2014 Toyota Tundra

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  • Toyota Tundra
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    5-Speed Auto
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    270
  • MPG(Cty):
    16
  • MPG(Hwy):
    20
  • Torque @ RPM:
    278
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    25920
  • body style:

The second-generation Toyota Tundra was unveiled back in 2007, but the first major update has just been unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. You shouldn’t expect any big changes though, because all the updates were limited just to the exterior and the interior. For the 2014 model year, Toyota is also adding a new "1794 Edition" - a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.

The most obvious choices include the addition of a new, taller squared-off grille, a revised front bumper design, squarer fenders and wheel wells, and an all-new bed design. It gets new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and an integrated spoiler in the deck. On the interior, updates are limited to new seats and a new-look instrument panel.

Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, meaning customers will still have to choose between three different engines.

What we would have really like would have seen are some improvements in the towing department, but maybe it will work on that later on.

Update 8/9/2013: Toyota has announced the full pricing details of the 2014 Tundra and it starts at $25,920. Plus it revealed more details on the standard features and towing capacity.

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The Best Full-Size Pickups Ranked from Last to First

The Best Full-Size Pickups Ranked from Last to First

You can’t go wrong with any of these models, but you can hit the jackpot if you pick the right one that suits your lifestyle

The best full-sized pickups in the market are often those that give you the best of a lot of worlds. It’s not enough for a pickup to look good or boast a luxurious interior. It’s not even enough to have the most powerful engine. A good pickup has all of those things to go with impressive handling and driving qualities, as well as towing and hauling capabilities. Like the image the segment presents as do-it-all vehicles, a good pickup has to, quite literally, do it all. That said, not every pickup can do it as well as some of its contemporaries. There are those that excel in a few things but don’t much up as well in other respects. Then there are those that not only excel at one thing; they excel at everything. On that end, we’ve made a list of the best full-sized pickups in the market today, ranked from last to first.

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Toyota Moves to Replace the Tundra Pickup Burned During a Heroic California Wildfire Rescue

Toyota Moves to Replace the Tundra Pickup Burned During a Heroic California Wildfire Rescue

Not all heroes wear capes

California is facing its deadliest wildfire in history, and so far, 42 people have lost their lives to "Camp Fire. The count would have been much higher if not for good Samaritans like Allyn Pierce. Pierce, a nurse by profession, drove his Toyota Tundra into the flames and evacuated patients from the intensive care unit that he manages. Although he came out unharmed, his Tundra bore the brunt, quite literally. When the Japanese automaker found out about this, it offered to replace his Tundra.

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2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

Gimmick status aside, this can actually work with a few more tweaks thrown in

Pizza chain Pizza Pie is once again digging into its bag of marketing gimmicks with the introduction of the Toyota Tundra PIE Pro. Built in collaboration with Toyota, the Tundra PIE Pro is, quite seriously, a zero-emission pickup with a robotic pizza-making factory in the truck bed. Unfortunately, the Tundra PIE Pro is nothing but a concept, dashing our hopes and dreams of one day seeing this creation pull up in our homes with a fresh pan of Pizza Hut’s finest.

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2018 Toyota Tundra for Kevin Costner by Working Complete Customs

2018 Toyota Tundra for Kevin Costner by Working Complete Customs

This is one Toyota Tundra that was built to thrive in the elements

A unique Toyota Tundra showed up at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show with Kevin Costner’s imprints all over it. The Hollywood A-lister hooked up with Toyota to build a custom Tundra Platinum that embraces Costner’s love for adventure and the outdoors. The one-off, custom-built creation is the ultimate adventure truck, fitting for a man whose famous for his love of the outdoors. They don’t make them as rough and tough as Kevin Costner; turns out, Toyota — and Working Complete Customs of McKinney, Texas — was up to the task of giving him a ride that suits his personality.

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Toyota Assists In Dino Bone Dig

Toyota Assists In Dino Bone Dig

A pair of Tundras and a Land Cruiser are helping haul serious dinosaur bones

Toyota is lending a helping hand to a team of paleontologists from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis who are surveying an undisclosed site in northern Wyoming. The team of scientists, led by world-renowned paleontologists Dr. Phil Manning and Dr. Victoria Egerton, are in the area looking for fossilized dinosaur bones. Toyota is supporting the expedition by lending a pair of Tundra pickups and a Land Cruiser to help carry the scientists, their gear, and whatever fossils they dig up.

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2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Minor improvements prevent the Tundra TRD Pro from getting cold

Toyota has upped the ante with its Tundra TRD Pro for the 2019 model year. The off-road package receives a mid-cycle refresh that includes both cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The move is completely understandable considering how hot the off-road segment is getting these days.

It’s important to understand the Tundra TRD Pro’s place in the market. It competes most directly with the Ram 1500 Rebel, both of which fall short of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s outright ownership of the high-speed desert racing niche. But while Ford is busy making the Raptor an extremely capable but very expensive upgrade to the F-150, both the TRD Pro and Rebel are more obtainable for the everyman. In other words, the Tundra TRD Pro might not match the Raptor’s off-road performance, but it’s also far less expensive.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s 2019 updates push the Tundra TRD Pro beyond what it was capable of from 2015 to 2018.

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The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Gets More Capable for 2019

The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Gets More Capable for 2019

Upgrades shocks, more wheel travel, and Exterior mods take center stage

The biggest member of Toyota’s TRD Pro trio, the Tundra TRD Pro, is getting similar updates as the Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pros for 2019. This includes updated Fox Racing Shocks and a few cosmetic changes to keep things fresh. The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro can easily be picked out thanks to its new secondary hood scoop and new 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels.

As with its TRD Pro stablemates, the Tundra TRD Pro will arrive in showrooms in the fall of 2018. Toyota hasn’t released pricing yet, but here at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, we’re getting our first look at the truck. Keep reading for the details.

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Does The Face Of The Toyota Sequoia Hint At What We Can Expect For The Next Toyota Tundra?

Does The Face Of The Toyota Sequoia Hint At What We Can Expect For The Next Toyota Tundra?

Bringing Toyota’s line of trucks and SUVs into the modern era

The Toyota Sequoia and Toyota Tundra are both well-known in their respective segments, but lately, that reputation is derived from the fact that both are getting rather long in the tooth. The Sequoia was first put into production in September of 2000, with a second generation arriving in 2008 along with only a handful of meaningful updates since. Meanwhile, the Tundra first rolled off the line in May of 1999, with the latest second-gen arriving in 2007. Both these nameplates are just aching for a next-generation model to arrive, and Toyota has said it’s working on bringing consumers exactly that in the near future. What we wanna know is this – what will the next model years bring to the table before the third-gens finally arrive? To answer that, we can look to the latest 2018 model year for the Sequoia, which, despite its age, brings a few nice changes to the party.

For starters, the Sequoia is most definitely an old-school affair, offering classic SUV goodness like a ladder frame, part-time 4WD, and a meaty V-8 under the hood. LED lights are provided for illumination of the road ahead, while a few styling tweaks spruce up the old fascia. The gauges were also updated, while the modernized infotainment system comes with complementary safety systems like adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and pedestrian detection. Meanwhile, a 5.7-liter ’eight provides 380 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.

Prior to the Tundra’s inevitable next-gen refresh, we’d expect the same sort of upgrades – small styling updates, the latest headlights, new infotainment gear, and small interior updates. The V-8 options (310-horsepower 4.6-liter and an up-rated 381-horsepower 5.7-liter) should go pretty much unchanged. Once we get the third generation, though, all bets are off, with far-reaching updates across the board.

What do you wanna see from the new Tundra?

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Toyota Teases 3 Special Editions For Chicago

Toyota Teases 3 Special Editions For Chicago

The Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runners can be seen in the teaser photo

Toyota is gearing up for a busy weekend at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show that includes debuting a new lineup of off-road vehicles. The Japanese automaker released a teaser photo of its Chicago attendees, and we can clearly see that the three models are the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner. It’s hard to make out the specifics because of the distance of the vehicles in the photo, but it is believed that all three models will come to Chicago sporting new off-road packages.

