Wednesday, April 16, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Toyota’s Tundra pickup updated for 2014

By
From page C1 | January 31, 2014 | Leave Comment

In its first major update since 2007, the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck is redesigned with a bold, American-style exterior, a refined, quieter interior and standard backup camera and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

What’s not changed are the engines — a V-6 and pair of V-8s, all gasoline-powered — as well as the Tundra’s two-year/25,000-mile free scheduled maintenance. Also unchanged: Consumer Reports lists the Tundra as a recommended buy, with reliability that has been above average.

Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for Toyota’s largest pickup is $27,195 for a base, 2014 Tundra SR 4X2 Regular Cab with 270-horsepower V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission.

The lowest starting retail price for a 2014 Tundra with Double Cab is $28,085 for an SR 4X2 with standard bed and V-6. The lowest starting retail price for a 2014 Tundra with four-wheel drive is $32,180, and this is the base SR Double Cab model with 4.6-liter V-8.

Meantime, the lowest starting MSRP, including destination charge, for a 2014 Tundra SR5 4X2 CrewMax, which has four regular-size doors and an especially spacious back seat, is $35,455 with V-6.

Toyota offers two V-8s as well, and trim levels range beyond the base SR and next-level SR5 to Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition.

Built at a San Antonio, Texas, assembly plant, the Tundra competes with America’s top-selling, full-size pickups.

The nation’s No. 1 seller, the Ford F-150, has a starting retail price, including destination charge, of $25,640 for an XL 4X2 Regular Cab with 302-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic.

Note that the base F-150 does not include power windows, power outside mirrors and power door locks, which come standard on every Tundra. These items are part of an option package on the base F-150 that pushes the price to $27,000, according to pricing on Ford’s consumer website.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup carries a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $26,670 for a 1500 4X2 Regular Cab model in 1WT trim with 285-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic. Adding a rearview camera to the base Silverado boosts the starting retail price to $27,505, which is $310 more than a base, 2014 Tundra that has a standard backup camera.

The U.S. full-size truck market, inhabited by loyal truck brand buyers, is a difficult segment to crack.

Tundra sales last calendar year grew 11 percent, to 112,732. But this was far below the 763,402 Ford F-Series truck sales.

Part of the problem is the limited Tundra product line. Unlike competitors, Toyota doesn’t sell heavy-duty versions of the Tundra and doesn’t offer a diesel engine or hybrid.

But buyers who don’t want or need complicated order forms for their new trucks can find Toyota’s Tundra line to be streamlined and easy to understand.

Another plus: Toyota’s reputation for durable and reliable vehicles tends to rate highly among Tundra buyers.

J.D. Power and Associates last year named Toyota the top mainstream car brand in dependability.

For sure, the 2014 Tundra 4X2 Limited Crewmax test truck had Toyota’s standout fit-and-finish, where body gaps between pieces of exterior sheet metal were precisely lined up and where trim pieces inside and out were solidly attached.

Riding on a rugged truck platform, the Tundra had some bounciness to the ride off road and on some pavement surfaces. But it was not exaggerated up-and-down movement, and in contrast to some other trucks, there was not a jittery feel to the ride. The test Tundra, with TRD off-road package that added Bilstein shock absorbers for a firmer ride, kept the ride from feeling floaty.

Indeed, the tester performed capably and confidently, even though the rack-and-pinion, hydraulic power steering felt a bit numb.

The Tundra Crewmax is a long vehicle, stretching 19 feet in length, so a driver has to be mindful of its size or risk cutting corners too tightly.

Passengers in the new Tundra look out onto a hood that is higher than its predecessor’s. It’s akin to the feeling of sitting at the wheel of a Ford pickup with powerdome hood.

Everyone has good views out because seats are up high. Running boards on the test Tundra were essential for convenient entry and exit but didn’t interfere with ground clearance of some 10 inches.

The Tundra’s interior upgrades that include new, more comfortable seats give a quality feel.

Especially helpful is the fact the center stack — the middle part of the dashboard where radio, heating and cooling controls, etc. are located — has been pulled 2.6 inches closer to the driver and front passenger. This makes it easier to reach the controls.

Unfortunately, the full-size pickup truck segment is one place where Toyota’s reputation for fuel economy doesn’t come into play.

The best fuel mileage rating by the federal government for the 2014 Tundra is 16 miles per gallon in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway with the V-6 and two-wheel drive.

