2014 Toyota Tundra Limited
New Chiseled Exterior Styling
All-New Interior Design Combines Refinement and Improved Function
Segment-Leading Standard Backup Camera and Bluetooth® on All Grades
Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Engineered, Designed and Assembled in the United States
By Gerry Miles
Toyota rolled out its 2014 version of it vaunted Tundra pickup that was totally redesigned, showing its first major overhaul since its debut for the 2007 model year and will be assembled exclusive at the marque’s San Antonio, Texas plant.
The 2014 Tundra will have a grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, an upper/middle line Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.”
The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.
Tundra will be offered in three cab styles:
- two-door Regular Cab
- four-door Double Cab
- four-door CrewMax, all available in 4×2 and 4×4.
Power will be available from three proven powertrains:
– A 4.0-liter, 270 hp, (278. lb-ft. peak torque) Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cabs and paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic.
– An optional 4.6-liter, 310 hp, DOHC i-Force V8 offers 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque
– The 5.7-liter, 381 hp, DOHC i-Force V8 produces 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque, in both gasoline and “Flex Fuel” variants
Both V-8’s come standard with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. All Tundra engines feature an aluminum cylinder block and DOHC heads, along with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for a broad torque curve and optimized efficiency.
The interior is roomier – hard to believe in a way – and the use of all the major controls with a gloved hand as demonstrated when it first debuted – carries through out – making it a snap for anyone wearing snow gloves or work gloves … an idea some other large pickup truck makers ought to examine and re-think in their center console stack design.
Significantly New, Unique Exterior Designs; Distinct Look for Each Grade
Inside and out, each grade embodies a specific theme through distinct designs that go beyond just badging.
The all-new front design integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled and modern industrial image. The chrome grille has a taller, bolder look visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a 3-piece design, allowing for grade differentiation and less expensive replacement parts.
An all-new bed design helps carry the chiseled character lines all the way down the profile, leading to a rugged new bed and tail gate, with an integrated spoiler and “TUNDRA” stamped into the sheet metal, creating a one-piece forged look. The integrated spoiler in the deck helps with fuel efficiency, while the tail lamps express a tool-like quality to match the appearance of the body. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper changes from one piece to three, for lower replacement costs.
The Platinum grade has been completely redesigned for the next generation of personal use truckers. It features perforated black leather-trimmed seats with double-stitched diamond plate leather, door and instrument panel inserts, and chrome seat and console accent badging for an upscale yet urban feel. In addition, Platinum uses premium leather never before used on a Toyota truck and comes with many standard amenities, including a 12-speaker JBL audio system with Entune™, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
2014 Tundra 1794
The 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme and includes exclusive premium saddle brown leather seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents and added content such as heated and ventilated front seats, JBL audio and Entune, navigation and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Handling Enhancements Several enhancements have been implemented on the 2014 Tundra to improve performance. Shock-absorber valving has been re-tuned to improve Tundra ride quality over harsh surfaces.
Steering feel and straight line stability has been improved due to steering system improvements. These improvements reduce the inputs from road variations and imperfections, resulting in improved straight line stability and less driver fatigue.
Patented aerodynamic stabilizer fins are added to the outside surface of the rear tail lamp lens, and the outside mirror bases. These patented “Aero-Fins” reduce the air turbulence along the sides of the vehicle resulting in improved straight-line stability during normal driving conditions and while towing.
The SR and SR5 grades will ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition will ride on all-new 20-inch alloy wheels specific to each grade.
Tundra remains the only full-size pickup in the segment to adhere to the SAE J2807 towing standard. When equipped with a tow package, Tundra has a maximum tow capacity of 10,400 pounds (4×2 Regular Cab).
All 2014 Tundras Feature a Number of Segment Firsts
Tundras will feature a number of segment firsts, including a new Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a standard back-up camera (viewed from the audio display screen), and standard Bluetooth. Additional standard features include a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the gauge cluster.
The Limited grade adds eight-way power driver seat, standard chrome door handles and outer mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system.
The Platinum and 1794 Edition come standard with a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory and a four-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation, power moonroof (CrewMax only), parking sonar, and Display Audio with Navigation, Entune and JBL.
First Blind Spot Monitor with Cross Traffic Alert
The 2014 Tundra will be the first in its segment to be equipped with a standard backup camera on all grades, and the first truck in its segment to offer a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Platinum and 1794 Edition).
All Tundra models will also feature the standard Toyota Star Safety System™ that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.
Smart Stop Technology is designed to automatically reduce engine power when both brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time under certain conditions, helping the driver bring the vehicle to a stop.
Tundra will be equipped with eight standard airbags including front seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) in all models, driver and front outboard passenger airbags with an Advanced Airbag System, and the segments only driver and front outboard passenger knee airbags.
Additional safety features include manual headlamp leveling and standard LED Daytime Running Lights (Platinum and 1794 Edition).
The redesigned 2014 Tundra will reach Toyota dealers in September.
2014 TUNDRA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
4.0 Liter V-6
270 H.P. @ 5600 RPM
278 lb-ft Torque @4400 RPM
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
4.6 Liter V-8
310 H.P. @ 5600 RPM
327 lb-ft Torque @3400 RPM
6-Speed Automatic Transmission.
5.7 Liter V-8
381 H.P.@ 5600 RPM
401 lb-ft Torque @ 3400 RPM
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Overall length: 228.7 (Std Bed)
Overall width: 79.9
Overall height: 76.2
Wheelbase: 145.7 (Long Bed)
TRUCK BED DIMENSIONS (inches)
Bed length 78.7 (Std Bed)
(between wheel wells): 50.0
Bed depth: 22.2
Information used in this report was received from Toyota.