The Tundra was introduced to the U.S.for the 2000 model year. Current Tundra models include: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition. You can find both 6.5-foot and an 8-foot beds, regular cabs and double cabs, which are essentially a large extended cab with four forward-hinged doors. The CrewMax version provides an extra-large crew cab, but shrinks the bed down to 5.5-feet. The exteriors of the SR, the workhorse of the family, and SR5, the step-up, do not differ too dramatically. They both come standard with multi-reflector halogen headlights, daytime running lights (DRL), black, heated, power outside mirrors, 18” steel wheels, High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass, an easy lower and lift tailgate, and front and rear mudgates. The big difference between the two is the SR5’s upgrades to chrome exterior features.
Start your search for a used Tundra with the 2007 model year when the truck benefited from a major redesign. From 2007-2009 it had a midsized 4.7-liter V8 engine with 271 horsepower. The now-current 4.6-liter V8 arrived for 2010 and boosted power to 310 hp. A couple of new trim levels and some minor cosmetic tweaks are notable on the 2010, but if you care about safet you will appreciate the addition of front-seat knee airbags. The V6 version between 2007-201 was less powerful than it is now, with 236 hp.
The entry level SR model for 2014 offers single zone air conditioning with independent temperature settings for the driver and front passenger. It includes a CD player and MP3 decoder, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.1-inch touch-screen entertainment center with an aux jack and USB port, iPod connectivity, and hands-free, voice-recognition to help you control communications without looking away from the road.
The SR5 interior features add an upgraded Entune system with a larger, 7-inch touch screen, HD radio with iTunes and weather, SiriusXM radio, and HD traffic and weather. It also includes a sliding horizontal rear window with privacy glass and an analog instrumentation panel with color-illuminated speedometer, tachometer, temperature, fuel, and engine oil pressure, a 3.5-inch color Multi-Information display, and a shift-position indicator.
The Limited and Platinum feature similar interior treats but the Platinum adds the Entune Premium JBL system with audio, navigation, and the App suite which includes premium audio with JBL speakers and a JBL amplifier, premium perforated, leather-trimmed and heated seated, and premium perforated leather-trimmed 60/40 split, fold-up rear seats. The Limited, touch of luxury model, and Platinum, “king of the urban jungle” share standard fog lights, a deck rail system with 4 adjustable tie-down cleats, and optional running boards. Also optional heated outside tow mirrors with turn signals and a manual-extend and manual-folding feature are pluses. The Platinum does up the ante on the Limited with the inclusion of a power tilt steering wheel, a moonroof with a sliding sunshade, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The 1794 Edition is the last member of the Tundra family and boasts silver lower front bumper with chrome endcaps, a chrome grille with a unique silver grille insert, and optional 20-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels.
TOYOTA TUNDRA SAFETY
Since 2007 to now, the Toyota Tundra has earned a Good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for Moderate Overlap Front, Side, Roof Strength, and Head Restraints & Seats. All 2014 Toyota Tundras come standard with the Star Safety System which include stability controls, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and Smart Stop Technology.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE 2014 TOYOTA TUNDRA
- Tundra models equipped the 5.7-liter V8 engine and the Tow Package come with a TOW/HAUL mode for the 6-speed automatic transmission. This mode allows you to extend the use of your lower gear ranges which helps prevent awkward shifts or “hunting” for the correct gear while you are towing your loads.
- J.D. Power ranked the Tundra’s Features and Accessories Quality as “Among the Best” for 2014.