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Some 2014 Toyota Tundra teasin’

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I know somewhere Lyndon is upset as he dreams of large pickups but sees the impending $4 a gallon coming to a Shell near you.  On the last iteration of the Toyota Tundra, the automaker wanted to after the Big Three.  Hard.  So now for the fuel misers we learn that the 2014 Toyota Tundra six cylinder will only be fitted with a 5-speed slushbox vs. the class leading Ram 8-speed.  No hard figures yet on the fuel economy.  We’ll keep you posted on the final EPA stats.

However:

Tundras will feature a number of segment firsts, including a new Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a standard back-up camera (viewed from the audio display screen), and standard Bluetooth.  Additional standard features include a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the gauge cluster. The Limited grade adds eight-way power driver seat, standard chrome door handles and outer mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system. The Platinum and 1794 Edition come standard with a 10-way power driver’s seat with memory and a four-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation, power moonroof (CrewMax only), parking sonar, and Display Audio with Navigation, Entune and JBL.

That interior does look nice.  1794 is named after the ranch where the Toyota factory sits today.  If it were 1791 that would have even more diehard Americans aggravated even more than Lyndon!  This was the year of the Bill of Rights…

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  • Lyndon Johnson

    I’m frustrated not only at Toyota’s lack of more than five gears in its automatic transmission. I’m of course frustrated that the brand continues to toe the line that seemingly forbids manual transmissions in full-size trucks. I’m also frustrated that Toyota will offer no more engine, driveline, or cab/bed configuration combos than it did with the previous-gen Tundra. Trucks have to be configurable for work. That means a range of rear axle ratios and a full complement of cab and bed configurations, at the very least.

    The biggest disappointment here, though, is how similar the new Tundra looks to the old one after seven years. They took the one part I kind of liked– the bulldog-like short front end– and made it ugly with the nonessential NACA duct across the front of the hood.

    You’re right on the fuel economy. I’m guessing the Tundra’s EPA fuel efficiency ratings won’t break any new ground. It will remain near the back of the pack for fuel efficiency, just above the last-place Nissan Titan that is also in dire need of an overhaul in looks, powertrain options, and fuel economy stats.