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2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Expert Review


KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

The Tundra is Toyota's entry in the full-size truck market, a segment long dominated by GM, Ram and America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150. For now, the revamped 2014 Tundra remains competitive, especially when fitted with a 5.7-liter V8. But in today's world, power isn't all that makes a model king. Even among full-size trucks, fuel efficiency is becoming just as important as firepower. And this is where the Tundra's luster fades. For its 2014 update, Toyota did little to address the Tundra's aging and thirsty engines. While competitors introduce potent V6 powerplants and 8-speed transmissions, the Tundra soldiers on with the same powertrains. The truck remains a workhorse with stellar resale value, but faces an uphill battle, especially with an all-new F-150 around the corner.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you haven't already pledged allegiance to a truck brand, the Tundra has allure with Toyota's reputation for quality in general and this model's excellent resale value in particular. Some buyers may also like to know that the Tundra is made in America at Toyota's San Antonio, Texas, factory.

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Aside from blind-spot monitoring, the 2014 Tundra offers little that others don't. More power, better fuel economy, higher tow ratings and a wider variety of trims can all be found among this truck's rivals.

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2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The Tundra has been significantly updated for 2014 with a more ergonomic interior and a freshened exterior that includes a higher hood and replaceable bumper panels. The Western-themed 1794 Edition joins the top-line Platinum model. Its name is derived from the founding date of the Texas ranch where the truck's factory now resides.

Driving the Tundra CrewMax
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions On road and off, Toyota's full-size truck is still formidable when equipped with a V8 engine. The 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 is totally adequate for lighter duties, while the 381-horsepower, 5.7-liter...

... V8 is up for almost any task (yes, it even pulled the Space Shuttle over a bridge). The 270-horsepower V6 has acceptable performance in regular-cab models, but its capability declines with the added weight of double-cab setups. On the highway, the Tundra scores points with its quiet cabin. This half-ton truck isn't exactly nimble, but it drives smaller than its dimensions otherwise suggest. The Tundra's 6-speed automatic transmission on V8 models is smooth, though not as buttery at Ram's new 8-speed. The Tundra does not offer a locking rear differential, but the big truck had no traction problems in our tests in which we drove a 4-wheel-drive TRD edition up muddy embankments, crawled down steep hills and waded through several feet of water.

Treat a truck like a truck and it's almost bound to happen: bruising a bumper. The 2014 Toyota Tundra features a 3-piece design for its front and rear bumpers that makes them easier and less-costly to replace should/when they get banged up.

Driving a big truck means dealing with a wider zone in which you can miss spotting other vehicles to the rear left and rear right. Sedans have been offering electronic monitoring of these areas for years, but Toyota claims the title of being first to bring the technology to a full-size truck.

2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Details
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The most notable differences in the new Tundra come on the inside. The truck's big knobs remain (easier to use with gloved hands), but the controls and layout are sleeker. They're also within easier reach of the driver. To be exact, controls for audio and climate functions have been moved 2.6 inches closer. Regular-cab models seat three passengers across, while the 2-row double cab and even larger CrewMax 4-door models seat five or six passengers, depending on whether the front is configured for a bench or two bucket seats. A helpful feature from the past model that did not find its way into this one is a driver's-side grab handle.

2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax photo

The 2014 Tundra is available in three cab configurations and three bed lengths. Regular-cab and double-cab models can be had with a standard bed (78.7 inches) or long bed (97.6 inches). The CrewMax has the biggest cab of the bunch and is only available with a short bed (66.7 inches). The new Tundra's hood has been raised slightly and is better integrated into the grille. As with other full-size trucks, the Toyota's gaping grille appears to just get bigger and bigger. At the other end, the lockable tailgate automatically lowers slowly to prevent the dreaded tailgate slam.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like most of its competitors, the Tundra spans from basic work truck to leather-laden luxo hauler. Spend the least on an SR model and you'll get power windows, cruise control, and Toyota's Entune 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth and a backup camera. The more popular SR5 brings a manual sliding rear window and a high-resolution 7-inch touch-screen display with HD Radio and Traffic. Limited models add navigation, dual-zone climate control and leather with power-operated and heated front bucket seats. Premium and 1794 Edition trims use plusher leather like that found in the Lexus LS, heated and ventilated front seats, a moonroof and JBL premium audio.

Optional Equipment

Most extras for the 2014 Tundra are bundled into trims. Those that are available as options include a segment-exclusive blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, power-operated tow mirrors, running boards and a deck rail system with tie-down cleats. The TRD Off-Road Package brings Bilstein shock absorbers and skidplates to further protect the engine and fuel tank.

Under the Hood
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Engine photo

Three engines are available in the 2014 Tundra. The base 4.0-liter V6 is standard in SR rear-wheel-drive regular cab and double-cab configurations. It is connected to a 5-speed automatic transmission. A 4.6-liter V8 is standard in both rear-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive SR5 models. The most powerful engine in the Tundra's stable is the 5.7-liter V8 that is standard in the Limited trim and up, and available all the way down to base regular cab models for those who want to take advantage of the truck's 10,400-pound tow rating. Both V8s are connected to a 6-speed automatic. All Tundra engines run on regular gasoline, and the thirsty 5.7-liter is E85-capable.