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Toyota Tundra Lands in the Cross hairs; Overhaul Imminent

Toyota Tundra Lands in the Cross hairs; Overhaul Imminent

Next-generation Tundra will be a big leap forward

The Toyota Tundra is finally getting some much-deserved attention from Toyota engineers and designers, and a complete redesign is coming in the next few years. That’s according to Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division, who spoke with Auto Guide. “I don’t think there’s [a] much higher priority than that,” he said, referring to the next new half-ton. “Tundra has been out for plenty of time so we’re looking at what the new one would look like.”

Hollis isn’t kidding about the Tundra’s age. The current truck has been around since 2007 with a mid-cycle refresh in 2014 and the addition of Toyota Safety Sense as standard for 2018. Beyond that, the truck’s frame and powertrain have soldiered on unchanged. Conversely, the competition from Ford, General Motors, Ram, and Nissan has been red-hot by comparison. In fact, GM and Ram are debuting all-new versions of their trucks for 2019.

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Toyota Finally Working on Updates For 4Runner, Tundra, Sequoia

Toyota Finally Working on Updates For 4Runner, Tundra, Sequoia

VP of Toyota Marketing spills the beans

It’s no secret Toyota has several aging SUVs and a pickup that desperately need attention. The full-size Tundra was last touched – and mildly at that – in 2014 and the 4Runner isn’t much further ahead. The three-row Sequoia is the segment’s oldest contender, dating back a full decade to 2008. Small changes are coming for the 2018 Sequoia, but it won’t be enough to catapult this body-on-frame SUV to the top of the pack. Thankfully, Toyota knows this, and as the automaker’s vice president of marketing told Automotive News, things are soon changing.

Ed Laukes spoke with AN at the 2017 Texas State Fair’s opening weekend about Toyota’s lack of fresh truck-based vehicles at the truck-centric event. When asked if it was time for Toyota to update its aging platforms, Laukes said, “One hundred percent. We are working on that right now.” Toyota’s stagnate models are further highlighted by the constant change and updates happening with Ford, General Motors, and Ram’s products. Toyota’s renewed focus on trucks can likely be attributed to both the truck and SUV segment’s explosion in popularity and Toyota America’s recent move of its headquarters from California to Texas. Texas is well known for its love of trucks. Some say Texas sets the tone for a pickup’s success in the rest of the U.S. Now with its new multi-million dollar HQ outside Dallas and its Tundra and Tacoma assembly plant in San Antonio, it’s highly likely Toyota will wholeheartedly dawn its cowboy boots and Stetson hat.

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Toyota Quietly Kills Regular Cab Tundra for 2018

Toyota Quietly Kills Regular Cab Tundra for 2018

Two-door Tundra only had a 0.4-percent take-rate

Amid Toyota’s February 2017 debut of the slightly updated 2018 Tundra pickup, the brand buried its plot to end production of the Tundra regular cab. The once-popular cab style has faded from glory as customers choose pickups versions with more interior room. As it turns out, the regular cab Tundra only mustered an abysmally low 0.4 percent rake-rate in the first five months of 2017. The larger Double Cab accounted for 34.1 percent of Tundra sales during the same period, while the Crew Max represented 65.5 percent of the 43,809 Tundras sold between January and May. Do the math, and Toyota only sold 175 regular cab Tundras in five months.

This isn’t a new trend, of course, with regular cab trucks from every automaker losing out to more spacious cab configurations. It’s also worth noting Toyota trails in half-ton pickup truck sales, followed only by the new Nissan Titan and Titan XD pickups, whose production is still being ramped up following their recent introductions. In contrast, Ford sold 351,965 F-Series pickups between January and May, while Chevrolet sold 212,425. The domestic brands also control the vast majority of the fleet and work-truck segments, which still skew towards low-cost trims and cab configurations. That presents this question: Why isn’t Toyota marketing to these segments? Other automakers do very well selling high-quantity, low-content pickups, Ford especially. Let’s explore this more below.

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2017 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

2017 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

How does the oldest half-ton pickup perform?

The Toyota Tundra has been around since 2014 with nary a change. Before that, it was 2007 when the Tundra saw any action from Toyota designers – and that was the second-generation Tundra’s debut! Needless to say, Toyota’s full-size pickup is long in the tooth. But how does this decade-old pickup perform? To find out, I spent a week with the truck on familiar streets I’ve traversed plenty of times with the Tundra’s competition.

As mentioned, the current Tundra debuted in 2007 as an all-new, ground-up truck that replaced a much smaller pickup bearing the same name. Toyota had been accosted by consumers and journalist alike for not having a true full-size competitor. To much applause, Toyota delivered. The truck came with a powerful 5.7-liter V-8, three cab options, available 4WD, and payload and towing capacities that ranked well against Detroit’s Big Three.

The Tundra then lay dormant for seven years. A mid-cycle refresh came in 2014 bringing some new sheet metal and a revised interior. However, the powertrain, frame, and suspension remained unchanged. Fast forward, and the first major change is scheduled for 2018. Even that is limited to the TRD Sport trim and consists of new grille mesh, LED headlights, and some active safety systems. We’ll have to wait at least to 2019 or 2020 before Toyota finally brings an all-new model. But despite its age, the Tundra isn’t a bad truck. Here’s why.

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2019 Toyota Tundra

2019 Toyota Tundra

What could Toyota have up its sleeve?

The current Toyota Tundra has been around since 2007, with only a modest update for the 2014 model year. This makes Toyota’s full-size truck the oldest in the segment, falling well past its competition. News from Toyota is nearly nonexistent on an update, but there is a solid case for 2019 being the target year. In typical Toyota fashion, a game-changing update isn’t expected, but rather a well conceived renewal of what works. In an attempt to capture this, we’ve created a rendering that plays off the Tacoma’s detailing yet still captures the Tundra’s main theme.

As for what’s under the bodywork, well, there is speculation Toyota will employ its newest D-4S dual fuel injection technology into a heavily revised, if not all new, V-8 engine. An eight- or 10-speed automatic transmission might be in the works, while a strengthened steel frame gives the pickup a stronger backbone.

The Tundra’s reach into the luxury truck stratosphere is also expected, with upscale equipment and niceties added to the 1794 Edition and Platinum models. Toyota could also introduce a new Limited Platinum model as a range-topping trim, just as on the Highlander. Trucks like the Ford F-150 Limited and GMC Sierra 1500 Denali offer luxuries far beyond what’s available on the Tundra. The remaining trims will likely carry over, including the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro. The three cab configurations are expected to make the generational jump, including the Regular Cab, Double Cab, and CrewMax cab.

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BJ Baldwin Proves Trucks Can Fly in Recoil 4

BJ Baldwin Proves Trucks Can Fly in Recoil 4

Insane hang-time and horsepower arrive in Cuba

Famed Baja racer BJ Baldwin is back again with is Recoil series, and boy, is it worth the wait! Recoil 4 takes place in Cuba, whose borders were just recently opened to U.S. citizens. It seems Baldwin didn’t care to tread lightly, despite the fledgling relationship between the two governments. Armed with his 850-horsepower Toyota trophy truck, Baldwin tears through the hilly streets of Havana and the vegetation surrounding the historic coastal city.

Think of Recoil as the off-road version of Ken Block’s Gymkhana. Insane stunts followed by high-horsepower rampages down empty streets followed by slow-motion, high-resolution videography showcasing the vehicle’s and driver’s abilities.

Recoil 4 earned some world records in the process. Baldwin’s custom-built truck soared 191 feet through the air, setting the record for the longest residential jump in a trophy truck. Undoubtedly, Cuba has never seen anything like this before.

Those fascinated by slow-motion video of suspension systems in action should find this nine-minute film nearly pornographic. Especially eye-catching is Baldwin’s dance over logs at the 4:45 mark. It’s amazing how that long-arm suspension and those King racing shocks soak up the bumps at blistering speed. It’s also incredible how much capability big tires and huge power give a rear-wheel drive truck. This thing is unstoppable!

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Hands Down The Coolest Feature of the Toyota Tundra

Hands Down The Coolest Feature of the Toyota Tundra

Why doesn’t every pickup have this?!?

Take a gander at the image above. Notice anything missing? Yep, the back window. No, it didn’t get busted out, but rather is rolled neatly into the rear bulkhead of the Tundra’s CrewMax cab. Controlled by a rocker switch by the driver’s left knee, the power-operated rear window drops down for the best open-air driving experience available in a modern pickup. Not even a panoramic moonroof gives the same effect.

