Let me start by stating that I have owned several previous years of the Tundra, so I am quite familiar with them. The truck that I am reviewing is a 2014 Tundra Limited Double Cab, with the 5.7 V8 and...
Let me start by stating that I have owned several previous years of the Tundra, so I am quite familiar with them. The truck that I am reviewing is a 2014 Tundra Limited Double Cab, with the 5.7 V8 and 4wd. Standard suspension. Current mileage is 4300.
-Exterior and interior looks.
-Decent towing capacity for a half ton truck.
-Decent payload for a half ton truck.
-Good resale value.
-Fairly quiet ride. The tires that Toyota chose are a bit noisy
-Still lousy fuel economy. 13 city, 16 hwy, is realistically what to expect in real driving. Same as previous years of this same powertrain that I have owned.
-The ride seems to be stiffer than the previous years, with minor road irregularities felt more, even with the standard suspension.
-They have taken a lot of standard features out of the Limited trim model that used to be there. No power passenger seat, no drivers side pocket on the back of the seat. 8 way power drivers seat instead of the 10 way that the Limited used to have. Downgraded the sound system to no subwoofer and fewer speakers. No turn signal indicators on the outside rear view mirrors, and no puddle lamps anymore either.
-For 2014 Toyota did away with the second glove box, removed the storage areas from the rear doors, removed the storage areas in the front door armrests, removed the storage area from the console. Made the console cupholders smaller and non removable for cleaning. Removed the two storage trays in the center console/armrest so that it is nothing but a big black hole to lose things in. Took away the ability to hang files in the console/armrest storage area.
-The front seats for 2014 are more firm, shaped differently, and far less comfortable that the previous years. At least for me anyway. The lumbar area protrudes into my back more, and causes discomfort even when adjusted to the lowest setting. The previous model years seats fit me so much better.
-They removed the grab handle from the drivers side "A" pillar this year. I miss that feature a lot when entering the vehicle.
-Toyota put poor street tires on a 4wd that are not suitable for that application.
-The overhead console is less than half the size and storage capacity that they used to have. I am not sure if this was done in 2014, or an earlier year though.
-The JBL sound system on the older Limited trucks was not the best, but was much better sounding than the Entune system on the new Limited's. I would take the JBL back any day over this.
To be honest, I have not had any problems with the truck. I just am very disappointed that Toyota has eliminated or changed so many of the great features that I enjoyed on the previous year Tundra's. And I know what you are probably thinking. Why did I buy this truck if I did not like it? Well, some things were obvious when I looked at it and I thought that it would not be a big deal. But I have found that they are for me. And other things were not so obvious, until I spent some time behind the wheel. A test drive of a few miles does not give one a complete picture, My fault though, I got caught up in the new and pretty face. And now, I wish that I had kept my previous Tundra.