What We're Driving: 2014 Toyota Tundra

2014 Toyota Tundra1794 II

We're on the East Coast this week, driving the 2014 Toyota Tundra, and we'll have all the specifications and driving impressions for you later next week. Toyota debuted this refreshed Tundra at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, where we saw a dramatically new interior layout and a moderately redesigned exterior.

From what we're told, we'll get a chance to see and explore the two new top-level trim packages, which include the Platinum and 1794 cowboy-themed interiors. There won't be much mechanically different, and the 2014 Tundra powertrain choices are all carry over, but there should still be plenty to examine and review. In fact, let us know what you want to know and we'll pass those questions along to the engineers and designers. 

Stay tuned for more details, photos and our video to come.

 

Comments

First, I'd like to know how you got your hands on this truck so early.

Second, I'd like to know if the truck is more stable on the highway...it's a bit too bouncy right not, especially on concrete. Supposedly, some rear stabilizers have helped with this issue.

Three, how's the ride compared to the 2013?

New Tundra is a nice looking truck. Especially front grill and interior. But what about Sequoia? When it will arrive?

Would it be better to drive it with all the camo, atleast it look decent with the camo. What an ugly truck, any American buying this should be ashamed...

Sucks to be PUTC right now. Id rather walk then be seen in that weak excuse for a truck. :D

So the powertrains are carryovers for now, but while the 5.7L and 6 speed were a powerful combination in both the truck and the marketplace in 2007, today the American trucks offer similar power with better fuel economy at a not-so-dissimilar price point.

Question: does Toyota have new Powertrains in the works for 2015 and beyond? And when can we expect more information about those?

Other question: Off-Road Packages. I don't need to write this one out: Toyota has a great presence in Trophy Truck racing and Baja, but what about a SVT Raptor fighter?

@Sasha - 2014 Sequoia is a carryover model (no changes). My guess is that Toyota kills it in 2016 (2017 MY) when the new fuel economy rules start to kick in.

It could also be killed between now and then, but probably not. Toyota can keep selling a few thousand Sequoia's a year with minimal investment. No reason to stop until continuing the model incurs a major expense.

I was wondering how the ride feels with the updated suspension and steering. And how is the new interior fit and finish. Also can u point out what u like the most about the refresh. thanks

My neighbors across the road from me have a large Horse ranch.They also have a newer tundra.Yet,whenever I see them pulling one of their many horse trailers,they use fords and rams to do the job.Even when they use just a one or two horse trailer they use an f150 ec.For their bigger trailers they use their one ton ram dually.

The Badge is on the Door? It looks bad.

Why are they still making this truck, toyota just don't get it. Oh and while I am at it I just got rid of my 2012 tacoma what a pos I must of lost my mind when I bought it, thank god I got it back thank you Ford.

I would like to know if they made it so that you don't have to take off the skid plate to remove the oil filter when you do a oil changes?

Are they still using 2 popsicle sticks as a frame?

Hows the ride and handling with the new steering and suspension tune?

What'd they do with the back seat? Does it have a flat load floor like the Ford and new GM trucks? For both cabs?

Stability control as obnoxious as it is in the current model?

Why on earth did they keep the tiny 26 gallon gas tank? Is it the same tank and frame in that area so the 42 gallon Transfer Flow will still drop in?

SR5 still have off road and rock warrior packages or do you have to get a Limited with leather etc?

@Mark Williams or anybody who knows

Also since the powertrain is a carryover and they were doing winter testing in the spy photos did they fix the cold weather AIP problem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR77BBTGYok? The 07-10 got warranty letter and they said the 11+ don't have that problem but they still do in cold weather.

Will it be available with a supercharged 5.7L?

Lol

@AllAmerican

Should those Americans be as ashamed as the Mexican made GM twins? (See light duty shootout for place of birth) At least the Tundra is made in America by Americans.

Don't like the new front end, the interior looks way better and will probably give Ford and Ram a run for thier money.

Grossly overblown grill. Do they offer a more conservative grill option that doesn't look like it was ripped off of a road tractor?

I love my 2008 Tundra.

But I too hate the grill/hood on the 2014--unless that thing is functional with a TMIC feeding a diesel--it is overwrought.

Maybe it will grow on me. I initially hated the new Silverado, but the picture of the blue one at the top of the GM 1/2 tons lose weight article looks pretty sharp.

I would like Toyota to take some of the LC200 systems/options and put them on the Tundra--it wouldn't be that hard at all.

Does anybody have pics of the DC and will one of those be at the media event?

I hope there is a true 4x4 regular cab work truck that doesn't require a bunch of extra features to jack the price up. It's ridiculous how expensive even simple work trucks have become. the head honchos haven't stuffed their pockets enough with truck sales and the profit margins on these trucks?

