They (and by “they,” I primarily refer to Texans) say “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” Toyota’s got a truck plant in Texas. In that respect, it makes sense our 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition felt so flippin’ HUGE.
Interestingly, our test Tundra was a CrewMax model, which is Toyota speak for a slightly elongated crew cab, yet it measures slightly smaller in a lot of respects than a 2013 CrewMax Tundra. Compared to last year’s model, the CrewMax Tundra’s overall length shrank six inches, height dropped 2.5 inches, and the interior space lost fractions of an inch in several dimensions, including front headroom, rear hip room, rear leg room, front hip room, and front shoulder room. That didn’t decrease its enormity to my senses, as someone who typically owns compact cars and trucks. Parking was like trying to dock the Titanic. I think I used a similar phraseology to describe the Nissan Titan PRO-4X we tested earlier this year, and it held just as true for the Tundra in CrewMax guise.
Thankfully, all Tundras come standard with Toyota’s Entune infotainment system and a color display (in our case, a seven-incher), and all Tundras come with a standard rear view camera that gives an excellent view of what’s behind you when backing. As someone who prefers to back into most every parking spot he uses, I was thankful for that. It even saved me from a near collision when some doofus decided to treat a parking lot as a 40-MPH offramp. He was driving a Dodge Magnum. That’s right, a full-size wagon. The blind spot behind the Tundra CrewMax was that large.
In making the Entune system standard on all Tundras, Toyota has chosen to limit the system’s features for lower trims and give buyers more features the higher in the range they go. Our 1794 Edition being pretty much the King of Tundra Mountain, we got the full suite of Entune features, including SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth music and phone connectivity, USB and AUX inputs, JBL speakers and amplifier, navigation, and the Entune App Suite that includes access to SiriusXM weather and traffic alerts, Yelp, iHeartRadio, OpenTable, Bing search, Pandora, MovieTickets.com, and Facebook Places.
As with other JBL audio-equipped Toyota products we’ve driven, the one in the Tundra 1794 Edition had ample power to disturb those in the lane next door at traffic lights in town. The speakers in the front doors could create sufficient concussion to move your pant legs, but the overall punch still fell short of the Rockford Fosgate system we experienced in the Nissan Titan PRO-4X.
Much like my time with that Titan, I regretted I didn’t have a ton of trucky things to do with the Tundra 1794 Edition. It was plenty capable, if Toyota’s specs are anything to go by — befitting of a truck named in honor of the year the rugged Texas ranch on which the Tundra assembly plant sits was founded. More about our tested Tundra’s capabilities in a later post.
Disclosure: Toyota provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of gas.