2014 Toyota Tundra
By Ken Freund
August 8, 2013
Filed under Trucks For Towing
The 2014 Tundra is redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the 2007 model year.
Tundra offers three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax. Tundra Regular Cab and Double Cab models are offered in standard bed (78.7-inch) or long bed (97.6-inch) configurations, while the CrewMax comes with a 66.7-inch bed.
The 2014 Tundra is offered in several trim levels, SR, SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch, founded in 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.
The 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme and includes exclusive saddle brown premium leather-trimmed seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents. Like the Platinum, the 1794 Edition includes an array of standard features that includes heated and ventilated front seats, and Entune Premium JBL Audio with navigation.
A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models and produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 278 lb-ft of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 16 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg combined.
The available 4.6-liter, DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb-ft of peak torque at 3,400 rpm. EPA-estimated mpg fuel economy is 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway/16 mpg combined on 4×2 models and 14 city/18 highway/16 combined on 4×4 models.
The 5.7-liter, DOHC i-Force V8 is Tundra’s most popular engine; it generates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. Fuel efficiency on 4×2 models is a competitive 13 mpg in the city,18 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined while the 4×4 achieves 13 mpg city/17 mpg highway/15 mpg combined. Both V8s come standard with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
The standard Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD) helps provide better traction. Tundra 4×4 models use an on-demand, electronically controlled four-wheel drive system.
When equipped with a tow package, Tundra has a maximum tow capacity of 10,400 pounds (4×2 Regular Cab). A one-piece towing receiver is integrated into the frame prior to bed installation. Tow Package rear springs help provide level full-load rear suspension height and maintain a full range of suspension travel.
The Tow Package also upgrades Tundra’s cooling and electrical systems. Integrated engine and transmission oil coolers help handle the demands of towing under a full load, and a heavy-duty battery and alternator are added, as well. The seven-and four-pin towing hitch connectors sit above the hitch to help avoid damage during high-departure-angle driving.
Electrical upgrades include an under-dash connector pre-wire for a third-party trailer brake controller, both seven- and four-pin trailer brake connectors near the hitch, and an up-rated alternator. On 5.7-liter models, heated, power, outside tow mirrors with turn signal indicators and manual-extend feature are available.
With the Towing Package, the six-speed automatic transmission gains a TOW/HAUL shift mode, selectable by a dedicated switch. The TOW/HAUL mode applies specific logic for adjusting the throttle sensitivity and transmission shift control, favoring and holding lower gears when accelerating or decelerating to help enhance control and safety. Standard for all models, Trailer Sway Control uses the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract handling forces applied to the truck in an effort to minimize the impact of trailer sway.
2014 Tundra Comes With An Array of Standard Convenience Features.
Tundras will feature a number of key standard features, including a standard back-up camera. The redesigned 2014 Tundra will reach Toyota dealers in September.