Toyota Goes 'Bold' with 2014 Tundra, Tacoma Trucks

2014 Tundra Trucks

Toyota says its 2014 Tundra half-ton full-size pickup truck adds dramatically bold elements of design, refinement, quality and craftsmanship, while building upon Tundra’s well-known reputation for reliability, efficiency and function, making it the most stylish, value-driven and capable Tundra yet.

“Tundra’s new exterior design and new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior, with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology," says Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division.

The 2014 Tundra is offered in three grades: the SR, SR5 and Limited, along with the two premium grades of the Platinum and all-new 1794 Edition (pictured). Tundra is offered in three cab styles: two-door regular cab, four-door double cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4x2 and 4x4.

'Chiseled' exterior design. The new front design integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled and modern industrial image. Designers increased the size of the front fascia and tightened up the surfaces and character lines to visually punctuate Tundra’s pulling power and wide stance. The grille has a taller, bolder look, visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a three-piece design, allowing for lower replacement costs. In addition, the fenders and wheel wells have been squared off for a wider and more sturdy stance.

More comfortable interior. Ergonomic improvements include easier driver access to controls, as reach to the audio and HVAC controls has been reduced by 2.6 inches. Large knobs have been retained so they can be operated with or without work gloves. Overall passenger comfort was improved with a new front and rear (CrewMax) seat design and improved front-seat ventilation.

2014 Tacoma Trucks

For work and play. Toyota says its Tacoma compact pickup truck offers a sporty new SR appearance package for 2014, along with four levels of Entune audio. Entune Audio leverages the user’s mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services. The Entune Premium Audio and Entune Premium JBL Audio systems feature engaging mobile apps, including Bing, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp and Facebook Places, plus real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Access to Entune services is subscription free.

With a wide array of models and options, Toyota says its Tacoma has found great success as a work truck or play truck. The Tacoma line offers a choice between four-cylinder and V6 engines, and 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, along with numerous cab and bed styles.

Performance. The 2014 Tacoma model line offers two engines: a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 horsepower with 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines employ variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to ensure strong low-end and mid-range torque. Towing capacity is 3,500 pounds standard, and 6,400 or 6,500 pounds with the V6 Tow Package on the Double Cab and Access Cab models, respectively.

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