Toyota Tundra Review
The 2014 Toyota Tundra ranks 5 out of 6 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Tundra, as well as reliability and safety data.
Reviewers agree that a refresh for 2014 improves the Toyota Tundra, but the changes don't go far enough to give the Tundra an edge over its domestic rivals.
The Tundra offers three engine choices, which include a base V6 engine and two optional V8s. Most test drivers like the ample power and torque that the V8 models offer. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on V8-powered Toyota Tundras, and reviewers say that the transmission shifts smoothly and keeps the engine in its power band. Still, some test drivers write that the 2014 Tundra’s transmission isn't as smooth as the Ram 1500's standard eight-speed automatic. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 16/20 mpg city/highway, which is somewhat low for the class. Reviewers say that the Tundra lacks the handling refinement and ride comfort of some of its more recently redesigned rivals. However, auto writers say that for a full-size truck, the Tundra’s steering is precise with good road feel.
The automotive press says the Toyota Tundra's interior has improved for 2014, with better material quality and a nicer appearance. Still, the Tundra's cabin materials and design don't impress reviewers the way some of its rivals’ do. Several note that Double Cab and CrewMax models offer plenty of space for rear-seat passengers. In particular, the CrewMax is praised for its limo-like rear-seat space. Test drivers are pleased that the Tundra’s audio and climate controls are easy to operate, thanks to large buttons and knobs, and reviewers like the standard Entune audio system, which includes a USB port and a 6.1-inch touch screen. Other standard features include Bluetooth and a backup camera, which are notable standard features for the class. An upgraded Entune infotainment system is available, which includes navigation and access to apps like Pandora Internet radio and Bing when paired with a smartphone. Other options include dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded stereo system and a power-retractable rear window.
- "… we can't think of a significant advantage the Tundra has over the Ram or any other full-size competitor." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Like the FIAT 131, Detroit and Rodney Dangerfield, Toyota's full-size pickup doesn't get much respect. You're probably nodding your head in agreement -- but at the same time, dismissing these trucks just doesn't make sense." -- AutoTrader
- "Those who dislike the 2013 Tundra will probably dislike the 2014 less, and those who like the 2013 will probably like the 2014 a little more. But there's nothing here to substantially change anyone's mind." -- Car and Driver
- "The 2014 Toyota Tundra remains a capable workhorse among full-size pickups, but even with this year's updates, it lags behind newer rivals in fuel efficiency and ride comfort." -- Edmunds
- "Engineers and designers massaged the 2014 Tundra to address owner woes and improve the aesthetics. But while the changes make for a better truck, they aren't enough to give buyers a reason to stray from the Big Three." -- Road and Track
Other Trucks to Consider
Completely redesigned for 2014, reviewers say the GMC Sierra 1500 has a range of powerful and fuel-efficient engines and a high-quality interior. They also write that the Sierra 1500’s ride is more comfortable than the ride of other trucks with traditional rear leaf spring suspensions.
The Ram 1500 is regarded as one of the most comfortable-riding trucks in the segment, thanks to its coil-sprung rear suspension. With its base V6 and standard eight-speed automatic transmission, the Ram 1500 also achieves one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class.
Details: 2014 Toyota Tundra
The 2014 Toyota Tundra comes in three cab configurations: Regular cab, which seats up to three, and Double Cab and CrewMax, which seat up to six. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. A 4.0-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission are standard, while 4.6-liter and 5.7-liter V8 engines are optional. The Tundra is available in five trims: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition. The Tundra was last fully redesigned for the 2007 model year, and is significantly refreshed for 2014. Since it hasn’t had a complete overhaul since 2007, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 to 2014 model years.
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