Toyota’s popular Tundra gets its first major change since 2007
April 17, 2014 5:00 AM
This Advertorial published in Wheels on Thursday, April 17, 2014
The auto industry has recognized the Toyota Tundra with myriad quality and performance awards over the last 12 years. Not resting on its laurels, the 2014 Tundra has been redesigned, inside and out, representing the first major change since the 2007 model year.
“Toyota prides itself on listening to its customers and the development of the 2014 American-born Tundra is a perfect example,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. “Tundra’s new exterior design and new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior, with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology, giving customers more of what they want.”
The redesigned Tundra continues to be a truck with true American roots that was once again engineered by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Its new look was created by Toyota’s Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, CA, and Ann Arbor, MI. Tundra’s V6 and V8 engines are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Huntsville, AL, and transmissions are built at a production facility in North Carolina. Finally, Tundra continues to be assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, in San Antonio, TX.
The 2014 Tundra lineup includes the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch, founded in 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio. Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4x2 and 4x4.
Inside and out, each Tundra grade embodies a specific theme through distinct designs that go beyond just badging. The all-new design offers a chiseled and modern industrial image, while the redesigned interior offers a wider choice of in-cabin electronics, connectivity and infotainment.
While styling is always an important consideration when making a vehicle purchase, most hard-working Pittsburgh natives in the market for a pickup want to know how well it performs and how reliable it will be on the road.
Tundra continues to offer three proven powertrains that are among the best in its segment. A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab models and produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 278 foot-pounds of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. It gets an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon on the highway.
The available 4.6-liter, DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3,400 rpm. That extra power doesn’t cost you that much at the pump with the powertrain delivering an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Tundra workhorse, and still one of the most capable and advanced engines in the full-size pickup segment, is the 5.7-liter, DOHC i-Force V8. Tundra’s most popular engine with owners, it generates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The 5.7-liter is offered in both gasoline and “Flex Fuel” variants. Fuel efficiency on 4x2 models is a 18 miles per gallon on the highway, while the 4X4 achieves 17 miles per gallon on the highway.
The V8’s come standard with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
When equipped with the Tow Package, Tundra has a maximum tow capacity of 10,400 pounds on the 4x2 Regular Cab. A one-piece towing receiver is integrated into the frame prior to bed installation. Tow Package rear springs help provide level full-load rear suspension height and maintain a full range of suspension travel.
The Tow Package also upgrades Tundra’s cooling and electrical systems. Integrated engine and transmission oil coolers help handle the demands of towing under a full load, and a heavy-duty battery and alternator are added, as well. The seven-and four-pin towing hitch connectors sit above the hitch to help avoid damage during high-departure-angle driving.
With the Towing Package, the six-speed automatic transmission gains a Tow/Haul shift mode, selectable by a dedicated switch. The Tow/Haul mode applies specific logic for adjusting the throttle sensitivity and transmission shift control, favoring and holding lower gears when accelerating or decelerating to help enhance control and safety. Standard for all models, Trailer Sway Control uses the Vehicle Stability Control VSC to help counteract handling forces applied to the truck in an effort to minimize the impact of trailer sway.
In addition, Toyota has also made several enhancements that improve ride performance while reducing cabin noise. The cabin is also loaded with many new technological features, including a standard backup camera and Bluetooth capability on all trim levels.
If you’re looking for a good workhorse truck, that’s also been at the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for seven of the last eight years, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the all-new Toyota Tundra. It’s one truck that can handle the harsh winter environments of Western Pennsylvania.
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