Toyota has a long history will roll-down rear windows. The 1984 4Runner started the trend in the U.S., and the Tundra carried the tradition in 2000 when it was introduces as a replacement for the T100 pickup. The roll-down window made the generational jump in 2007 to the second-gen Tundra, and again with the 2014 facelift.

The roll-down rear windows brings several benefits. First is that open-air driving experience. With all five windows down in my 2017 Tundra test truck, the wind moves quickly and quietly through the truck, even at highway speeds. There’s no buffeting or swirling – just a nice steady flow of air through the cab. My wife’s hair even stays out of her face.

The second benefit is utility. Imagine needing to haul eight feet of PVC pipe. Just roll down the window. It also makes easy access between the cab and cargo bed. And how Toyota hasn’t marketed this feature RV manufacturers for a full-width pass-through into a slide-in pickup camper is beyond me. How cool would that be?

Ranting aside, there’s plenty to love about the Toyota Tundra. There’s even more to hate/wish Toyota would finally update this decade-old truck. However, the Tundra’s coolest feature is still that roll-down back window.

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2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package

2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Package

More sport & added safety for Toyota’s aging Tundra

The current Toyota Tundra has been around since 2007 and has undergone only one update in the last decade. It was the 2014 model year that brought the upgraded styling and improved interior. Aside from that, the truck remains the oldest full-size pickup in the American market. Thankfully Toyota is giving the Tundra some attention for the 2018 model year, adding both new active safety systems and a new trim level – the TRD Sport.

These updates are a drop in the bucket compared to a full-scale update, but they certainly help keep the Tundra (and the 2018 Sequoia, which shares the updates) trekking in modern times. Of course, the off-road-focused Tundra TRD Pro is a newer development, but aside from its suspension, its bones haven’t changed. And keep in mind the Tundra’s competition: the perpetually updated Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, Ram 1500, and the all-new Nissan Titan.

Despite the updates for 2014, the Tundra continues to utilize the same underpinning from 2007. These include the C-channel frame, 5.7-liter i-Force V-8, and six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota Tundra head engineer Mike Swears says the 5.7-liter might not employ head-turning technology like turbocharging or cylinder deactivation, but the dual-overhead cam V-8 with variable valve timing is still an advanced engine with a clean reliability record. Reliability, after all, is what Toyota hangs its hat on.

So what are these changes all about? Keep reading for the full run-down.

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TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

TRD Sport Package Brings Added Styling and Handling Upgrades to 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia

Finally! Updates come for the Sequoia and Tundra

Toyota joins every other automaker in the known universe by launching special edition versions of the full-size Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV. It’s called the TRD Sport and it brings new grille treatments, upgraded headlights, black wheels, and a TRD on-road handling package, among other small changes. What’s more, the Sequoia is finally getting an updated gauge cluster that replaces the archaic piece that’s been present since 2008. Both vehicles are also getting Toyota’s full suite of active safety systems, which rounds out nearly all of Toyota’s lineup with TSS-P coming as standard equipment.

The new TRD Sport trim alights with the existing Tacoma TRD Sport, which is a street-biased package that compliments the TRD Off-Road package and hard-core TRD Pro package on that Tacoma. Unfortunately, Toyota has not released a TRD Off-Road or TRD Pro version of the Sequoia. Then again, the TRD Sport package is the first major upgrade in the current-generation Sequoia’s decade-long life, so it’s not surprising Toyota isn’t showing it a ton of love.

Beyond the suspension upgrade brought by the TRD Sport package, no mechanical changes are found for either the Tundra or Sequoia. Both still use the 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, which mates to a six-speed automatic transmission. And as before, both Tundra and Sequoia can be had in RWD or 4WD, including TRD Sport models.

Want to know the details of Toyota’s TRD Sport package? Keep reading to find out.

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Off-Road Shootout – Ram Rebel VS Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: Video

Off-Road Shootout – Ram Rebel VS Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: Video

Which off-road truck is king?

The pickup truck segment is red-hot these days, especially in the off-road niche. Two of the biggest players come from Toyota and Ram. These trucks are upfitted with special equipment and features not found on lesser-level trucks. But which one is better suited for the dirt? Well, the guys over at Off-Road.com pitted the contenders together to find out.

Up first, the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro comes motivated with the venerable 5.7-liter iForce V-8 backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. By checking the TRD Pro option box, the Tundra then gets a fantastic-sounding dual exhaust system, TRD-branded coil-over shocks with remote reservoirs, and an extra two inches of ground clearance. What’s more, the TRD Pro brings a unique front grille, bespoke interior trimmings, and a cool TRD Pro stamping on the cargo bed.

Also powered by a 5.7-liter V-8 is the Ram Rebel. But the Ram’s Hemi is no high-tech DOHC engine. Nope, it’s a good ole-fashioned cam-in-block, pushrod V-8, though it does have cylinder deactivation. It pumps out an impressive 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, out-classing the Tundra’s 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Controlling the Hemi’s power is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Both trucks come with part-time 4WD systems with electronic engagement and low range gearing. Neither truck, however, offers a selectable locking rear differential, though limited-slip diffs in both offer more traction than a conventional open differential.

Setting the Ram apart is its air suspension system. It gives the driver the option of a standard and off-road ride height. When in its highest position, the Ram matches the Tundra TRD Pro’s ground clearance. And thanks to the air suspension’s self-leveling feature, the Ram offers a flatter ride when hooked to a tongue-heavy trailer. The Toyota just goes nose up.

These trucks are awesome and all, but both command premium price tags. The Tundra TRD Pro edges out the Ram, carrying an as-tested price around $46,000. At round $53,000, the Ram Rebel is more expensive, but as this video review points out, it offers more features commonly favored among modern truck buyers.

So which is better in the dirt? Well, I can’t spoil the review, so check it out above.

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Toyota Buys Back Million-Mile Tundra

Toyota Buys Back Million-Mile Tundra

Owner averaged 125,000 miles annually on his 2007 Tundra

Victor Sheppard isn’t the typical pickup owner. His job required long hours on the road at the pace of 125,000 miles a year. Even though his Tundra was only nine years old, the truckx racked up miles at an exponential rate, ultimately having more than a million miles on the clock. Sheppard, however, was diligent with maintenance – always keeping up with oil changes, tire rotations, and the like. He averaged 13 dealer visits per year.

On one of those more recent visits, the dealership snapped a photo of the odometer showing 999,999 miles. The photo, taken by Leblanc Toyota in Sheppard’s hometown of Houma, Louisiana, made it to the dealer’s Facebook page where it caught the attention of Toyota’s chief truck engineer, Mike Sweers. Sweers and his engineering team jumped on the opportunity to examine Sheppard’s Tundra. In fact, Toyota simply swapped Sheppard with a brand new 2016 Tundra for his 2007 model.

“Having a million-mile truck in as pristine condition as this one with original parts is a truly rare find,” said Sweers. “Our team plans to tear down the entire truck, bumper-to-bumper, top-to-bottom to evaluate how the quality and safety we designed, engineered, and built into the Tundra has held up to over one-million miles of real-world driving and help us continue providing ever-better vehicles for our customers.”

Sheppard’s Tundra was one of the first trucks to roll the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas. The 2007 model year was also the debut of the second-generation Tundra, which ran through 2013. Sweers and his team plan to spend several months meticulously evaluating each part that comes off the truck, checking it for wear and longevity.

Despite the mile, the truck still has its original engine (presumably the 4.7-liter iForce V-8), transmission, and paint. Besides the average maintenance issues, including several timing belts, the truck is still as it was in 2007. “My truck looks great, and, except for a few little dents, it’s almost like new,” said Sheppard. “Even the seats look just as they were when I bought it. They’re not as clean, of course, but they’re not busted or worn out.”

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Toyota Debuts Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck, Announces BJ Baldwin as Driver

Toyota Debuts Tundra TRD Pro Trophy Truck, Announces BJ Baldwin as Driver

BJ Baldwin’s race-winning career elevates Toyota’s off-road racing pedigree

Long-time off-road racer BJ “Ballistic” Baldwin has joined forces with Toyota for the upcoming season of SCORE International and Best in the Desert and will pilot a Tundra TRD Pro Baja truck custom-built for high-speed desert running.