To all the "jap" truck haters. Tell me, would you rather have a couple thousand texans employed with money going back to a select few japanese guys? or do you prefer we employ a few thousand mexicans so a couple rich american guys get a little wealthier by saving money on labor costs?

The best thing about the 2014 will be the discounts on the 2013.

@sm424

You probably already know this, but they had decontented "Tundra Grade" models starting in 2008--and I believe that package was changed/phased out due to poor sales.

@sm424,

Remember,the Japanese HATE Americans,so if you buy a Japanese truck,you are being laughed at and called a Stupid American by the Japanese.I know,because I worked in Japan part time,for 12 years and still have a few Japanese friends.

At least a truck built in Mexico is still North America and the profits go back to the U.S,not Japan.Mexico has a lower cost of living,so the money they pay them is lower,so more profit goes to America.The taxes the company pays goes to pay for your lazy people on life-time welfare !

On the other hand,Toyota keeps the majority of profits and it goes to Japan to invest in Japan.The money they pay the so-called American workers is minimal,the majority goes right back to Japan ! The salary they pay the American workers is a drop in the bucket compared to the profits they make off of them.

Furthermore,the Tundra built in Texas is built by Mexicans and Africans and a few Americans..And the American worker has to bow to the Japanese Boss when he comes in,no way would I do that as a worker in America.

***Toyota,lol..King of the lemons,unreliable garbage ! Rust,blowing up cams,bad trans,uncontrolled excelleration,bad steering,bad brakes lol,lol !!

Love to know if Toyota are going to follow Rams lead and fit the Thundra with a Diseal Engine . 30 plus mpg with lots of torque . And Cheap .... Thanks

Wow, gotta love racial hatred (that was sarcasm, in case you missed it) .... Lets all act like civilized children, shall we?

@Tim from Canada - drop the "from Canada" part. I don't want to be associated with you in any way, shape or form, even country.

I like to think that you are a troll because it is scary to think that ignorant racists like you still exist.

Luckily for you that you live in Canada, guns are much harder to get hold of.

3/4 ton tundra hd?

Except for a few honest questions, it seems that PUTC cannot get their act together and continue to allow racists and internet trolls (folks who post only to cause arguments) rule this forum. Pretty sad and pathetic.

Lou is a bigot and a racist because when ever someone brings up Ram he brings up pizza pasta (for Fiat ownership) or burritos (Made in Mexico). I don't want to be associated with Lou. He is a projector. He projects what he is onto other people.

If it would cost any company less, to where they would make more profit, then they would make their product elsewhere - typically. Once the dollar rises, none-North American brands will produce elsewhere, as well as American brands, to an extent - depending on where the product is sold. An American brand does stand to help America with high-paid engineering positions. This notion that foreign brands that pay low(er) paying, non-union jobs for manufacturing actually helps this country is ridiculous. If that's what you need to convince yourself to buy a foreign brand, then just be honest and say you like said vehicle's looks or perceived durability.

F150 currently heralds the award for 'most American content,' in a fullsize pickup. However, if this country continues to maintain the idea that buying from a foreign company, that manufactures domestically is actually healthy, then we might as well be a 3rd world country.

At least we're blessed with (truck) manufactures that have all risen to the occasion, and built solid, reliable trucks.

Funny I am American and I too lived in Japan. Japanese dont hate Americans they love us. Workers in America do not bow to bosses. There are many Americans of all ethnic backgrounds who build the tundra. Toyota spends billions of dollars in America. Look at the Endeavour project, Toyota was choosen due to their contribution to the space program. And if Toyota's are so bad why did American special forces use them in Afghanistan and Iraq? You are a racist pos. As for the frame, Ford uses a c channel on their HD trucks. So much ignorance.

My question for toyota is if they are going to offer a diesel since nissan is. Also any hopes for the 8 speed tranny? Thank you

Vulpine: I agree that the grill looks ridiculous in all chrome, but Toyota has a black press truck with a black outer grill. Google 2014 Tundra and it will show up on the image search. It looks about 10x better, and I hope body-color grills are an option on all trim packages.

What I'm really looking forward to is the new engine/powertrain options. Consider that in 2007, the 5.7 was the most powerful engine available in a 1/2 ton, and it took competitors a few years to approach hp/torque numbers. Shows how ahead of the game Toyota was. I wouldn't be surprised if their next V8 pushed 400hp and had more torque than GM's new 5.3s or 6.2s.

Why does the body styling look like a fat pig with a chrome snout?

@Michael

I was hoping for the addition of D4-S and Dual VVT-IE on the intake cam which is found on the 2UR-GSE which appears Toyota stripped from the 5.7L to make it as it the other members of the UR engine family have it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_UR_engine. It would seem like their is at least 20-40hp/lb ft Toyota will leave on the table as well as the fact that that they already had an 8-speed auto available. I just wanted the 3UR-FE to be a longer stroked version of the 2UR-GSE as the Tundra's 5.7L iforce and 4.6L iforce are the simplest members of the engine family.

