Savage on Wheels — 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax has size to play with big boys

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needn’t worry about pooh-poohing their full-size then some) Tundra as not manly enough, or strong to take on the Big 3’s big boys.

the tested metallic black CrewMax Limited 4X4 is nothing if not First, it’s U.S.-built in San Texas, a state that’s the for big, including attitudes. The new Tundra appears to be trying to the Chrysler Corp,’s massive RAM and it easily outsizes the popular Silverado I tested a month or so

The CrewMax Limited’s engine is 5.7-liter I-Force Flex direct-injected V8 that creates 381 That’s 26 more ponies the Silverado’s plenty strong V8. Torque rating here is 401 and uses a 6-speed automatic to put power in action.

But the 5-passenger CrewMax is a behemoth, a heavyweight in sense. It needs that engine to tote around its lbs. That’s about 900 more than the Silverado Cab I tested, although it was only drive. Not sure what scenario Toyota is building to endure, but that’s a lot of girth helps explain my gas consumption for the

The EPA rates this at 13 mpg city and 17 mpg Ugh, that’s old school albeit the numbers weren’t by out below 10-degree nights of this week. I got just mpg while the tested Silverado got mpg and was rated a much greener 16 mpg and 23 mpg highway. Granted it was zero to 20 the test week. Can you say frozen

The Toyota also rides on a longer 145.7-inch wheelbase the Chevy and has 10.4 inches of clearance, nearly two more Silverado. Tundra is rated to tow lbs. a hefty amount, but will pull 11,400 with proper trailering

So just how much truck you will depend on your But the Tundra is intended to work. It a heavy-duty battery and alternator and coil spring high-mount wishbone front suspension low-pressure nitrogen-filled shocks and a bar up front. The rear suspension is a axle trapezoidal multi-leaf with staggered outbound shocks.

The Toyota’s ride is well and civilized in town and both it and the are good when lumbering the metroplex.

Handling is good too a moderate steering effort to the leather-clad wheel. Toyota hydraulic rack pinion I can’t say the truck is easy to in tight quarters because its is so extreme. You thank heavens for the camera so you don’t squish behind you. Still, on the it’s easy to keep in its

Braking comes from four-wheel discs and the four-wheeling is simple to engage with a dial. Just turn it and a few seconds the four-wheel system is

While not noisy inside, I was at how much echo or empty big box there was in the Tundra. Front passengers could talk but it was a strain to carry on a conversation anyone in the rear seat. has been a pickup problem for but Chevy solved it in the 2014 which is as quiet inside as an luxury sedan.

That said, Tundra’s is comfortable and the Limited features seats, the front two getting heat and power adjustments. The seat also has a power support. Seats are flat and moderately contoured for the backs, there’s oodles of legroom and rear. Headroom is no problem. The seats fold up in a split to create some interior room.

I like the dash, it has sight lines and is simple to out. Toyota uses a metal look on the center and pewter-look plastic trim on the dash. Naturally the truck has a big touchscreen mid-dash for the premium audio system. It works and is simple to figure out. was no navigation, although supposedly a comes on the Limited. I suspect was an early build or possibly a model.

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The trip computer is adjusted via a on the steering wheel hub and there are controls there too. control is on a small stalk the wheel and to the right.

The test added a Limited Premium that included auto power front windows, a breakage sensor, additional lighting, plus front and parking sonar for $595.

models also add chrome and door handles and a chrome insert, plus fancy split 5-spoke alloy and the Entune system.

One concern I with these big trucks is the of their side mirrors and the that they create a big as you look to the side and toward the at intersections. A couple times I was I looked again before out as a vehicle was hidden in that A blind-spot warning system help for vehicles running to you, but not those coming the sides.

In back there’s a step in the bumper and lighting for the pickup This one added a bedliner (a move) for $365, plus boards (an extremely wise for $345. Some door protection ($65) and a shiny tip for $99, along with a delivery charge put the test at $44,359 after starting at

A base Tundra SR, which has a cab and 4.6-liter, 310-horse V8 starts at Moving up to an SR5 model, again regular cab and 2-wheel drive, that to $29,465. The base SR5 with the smaller V8 lists at and gets one more mile per The least expensive CrewMax the 5.7-liter V8, the SR5, goes for Models also are available as a Cab.

So like all big pickups, you can get any configuration you want, and at least try to get the into a price range willing to pay. This is a big well-built pickup that is and will haul well. makes at least four competitors in this segment.

Mark Savage welcomes questions and comments regarding new at .

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