What We Are Driving – 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1794 Edition

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We just got our press loan for the week in the form of a 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1794 Edition. She sure looks pretty.

What We Are Driving - 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1794 Edition

Our press loan vehicle for the week.

Currently, Tim drives a 2013 Toyota Tundra CrewMax. If you have any questions about the differences between the trucks or specific 1794 questions, please let him know below.

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  1. Brian says:

    Hey Tim.
    Nice looking tuck. I have a 2012 tundra platinum and love it. Have u notice any differences in driving the 2014 vs what we drive. There is a lot of things I like that they did with the new truck but somethings I don’t understand why they would take away such as a grab handle on the drivers a pillar and a dual glove box and dual climate control. Would u know or has anyone else mentioned that to u.

    • Erik says:

      I have 14 platinum and it still has dual climate controls?
      We love this Trk it’s the third tundra for me

      • KMS says:

        I just looked at a 2014 TRD 4×4 SR5 and it does not have dual climate controls. My 2012 RW has the manual dual climate. Looks like only the limited and and higher have it on the 2014’s. Personally I think that is a step backwards for Toyota.

        • Tim Esterdahl says:


          Give it a couple more years and dual climate control will be standard. Seems like most of this “upgraded trim” features often get passed down after the model has been out for a while. I could be wrong, but I think it will eventually become standard.


          • kms says:

            I hope they do Tim. The dual climate is what sold my wife on the second Tundra. To me it would have made sense to make this a standard feature across all trims. JMHO.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:


      I’m just getting going on driving it and will let you know my overall thoughts. When I drove it in Jackson Hole, I noticed the highway driving was better. I have driven it so far just around town, it is about the same.

      I don’t get the lack of a driver’s side grab handle either. When I asked them, they said just use the steering wheel. Not the answer I was looking for. Frankly, I can’t really fault Toyota too much on this, most every other truck maker has done away with them as well.

      The dual glove box was a cost/styling change. I will say that the trucks do look sharp without the top glove box. They have used the space well with appropriate styling. Yet, I do miss having it.

      The dual climate control, as mentioned, is a trim level option.

      Great questions. Let me know if you have any others.

      • Brian says:


        What is your take on the new interior vs old one? Which do u think is more user friendly? Im pretty much in favor of most of the changes over the old truck. Another minor gripe I have with this truck and mine is been around $50000 trucks why no remote start?? Not sure if the 1794 has one. My 2012 platinum don’t have one not sure why.

        • Tim Esterdahl says:


          Here is my quick take interior review from Jackson Hole: https://www.tundraheadquarters.com/blog/2014-toyota-tundra-interior/

          It’s interesting about remote start AND push button start/stop (no key). Those are features that are common on other Toyota vehicles in that price range, yet not on trucks. The reason? Customer demand for these are low. I would personally like to see push button start/stop and do away with keys, yet there just isn’t a lot of momentum to make this happen it seems.

          I think at some point they will happen, but who knows when.


  2. Mickey says:

    Hopefully the 2014 has a better set of AIP’s than the 07-13 has.

    • mendonsy says:

      Everything I have read says they haven’t changed anything.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:

      Sadly, I have never heard back from Toyota on the maker of the 2014 AIPs. After speaking with different engineers though it sounds like it wasn’t actually the quality of the AIPs that was the problem, it was more of an engineering issue. My understanding is that it was simply an oversight on the amount of humidity that got trapped within the system. Now with the ECU programming change (truck blows out humidity after turning off), the AIPs shouldn’t go bad.


      • Mickey says:

        Tim I changed my 3rd pump and as you know it the cel came on with P2445. I now think the ECU is my issue now. 2 new pumps and a new air valve set should have fix this thing. It hasn’t. To me it forces you to go to the dealer to have this fixed which really tick’s me off that you have to do this. This is why I can’t bring myself to buy a new Tundra. Even though it maybe covered under warranty who wants to keep going to the dealership and wait or get a rental.

        • Tim Esterdahl says:


          I can certainly understand your frustration and yes, sadly, this issue needs to be better addressed. I just think it is an ECU issue where the computer needs to be updated. Have you had your ECU updated? And yes, this is probably a dealer only repair.

          Getting to know you over the last few years, I understand your dislike for all things dealership (stealership). While, I agree with many of your comments on the issue, dealerships are just part of owning a car – doesn’t matter which brand. Vehicles these days have just become so complex, there are just certain things you and I can’t do. Myself, I just replaced my wife’s radiator and AT fluid. However, I know there are limits to what I can do with regards to the computer. I really do think the AIP issue is fixed through a computer upgrade, NOT through replacing parts. Try the dealership and let me know what happens.


          • KMS says:

            I agree about the ECU re-flash. I had to have it done last winter after a bad freeze. The tech told me the programming is the same as in the Seqouia. So far no issues, hope it holds.

  3. mk says:

    guessing leather seating, but either way, are the seats better quality and still firm like in past tundras but better quality in terms of bigger size and brackets/seat fabric inside that doesn’t move and make noise like in 2013 and under tundras do. Have had 3 tundras and all of the them had to have drivers seat and entire frame replaced under 20K miles, 2 had to be replaced under 8K miles, total joke.

    Also, what mfg. of tire do you have better be longer longevity than the ho-hum 18″ OEM bridgestone duelers only lasting 32K tops before shot.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:


      Just took a quick drive with it to drop off the kids. Yes, it has leather seating and it is actually the same leather that Lexus uses. The seats are really firm and of good quality from first impression. I did pull up the back seat and noticed the brackets are pretty solid. Not sure if they are improved or not. I’m going to look closer at my 2013 and I’ll let you know. I’m guessing they are good/better quality since the seat now folds up rather than slides and the folding action would require a good bracket.

      I’ll double check the brand of tire. I can’t remember.


  4. Craig says:

    My wife and I just purchased a 1794 last night. We had a 2008 Double cab Limited 4×4.

    The truck is fantastic! A Few first thoughts…

    Its more like a car than a truck. We could have purchased a more “truck” model but, the wife wanted all the luxury items. Unfortunately the Limited no longer provides that luxury. The current Limited models don’t offer the same level of amenities as our last Tundra.

    The center console being a big box is terrible for me. I’m an overly organized type.
    Another area that really stands out, the front cup holder isn’t removable. I know, it sounds silly! It was a really nice feature though. I’m willing to bet it really wasn’t a consideration on the last models either. I think it was to enable more storage space.

    As a truck guy I like to use my truck off roads. I’m afraid this one won’t see much dirt. Thankfully I still have a beater Jeep to get dirty with.

    • Tim Esterdahl says:


      It is quite the truck! Glad you are happy with it, I was/am still amazed about how much different it feels than the other trim levels like Limited. For me, it stands out as its own truck. This is much different than comparing the SR5 and Limited models.


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