Auto Show: 2013 Chicago Auto Show
2014 Toyota Tundra: Chicago Auto Show
- Bold new exterior look
- Dramatically improved interior
- New 1794 trim level
For 2014, the Toyota Tundra gets a fairly significant makeover. It's doesn't look dramatically different, but the body is a little more sculpted with more hard creases and the front end looks more aggressive. There will now be 5 different trim levels of Tundra, the base model is the SR and it's essentially a work truck. Still, it comes with desirable features like Bluetooth and a rear parking camera. The SR5 is the one most people will buy and it gets nicer interior surfaces. Both the SR and SR5 come with 18-inch steel wheels. The Limited gets leather seating, soft-touch stitched door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trim. Platinum versions get nicer leather, heated and cooled front seats, a JBL 12-speaker stereo with Toyota's Entune system, navigation and a blind spot monitoring system. There's now a new trim level above the Platinum, it's called the 1794 Ranch edition and features saddle brown seats, soft-touch materials on the dash and doors plus the same comfort and convenience features found in the Tundra Platinum. Both the Platinum and 1794 versions get LED running lights up front.
While the Tundra's exterior looks similar to the previous model's, the most noticeable changes are inside. One big improvement is that the gauges are now easier to read and just look classier. Both the driver and the right side front passenger also get a knee protecting airbag – a first for a full-size pickup.
The Toyota Tundra continues to offer three engines. A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models. It makes 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. peak torque. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The available 4.6-liter DOHC i-Force V8 makes 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of torque. Finally, the 5.7-liter DOHC i-Force V8 produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. Both V8’s come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. All Tundra engines have an aluminum cylinder block, Dual Overhead Cam heads as well as Dual Variable Valve Timing.
What it means to you: There are now 5 new or significantly redesigned full-size pickups. Truck shoppers, you have several really good choices.