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Review: 2014 Toyota Platinum CrewMax 2WD

With the of the full-size pickups continuing to up, we were curious as to how Toyota’s in the segment is doing.

Fresh an updating for 2014, the Tundra has a few nips and tucks here and but its platform and powertrains carry largely unchanged. Are the revisions to turn the truck into a player?

We spent a week in a Platinum CrewMax 2WD to find

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is a full-size rig built in the state of where the state bird may as be a pickup truck.

Our tester was by a 5.7-liter iForce V8 engine produces 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 of torque at 3,600 rpm. A 4.0-liter V6 and a 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 are available. All three are mated to a automatic transmission, while our model was fitted with a 4.3 rear axle and boasted a maximum towing capacity.

on a boxed frame chassis, the utilizes a front double suspension with stabilizer bar and gas while the rear is a live with trapezoidal multi-leaf and inboard-mounted gas shocks. Load the shocks always maintain a footing, even while Steering is via a tried and true rack and pinion setup.

Fully configurable for those more, the Tundra is offered as a Cab with two doors, a Double Cab two smaller rear doors or, ours, a CrewMax with rear doors and ample for five passengers. Short inches) or long (78.7 cargo boxes can be spec’d, and is of course available.

The Tundra in a variety of grades, depending on the of the buyer. These include SR, mid-grade SR5, Limited, and the new range-topping 1794 Edition, is named after the founding of the Texas ranch that the factory is built on. Too much if you ask us, but it sports a western theme and is to compete directly with King Ranch F150.

it up against?

The Tundra is pitted the capable Ram 1500, with its furnished interior and eight-speed as well as GM’s recently-redesigned twins, the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Then, of course, there’s the F-150, which will launch as an all-new 2015 with lightweight, aluminum-intensive The Tundra has some serious to contend with.

How does it look?

Of all the medium full-size pickup trucks on the market, the Tundra and the Ram 1500 the two faces that closest the brutish toy trucks we remember as But the reality is that all the trucks in segment share imposing Some are just more than others.

The refreshed styling is less bulbous and now creased than its predecessor, but more evolutionary than Gone are the soft, roundish in favor of more rigid and character lines that a feeling of strength and power. Our featured a new subdued platinum-colored and a bevy of scoops, both and faux. LED lighting finds its way to the prominent leading edge of truck, and a rearview camera is standard to assist with and one-person trailer connections. A logo is now stamped into the tailgate, again to show how the vehicle is. The trailer towing pickup is located above the hitch, embedded directly the rear bumper, which add to the overall durability of the connections.

And at the rear of it all, chrome tips are like dessert at the end of a

And on the inside?

The interior design at Toyota have seen fit to the Tundra’s cabin a competent and space that most can live with. The information pod a new set of analog-display gauges, which in a look that we describe as rudimentary. The dials and knobs on the are now nearly three inches than in the previous model, for easy access instead of used to be an epic reach the console. The new Entune-equipped Navigation with its seven-inch display lets users take of smartphone apps to enable functions including XM NavTraffic, XM reviews from Yelp, and We are blown away by the fact it has a 3D map display mode, which has yet to find its way into some of the of its high-end Lexus cousins.

Toyota Tundra CrewMax

The interior of our CrewMax was cavernous and typical Toyota build Seating now features a new design and ventilation over the previous along with a rear that folds up for increased capabilities.

Despite the high-tech and solid design, the interior when compared to its competition. its diamond-tufted leather panels the glovebox and seat backs, with a high-quality pebble material across the dashboard, the interior will most satisfy the faithful, but not if they recently driven one of the other trucks. To many a driver’s there is a distinct shortage of USB and power ports, which are becoming de rigueur in the connected and mobile offices that trucks are becoming today.

But it go?

The Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8 supplied acceleration with only a jab of skinny pedal, letting you highway traffic in a single Steering is very direct the traditional hydraulic rack and system, which turns out to be responsive and transmits loads of feedback from the road.

On the downside, we noticed that the tends to have a magnetic when it comes to passing gas officially, the EPA rates the 5.7-liter driver’s fuel economy at a dismal 13 city/18 highway A cylinder-deactivation system, direct and/or an eight-speed automatic likely do much to lessen the drinking problem. Additionally, we did a fair amount of wind which was probably a result of the towing mirrors.

Road abilities of the Tundra were of such a full-sized brute. and rigid, it displayed good, but road manners, albeit not the that encouraged corner and sportscar maneuvering. In our estimation, the ride quality also that of offerings from brands.


A solid offering durability and towing capability to the refreshed Tundra is nonetheless not as or sophisticated as the Ram, F-150 or GM We’re sure it will to the brand faithful, but if prospective are looking for a high level of and content, they’d be well to check out the other contenders in the before signing on the dotted

2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 2WD base price, As tested, $45,794.

Running $345; Alloy wheel $81; Spare tire $73; Bedliner, $365; $975; Heated trailer mirrors, -$315 discounted.

by Mark Elias.

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Toyota Tundra CrewMax
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