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Honest Trucks: The 2014 Tundra 1794 Edition and 4Runner

Toyota remains to their tradition of making vehicles that work as should, every time

by Chris Collard Published on 13th, 2013

I’ve no secret about the fact I am a long-time Toyota fan. In I own three of them, all four-wheel a 2002 Tacoma TRD, 4Runner, and this year celebrate our 30 anniversary together—the is my 1982 Son of a Land Cruiser and yours truly.

Toyota has a long way since the 1960s and when boot-step’n Detroit driving cowboys would but at a Toyota Hi-lux that up on the ranch or job site expecting The puny 2-liter 18R 4-cylinder barely get out of its own way, the rattley doors felt they’d a window out if you slammed them too and creature-comfort amenities, they akin to a guest room at the Inn. However, they run, ever so rattley and In an attempt to convince America Toyotas were not flimsy junk, they ran ad campaigns proud Hi-lux owners 300,000, 400,000, or even a miles on their trucks has a mere 360,000 +/-).

The Tundra’s wading depth, at a pace of about 5 mph, is inches.

Over the next decades, Toyota’s “mini” the Hi-lux and the Tacoma, along the company’s line of passenger solidified their reputation as a of premium quality vehicles. the Tundra arrived on the scene in it received several prestigious such as  Motor Trend’s of the Year and  Consumer  Best Full-Size Truck, and the step’n crowd started tires, Tundra tires. 1 st  generation Tundras were in Princeton, Indiana, with 65 American-sourced parts. The 2 nd  generation offered in 31 different configurations, some earlier impressions it was still a light-duty truck; payload and towing capacities, a 5.7-liter (381hp) V8, and slightly dimensions.

A 1,400-pound payload and 9,400-pound capacity

When  Expedition  Editor Matthew Scott an invitation to the Nemacolin Woodlands Pennsylvania, to drive the 2014 and 4Runner, I was happy to learn he was preparing for a trip to China and not attend.

If you’ve not had the chance to the launch of a new vehicle, let me give you the Notes version: luxurious at the Nemacolin Chateau, trap at the Field Club, gourmet at the Five-Star Lautrec restaurant, a tour of a Frank Lloyd designed home—basically the red carpet But we were there to drive

The 2014, or 3 rd  generation Tundra hail from Toyota’s 2.2 dollar facility in San Antonio, which houses 21 on-site and employs a staff of 2,800. 73 percent of components sourced in the Toyota is proud of the fact they can honestly stamp in America on the Tundra.

With the powerplant options returning performance and reliability records, to the new Tundra were subtle, on ergonomics and interior options, GVW and capacities, brakes, and more bodylines. Though we were for a diesel, we’ll have to to see what happens when 6 smog regulations take in January, 2015.

Analogue gauges and digital are well presented and easy to

Slipping behind the wheel of a Edition CrewMax, there was no this was a full-size truck. The is solid, analogue gauges and displays are clearly in sight, and to all quadrants is good. The 381-horsepower V8 leaves little to be desired, and handling on winding backroads that it is built for truck (the plush leather Entune Audio system, and air conditioned seats haven’t the undercarriage).

Though called a the 1794 is payload rated at a more than 1,400 (GVWR of 7,200) with a capacity of 9,500 pounds. most of us don’t drag trailers around, my sailboat and tip the scale at 7,500, so this was of to me. With an 8,400-pound box trailer in the truck made no excuses, and acceleration didn’t leave me like I’d be run over by a semi. on the other hand, can be unnerving 4 tons in tow. With brake bias set on the trailer, I the ABS to the point of engaging. The vehicle’s calipers and 13.9-inch vented dug in with purpose, holding the straight and in control.

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For most overlanders, the A-TRAC is capable of traversing any desired

Off pavement the 1794 does well for a long, full-size Though not equipped with a differential, the vehicle’s A-TRAC (a of traction control system distributes brake bias to wheels) is smooth and fairly to the driver. Though I’m a big fan of Toyota’s locking differential, A-TRAC be enough for most backcountry you would put a full-size truck in. outside the frame rails, gas-charged mono-tube shocks been retuned for maximum The rear axle retains the 10.5-inch (4.30:1 ratio) and pinion gears, which are with the 5.7-liter and tow packages.

The 1794 CrewMax sports an leather interior and ample for three adults in the back.

The Entune system does than I can list here. A few are 6-in-1 touchscreen display, CD, connections, Bluetooth, Voice Sirius/EX radio, and an impressive JBL sound system. Good for long days on the road.

my only gripe with the is the lack of a solid, hold-in-your-hand case selector (it has a citified Sure, electronics these are exceptionally reliable, but there is about the feel of reaching and slipping the transfer case low range, the tactile confirmation you are ready for some serious work, that can’t be with a dial or button.

The 1794 Edition is in honor of the ranch, founded in 1794, once stood on the grounds of the San Texas, plant.

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Oh yes, and did I mention the case shifter. Yes, a lever…like my old 1982 and 2002 (there is a God). And the Trail comes with an honest differential. Lastly, as most move towards 20-plus-inch (while city folks the bling, 20-inch wheels limited function off pavement), all 4Runners will accept the 17-inch, 6-lug Toyota (careful, some models are with bling 20-inch

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