“Joining the Toyota Racing family in an all-new Tundra is really an honor,” said Baldwin. “As a kid I’d watch Toyota trucks dominate the field with one of my all-time heroes, Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to continuing the winning tradition and returning Toyota to the top of the winner’s circle!”

Toyota certainly has an iconic off-road racing heritage, so it’s no wonder the automaker is looking to continue its legacy. Baldwin is perhaps one of the best drivers in modern times, having won five U.S. national off-road racing titles that include three SCORE International championships, one Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 first place finishes. Baldwin even holds a class championship in the famed Dakar Rally.

“BJ’s successful racing record, his adventurous attitude, and his ceaseless dedication to honing himself and his craft speaks volumes to Toyota’s core ‘Let’s Go Places’ and kaizen philosophies,” said Cooper Ericksen, Toyota vice president, vehicle marketing and communications. “We look forward to having BJ and his Tundra involved in this next chapter of Toyota’s desert racing story that so far includes 11 Baja 500 and two Baja 1000 wins.”

Toyota and Baldwin will begin competing this summer with the custom-built Tundra TRD Pro. Toyota has not released specific details on the truck, but expect it come with a high-horsepower V-8, massive suspension parts, and a hand-built, tube-frame chassis.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

2015 Toyota Tundra Platinum – Driven

The vast majority of truck-related headlines these days have something to do with all-new models debuting, aluminum body panels, or V-6 diesel engines. Yet in the background, the Toyota Tundra quietly soldiers on in its unassuming way, making do with a mild refresh that came in 2014. Behind the slight changes is the same truck that debuted in 2007.

So what’s that mean for the Tundra? Is it even relevant these days?

Glad you asked. On paper, the Tundra seems like the sixth mutt in a five-dog fight. It doesn’t have a swanky new turbocharged engine, alternative metals in its body, or the highest trailering capacity. It’s not the newest or most technologically advanced pickup by any means.

However, after spending a week behind the wheel, none of that matters. Yep, despite its lack of headline-grabbing do-dads and gismos, the Tundra does what it does in typical Toyota fashion. It simply works. Jumping into the cab and starting its 5.7-liter V-8 (that’s a 350 cubic-inch for all your old-school cats), slipping its six-speed auto into Drive, and accelerating down the road sends vibes of traditionalism through the spine.

It’s hard to explain, but the Tundra just feels content with its lot in life. It lets Chevy, Ford, Ram, GMC, and Nissan battle it out for who’s the biggest and baddest, while it smugly props itself against the wall, feet crossed and cigarette in hand, watching the fight go down.

Now of course, I’m not advocating Toyota let the Tundra roll off into the sunset with nary an update, but rather that driving the Tundra in isolation for a week, reveals the truck’s hidden strengths and driving pleasure. Let’s take a look at what I mean.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

The Tundra has quietly soldiered on largely unchanged for the better part of a decade, save for the skin-deep refresh that came along in 2014. However the mad scientists and engineers that roam the halls of the Toyota Racing Division have done their own thing and created a beastly off-road package for the 2015 Tundra, along with matching packages for the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD and (now aged-out) 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD .

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro - Driven

The Tundra has quietly soldiered on largely unchanged for the better part of a decade, save for the skin-deep refresh that came along in 2014. However the mad scientists and engineers that roam the halls of the Toyota Racing Division have done their own thing and created a beastly off-road package for the 2015 Tundra, along with matching packages for the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD and (now aged-out) 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD.

Known as the TRD Pro edition, the package adds an extensive list of upgrades that transform the Tundra into a factory-tuned desert racer. Remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks, high-performance springs, additional ground clearance, skidplates, tow hooks, and a bevy of cosmetic changes inside and out constitute the bulk of the package. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Having been on the market since the last quarter of 2014, the Tundra TRD Pro has already made quite a name for itself in the off-road community. Thanks to its stout V-8 that kicks out an impressive 401 pound-feet of torque, the Tundra has enough cojones to power over sand dune and through mud pits with ease. Toyota offers the TRD Pro option on both its Double Cab and CrewMax cabs. Only three paint choices are available and include black, white, and Inferno orange.

Toyota recently lent me an Inferno orange Tundra TRD Pro fitted with the larger CrewMax cab configuration and most of the desirable options. I picked the truck up in Atlanta on my way to visit the family farm in the rolling hills of East Tennessee. The trip would prove a fantastic test of the truck’s everyday livability and its prowess tearing down gravel roads and through freshly cut hay fields.

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3500 Epic Miles in a Toyota TRD Pro: Video

3500 Epic Miles in a Toyota TRD Pro: Video

Dirt Every Day has done some pretty awesome stuff in the past, but it all seems to pale in comparison to a 3,500-mile road trip from the southern coast of Texas to the most northwestern part of the continental United States. Along the way, the team of two 2014 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro trucks battle the highway and plenty of trails in the search for off-road fun.

The trip started in Boca Chica, Texas at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, and traveled north to San Antonio to Toyota’s truck assembly plant. Dirt Every Day host Fred Williams got a behind-the-scenes look at how Toyota trucks are built. Amazingly, all Tacoma and Tundra trucks sold in the U.S. are built on one assembly line, with each model mixed intermittently along the line.

The road trip team then stopped for off-road gear like tow straps, air compressors, D-rings, and even a hatchet. From there, the crew headed northwest to meet up with Fred’s old friend in New Mexico. The pair blasted the Tundra TRD Pro through the water-filled and rock-strewn gorge with no problems.

A quick stop in Pie Town, New Mexico for some sweet treats that make the town’s name obvious, and it’s off to Moab Utah. There, racing ledge Andy Bell met up with Fred and the winner of Dirt Every Day’s online contest, Ion. The group tackled some of the toughest terrain on earth. Steep inclines on sheer rock faces, rocky trails, and dramatic fall-offs made for some white-knuckle driving.

Of course, Fred had to stop at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho for some desert fun. Jumps and hard landings soaked up nicely by the Tundra TRD Pro’s suspension. Finally the time came to end the trip at the Pacific Ocean. Fred piloted the Tundra to Neah Bay, Washington – the northwestern most section of the continental United States. In all, the Tundra TRD Pro handled the extensive road trip nicely with the only problem being an unseated bead on an aired-down tire.

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Toyota To Discontinue Dealer-Installed TRD Supercharger Kit

Toyota To Discontinue Dealer-Installed TRD Supercharger Kit

It’s a sad day as we learn Toyota will no longer be offering its TRD supercharger kit for the 4.0-liter V-6 and the 5.7-liter V-8 found in the Tacoma, 4Runner, and Tundra. The news via email as Toyota’s Midwest Communications spokesman Rick Bourgoise states the automaker will end the supercharger program once its remaining stock is sold off.

The TRD Superchargers were – and for a rather limited time, still are – available as a dealer add-on. The parts and installation came with its own warranty, and regardless of application, the superchargers were designed to keep the engine emissions-legal in all 50 states.

“Increasing legacy costs associated with the recalibration of an expanding pool of past model year vehicles, along with rising development/engineering expenses and evolving emissions requirements have negatively impacted the program’s return on investment to the point where it is no longer financially viable to offer these products for sale,” the emailed statement quotes.

Toyota’s move to not include superchargers on the TRD Pro lineup of trucks now makes more sense, though some argued the boost in power was needed for the high-performance off-roaders.

The TRD Superchargers used a Roots-style design that incorporated two, four-lobe rotors that increases airflow into the engine by 30 percent. An integrated water-to-air intercooler kept things cool. Toyota also installed high-flow fuel injectors, a high-flow fuel pump, and a TRD performance air intake to round out the build.

In the Tacoma and 4Runner’s case, the supercharger would boost the 4.0-liter V-6’s horsepower from 236 up to 304 while torque moved from 266 pound-feet to 334 pound-feet. The 5.7-liter V-8’s numbers were even more impressive. Output levels increased from 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque to a very impressive 504 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.

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For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

Ever want to buy a NASCAR race truck? Of course you have; because what truck guy wouldn’t want a 700-horsepower, race slicks-wearing, fully caged Camping World-class truck? Well this Toyota Tundra is for sale – and at the decent price of $49,995.

