2014 Toyota Tundra First Drive — First Review of Toyota’s Updated Full-Size…

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Toyota Tundra II

By Zach Bowman July 30, / Photos by Zach Bowman

seems to be content with place in the full-size truck The aging Tundra gets a midcycle rehash this but the result is a rig that does to hide its old bones. The Tundra is by competition that’s sharper ever, with the new Chevrolet GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500 models on dealer lots, and an all-new F-150 thundering down the

Engineers and designers massaged the Tundra to address owner and improve the aesthetics. But while the make for a better truck, aren#146;t enough to give a reason to stray from the Big

The tweaks start with looks. Hard lines the soft curves of the 2013 in order to give the Tundra a bit visual mass. Squared-off swells, a new front end, and a with an integrated spoiler and Tundra nameplate sum up the changes. loads up the chrome in front, on higher trim levels. The isn#146;t exactly pretty.

Inside, the nicest appointments are in the western-themed 1794 Edition, so for the founding year of the Texas that Toyota bulldozed to its San Antonio manufacturing plant. The features saddle-brown leather suede accents and plenty of surfaces throughout. Nice? But it#146;s still a far cry from the details in trucks like the F-150 King Ranch, Silverado High Country, or Ram Laramie Longhorn. With fit and issues, plenty of wind and a shortage of power outlets the updated Tundra’s cabin feels dated.

An array of familiar engines are underhood. As other automakers to direct injection, turbocharging, and advanced transmissions to squeeze economy from their trucks, Toyota leaves alone. The most potent is still the 5.7-liter V8, and it#146;s married to a six-speed automatic Output remains unchanged at 381 hp and 401 of torque.

Those numbers are on par the 5.7-liter V8 in the 2014 Ram 1500 and those of the 5.3-liter V8 in the Chevrolet and 5.0-liter V8 in the Ford F-150. But all of trucks do better on gas, and will gladly sell you a potent 6.2-liter V8 in the F-150. that big lump gets 1 mpg on the highway than the Tundra#146;s Toyota expects to see 13 mpg city, 17 mpg and 15 mpg combined from the truck, and in line with the 14 mpg combined I saw a test loop of just an hour.

Tundra buyers can also opt for a V8 with 310 hp or a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 hp. Toyota pairs the smaller V8 the same six-speed auto as its big the V6 is bolted to a five-speed automatic.

Toyota Tundra II

no hiding the Tundra’s age. The V8 requires plenty of revs it generates any real thrust. horsepower comes at 5600 while the engine only out max torque at 3600 rpm and above. an issue for towing, where grunt is king. Still, the is rated to pull an SAE-certified pounds, which comparable the truck#146;s major competitors.

Is there any reason to buy the Tundra? The Tundra boasts steeper and departure angles than any of its and engineers worked with to create a new, optional LTX tire specifically for off-road Likewise, the transfer case now cut-metal gears (as opposed to heat-treated shafts, and larger for greater durability, and you don#146;t to buy a special package to get those There#146;s also Auto a simulated automatic limited-slip that uses the brakes to torque to the wheel with the grip.

Toyota says that LSD is more durable than a unit, but chances are that also considerably cheaper. way, the Tundra can scramble up near-vertical inclines without a sweat. It#146;s not like who buys a full-size pickup to bash through the woods, but at the Tundra seems up to the task.

on the pavement, the Toyota takes its building up momentum even a load, and the over-assisted steering for a ponderous steed. Wind gets annoying around 75 but the ride is comfortable enough. the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, and the current Ford F-150 all excellent cabins, big towing and solid fuel economy at a price.

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