3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Toyota Tundra

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With its redesign and optional 5.7-liter V8, the Toyota Tundra is competitive with regular duty trucks from America's Big Three.

Introduction

Toyota's entry in the full-size pickup sweepstakes, the Tundra promises consumers typical truck muscle combined with the brand's trademark reliability. Although it's not available in heavy-duty form like its American counterparts, the Tundra proved early on that it could tow and haul with the same gusto as the top-selling domestic pickups. For 2014, the line comes in for a complete redesign aimed at greater refinement and more distinctive style.

What's New

The Tundra receives tough new exterior styling and a fresh interior with greater sophistication and comfort.

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Which Style To Buy?

2014 Toyota Tundra
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Shopper Popularity
6%

2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers who want rugged luxury in a visually distinctive package.

The ultimate Tundra carries the suffix 1794 to commemorate the year the ranch land under its San Antonio factory was settled. The obligatory crew cab is outfitted with saddle-brown leather upholstery with suede accents, matching leather dash and door panel coverings, and wood-grain trim. The exterior receives a unique grille treatment, LED running lights, and chrome bumper caps. Special badging and six-spoke 20-inch wheels complete the picture.

As expected in a line-topper, the 1794 is loaded with upgrades, including a sunroof, navigation, a 12-speaker JBL sound system, and the iForce 5.7-liter V8.

2014 Toyota Tundra
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22%

2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers seeking a thoroughly equipped pickup with leather.

Available with a double or crew cab, the midrange Limited comes with popular interior upgrades like heated leather seats, a power sliding rear window, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Entune Premium audio system includes navigation, a mobile app suite, and Bluetooth compatibility.

Outside, there's five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome mirrors and door handles, and a specific grille design. The iForce V8 is standard starting with the Limited.

Adventuresome buyers can order the TDR Off-Road Package, which outfits the Limited with 18-inch wheels, dedicated off-terrain tires, and performance springs and shocks.

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8%

2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers looking for high-end city style in a truck.

While the 1794 acknowledges the Tundra's western roots, the Platinum is designed to deliver contemporary urban luxury. To that end, the interior features perforated leather seats in black, and generous chrome and brushed metal trim. Otherwise, it's equipped like the 1794, which means you get everything from ventilated front seats to sonar parking assist.

2014 Toyota Tundra
Starting price
$27,436
Shopper Popularity
5%

2014 Toyota Tundra SR 4.6L V8

Recommended for: Buyers who need a capable work truck with basic comforts.

In SR trim, the Tundra serves buyers who care more about utility than style. Even so, you still get power windows and locks, a rearview camera, an easy lift-and-lower tailgate, and the basic version of Toyota's Entune audio system.

Available with a regular or double cab, the SR can tow up to 6,500 pounds when equipped with the 4.6-liter V8. All examples roll on 18-inch steel wheels, and four-wheel drive is available.

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2014 Toyota Tundra SR 5.7L V8

Recommended for: Buyers who need maximum grunt in a blue-collar truck.

Although the SR is light on luxury, it's just as capable as the fancy Tundras when equipped with the 381-horsepower iForce V8. The extra power enables the SR to tow up 10,400 and provides impressive performance in everyday driving.

2014 Toyota Tundra
Starting price
$25,743
Shopper Popularity
5%

2014 Toyota Tundra SR V6

Recommended for: Buyers on a budget who want a truck for personal use.

The lowest-priced Tundra model, the SR V6 comes only in two-wheel drive regular cab form. With 270 horsepower under its hood, the V6 Tundra is perfectly capable of ferrying passengers and gear, but lags behind other full-size V6 pickups in overall ability.

2014 Toyota Tundra
Starting price
$28,953
Shopper Popularity
15%

2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 4.6L V8

Recommended for: Buyers who want enhanced trim in a work-worthy truck.

Building on the basic SR, the SR5 is brighter on the outside thanks to a chrome grille surround, chrome bumper endcaps, and available 5-spoke alloy wheels. Buyers have a choice of double or crew cabs, both with fold-up rear seats.

The audio system carries a larger touchscreen, plus HD and satellite radio. Towing capacity comes in at 6,500 pounds with the 4.6-liter V8, the base engine in the SR5 series.



2014 Toyota Tundra
Starting price
$30,680
Shopper Popularity
34%

2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 5.7L V8

Most Popular
Recommended for: Buyers who want to go and tow without breaking the bank.

The SR5's available 5.7-liter iForce V8 bumps towing capacity to just over 10,000 pounds and provides unusually quick acceleration for a full-size pickup. Equipment and trim are shared with 4.8-liter SR5, so buyers also get a touch of bling and extra conveniences to go with the extra power.

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