2014 Toyota Tundra
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Even with a full-size cab, the Tundra drives like a much smaller truck.
Talk about one hell of a refresh. Toyota's upcoming 2014 Tundra has done away with its soft, bubbly exterior in favor of a macho aesthetic that speaks more to the truck's heavy-duty underpinnings. This was one of the main points that Toyota's engineers touched on during our preview in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of a more curvaceous look, the 2014 Tundra has a face carved from thick concrete, which more closely mirrors its other full-size competitors. The hood has been raised by nearly two inches, and it's been given an additional upper mock-grille to emphasize its aggressiveness. Other important changes include three-piece, modular front and rear bumpers, which allow for easier and cheaper replacement when dents and dings come into play.
The 2014 Tundra comes in five different trim levels: the SR and SR5 are the entry-level offerings that cater more towards your everyday working man; the Limited is geared towards those that prefer an active lifestyle; and the Platinum aims for the affluent customer that wants a bit of luxury during the workday. To combat the Laramie Longhorn, King Ranch, and other Western-themed competitors, Toyota will offer the range-topping 1794 Edition, as well.
The changes aren't all about aesthetics, either; the new Tundra complies with the SAE J2807 towing standard, which is a voluntary towing test that requires the truck to tow heavy loads in serious conditions (12-degree grades in 100-degree heat) without issue. Clearly, Toyota isn't here to sell you empty panache.
Toyota offers up three different engine options for this truck - the 4.0-liter V-6 is found only on the entry-level SR, whereas every other trim level comes with one or two V-8 options. There weren't any V-6 models at Farmington, so we'll only comment on the driving impressions of the V-8 Tundra below.
Oh - before we dig in to the details, there's one thing we need to address. Many truck owners will scoff at the notion of a truck with an non-American badge on it, if only because we live in the Land of the Oversized Vehicle. Well, it's time to put those unfounded fears to rest - no other full-size pickup has more North American parts content than the 2014 Tundra. And, to make it even better, all trim levels of the Tundra are assembled in San Antonio, Texas. Doesn't get much more American than that, now does it?
Transmission: Five-speed automatic (4.0); Six-speed automatic (4.6, 5.7)
Power Output: 270 hp / 278 lb-ft (4.0); 310 hp / 327 lb-ft (4.6); 381 hp / 401 lb-ft (5.7)
Fuel Economy: 16 city / 20 highway (4.0, 2WD); 15 city / 19 highway (4.6, 2WD); 14 city / 18 highway (4.6, 4WD); 13 city / 18 highway (5.7, 2WD); 13 city / 17 highway (5.7, 4WD)
Base Price: To be announced.
As Tested: N/A
Optional Features: Work Truck Package (vinyl seating and flooring), SR5 Upgrade Package (anti-theft alarm, floor-mounted shift lever, cloth power driver's seat), Limited Premium Package (parking sonar, auto up/down windows, illuminated entry system), TRD Off-Road Package (Bilstein shock absorbers, 18' TRD wheels, engine and fuel tank skid plates)