Toyota is finally giving the Tundra pickup a significant refresh with a new nose, better-quality interior parts and a new “1794 Edition” that’s the company’s take on high-end cowboy luxury.
Base 270-horsepower V6 and two V8s that produce 310 and 381 horsepower; five- and six-speed automatic transmissions.
Although Toyota hasn’t sold as many of its full-size Tundras as it might have expected, that doesn’t mean it has given up. In fact, the Tundra has been given a 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. The bed sides and the cargo area itself are new as is the tailgate. 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 unchanged, meaning a base 4.0-liter V6 produces a stout 270 horses and its fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway are more than competitive. The 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and top-tuned 381-horsepower 5.7 V8 are untouched, too. Both V8 Tundras operate using six-speed automatic transmissions, while the V6 version employs a five-speed unit. Four-wheel-drive is optional, but only if you specify a V8. 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 all-new 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.
Base price (incl. destination): $26,950 (Regular Cab)
Type: Full-size pickup truck
Base engine: 4.0-liter DOHC V6 (270)
Optional engines: 4.6-liter DOHC V8 (310); 5.7-liter DOHC V8 (381)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Five-speed automatic; six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 16/20 (4.0, 2WD)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; driver/front passenger knee airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 4,900