4.0-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
278 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 mpg

4.6-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
327 lb-ft of torque @ 3,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/19 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 14/18 mpg (4-wheel drive)

5.7-liter V8
381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 13/17 mpg (4-wheel drive)

As with other full-size trucks, the 2014 Toyota Tundra's price roughly doubles from a base model to a loaded top-line version. At the low end, a regular-cab, V6-powered Tundra has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $27,000. At the other end, a 4-wheel-drive Premium or 1794 CrewMax Tundra climbs to about $50,000 when loaded. Compared with its competitors, the Toyota starts a couple of thousand more than the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500. An entry-level Tundra is about $3,000 below a base Nissan Titan, which is only available with a king-cab or crew-cab configuration. Before buying, check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Toyota pickup. Though the Tundra's price starts higher than most rivals, it is also expected to lead the pack with the best resale value.

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2014 Toyota Tundra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
Out of 10

Based on 2 Ratings for the 2014 - 2015 models.

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This truck is beautiful!

By on Monday, September 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,200

10 10.0
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Pros: "performance, style, smooth ride, handling"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"OK so I just purchased this vehicle from a dealer. It was used and is last year's model. I had a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac which got me by but also left me wishing that I had purchased a true pick up back then. The Tundra has so many excellent features including looks which are sharp. The comfort is really nice. The power driver seat with lumbar support has a perfect fit quality. Performance/Handling - This vehicle moves smoothly and with great agility. My previous Ford always felt like it didn't take curves well and felt unstable especially a moderately higher speeds or more. The 5.8L Tundra seems to handle superiorly which is always significant for a vehicle as large as this. The 5.8 liter engine is powerful and moves with incredible responsiveness. It's like having a muscle car truck. The sound of the engine is almost intimidating. There is significant power available which just responds when needed. The interior style and controls are absolutely lovely. The information center console is perfect. There was a brightness to it that was greater than I prefer at night, but this is adjustable. The sound system is excellent. When I was driving a different vehicle yesterday it seemed that the car had a transistor radio compared to my Tundra, not to mention that Sirius Satellite radio is superior to traditional AM/FM radio. My vehicle came with rims that are not my first choice but given the situation with my previous truck the replaceable wheel covers might not be a bad option. The Tundra does have several wheel options which I like better. But my vehicle was purchased used so the chrome-like covers are what it came with. The pro of this is that these can be replaced very inexpensively compared to entire rims. My ford wheels were beat, peeling chrome, and generally ratty and tired looking. It didn't seems like it was worth it to pay six, eight hundred or more to replace them. My Tundra wheels look good, just not my first choice. The pneumatic tail gate opening assist is a smart feature. The reverse mode back-up camera also makes a lot of sense. My previous truck had a bent bumper from me backing into things. The Tundra's segmental bumper that allows replacement of individual sections of the bumper seems much more cost effective and a smart feature. My ford's bumper was plastic, bent, completely faded and made the truck look many years older than it was. The Tundra 6 1/2 foot bed is large and a nice upgrade for me. The rear direction bed light is great. It came on the other evening and I was like wow this is really helpful. The rear window slider is nice to have. My last vehicle had a power rear window which is great and very likeable. The down side is that I like to use that a lot but a rear window tends to convert the cab into a vacuum which causes a lot of debris to be funneled quickly into the cab which then litters the cab nooks with leaves, etc. that are hard to remove. Having the slider allows me the option to use the rear window when the bed is clear instead of lowering the window while driving only to have a leaf wind tunnel unexpectedly. The steering wheel and gear shift are leather wrapped. There are many cup holders, and the center storage box in the cab is huge. Indeed, there are other makes that have nice features also. The Tundra is no different. It is beautiful. Gas mileage doesn't seem like anything that one would call efficient. But I am use to that, and this is rated the same as my sport trac was only now there is performance. This is an eight cylinder which seriously moves. I love the truck!"

10 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Not impressed with overall vehicle design.

By on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,025

10 6.0
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Overall Rating

Pros: "Can't think of any since I'm not happy with it."

Cons: "Too many too list (based on my likes & dislikes)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

2014 Tundra

"Having owned 7 Toyota cars since 1982 (and currently have a 2003 Camry), I bought this truck from a friend in Feb 2015 with just at 3,000 miles on it. He had bought it brand new in July 2014 then decided since he is a OTR trucker didn't want to keep it. I have owned Ford & Chevy trucks also so I thought I would like this truck--- Wrong! I have now driven it about 6,000 miles and have had time to find what I call design flaws, such as way too much bright work in the cabin which reflects too much glare for my liking. The truck gets lousy mileage (nowhere near what is claimed by EPA) even when driven mildly (lousy gear ratio). Overall I am NOT and have not been happy with the design and performance. I regret having bought it and am going to get rid of it as soon as I can and get me another Chevy Silverado 1500. In the meantime I tend to drive my 1999 Chevy Tahoe most of the time."

17 people out of 28 found this review helpful

2014 Tundra

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