The 2014 Toyota Tundra’s tweaks may not sway brand-loyal truck buyers…

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The 2014 Toyota Tundra#039;s may not sway brand-loyal truck

The Virginian-Pilot

April 7, 2014

Toyota is now the world’s largest manufacturer, such dominance mean that it builds the popular vehicle in the United

That honor goes to the popular Ford F-150 pickup. In 2013, Ford 763,402 of them, 59 percent than the second most-popular pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado, at Next comes the Ram 1500, 355,673 units sold, by the GMC Sierra at 184,389. All of them the Toyota Tundra pickup, registered 112,732 sales year. Only the Nissan fared worse, with of a mere 15,691 units.

Toyota’s success at eating lunch in other vehicle its fifth-place ranking may surprise Many industry executives and say that this is due to the loyalty buyers of full-sized pickup give their brands, one not a political partisan’s unwavering to Fox News or MSNBC. Maybe why Toyota hasn’t radically the Tundra for 2014. Perhaps the is acknowledging market realities.

With a gigantic chrome and a number of aerodynamic improvements, the Tundra does look different from its competitors, not to from last year’s Overall size is about the however, as are the engines and transmissions.

The crosses the tundra with the of a 270-horsepower 4-liter V6, 310-horsepower V8 or a 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. A five-speed transmission is standard on the V6, a six-speed is standard on V8 models. Rear-wheel or four-wheel drive is offered on all levels.

More changes that are are inside, where Toyota has the Tundra’s cabin ergonomics. now far easier to reach the audio and controls, since they’re a inches closer to the driver they were last and are large enough to be operated work gloves. You’ll find that the interiors are with better-quality materials, the design seems more a little reminiscent of the current F-150.

Given that aren’t just driven by workers and landscapers, Toyota now the Tundra in five trim to suit different uses and

The base Tundra is the SR, and it’s made to work. Old-school will feel right at Next comes the mainstream With a cabin trimmed in accents and contrasting fabric, predicts the SR5 will be its top-selling Higher up on the mountain is the upscale with an interior boasting surfaces and wood accents. going, however, and the Tundra positively luxurious. Platinum have perforated, diamond-pleated and chrome accents, while the Edition is a Lone Star with embossed saddle leather and ultra-suede trim.

As there are three cab styles: Regular Cab, four-door Cab, and the even bigger CrewMax. SR and SR5 models come Regular and Double Cabs and a of 6.5-foot or 8-foot beds. The CrewMax comes with a short 5.5-foot bed in SR5, Platinum and 1794 Edition

Toyota supplied a Tundra Crewmax with four-wheel for a week, and it was everything you would in a Toyota. With its quality solid build quality and 5.7-liter V8, the Tundra proved to be a powerful tool, able to family, friends and hundreds of of debris without a second It steered, stopped and accelerated in a similar to that of other V8, half-ton pickups. While agile for its class, and better the last Tundra I drove, its and power no longer seems to be at the top of the It’s starting to feel its despite the refresh. And even big pickup trucks, with an fuel economy of 14 mpg, fairly thirsty at the pump. this is not a Prius.

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So while the Tundra looks its performance isn’t remarkably from last year.

that new trucks are already on the from Ram, Chevrolet and and a new, aluminum-bodied F-150 is to arrive from Ford, freshened Tundra seems timid.

Still, if you liked year’s Tundra, you’ll the incremental improvements and revised in this year’s Tundra. if you like your existing Chevy, Ram, GMC or Nissan there’s little here to you away.

Engine 5.7-liter V8

Horsepower/torque 381 / 401

Wheelbase 145.7 inches

228.9 inches

Weight pounds

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