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2014 Toyota Tundra: A few changes, but still a powerhouse

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Toyota Tundra

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Over the past few years, Toyota has pretty much stood pat when it comes to making changes to its large Tundra pickup truck. Sure, the model did well when the prior version was introduced, but since, it has faced some stiff competition from the powerhouse models of the U.S. Big Three.
So for this model year, Toyota decided to do some tinkering.
The result is a bigger, more sculpted look on the exterior and a few added amenities on the interior. Well, on our test model, you’d actually have to say that there are more than a few added amenities, as it was a highest-of-the-high trim that was pretty luxurious inside.
The engine choices carry over from the previous version: a 4.0-liter V-6, a 4.6-liter V-6 and a 5.7-liter V-8, each mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
But, Toyota says it has improved handling and ride quality with some engineering mojo and that steering quality has also been upgraded.
Our view?
Oh, yes indeed.
This truck was actually quite pleasant to drive, which is something you wouldn’t typically say of a truck.
Mind you, the trucks on the market today aren’t the harsh metal crates on wheels that you’d get 20 years ago or so.
But generally, ride quality is not a brag point of most trucks.
For this version of Tundra, it can be, because it accelerates smoothly and swiftly, and handles responsively.
On the inside, Toyota has established its trim packages as the base SR, the SR5, which adds some fabric combinations and chrome detailing and the Limited, which features leather, soft paneling and wood trim.
Then there was our tester, known as the 1794 edition, so named to commemorate the first year that pickup trucks were driven around by the Founding Fathers of this great land.
Just kidding.
It’s actually called that because the land in San Antonio that houses the plant that builds the Tundra was previously home to a ranch that was founded in 1794.
This model sports high-end two-toned leather trim, heated and cooled power seats, premium sound system, auto-dimming rear view mirror and more.
It was gorgeous and a joy to ride in and drive.
On the exterior, the Tundra has design touches that give it a more powerful look. You’ll find blockier fenders, a wider grille and taller hood.
Safety features are numerous, and include a backup camera standard on all models, which is a very good thing. They’ll be mandatory on all vehicles in a couple of years anyway.
The Tundra starts at just under $27,000 and ranges (when you get the highest of the high) to just under $50,000.
Toyota has shown that it can build a great pickup truck, and this version offers further proof.

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