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For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

For Sale: Ex-NASCAR Toyota Tundra Tuned For Autocross

Ever want to buy a NASCAR race truck? Of course you have; because what truck guy wouldn’t want a 700-horsepower, race slicks-wearing, fully caged Camping World-class truck? Well this Toyota Tundra is for sale – and at the decent price of $49,995.

Located in Moorseville, North Carolina, this full-on race truck comes with all the right equipment to win races. Well, except a qualified driver, pit crew, and someone’s deep pockets. The truck even ships with spare parts including an extra set of wheels and tires and a few spindles.

The truck started life as a Craftsman Series truck with Kyle Busch Motorsports some five years ago. Sadly, there isn’t much the seller knows about the truck’s competitive history and what races it may have won. Nevertheless, it’s a sure bet this Toyota ran some big races in its early days.

Since then, the truck has been tuned to run autocross. Its suspension, fuel system, weight distribution, and carburetor have all been dialed in to run with Porsches, Ferraris, and Corvettes on the twisty stuff. And at the price point this truck is going for, the value seems nearly irresistible.

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Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Drives Up A Volcano: Video

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Drives Up A Volcano: Video

Motorsport legends and all-round thrill seekers Ryan Millen and Andy Bell decided it would be fun to drive a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro up the side of several volcanoes in uncharted Chilean wilderness. Yep, volcanoes – in a truck. Then again, it’s the same truck (and the same guys) that tackled the Baja 1000 in mostly stock form.

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Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Drives Up A Volcano: Video

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Drives Up A Volcano: Video

Motorsport legends and all-round thrill seekers Ryan Millen and Andy Bell decided it would be fun to drive a Toyota Tundra TRD Pro up the side of several volcanoes in uncharted Chilean wilderness. Yep, volcanoes – in a truck. Then again, it’s the same truck (and the same guys) that tackled the Baja 1000 in mostly stock form.

The Toyota-sourced video shows the pair absolutely abusing the Tundra TRD Pro over treacherous terrain filled with jagged rocks, huge crevices, boiling springs, and lava flows. The truck seems to handle the punishment with ease, never breaking or even having so much as a flat tire – at least on camera.

Though it’s a sensationalized video with daredevil stunts no normal person would try, it does show that modern trucks are beastly machines, especially ones upfitted to handle such off-road terrain.

The Tundra TRD Pro is accompanied by the Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro in Toyota’s three-member heavy-hitters’ club. All three are fitted with heavy-duty shocks, upgraded skidplates, meaty tires, stronger wheels, and extra ground clearance. In the Tundra’s case, it also comes with a full performance exhaust system that spews beautiful noises from the 5.7-liter V-8 under the hood.

Make sure to watch the video in hi-def and on full screen. The vistas these guys see are simply incredible.

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Gear Up: Regional Toyota Distributer Creates Unique Trim Lines

Gear Up: Regional Toyota Distributer Creates Unique Trim Lines

The accessory business is certainly booming these days, with customers decking out their new rides with personalized touches from wheels and trailer hitches to graphics and horsepower. Even automakers are getting into the game. GM is a prime example, offering aftermarket-like wheels and other parts right from the factory. However, none of the automakers come close to Toyota’s attention to vehicle customization.

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Gear Up: Regional Toyota Distributer Creates Unique Trim Lines

Gear Up: Regional Toyota Distributer Creates Unique Trim Lines

The accessory business is certainly booming these days, with customers decking out their new rides with personalized touches from wheels and trailer hitches to graphics and horsepower. Even automakers are getting into the game. GM is a prime example, offering aftermarket-like wheels and other parts right from the factory. However, none of the automakers come close to Toyota’s attention to vehicle customization.

More specifically, it’s Southeast Toyota that leads the pack of new vehicle customization. SET is a privately owned distribution company that supplies every dealer in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina with Toyota vehicles. You see, Toyota takes an interesting and rather different approach to distribution in the U.S. Unlike other automakers, it divides the country into 12 regions. Privately owned distributors control two of those regions; SET is one and Gulf States Toyota is the other. The remainder of the U.S. is handled by Toyota itself.

Long story short, the two private businesses act competitively, striving to sell more vehicles faster. One of SET’s and GST’s more successful strategies is offering a unique set of trim packages that come compete with aftermarket-like products, but that are covered by the vehicle’s warranty and are manufactured to Toyota’s specifications.

Enter: The Toyota X Series.

The X Series is a set of trim packages offered solely by SET for Toyota’s more popular models, including Tacoma, Tundra, 4Runner, Camry, Avalon, and most recently, Camry.

Southeast Toyota recently invited me to its Jacksonville, Fla. distribution hub and assembly center to learn more about the process and the products.

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Toyota Presents Its TRD Pro Lineup: Video

Toyota Presents Its TRD Pro Lineup: Video

Toyota’s lineup of TRD Pro lineup offers some of the best off-road vehicles to ever roll of a factory assembly line. All three iterations of the TRD Pro series – the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner – come packed with all the goods needed for romping through the desert or climbing over a pile of rocks. To help promote this, Toyota released this video to help explain what the TRD Pro series is all about.

All three vehicles start off with 4WD coming standard, as do remote reservoir shock absorbers, thick skidplates, and unique wheel and tire packages. The Bilstein shocks are all heavily upgraded over the standard shocks found under each truck, helping them cope with the rough, uneven terrain found off the beaten path. Those found under the Tundra come with what Bilstein calls “Zone Control;” basically a fancy name for progressive shocks. They feature three zones for a smooth ride at normal shock compression and a firm resistance as the shock compresses. The shocks also work in conjunction with other suspension bits for a increase in ride height on each truck. Best of all, all three vehicles retain the same payload and towing capacities as their non-TRD Pro counterparts.

All three trucks feature unique grille designs with large TOYOTA block lettering in place of the standard Toyota symbol. A choice of black, white, and bespoke “Inferno” paint colors helps keep them separated from the pack.

Having driven all three trucks on various types of terrain, including rock-strewn hills, muddy swamps, and high-speed dirt roads, I can attest to how well each handle the rough stuff. I’m glad Toyota is brave enough to offer such a competent off-road package and I look forward to what engineers have in store for the updated 2016 Tacoma.

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2014 Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition

2014 Toyota Tundra Tim Love Edition

Trucks, food, and parties are a fantastic combination that most often goes together in stadium parking lots outside sporting events. Tailgating has almost become a sport in and of itself and Texas chef Tim Love has created the ultimate tailgating machine. Built in time to party at one of the largest rivalries in college football, the Tundra and Tim Love cooked it up for 50 select fans outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN before the showdown between the Tennessee Volunteers and Alabama Crimson Tide.

For those tailgating, the truck was the main event. Commissioned by Love himself and built by Divine One Customs, the truck features a host of upgrades that make it the perfect party spot. A specialized table rolls out from the truck bed and holds a Solaire 27-inch grill with infrared burners, two cutting boards, a chilled cooler for storage, stainless steel ingredient containers, and two taps for beer and wine.

What’s more, the Tundra’s camper shell hides two 24-inch and one 40-inch flat screen TVs, a PlayStation4, and an Apple TV. A Rockford Fosgate audio system provides sound for all the festivities. The camper shell is lifted with four vertical actuators that raise the entire package upward, revealing the goods. The side windows swing open for viewing the TVs.

Mechanical updates include a 2.4-inch front leveling kit and a two-inch rear lift, 33-inch Toyo tires, 22-inch wheels, fender flairs, step bars, a front light bar with LED lights, a roof rack with spare tire, and custom paint work finished with Love’s “eat, drink & live well” slogan.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Desert Race Truck

Built for the most extreme desert racing, this Tundra TRD Pro is headed to Vegas for the SEMA show November 4th through 7th. Then it will truck down to the famous town of Ensenada, Mexico to compete in the Full Size Stock class of the Baja 1000 taking place November 12th through 16th.

“The Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for research and development,” said Toyota Pickup Trucks Chief Engineer Mike Sweers. “It helps us to continuously improve our trucks.” The truck started life as a regular (if you can call it that) Tundra TRD Pro and was turned into a Baja racer complete with a gutted interior with racing seats, a full roll cage, heavily upgraded suspension components with remote reservoir shock absorbers, a few engine tweaks, and massive BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. Off-road lights will guide the way after dark and two spare tires ride along in case of trouble.

