another level. The Platinum takes the premium trim one step further by adding black leather seats and luxury trim panel inserts. The 1794 Edition, on the other hand, offers eight-way power driver adjustment for the driver’s seat and four-way adjustment for the passengers, heat and ventilation, parking sonar, deluxe audio system, and the premiere Entune connectivity system.
For its tech features, the 2014 Tundra is equipped with a 6.1-inch color touch screen with the all-new Entune system. This is an all-in-one portal for Bluetooth, navigation, and audio streaming. A 3.5-inch multi-information display is also included.
All in all, the tech features of the Tundra are designed for a faster and more efficient performance, without compromising safety.
As for its safety features, the 2014 Tundra provides quite a compelling case. It introduces a manual headlight system; it runs on daylight LED lights, which will facilitate driving and towing in large roads.
More than that, this full-size pickup comes with several airbags—eight standard, front seat-mounted, passenger knee, rear roll-sensing side-curtain, and front roll-sending side curtain. It is also equipped with a blind-spot monitoring alert system and cross traffic alert, for the last two trims.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the Toyota Tundra 2014, but it will reportedly be announced this summer.Cat : Toyota,