2014 Toyota Tundra has been fully redesigned, with
a new chiseled exterior design and a more refined
newest generation of Toyota’s San Antonio-built Tundra
full-size pickup truck has arrived for 2014, sporting a
new chiseled exterior design, a more-refined interior
and plenty of new standard and optional technologies.
being assembled in Texas, the new Tundra has 75 percent
North American content, Toyota says.
star of the new Tundra lineup is the 1794 Edition, a
fancy version similar in concept to GMC’s Sierra
Denali, Chevrolet’s Silverado High Country, and Ford’s
F-series King Ranch models. It comes in the full-size
CrewMax version only, with a short cargo box (5-foot-5),
and a choice of either rear- or four-wheel drive.
test vehicle was the two-wheel-drive version, which has
a list price of $44,270. The four-wheel-drive version
starts at $47,320. With freight and options, our tester
topped out at $46,034.
says the 1794 Edition — named after the date of the
founding of the ranch upon which the Tundra plant sits
— "reflects a Western lifestyle theme."
the truck’s unique features are the saddle-brown
premium leather seats, with embossed-leather and suede
accents; and a four-spoke, leather-wrapped steering
wheel with wood-grain accents. The interior is quite
striking to look at, and very pleasant to sit in. It’s
almost like sitting in the den of a laid-back Texas Hill
Country ranch with plush leather sofas and chairs.
it’s that comfortable. There are bucket seats up front
that seem more like fancy leather recliners; the back
seat is as long as a leather couch, with plenty of room
for up to three people. And there is a huge amount of
rear knee- and legroom, even with the front seats set to
accommodate larger people.
trim materials are used on the shift console, doors and
instrument panel. A center console between the front
seats has a tray on top to keep small electronics secure
while driving, and there are three cupholders, along
with USB, power and audio-input connections in front of
the cupholders, with another area perfect for holding
smartphones or an iPod.
standard amenities on the 1794 Edition are heated and
ventilated front seats, Toyota’s Entune Premium JBL
Audio with navigation, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s
seat with memory, a six-way power front passenger seat,
a power tilt/slide sunroof with shade, and a power
vertical rear window with privacy glass.
included are dual-zone automatic climate control with
separate settings for the driver and front passenger; an
auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and universal
garage/gate opener; and a 60/40 split-fold-up rear seat,
which allows for creation of an enclosed cargo area when
the seat isn’t needed for passengers.
the truck is a beauty as well. Ours had the quite
appealing Barcelona Red Metallic exterior paint, along
with very nice, optional 20-inch chrome wheels and
optional running boards.
also had heated/power outside mirrors with built-in turn
signals, and separate, smaller manually adjustable
convex mirror strips at the bottom to show traffic in
the adjacent lanes.
cargo box came with the optional drop-in bedliner, and
the truck has a locking tailgate. There is a deck rail
system for tying down cargo.
interior amenities included a power tilt/telescopic
steering wheel, along with front and rear sonar parking
aid, which warns when the vehicle is approaching an
object, such as a pole or another vehicle.
backup camera system was included, with the image
showing up on the seven-inch dash monitor for the
audio/navigation system. Optional, but not included on
my tester, are a blind spot monitor and rear cross
the hood was the top engine available in the Tundra, a
5.7-liter V-8 with a more-than-adequate 381 horsepower
and 401 pound-feet of torque. It was paired with a
six-speed automatic transmission, which shifts quite
standard safety features on all Tundra models are
electronic stability control with traction control,
four-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic
brake-force distribution and brake assist, and Toyota’s
new Smart Stop accelerator-override technology.
trucks come with eight air bags, including front
seat-mounted side air bags, roof-mounted side-curtain
bags, and driver and front passenger knee bags.
included are trailer-sway control, tire-pressure
monitoring and LED daytime running lights (Platinum and
1794 Edition only). The 1794 Edition can tow trailers
weighting up to 9,900 pounds with two-wheel drive, and
9,000 pounds with four-wheel drive.
newest generation of the Tundra was designed in Toyota’s
California studio, and engineering work was done at the
automaker’s technical center in Michigan, part of the
company’s efforts to make sure it fits the American
pickup market and can compete with the likes of the
F-150, Silverado, Sierra and Ram.
trim levels are offered, beginning with the base SR,
followed by the SR5, which is the brand’s sales
leader, then the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition.
Prices are identical on the Platinum and 1794 models;
the Platinum has most of the same features except for
the Western theme.
1794 Edition is "a tribute to the ranch, founded in
the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in
San Antonio," Toyota said. The automaker acquired
2,000 acres at the site on the city’s south side and
began construction on the facility in 2003. Production
began in 2006.
before, the Tundra comes in three cab sizes — the
regular cab, with two doors and no back seat; the double
cab, with four doors and a three-person rear bench seat;
and the CrewMax, also with four doors and an even
roomier back seat, intended primarily for delivering a
five-person crew and a load of supplies to a work site,
or for accommodating a family. The Platinum and 1794
models are available only in CrewMax configuration.
there is a new front end with redesigned grille
integrated into the hood. There are three-piece lower
bumpers, and fenders and wheel wells have been squared
off for a wider and sturdier stance, Toyota says. The
overall look is intended to make the vehicles look
tougher and more masculine.
the short bed, standard (6.5 feet) and long (8 feet)
cargo bed lengths are available, depending on the model.
The new bed design continues the chiseled look, and
there is a redesigned tailgate with integrated spoiler.
base engine is a 4.0-liter V-6, standard on regular and
double cab models. It’s rated at 270 horsepower and
278 pound-feet of torque, and connects to a five-speed
the middle is a 4.6-liter V-8, with 310 horsepower and
327 pound-feet of torque, and it comes with a six-speed
interiors begin with the Limited models, with the grade
of the leather improving as the price tags and trim
on SR and SR5 models are 18-inch styled-steel wheels.
The other models get 20-inch alloy wheels, with options
like our 1794’s chrome wheels available. Wheel designs
vary with the specific model.
TOYOTA TUNDRA CREWMAX 1794 EDITION
package: Premium full-size, five-passenger, four-door,
rear- or four-wheel-drive, V-8 powered, light-duty
This is one of the two fanciest models of the new,
second-generation Toyota full-size pickup. Its name
comes from the date of the founding of the ranch upon
which sits the San Antonio Toyota plant that makes the
Tundra. The truck is all-new for 2014, and is wider and
more muscular than before, with a wide range of new
features and options, including new safety and
Poor fuel economy
381 horsepower/401 pound-feet
front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock
228.9 inches (with 5-foot-5 cargo box)
weight: 5,480-5,860 pounds
capacity (payload): 1,255-1,550 pounds
stability control: Standard
air bags: Front seat-mounted; side-curtain both rows
capacity: 9,900 pounds (2WD); 9,000 pounds (4WD)
fuel economy: 13 mpg city/18 highway/15 combined (2WD);
capacity/type: 26.4 gallons/regular unleaded
as tested, including destination charge: $46,034
the Road rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).