In case that trouble is more severe or the truck just needs refueling, Toyota is bringing three additional support trucks; another Tundra, a 4Runner, and a Tacoma, with all being TRD Pro editions. Each is outfitted with numerous modifications to help deal with the harsh terrain and case truck duties.

Toyota is bringing along racing legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart as the teams coach and mentor while Toyota’s own Sweers will serve as one of two navigators.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD

Toyota is getting ready for November’s Baja 1000 race in a special way. The team is not only racing a Tundra TRD Pro in the Full Size Stock class, but is sending three support trucks along with it. This Tundra, along with a similarly modified and equipped Tacoma and 4Runner, will be chasing the race truck to provide support, fuel, parts, crew members, and race drivers that will be continually swapped.

Toyota employed the help of N-Fab, a custom builder of off-road trucks to help with equipping the three chase trucks. This Tundra Double Cab started life as a stock, four-wheel-drive Tundra but was transformed thanks to numerous goodies.

Up front, the Tundra’s regular grille was swapped for a TRD Pro grille with "TOYOTA" spelled out. Below that is a LED light bar mounted on a custom N-Fab mount with a Smittybilt XRC 12,000-pound winch hidden behind.

Around back is where the real action happens. A bed-mounted cargo rack holds extra gear and two spare tires for the competition truck while blue and amber LED light bars destroy the darkness behind the truck. Extra fuel is carried in specialized containers and a separate spare tire for this truck is carried above a large, lockable storage box takes up the remainder of the bed.

N-Fab didn’t leave the Tundra’s interior alone either. A custom carbon-fiber interior kit and TRD-stitched headrest covers were added to dress things up. A seven-inch Lowrance GPS system is mounted above the center console for navigating the treacherous 1,000-mile journey.

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2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition

2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition

Toyota is releasing its own special-edition truck aimed at hunters, campers, fishers, and marine enthusiast who live in the Gulf States region of the U.S. Toyota and Bass Pro Shops have teamed up to build the 2015 Tundra Bas Pro Shops Off-Road Edition.

The truck includes some special features that set it apart from other Tundras. The crew-cab Tundra sits on 20-inch, matte-black wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. Pocketed fender flares keep mud off the bespoke Silver paint, while a spray-in bed liner does the same for the cargo box. A stainless-steel exhaust tip and oval side steps, and custom Bass Pro Shops decals finish off the look. Bass Pro Shops-branded carpeted floor mats help protect the interior.

The Tundra is otherwise stock, still sporting that 5.7-liter, i-Force V-8 making 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, and an electronically controlled transfer case sends power to the front axle when traction becomes an issue.

The Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition Tundra will only be available in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas starting in October 2014. The truck will retail for $43,975.

Perhaps the most interesting incentive the truck carries is a “lifestyle package” from Bass Pro Shops worth approximately $1,000. Customers get to choose between fishing, hunting, camping, or marine gear to throw in their Tundra’s bed.

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2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 - Driven

2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 - Driven

The Tundra is an obscure model in the Toyota lineup. In the world that is dominated by the "Detroit Three," Toyota continually strives to create a pickup that is worthy of the masses, even if the sales are far from stellar. The current-generation truck is getting quite old — it debuted in 2007 — so Toyota has given it a full visual overhaul inside and out for 2014. TopSpeed went to the first press drive and came away quite impressed, but how would the truck fair in the real world?

I took possession of a top-level trim 1794 Edition Tundra for a week to put it through its paces. The GM twins are all-new this year, the new Ford F-150 comes out next year, and the Ram should be getting refreshed soon. In this world of fast evolving pickups does the new Tundra have what it takes to stay relevant?

I spent more than 800 miles beating on this beast to see if it had what it takes to be a real truck that sees real work.

Read on to find out what I though of it.

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2015 Toyota TRD Pro Tundra Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

2015 Toyota TRD Pro Tundra Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Toyota has announced it will enter a new Tundra TRD Pro series truck in the 2014Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 taking place in mid-November 2014. The Tundra TRD Pro being entered is only slightly modified in order to compete in the full-size truck class, leaving the majority of the truck as stock. “Competing in the full size sock Class allows our team to test the Tundra TRD Pro as close to stock as possible,” says Andrew Franceschini of Toyota. “[That] showcases its strength and durability in the Mexican desert’s treacherous terrain.”

A few items were added to the Tundra TRD Pro in order to compete, mainly to do with safety. A full roll cage and safety fuel cell was added, along with Mastercraft racing seats with five-point harnesses. A full suite of GPS navigation and race communication radio equipment was also thrown in.

The truck will compete in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, a race spanning over the harsh desert terrain between Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur. Though the race’s name suggests otherwise, the endurance even lasts a grueling 1,130 miles, testing both vehicle and occupants.

The Baja 1000 is set to take place November 12th through the 16th. 2014 with several checkpoints between the start and finish lines. Check back with TopSpeed for more coverage of the Baja 1000, but until then, check out more information on the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro truck.

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2014 Devolro Diablo

2014 Devolro Diablo

The market of automotive customization is pretty hot these days, and the off-road scene is no different. Spiced up trucks with lift kits, big tires, and extra goodies are wildly popular. One Miami-based outfit is taking conventional Toyota Tundra trucks to the next level with a complete list of available custom options that make a stock Tundra a bad beast ready for the apocalypse.

The company is called Devolro and its current halo product is the Diablo, complete with a six-inch lift, 37-inch tires, massive bumpers front and rear, a winch, and enough off-road lights to turn night into day. The Diablo also has a secret under its hood: an available supercharger mounted to the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V-8. The blower takes the V-8 from a puny 381 horsepower up to a respectable 520.

Like any good custom shop, Devolro lets customers pick and choose what aftermarket bits they want added. Want a custom leather interior? Done. Need a lockable bed topper for storing gear in the dry? No problem. Want a high-tech infotainment system for staying connected while on an expedition? Sure.

Below the jump, we take a closer look at what makes a Devolro Diablo unique, so for the full rundown, keep on clicking.

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TopSpeed Podcast 002

TopSpeed Podcast 002

We are back! It is episode 2 of the TopSpeed.com Podcast. In this week’s episode we cover a ton of great news. Just like last time, we start out with the Weekly Wheels. Justin talks about the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mark covers the Toyota Tundra, and I talk about why the Lexus ES 350 doesn’t suck.

In the news we talk about the new collection of cars for download in Need for Speed: Rivals and Forza 5, the BMW i8 and the 2016 Camaro. After a quick tirade about horsepower we get to newer, cheaper Bentleys and we finish things up with the Land Rover Discovery lineup.

After the big news we revisit Geneva again to cover some stuff you guys said we missed.

If you have anything to say about the show, good or bad, please sound off in the comments. We want to get better, and the best way to do that is with your help. What are we doing right, what are we doing wrong, and what aren’t we doing that we should be?

If you want to be featured on the Q&A segment, send us a question to Podcast@Topspeed.com.

Check out the podcast below. See you next week.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Weekly Wheels: Lexus ES 350, Mazda Miata MX-5 PRHT Club, Toyota Tundra

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2016 Toyota Tundra

Note: Current generation pictured here.

It appears Toyota will be the next automaker to adopt diesel technology into its full-size truck segment. According to WardsAuto, the Tundra will be getting a V-8 diesel powerplant when its next generation debuts in 2016. What’s more, word has it Tundra’s new oil-burner will be supplied by famed diesel builder, Cummins. And not just any Cummins at that…

It will be a version of the same 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel that rival truck-builder Nissan has slotted to power its next-generation Titan set to debut next year. Not only is this huge news for Tundra fans, it represents uncharted territory in diesel engine sharing on the light-duty level. Truck buyers are a fiercely loyal bunch, so it will be interesting to see where exactly loyalties fall — with the truck- or engine-builder.

There’s no official word on how the Tundra’s diesel will compare to the Titan’s, which is said to be rated at “more than” 300 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The only sure thing is the certainty of some very intense engineering meetings between the three companies.

