Toyota Tundra
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Toyota finally embraces its Texas vibe and will only offer the full-size Tundra pickup with V8 engines.

Base V6 relegated to the scrap heap, leaving two V8s that produce 310 and 381 horsepower; six-speed automatic transmissions.

Toyota keeps trying to make its Tundra more attractive and more appealing to customers. The pickup’s recent mid-cycle facelift that incorporates a new hood and reprofiled grille, along with a three-piece lower bumper and squared-off fenders and wheel wells, has helped make it stand out from the originals. However, the overall profile hasn’t changed: Tundras continue to be available in your choice of Regular-cab, extended-length Double Cab and four-door CrewMax with its extra-sized rear doors. The powertrain carries over, although the base 4.0-liter V6 has been shelved, meaning the Tundra joins the Titan as one of the few V8-only pickups around. The now-standard 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and top-tuned 381-horsepower 5.7 V8 are untouched, and operate using six-speed automatic transmissions. Four-wheel-drive is optional. Inside, the roomy cabins features several improvements to make life easier for the driver, including moving the HVAC and audio controls 2.5 inches closer. New seats feature better ventilation and can also travel more. The base SR5 gets cloth seats, metallic trim and other basic features, while the Limited features leather seats, soft-touch doors and center console, and “wood-style” — seriously, wood-style — trim. The Platinum grade, introduced for 2014, gets perforated diamond-pleated leather seats and instrument pane, along with plenty of chrome touches, along with a 12-speaker touch-screen audio system, navigation and heated and cooled seats. The 1794 Edition is Toyota’s take on Ford’s King Ranch or Ram’s Laramie Longhorn. It’s billed as a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, where the Tundra plant is located in Texas. You get a saddle-brown leather touches with suede inserts, and similar luxury equipment to the Platinum. Finally, the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Pro Series package is Toyota’s take on the successful Ford Raptor, and gets blacked-out body pieces, 18-inch black wheels with Michelin off-road tires, and a throaty TRD dual exhaust. Underneath, it sports a two-inch lift in ride height, more wheel travel and bigger Bilstein shocks with external reservoirs.