Test Drive: 2014 Toyota Tundra

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    At A Glance

  • Engine: 5.7L V8
  • Power: 381 HP
  • Transmission: 6 spd auto
  • 0-60: 7.0 sec
  • MPG: 13 City / 17 HWY
  • Drivetrain: FWD
  • Seating: 5
  • MSRP: $25,920

If you own a truck and are looking for a new one or are a first time truck buyer, no matter what brand you are looking for, you will be in for some serious sticker shock. With many trucks available on the market and most of them selling for upwards of $38K, truck buyers have some heavy options to weigh and I don’t mean whether to get the heated cup holders or tow package either.

Today, we are reviewing one such truck, the 2014 Toyota Tundra 4X2 Platinum edition with comes in at an As Tested price of $44,220. You can sit around all day online looking at pictures of cars or the countless videos of cars for your reviews, but seeing this truck in person may be what it takes to push even the die-hard truck fan into making a purchase. That would be your mistake though as looks can sometimes be deceiving.

The only changes made to the 2014 Toyota Tundra 4X2 Platinum over last year’s model is in the way of cosmetics and exterior design. The 381 HP, 401 lb-ft of torque 5.7 liter V8 remains the same as last year’s model as does the rest of the drivetrain and basic features of this truck. That’s too bad, for Toyota to truly compete with the likes of Ram, Silverado, GMC and the F150, the Tundra’s market counterparts; they have to really step up their game a bit. Car reviews prove it; the Japanese truck makers still fall well short of their American rivals.

2014 Toyota Tundra driving impressions

The 2014 Toyota Tundra 4X2 Platinum handles very well and offers a wide array of creature comforts not normally found in trucks until more recently. Its off-road capabilities are about on par for a 4X2 and it has enough power to tow anything you need to haul. The roomy interior is comfortable, but not quiet and doesn’t feel cramped. What it lacks in natural truck DNA, our white Tundra more than makes up for in looks and overall appearance.

With truck ratings favoring the American manufacturers, the 2014 Toyota Tundra 4X2 Platinum has its work cut out for it. It’s still a very nice truck that is dependable, offers a decent power to weight ratio and a comfortable ride; it just isn’t as refined as its rivals who have been made for many more years and have learned over time what truck owners want in their vehicles.

If you are in the market for a new truck, the 2014 Toyota Tundra 4X2 might be right for you. Read the online car reviews, watch the videos of cars and then visit your local dealer and see what this truck has to offer.

Fredy Wiles
by: Carpower360