The overriding reason diesels are catching headlines these days is the need for automakers to meet the impending CAFÉ standards that are tightening up on corporate average mpg ratings. The target: a company average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Nissan and Toyota aren’t the first to go diesel. Ram, in fact, already has their 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel currently on sale in the U.S. Rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 achieves a class-leading 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

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2014 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

2014 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

We’ve already brought you all the details on Toyota’s new TRD Pro edition for the 2015 Tacoma and 4Runner, but now it’s time to dive into the 2015 Tundra’s TRD Pro updates.

The first noticeable feature on the truck is its large, TOYOTA grille scripted in silver with a black background. The rear of the bed gets the same type treatment, only it displays TRD Pro and its literally stamped into the sheet metal, much like TUNDRA name on the tailgate. Those two features really set the truck apart from less capable Tundras.

Giving the Tundra its added capability are remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks at all four corners with an added two inches of suspension lift at the front wheels. The two work together to make the Tundra a formidable off-roader in most every situation, especially high-speed desert running. Thick aluminum skid plates protect the important oily bits under the truck and Michelin-spec all-terrain tires provide the grip. Those tires are wrapping unique black wheels with TRD logos embossed on the center cap.

Helping the stock 5.7-liter V-8 breathe is a TRD dual exhaust system. No real word on how much the exhausts system helps, but the 5.7-liter normally makes 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.

Inside the cabin, Toyota treats the Tundra to a few added cosmetic pieces. A unique red and black seat color is new along with red stitches holding the materials together. A special “instrument panel ornament insert” and TRD Pro floor mats finish off the look.

The Tundra, along with its TRD Pro cousins, the Tacoma and 4Runner, will go on sale this fall starting at $41,285 for the Double Cab version. Buyers can also get the Crew Cab model for $43,900.

Update 08/28/2014: Toyota has revealed the pricing details for the Tundra TRD PRO. You can see all the details above.

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2014 Toyota Dream Build Challenge Let's Go Moto Tundra

2014 Toyota Dream Build Challenge Let’s Go Moto Tundra

If at some point you wonder why this Toyota Tundra looks all sorts of awesome, it’s best to know that this isn’t like any standard Tundra you’ll ever come across.

The Let’s Go Moto Tundra is one insane ultimate desert sports machine straight from the minds of Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross teammates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton. With the help of a number of aftermarket companies, Grant and Brayton managed to turn this Tundra into one that carries their image and likeness.

The open visage of the Tundra retains its standard looks, although some portions of the pickups body have been treated to some distinctive modifications. The CrewMax cab, for one, has been taken down and replaced with an eight-foot long truck bed. The custom bed can actually accommodate the length of a motocross bike and even has three TV screens that each have unique features.

The first TV screen displays a game console that you can use when you’re not in competition. The second TV screen can play DVDs, and finally, the third one displays bike engine diagnostics, an important attribute, considering that the Let’s Go Moto Tundra actually comes with a Yamaha YZ450F bike.

Other pertinent features of the Let’s Go Moto Tundra include a fridge, a power washer, a helmet dryer, hydrogen tanks, and enough space for tools and back-up gear to ensure that this Tundra comes prepared to answer your sports and entertainment needs.

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Toyota Previews Dream Build Challenge Lineup for SEMA

Toyota Previews Dream Build Challenge Lineup for SEMA

Toyota is coming back to this year’s SEMA Auto Show, and it’s bringing along the Dream Build Challenge for an encore run.

Last year, the competition was won by NASCAR racer Kyle Busch, who took home the title for his work on the 2013 Toyota Camry, or as he later on christened it: the Rowdy Camry.

This year, another NASCAR driver, Parker Kligerman, will team up with Kyle Busch Racing to be one of the four participants in the complete custom build of four unique Toyotas. In the case of Kligerman, he has the task of using another Camry and create a rally-inspired version that has been dubbed the "CamRally".

Meanwhile, freestyle skier Simon Dumont will be teaming up with Oakley to work on a Toyota 4Runner, or as it will be built and called, the "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner".

Representing the world of Supercross are a pair of the sports biggest stars, Justin Brayton and Josh Grant, both of whom will collaborate with Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross to build the "Let’s Go Moto Tundra" pickup.

And finally, BMX rider Drew Bezanzon has the Toyota Corolla all to himself. He’ll still get help from Skullcandy to build what we can only imagine to be an audio box on wheels, thus its aptly named handle, the "Corolla Crusher".

All four entries will be in attendance at the SEMA Auto Show where just like last year, the fans get to decide which build stands out ahead of the pack.

Click past the jump to read about last year’s winning build, the 2013 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition by Kyle Busch

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2015 Toyota Tundra Baja 1000

2015 Toyota Tundra Baja 1000

The Toyota Tundra really needs an all-star halo truck to liven up its competent but forgettable range of full-size trucks, which are redesigned for 2014. This exclusive speculative preview of the 2015 Tundra Baja 1000 imagines how a Ford Raptor rival from Toyota would compare with the hot-selling off-roader from the segment-leading F-150.

The Tundra reached its U.S. sales peak in 2007, when the big rig was all-new and came from its billion-dollar assembly plant right in the heart of Texas. Since then, the Tundra has struggled to even crack 100,000 units, which is a major sore spot when even the dullest Toyota sedans like the Corolla are able to rack up more than triple the total volume of the Tundra.

So what is missing from the Tundra’s three cab styles, short and long bed options, and three engines that top out with a potent 5.7-liter V-8 making 383 horsepower? The Tundra is missing more than a few million loyal customers, first and foremost, versus the long-trenched buyers of Ram, Ford, Chevy or GMC trucks.

Even the also-ran Nissan Titan PRO-4X is trying on some new off-road hero truck ideas for next year’s all-new model. For slow-moving
Toyota? So far, the world’s most admired car maker has only dipped its toes into the pool.

The new 1794 Edition of the Tundra packs more fake silver trims than a Nokia factory, and the Toyota Racing Development 4x4 stickers its dealers like to apply do not seem to have the same effect as the Raptor’s unique grille, huge fender flares, Fox racing suspension and sand-basted attitude.

TRD is just about the worst acronym imaginable, so this TopSpeed preview of a Tundra off-roader is dubbed the Baja 1000.

Click past the jump to get a closer look of the 2015 Toyota Tundra Baja 1000.

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2014 Toyota Tundra Test Drive

2014 Toyota Tundra Test Drive

The 2014 truck season is in full swing, and some of the main manufacturers are launching all-new variants of their resident pickups. Chevrolet already released its new 2014 Silverado, and Ford is set to reveal its all-new 2015 F150 that will be based on the 2013 Atlas Concept.

Even SUVs are off to a good start, with the debut of the 2014 X5 and 2014 Range Rover Sport. Toyota has been waiting patiently for the pickup market to come back, and its is now set to launch the 2014 Tundra with "Truck Of The Year" aspirations.

The Tundra looks quite similar to last year’s model but if you look closer, you’ll find that it is loaded with improvements.

Toyota invited us to the woods of Georgia to test drive it and see how it does on and off the road, as well as with a trailer hitched to the back end.

Click past the jump to read what we think of it.

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2014 Toyota Tundra

2014 Toyota Tundra

The second-generation Toyota Tundra was unveiled back in 2007, but the first major update has just been unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. You shouldn’t expect any big changes though, because all the updates were limited just to the exterior and the interior. For the 2014 model year, Toyota is also adding a new "1794 Edition" - a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio.

The most obvious choices include the addition of a new, taller squared-off grille, a revised front bumper design, squarer fenders and wheel wells, and an all-new bed design. It gets new sheet metal on the sides, a revised tailgate and an integrated spoiler in the deck. On the interior, updates are limited to new seats and a new-look instrument panel.

Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, meaning customers will still have to choose between three different engines.

What we would have really like would have seen are some improvements in the towing department, but maybe it will work on that later on.

Update 8/9/2013: Toyota has announced the full pricing details of the 2014 Tundra and it starts at $25,920. Plus it revealed more details on the standard features and towing capacity.

Hit the jump to read more about the Toyota Tundra.

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2013 Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept

2013 Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept

The whole point of an event like SEMA is to show the industry the latest and greatest in the aftermarket world. So it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to see some out-of-this world projects getting their timeshine at the event.

