2014 Toyota Tundra
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Toyota’s 2014 Tundra was showcased at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. It had very few changes from the 2013 model, but a new model was added to the lineup, the “1794 Edition.” The name is a tribute to the ranch that the Tundra plant is located on, in San Antonio, Texas, founded in 1794.
Some of the changes for 2014 include a new style hood, a taller, squarer grille, a new three section front and rear bumper design that sets lower for easier replacement, squarer fenders and wheel wells. A new wider bed design with sheet metal on the sides, a new designed tailgate, and a deck spoiler to help in fuel economy. The only change to the interior was a new style instrument panel and seats. Other than that the Tundra remains unchanged.
The body and cab specs in inches. An overall length of 228.7 for the standard bed. Width is 79.9 and height is 76.2. The long bed’s wheel base is 145.7 and 78.7 for the standard bed. The bed width from wall to wall is 65, and between wheel wells is 50. Bed height is 22.2.
The interior has been changed to offer a customer friendly atmosphere. The seats have been updated and the rear folding design offers extra cargo space. A new instrument panel has 3-D metallic rings and the gauges are grouped together for easy readability. Many storage compartments are located in the console; with two choices of trim, metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric.
The standard interior features on the three models:
Toyota Tundra Limited: Features are leather seating surfaces, soft touch stitched door and console surfaces, wood style interior trim, black, sand beige and graphite leather trimmed interior, and automatic HVAC control.
Toyota Tundra Platinum: Features are perforated black leather heated and ventilated seats, double stitched diamond plate leather, door and instrument panel inserts. Console accent badging, premium leather, 12 speaker JBL audio system with Entune, navigation, and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.
Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition: Features include exclusive premium saddle brown leather seats with embossed leather and ultra suede accents, matching soft touch material on the shift console, front and rear door trim, and instrument panel. Heated and ventilated front seats, JBL audio and Entune, navigation, and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.
There are three different engine options on the 2014 which are unchanged from the 2013.
A V-6 and two V-8s. The 4.0L V-6 will be bolted to a five speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. The V-8s, a 4.6L and a 5.7L will both be hooked to a six speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. All three engines have an aluminum block, DOHC heads, and Duel Valve Timing with intelligence to improve fuel economy.
The 4.0L V-6 has 270 horsepower @ 5,600 RPM, 278 pound-feet of torque @ 4,400 RPM.
The 4.6L V-8 has 310 horsepower @ 5,600 RPM, 327 pound-feet of torque @ 3,400 RPM.
The 5.7L V-8 has 381 horsepower @ 5,600 RPM, 401 pound-feet of torque @ 3,400 RPM.
The ride has been improved with retuned shock absorbers, and the steering offers improved straight line stability for less driver fatigue. SR and SR5 models will be offered with 18 inch steel wheels, and the 1794 limited will have 20 inch alloy wheels.
Toyota does fall behind in towing capacity, with the optional tow package it can muster up only 10,400 pounds with the 4×2 regular cab. Where as the F-150, depending on the engine option can pull an impressive 11,300 pounds and the Dodge Ram can pull 10,400 pounds. GM has yet to release towing capacity on the 2014 Silverado, but it is expected to be higher than the 2013 model which was 10,400.
The 2014 Tundra is a nice looking truck, but with the limited upgrades and lack of towing capacity, Toyota could fall behind the other trucks on the market in sales.
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