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2014 Toyota Tundra Double Cab

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2014 Toyota Tundra Double Cab Review

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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.

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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.

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 Double Cab
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.

REPLACEABLE BUMPER PANELS
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.

BLIND-SPOT MONITORING SYSTEM
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 Double Cab Details
2014 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 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.

Exterior
2014 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 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

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)

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2014 Toyota Tundra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 7 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    7.4/10

Just pure satisfaction.

By on Sunday, April 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quality, power, service. Entire package."

Cons: "I want a larger gas tank."

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

"2015 Toyota Tundra is fantastic. Gas mileage will be ok if you drive normal. I truly like about everything with this truck."

14 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Great Truck

By on Friday, March 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, Quality, Great Family/ Work Truck"

Cons: "Rear seat doesn't fold down anymore"

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

"I prefer the Tundra because it's not built just for looks or luxury. I have a Toyota Tundra Crew-max TRD Off Road. It's a great work truck. I bought this truck because it hauls great, performs well, and doesn't sacrifice comfort. Other vehicle companies are relying on the hype of it looking great and shafting performance.This is my second tundra Crew-max TRD. It's even great for the family.... can go camping with having no issues with space or the fact that you might have to drive through some rough terrain. If you want a reliable truck that performs great at everything you throw at it... this is the truck you want."

Competes with the Big 3

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Well designed, nice driving"

Cons: "None so far."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have been a Dodge pickup guy since I was three years old, even stuck by during the late 70s early 80s, but my 12 year old Ram was falling apart around me. Running well but rusting apart. I test drove a couple of new Rams and my neighbor sells for Toyota had some used Rams, but he steered me toward the Tundra. I am not going to lie, it hurts to go from the company of the Charger and Challenger to the company of the Prius, but this lightly used pickup was nicer than the new Ram and the used ones I drove. I haven't owned it long, so I will update if anything changes, but so far, very happy. Throttle and brake response is fantastic, power is instant when you want it, and the brakes work fast without being touchy. Interior styling is nice. I like the big knobs, and the hefty feeling column shifter. I used to feel like foreign trucks were designed for foreigners. Nothing wrong with that, but I preferred the layout and feel of the controls in US trucks. This one feels more "American" than the Rams. The large radio and information screen worked nicely and intuitively, with bluetooth, handsfree, and voice control, along with steering wheel mounted buttons, working nicely. This is all new to me, my last one being 10 model years older. Plenty of interior storage, although I thought there would be more. I don't need more, just seemed like they could have added more. At first I was disappointed with no storage under the fold up rear seat, but I am sure I can add my own toolboxes or containers in that space and get more storage than if there were molded in storage. The backup camera is very nice and allowed me to back it down a tight row of new Toys the first time I hopped in, no doubt a low cost high payoff safety feature. Adjustable headlights, intuitive controls for everything else. I have manual seats, but then, how often do you really need to adjust your seats? Exterior is okay, I prefer the new Ram and Chevy styling, but it isn't bad. The hydraulic tailgate is a great feature. Comes with Bridgestone Dueler "street" tires, which I have had before and are decent road tires. In my opinion, all SUV and trucks should come with BF Goodrich Radial All Terrains or one of the the BFG variants like the Rugged Trail. I have none of the bed options like spray in liner or the rail system, but I wish all trucks included those as standard. Just to try it out, shifted the transfer case into 4Hi, then stopped, shifted to low range, and then back. Twist knob activation where you push in to get low range so you can't easily accidentally get low range. So far, so good."

26 people out of 40 found this review helpful

Solid Family Truck

By on Friday, October 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, great value"

Cons: "Lots of dead/unusable space"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I traded in my 2007 Tundra Double Cab for a 2014 Crewmax. I am a firm believer in the outstanding quality and reliability of this truck, but would just want to point out to any prospective buyers that for some reason Toyota has eliminated many of the interior storage options that existed in the previous generation. I find it frustrating that the glove box is about the same size as what could be found in a Corolla. Also, in the Crewmax they decided to place a massive piece of dense foam under the rear seats leaving virtually no underseat storage. They really dropped the ball there. Another frustrating point is that there is no way to access the space behind the bottom of the rear seats, as they no longer recline or fold down. While they made the interior much better looking than the previous version of the truck, they certainly found a way to take such a large vehicle and provide little to no storage inside the cab. Believe me, if you owned this truck you would be mystified by this too."

35 people out of 55 found this review helpful

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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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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!"

25 people out of 45 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
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

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."

23 people out of 55 found this review helpful

2014 Tundra

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