My first impression of the 2014 Toyota Tundra was ‘big and black’ (the name of the paint color was Attitude Black Metal), so I was thankful for the running boards that made climbing in much easier! Also easy was driving this powerful and capable pickup truck. Thank you to Toyota for having a week’s test-drive.
Once behind the wheel, the Tundra did not feel so big because the handling was smooth and responsive. Acceleration was amazing. I reached my speed almost without realizing it. Curves, corners and braking hardly felt like there was a heavy vehicle being maneuvered around! With the comfortable seating and premium amenities, driving or riding in the Tundra was truly a pleasure! It really was easy to handle.
The BIG deal is that this truck is also a worker. With the power of a 5.7-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission the Tundra can tow, haul and tame any rough and tough road. Standard equipment on the test-drive model included a tow hitch receiver and the tow/haul driving mode plus the convenience of both 4-pin and 7-pin connectors for your trailer lights. Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes and heavy-duty suspension complement the capability and comfort.
My husband and I haul animal feed and hay as well as building and maintenance supplies. The double-walled truck bed gives added strength to the body and protects the exterior of the bed from dents from heavy shifting cargo. We also tow a livestock trailer so ‘thank you’ to Toyota for the back-up camera. It certainly was easier to back up for the hookup.
The sense of safety in the Tundra comes from knowing that you have vehicle stability control and trailer-sway control, as well as anti-lock brakes with brake force distribution, brake assist and Smart Stop technology. In our area of East Texas we might encounter hills, curves, rock, or sand, but the Tundra is built (right here in Texas, as a matter of fact) to handle it all, and with ease and finesse!
There is a lot more to love about the 2014 Toyota Tundra, but the truth is that you really cannot have it all. The estimated fuel economy is 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 miles per gallon on the highway. I averaged about 17 miles per gallon with a combination of both. I was hoping for more. The greenhouse gas rating is 2 and the smog rating is 5. The MSRP was listed at $44,270. My test drive model with optional blind spot monitor and with rear cross-traffic alert, running boards, and bed liner came to $48,475 including delivery.
If you want a pickup that you can comfortably enjoy while doing a lot of hard work, then the 2014 Toyota Tundra might be for you!