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2014 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2014 Toyota Tundra's low safety scores, underpowered base engine, imprecise handling, and unimpressive interior contribute to its low ranking among full-size pickup trucks.

Pros & Cons

  • More standard features than rivals
  • Powerful V8 engine options
  • So-so handling
  • Poor safety scores

New for 2014

  • Refreshed interior and exterior design
  • New 1794 Edition trim level
  • Standard rearview camera
  • Available blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.2
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2014 Toyota Tundra Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Tundra a Good Used Truck?

The 2014 Tundra is an OK used truck, but most full-size competitors are much better. Certain Tundra models have laudable qualities, such as a potent V8 engine, great crew-cab legroom, and a good list of standard features for a truck. However, for an engaging drive or upscale interior quality, you'll want to check out a model from another brand.

Used 2014 Toyota Tundra Performance and Interior

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is available with one of three powertrains: a V6 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission and two different i-Force V8s with a six-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower ranges from 270 to 381. The 5.7-liter V8 is the most capable of the Tundra's three engines. It accelerates easily and can tow up to 10,400 pounds. This is OK for a full-size truck but still less than what half-ton competitors can manage. The V6 can struggle when loaded with several people or a full bed, while the midrange V8 is sufficient for daily driving duties outside of heavy towing. Fuel economy ranges from 13-16 mpg in the city to 17-20 mpg on the highway.

The Tundra’s ride is comfortable enough, but it can feel stiff over rough pavement. There's good steering feel, but the Tundra still handles like a full-size truck. It is available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

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The Toyota Tundra comes in regular cab, double cab, and CrewMax variants. Regular cab models seat three, while double cab and CrewMax hold five or six. Cloth upholstery is standard in all models. Power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and leather and ultra-suede front seats are available. The first row is roomy and comfortable enough for long trips, while four-door models offer ample second-row space. CrewMax Tundras, in particular, have generous rear legroom. There are two sets of lower LATCH anchors in four-door Tundras and three upper tether anchors for connecting child safety seats.

Three available bed sizes range from about 5 feet 7 inches to 8 feet 2 inches, which varies based on cab configuration. The Tundra's maximum payload capacity is 2,040 pounds. An easy lower and lift tailgate comes standard.

While many trucks have Spartan base trims designed for use as a work vehicle, every Tundra comes with modern amenities like Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, the Entune app suite, a JBL premium audio system, front and rear parking sensors, a 3.5-inch color multi-information display, and a moonroof. The layout of dashboard controls is generally intuitive, though some buttons and knobs can be hard to reach. Additionally, to get the most out of the Entune system, you have to pair it to your phone using a special app.

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Used 2014 Toyota Tundra Prices

Average prices for a 2014 Tundra range from around $21,400 for a regular cab V6 base model to about $37,700 for a CrewMax V8 Platinum model.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Tundra?

J.D. Power gave the 2014 Toyota Tundra a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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How Safe Is the Tundra?

The 2014 Tundra has low safety scores for its class. It earned a three out of five star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in the side crash test, three stars in the rollover test, and two stars (the lowest possible rating) in the frontal crash test. The Tundra earned the highest possible rating of Good in the four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Every Tundra model comes with a rearview camera, and some may include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Tundra?

The 2014 Tundra is part of the truck's second generation, which began with the 2007 model year. Though you might be able to save money by shopping for an older version, a 2014 Tundra is a better choice. For this model year, the truck gained a standard rearview camera and received a significant design refresh.

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Which Used Toyota Tundra Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Toyota Tundra is available in five trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 Edition. Aside from whatever powertrain, cab configuration, and bed size you decide on, a Tundra Limited will probably provide the best combination of features, quality, and value. This model adds comfort features like leather upholstery and heated front seats, as well as the upgraded Entune system with navigation and satellite radio.

For more confidence in your purchase, consider a certified pre-owned Tundra. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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2014 Toyota Tundra and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Tundra or 2014 GMC Sierra?

The fully redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra has an above-average reliability rating and great safety scores for the class. It also has a capable lineup of engines, a comfortable ride, and a tight turning radius that makes it easy to maneuver. Along with its corporate relative the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, the Sierra has a class-leading towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds. A high-quality interior and user-friendly features make the Sierra a better overall choice than the Tundra.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Tundra or 2014 Ford F-150?

The 2014 Ford F-150 may be a midpack truck, but it's still better than the Tundra. All of the Ford's available engines prove capable, and it has a composed and balanced ride. Though there are some low-rent materials in the base trim, upper-range F-150's offer a more upscale cabin. Also, you'll likely save money by shopping for an F-150, which has a lower average price than the Tundra.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Tundra or 2014 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma is a compact pickup truck that doesn't match the workhorse towing and hauling capabilities of its larger stablemate. In most other areas, however, the Tacoma comes out ahead. Both trucks have similar standard and available features, though the Tacoma has a more upscale interior. When it was new, we named the Tacoma our 2014 Best Compact Truck for the Money for its combination of features, value, and quality.

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