The 2014 Ram 1500 HFE and 2014 Ford F-150, both with gasoline V-6s, rate considerably higher.

And the test Tundra, with Toyota’s well-regarded 5.7-liter, double overhead cam V-8 putting out 381 horsepower and 401-foot-pounds of torque at 3,600 rpm, averaged just under 15 mpg in combined city/highway travel. It’s rated by the federal government at 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

The test truck’s powerplant, however, delivered strong performance through the six-speed automatic transmission. Even on steep mountain roads, the V-8 responded eagerly, and on flat pavement, the 0-to-60-miles-per-hour time is a commendable estimated 6.7 seconds.

Maximum towing capacity for the 2014 Tundra is 10,400 pounds.

2014 Tundra 4X2 LTD Crewmax

BASE PRICE: $26,200 for 4X2 SR Regular Cab; $27,090 for 4X2 SR Double Cab; $29,745 for 4X2 SR5 Double Cab; $31,185 for 4X4 SR Double Cab; $32,105 for 4X2 SR5 Crewmax; $32,795 for 4X4 SR5 Double Cab; $37,220 for 4X2 Limited Double Cab; $39,125 for 4X2 Limited Crewmax.

PRICE AS TESTED: $41,560.

TYPE: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, five-passenger, full-size pickup truck.

ENGINE: 5.7-liter, double overhead cam V-8 with Dual VVT-i.

MILEAGE: 13 mpg (city), 18 mpg (highway).

TOP SPEED: NA.

LENGTH: 228.9 inches.

WHEELBASE: 145.7 inches.

CURB WEIGHT: 5,480 pounds.

BUILT AT: San Antonio, Tex.

OPTIONS: Limited premium package (including front and rear parking sensors, illuminated entry system, glass breakage sensor) $595; bedliner $365; running boards $345; TRD off-road (includes 18-inch TRD alloy wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers) $135.

DESTINATION CHARGE: $995.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
 
 
 
Suisun police ID shooting victim

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3, 6 Comments

 
Solano Jews gather for start of Passover

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
County discusses consolidated dispatch

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

 
Miner Slough Bridge to see repairs

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

 
‘Heaven is for Real’ opens Wednesday

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B5

 
Fiesta Days pageant organizers seek contestants

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

 
Easter hunt set for Mare Island

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

Coakley joins Solano fair board

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Crews make quick work of vehicle fire

By Glen Faison | From Page: A6, 6 Comments | Gallery

 
Paper Clover Campaign supports Solano County 4-H

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Hundreds flock to Krispy Kreme as it opens doors

By Susan Winlow | From Page: B9, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
County to honor Solano educators

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

.

US / World

Officials: Huge San Francisco blaze was accidental

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
‘Shrimp Boy’ pleads not guilty in corruption case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

Robot sub returns to water after 1st try cut short

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Ukraine: Military secures airport from attack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Democrats have outside money advantage – for now

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 3 Comments

First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

New LA newspaper embraces print in digital world

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Congress is giving states the transportation blues

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 2 Comments

Police: Suspects in killings wore GPS devices

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

 
DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

 
2 dead after ferry sinks off SKorean coast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

.

Opinion

 
Oh, for the days of Dr. Welby

By Dan K. Thomasson | From Page: A13, 13 Comments

Poor Judgement in Flight 370 column

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

 
Senseless babble that hurts

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

 
Expand Red Top Road

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

Editorial cartoons for April 16, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A13

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: April 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
What love gives you

By Barton Goldsmith | From Page: A2

Today in History for April 16, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
A matzo ball soup fit for a weeknight dinner

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Saving carrots from their usual sugary Easter fate

By Sara Moulton | From Page: B6

 
Sweet pairings for grown-up Easter treats

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

My husband still pays his 45-year-old unemployed son’s bills

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 16, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for bombing coverage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Lindsay Lohan’s mom pleads guilty to DWI in NY

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Strahan’s ‘GMA’ side job confirmed with his visit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

.

Sports

Cal hires Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as coach

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Warriors trying to move on without Andrew Bogut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Sharks’ Torres uncertain for playoff opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Indians shut out Mustangs

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
49ers sign WR Brandon Lloyd to 1-year deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

.

Obituaries

Carolyn McClelland

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Evonne Medina

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

.

Comics

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7