Toyota is taking this to heart this year with the presentation of a concept Tundra that will make fishing aficionados faint with envy. The Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept is just that, the most ridiculous and geared up fishing-themed vehicle you’ll see on dry land.

With the help of pro angler Brett Meyers, Toyota went about building the vehicle to make it look like an actual Bass Pro Shop on wheels. There’s a storage system on the covered truck bed that pretty much has everything an angler will need for his fishing exploits. You name it: tackles, reels, rods, and even a refrigerator. Other features of the truck’s exterior include a custom-fabricated roof rack, Rigid Industries LED lighting and grille, custom fishing rod tubes, a 3M matte gray wrap, Bushwacker fender flares, and smoked exterior lighting.

Similarly, the interior of the Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept also comes chalk full with gear you’ll need for your fishing expeditions. It’s got a multitude of screens that can display Navionics lake-mapping options. It’s got a center console that runs from the dashboard all the way back to the rear cabin wall. About the only thing missing is the rear bench seat, which was taken out to accommodate the two fishing buckets.

Best of all though is the performance upgrade given to the Tundra, one that was accomplished with the installation of a TRD supercharger system, as well as a new exhaust system. A 12" lift kit was also installed, increasing the car’s ride height by an effective foot, and last but certainly not least, it also received a new set of 20" Mud Grappler tires and improved brakes.

It’s not your everyday fishing vehicle, but it’s certainly something every angler would want to have at their disposal.

UPDATE 11/01/12: We all know that the Toyota Tundra Ultimate Fishing Concept is a vehicle unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Now, we get a better look at what makes it so after Toyota released a number of new photos of the concept truck. Check them all out in the gallery below!

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2013 Toyota Tundra Pre-Runner by Alexis Dejoria

2013 Toyota Tundra Pre-Runner by Alexis Dejoria

NHRA Alcohol Funny Car race car driver Alexis Dejoria is the only woman competing in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. To make a splash in the competition, Dejoria took the challenge of building a custom-tuned vehicle using the biggest vehicle in the lot, a stock, full-sized Toyota Tundra.

Not lacking confidence one bit, Dejoria enlisted the help of Dale Dondel and his team at Racer Engineering to built the meanest vehicle at SEMA.

The first order of business was to make extensive modifications to the chassis and body of the Tundra. Dejoria and Racer Engineering made use of fabricated long A-arms, trailing arms, while also installing massive racing shocks, a new front and rear bumper, a new brush guard, fiberglass front and rear fenders, a dual spare tire carrier in the bed, and a new set of 17" Mehod racing wheels wrapped in Maxxis tires.

All told, the result is 20" of wheel travel in front and 24" in the rear, enough to allow the Tundra Pre-Runner to run roughshod over just about any navigable stretch of desert race territory.

Inside, the modifications include NRG racing seats with custom Hooker 7-point harnesses, a full leather-wrapped roll cage, and a high-powered JBL sound system.

Under its hood, the Tundra Pre-Runner received a 5.7-liter TRD-supercharged V8 engine fed by a custom rear-mounted fuel cell.

“I wanted to do the best possible off-road vehicle we could,” DeJoria said. “I think this is going to be the baddest vehicle at SEMA.”

Not one to make bold exaggerations, DeJoria could be on to something here, especially if her Tundra Pre-Runner somehow wins the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. Voting for your favorite project is now open at the Toyota Racing Facebook page until October 29, 2012. The winner will receive $50,000, money that will go to their chosen charity. In Dejoria’s case, that charity would be Safety Harbor Kids.

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1994 Toyota PPI Trophey Truck 015

1994 Toyota PPI Trophey Truck 015

The Toyota PPI Trophy Trucks are often referred to as one of the most significant trucks in off-road history, and rightfully so. The partnership between Toyota and Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI) resulted in 27 wins and seven championships in the now-defunct Mickey Thompson Off-Road Stadium Series, and who can forget the fact that the best of the best in off-roading, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, was a part of this team.

The example we have today, the 1994 Toyota PPI Trophy Truck 015, was the final truck built under the Toyota/PPI partnership. To make this truck even more desirable, Ivan Stewart himself piloted it at the Baja 2000.

This fine truck has just come off of a restoration and RK Motors Charlotte is giving you the opportunity to own this piece of off-road history. We are certain this freshly revamped off-roading legend is going to require a premium price.

To find out more about this truck and its asking price, click past the jump.

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$1.5 Million in Luxury Cars Seized by U.S. Customs

$1.5 Million in Luxury Cars Seized by U.S. Customs

There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.

It was a laundry list of luxury vehicles, such as a $280,000 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi Quattro, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, along with several Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW SUVs among others. For some reason, the thieves even threw in a Toyota Tundra.

The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia, as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.

Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.

According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?

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2012 Toyota Tundra Ultimate Motocross Truck

2012 Toyota Tundra Ultimate Motocross Truck

The SEMA Auto Show is all about tie-ups between automakers and aftermarket tuning companies and this year’s no different. We’ve already covered more than five handfuls of vehicles that are headed to the show, but there are still tons more.

Toyota, in collaboration with DC Shoes and West Coast Customs, is introducing the Ultimate Motocross Track. The Japanese automaker used a Toyota Tundra as its platform with plenty of athlete feedback from DC Shoes, which then passed along all the information to West Coast Customs, which in turn built the go-to motocross hauler.

With all the information gathered, WCC added an array of modifications on the truck, equipping it with just about everything a Motocross rider would want to see in the vehicle. This includes a roof rack, fold-up bed sides, a suicide tailgate, a winch to load bikes, a hidden ramp, and a customized interior.

In addition to that, WCC also gave the modified Tundra some hanlding improvements with some help from some of the industry’s best aftermarket shops. For instance, Carmburg Racing worked on lifting the suspension, while Fox Racing was responsible for upgrading the shocks set-up. There’s also a custom rough-texture paint by Line-X, new bumpers and side steps from N-Fab, accessories from Matrix, new lights from KC, a head unit from Pioneer, and new amps, subs, and speakers from Diamond.

The Tundra Ultimate Motocross Truck will be showcased in a number of auto events beginning with the SEMA Auto Show. On top of that, the truck will also be featured on the reality TV show “Inside West Coast Customs” shortly thereafter.

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2010 Toyota Tundra Sportsman

2010 Toyota Tundra Sportsman

Toyota brought the Tundra Sportsman to the SEMA Show. This is a unique show truck, inspired by the outdoor tradition of hunting. It’s based on a 2011 Tundra Double Cab 4x4 equipped with the TRD Rock Warrior Package and 5.7-liter V8 with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior is painted in a muted color palette of Grays and Black, semi-gloss paint was used for the body and shell while a flat finish was applied to the trim. Other features include a three-inch suspension lift, a custom air intake and snorkel, and a custom exhaust that was created with pipes routed up through the center of the bed and exiting the roof top deck. Finishing the package is ATX 18-inch Teflon-coated wheels fitted onto 33 x 12.5-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers.

Inside, the truck was designed to be a command center for extended hunting trips as essential field electronics such as a weather station and GPS have been installed. To minimize wear, the TRD Rock Warrior bucket seats were upholstered in waterproof Black and Gray material. The black Rock Warrior carpeting is weather protected by all-weather Browning branded camouflage floor mats. The stock 10 speaker JBL sound system is supplemented by JBL all-weather outdoor speakers that are wired into the bed area to create a simple but comfortable recreation space.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Toyota Tundra

2011 Toyota Tundra

Toyota has unveiled today details on the 2011 Tundra pick-up, a model that gets a more powerful base engine and new trailer sway control standard for all models. The 2011 Tundra is offered in two grades (Tundra and Tundra Limited) and three cab styles (Regular, Double Cab and Crew Max).

The base version, 4,0 liter V6 gets a performance boost for 2011 with the adoption of Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This results in a power increase to 270 HP and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. The 310-hp 4.6-liter and 381-hp 5.7-liter V8’s continue across the Tundra line.

For 2011, Tundra offers the SR5 upgrade package that adds popular options at a value price. A Tundra Work Truck Package, also offered at a special value, is aimed at commercial truck buyers or customers who need a tough, no-frills truck with exceptional cargo and towing capacity. The package features vinyl seating and rubber flooring and is available in Regular and Double Cab configurations with any of the Tundra’s three engine choices.

Press release after the jump.

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