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2014 Toyota Tundra Gets Sexy New Interior, Same Old Engines

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The current-generation Toyota Tundra debuted during the Chicago Auto Show in 2007 and today, Toyota brought its new 2014 Tundra to the same event.

A new chiseled look brings the formerly curvaceous Tundra into the boxy realm of the current American-designed pickups. While the profile of the truck remains similar to the current Tundra, the hood, grille, front bumper and wheel arches of the truck have all been squared off for a bold look.

While the folks at Toyota’s Calty design studio were providing new style to give the truck a fresh feel, it seems like the engine development team was sipping cocktails. Disappointingly, the engines are unchanged.

Offered as the standard motor on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models is a four-liter V6 good for 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque.

In the middle of the range is a 4.6-liter DOHC i-Force V8 that offers 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, while the top-tier engine is still the 5.7-liter i-Force V8 that makes 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission will link up to the V6, while a six-speed will be on duty with both eight-cylinder powerplants. In 4×2 regular car trim, Tundra’s top tow capacity is 10,400 lbs.

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For improved ride quality, the shock-absorber valving has been re-tuned, hoping to avoid some of the rear-end chattering that was common in the previous Tundra. Steering feel is adjusted for a little less feedback, which Toyota says will make it better to drive on long trips.

Inside, a complete overhaul brings the Tundra from the land of black, boring plastic into the new-age of truck interiors. Toyota kept the large physical knobs for easy operation, while the rest of the interior was ditched for the new design, save some of the silver and black contrasting dash plastics.

Interior focus was placed on bringing the Tundra a more luxurious feel, along with providing clear differentiation between trim lines.

Ergonomics and comfort received some attention across all the trim levels, as audio and HVAC controls that move closer to the driver. Finally, the front seats are better ventilated and have more travel.

Trim levels start with the SR, move up to SR5, then Limited, and finally two premium trims, the “Platinum” and the all-new “1794” Edition.

The new 1794 trim level brings the Tundra a new level of luxury that will put it in line to compete with Ford’s King Ranch and Ram’s Longhorn edition trucks. Premium saddle brown leather wraps the seats, while ultra-suede contrasts around the interior.

Toyota is offering a few segment firsts in the new Tundra: standard bluetooth, standard backup camera, standard 3.5-inch display screen between the gauges, and blind spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, the latter of which will be offered only on Platinum and 1794 edition trucks.

The new Japanese half-ton will hit dealerships in September, 2013.

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88 Comments

Bubba Sam says:

This fat guy can suck it

Old Man says:

You’re a bit of an ass sock monkey. You think your opinion is the only opinion out there. Grow up! You’re talking trash like a little girl trying to get the big boys upset. Just go away and shut up for every bodies sake.

Argo says:

This is not a reflection on the Tundra, but rather trucks in general. All of the modern trucks are lousy. They are all hype and bluster, with no substance. I will keep my 321,000 mile F-150 with it’s straight six and 20 MPG and do any work I need to with it. As for towing 10,000 lbs with a half ton? I don’t care what the manufacturer says, anything over 8,500 on a half ton is foolish at best and downright dangerous at worst.

Now if somebody handed me a $40,000 sack of money and put a gun to my head and said spend this on a new truck or die, I would spend it on a Tundra. It is the best in this field. But this field can’t hold a candle to any Chevy, Ford, or Dodge with vent windows. Likewise, in the compact range, with Toyota in the lead there.

Ajr Ajr says:

Hehe, I work with a guy who says the same thing about his ’91 straight 6 F-150, and for the most part I agree about new trucks.(I drive a ’95 T100) But 20MPG? I think those straight sixxers get more like 13.

Argo says:

Well, I just saw this reply and I wanted to reply. Yes it does get 20 MPG highway, but there are a few factors that get it there. First, it is 2wd. Second, it has a heavy duty 4 speed manual transmission with a super low first gear for moving heavy loads from a dead stop. This is important to note because of factor number three, which is the final drive ratio is 2.73:1 which keeps the engine right in it’s “sweet spot” at 55-60 MPH. Factor number four is that I drive it like an old man, and I always go the speed limit and I don’t accelerate like a race car. Factor number five is that I modified the cooling system with a hotter thermostat (205 degrees, vs 195 for the stock thermostat) and eliminated the engine driven fan for twin electric fans instead that I power from a stand alone thermostatic control. Factor number six is that I use all synthetic fluids, from oil, to trans fluid, to drive axle lubricant, and I am meticulous about maintenance and tire pressure. I got 11 MPG towing a loaded car trailer with a 1968 Chevelle race car on it to and from the drag strip last summer. The combined weight of the car, trailer, and tools and equipment my friend and I brought with us was about 8,500 lbs. My truck pulled it no problem, and I never had to downshift out of 4th to pull a grade at 55 MPH. I am not afraid to work her hard, but I never abuse her.

Maxwell Bird says:

how do i get this guys job??? lol