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Driver’s seat: Tundra on size, noise

By Scott

2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 Final entrant in the battle of the big

Price: $43,445 as tested.

pitch: Work ready. tough.

Conventional wisdom: liked the strong V8 powertrains; double cab with traditional doors; colossal CrewMax cab but not the fuel economy; stiff feels larger than around turns.

Reality: You can it all with you, but it can be difficult to

Clash of the titans: In previous we’ve compared the 2014 Silverado and Ford F-150. week, how does the Toyota compare to the American-brand steeds?

of the big? While in measurements the trucks don’t vary the Tundra felt every a giant pickup truck. It is difficult to park and maneuver in spaces. Simply seeing the gigantic engine compartment drivers. And climbing the Tundrahorn is as big a as scaling Mount F-150.

Up to speed: The 381 horses and 401 foot-pounds of brewed by the 5.7-liter V8 motivate the well. Getting up to highway is easy.

On the road: The first I drove a Tundra I called it I didn’t get that feeling time around, but the Tundra is the hardest to handle of the three trucks.

Annoying drone: upon a time, Mr. Driver’s had a neighbor who lived down the from his house. Mr. Downhill would help with projects and let the Sturgis kids in the creek that ran past his

The only drawback — he for work every morning at 5 in his Tundra, and the loud factory would interrupt Mr. Driver’s beauty sleep. (That’s why I so old and craggy now.) Also, Passenger Seat said, why don’t you stop being so and put in air conditioning? Then the window be closed and you won’t hear

Fast forward 10 years, and Tundra is just as loud. The of the exhaust can overpower the stereo you crank up the volume.

But the Tundra I came with $1,100 of dual exhausts. So, if you value hearing and your neighbors, money could be better Like on air conditioning for the house.

Friends and stuff: Forget the tight back seats of old pickups. The Tundra rear has tons of foot room and — certainly the roomiest of the Headroom is good as well. A console between seats plenty of space; this is of the $1,015 SR5 upgrade package. A seat is standard.

Manly The dashboard controls are designed for big The simple three-dial heater operates easily. The door too.

But for forty grand? had a cheap and plasticky feel, in this price range.

Cheap seats: The budget were comfortable enough. position was good — but the vehicle still makes it to see what’s going on close by.

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some tunes: The angle of the on the radio captures sun glare. And the knob is a long stretch the driver.

Dismal dashboard: the black and silver dash is and attractive, the gauges can be difficult to see in the I sometimes had to turn the lights on to be able to read the speedometer, but I couldn’t tell whether the control was on or off.

Shifty: The big shift lever makes you cool. It has a shiftable six-speed, but best just to leave it in

Keeping warm: Heater are complete circles, which are for directing air flow.

In control: the F-150, the steering wheel are not as compact and intuitive as I’ve

Night shift: The interior is good but does not interfere the driver’s view.

Fuel The Tundra recorded a seriously 14.5 mpg average, but this a lot of four-wheel-drive activation and slow — not a lot of highway driving.

it’s built: San Antonio,

How it’s built: Consumer predicts above-average reliability for the

In the end: The overall attractiveness, and fuel economy of the Chevy makes it the best all-around Still, I’ll be curious to see how the 2015 F-150 measures up.

Scott Sturgis, a freelance writer, can be reached at

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