I can't say for sure but other members of the UR engine family don't have that cold weather AIP problem I was talking about earlier as they use Dual VVT-IE on the intake cam "The benefit of the electric actuation is enhanced response and accuracy at low engine speeds and at lower temperatures." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VVT-i#Valvematic

That is one FUGLY truck. It is beginning to take the route of the Super Dooty in the styling department. Put a FUGLIER grill on it every year or so and call it all new. LMAO

@James - if you like pizza or burrito's so what?
Here is an interesting piece of information, the CEO of Fiat/Chrysler is Italian/Canadian. The President of Ram trucks, Reid Bigland is Canadian..... got that.....EH?
Ram is for the most part built in Mexico, owned by Italians and run by Canadians.

Do you want a snow-cone to go with your whine and cheese? or should I say burrito and pizza.

I bring it up because it is laughable to see people deride foreign badged products when the Ram is more foreign than the Tundra.

The Colorado was engineered by Brazilians and built and tested in Thailand with USA bailout money that was most likely borrowed from the Japanese and Chinese.

Ford - the Mustang and the F-Series are the only "American" products that they have left.

Multinationals..... all of them regardless of badge.

I'd give you a penny for your thoughts but fortunately for me, Canada stopped making pennies.

Nothing like a Toyota thread to expose all of the xenophobes for what they are............

Yeah, when is Toyota gonna put an 8-speed automatic behind the 5.7?

I don't care much for the luxo packages, but would like an SR5 trim on the 4-door 4X4 in addition to the Limited, Platinum and 1794.

Those of us who actually use the Tundra for real work would like an upgrade from the Tundra-grade trim level and the SR5 in my 2011 DC LB is just perfect.

Since it has the same powertrain, the truck will remain reliable and ultimately, this is my main concern with new vehicles. Chevrolet also did the same with the new Silverado.

@Highdesertcat

Did test drive any other configurations like DC stdbed and if so was their a difference in ride?

There's no reason for the Tundra to miss out on the whole cowboy fetish or Texas theme.

What about a Stars Spangled Edition or Space Shuttle collectible Tundra, each one signed by a different retired or active astronaut?

Maybe a Baja 1000 series that can take a jump (or crash land)? Or a 'sea foam' green, desert dueling "La Migra Edition"?

Or a Ninja or GSX-R Edition to battle the Harley?

Something, ANYTHING to liven up the bland Camry of Trucks. I'm not saying I'd go for any type of themed trucks, myself. Just a mono-chrome, simple V8 truck with rubbers floors like the STX with random, dealer specified options/upgrades. Except, available in the crew cab. That's what's really missing.

Or a Tremor/Lightning/Express/SS 'answer'? Yeah right...

@Lou. Toyota should stick the LC200 V8 diesel engine in the Tundra. I would seriously consider one if they did. Like Big Al or Robert Ryan might point out, that engine has aged a bit and needs a major update for increased power, torque, economy, and emissions, but not a complete redesign.

@fredy - the only thing that is shared between the Vortec SBC and the Ecotec SBC are the displacements.

I suspect that GMC deliberately kept the displacements the same to make buyers more comfortable thinking that they are buying the same old/same old.

Wow, that is one ugly truck...really, that is the best toyota could design?

@Alex - I'd like to see all of the brands come out with small diesels. I suspect that this will eventually happen to meet EPA numbers. People would rather spend 3-5K on an engine then have to spend more on aluminum body panels and lightened parts. Most equate light with flimsy.

My neighbour has a TLC with a diesel. He bought the thing used when I moved next door 20 yrs ago. All he has ever done to is routine maintenance and new glow plugs and injectors. He does all the work himself and says it is super easy to work with.

@machetephil
I don't see why Tundra doesn't come out with a beefed up 4.5 turbo diesel V8 with a HD package. Sort of like the original concept that HDs were lie F-250s etc.

This would seriously challenge some customers looking at the Ford/Fiat/GM HDs.

@DeverMike/Paul/Tom Lemon/Greg Baird/TRX4Tom/Dave/Hemi V8/Tom Terrific/sandman 4x4/lautenslager/zveria/Bob/US Truck Driver/Glenn/Jason/Hemi Rampage/smartest truck guy/Maxx/SuperDuty37/Ken/Ron/AllAmerican/tundralol/Sleuth or whoever you want to call yourself.

Quit the crap, really.

It's getting long in the tooth.

You want to debate, but it has to be on your terms.

Learn to debate with good information, then we might be able to have a decent debate.

Opinions are good, but if they are only your view to support the UAW, then how good are they. Look at what you guys have done to Detroit.

Terror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me.

If PUTC wants the UAW or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kids like I've been told by PUTC
.
They don't seem to care. So this will go on.

The new exterior commands respect, and its interior sets a high standard for full-size pickups.



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