Toyota Tundra SR5 2014

October 7, 2013

Toyota Tundra SR5

It’s interesting how Toyota eased into the full-size-truck market in the U.S. After years of building small pickups, the company introduced the slightly larger T-100 for 1993, adding the Xtracab extended-cab model in 1995. The darling of landscapers everywhere, there are still plenty of T-100s on the roads towing Dixie Choppers on small trailers, with lawn trimmers, rakes, and edgers packed in the bed.

Almost as if the T-100 had served some perceived apprenticeship, Toyota introduced the still-larger Toyota Tundra in 2000, with an available 4.7-liter V-8, and in 2004, a Double Cab model with four real, front-hinged doors.

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Toyota Tundra SR5

Tough and, for many consumers, pretty right-sized, this Toyota Tundra lasted through 2006.

Then, with the apprenticeship presumably complete, Toyota allowed itself to build a full-on, whopper-sized pickup for 2007, figuring on three things: that, with 14 years of in-market research complete, Toyota now really understood what truck buyers want; that existing customers weaned on the T-100 and first-gen Tundra would embrace this new beast; and that Toyota’s reputation for build quality would draw plenty of Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and Dodge customers into the fold. It seemed almost mercenary that the new Toyota Tundra was to be built in San Antonio, as if imparting the truck with some sort of homegrown geographical pedigree and credibility.

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Toyota Tundra SR5

Even if it knew internally that it would never approach Ford or GM sales figures, Toyota still made a few strategic errors in launching the Toyota Tundra. The styling was polarizing, the model lineup a bit confusing, and the price nowhere near low enough to be a factor in drawing defectors from other brands. Mostly, though, Toyota underestimated just how good the Big Three’s full-size pickups were (and are) and how loyal their customers were (and are).

Toyota Tundra SR5

Enter the refreshed 2014 Toyota Tundra, the first real opportunity to right those wrongs. The question: Would Toyota take another swing at the grandstands or merely tweak what it has?

The answer: tweak. Those who dislike the 2013 Toyota Tundra will probably dislike the 2014 less, and those who like the 2013 will probably like the 2014 a little more. But there’s nothing here to substantially change anyone’s mind. The Tundra is still a good truck. Toyota did address one complaint uncovered through research, and that is that the current Toyota Tundra looks, in Toyota’s words, “too round” and “too bubbly.”

Toyota Tundra SR5 interior

Bubbly? Really?

So the 2014 Toyota Tundra addresses this issue of round bubbliness with a new grille. Toyota calls it “bold” and “masculine.” We’d say “big” and “not at all bubbly.” How well it works is pretty dependent on the paint color and trim level, because we’d say it looks “less big” on the Toyota Tundra Platinum. There are new headlights, modestly integrated fender flares, and new side mirrors that include aero-minded “vortex generators,” which are “small airfoils that introduce swirling motions in the air that energize the boundary layer.” If they are the reason there is zero wind noise coming from the side mirrors, bravo.

Toyota Tundra SR5 interior

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