Tundra 1794 : Toyota luxury – Texas style
The Toyota Tundra Crew Max screams “one big tough truck” – and it is. Built in Texas and named after a freezing arctic region, the Tundra has proven it has what it takes to stand up to the full-size trucks America has to offer.
Just as Ford has the F-150 Limited, Chevy has the Silverado High Country and Ram has their Limited edition, Toyota is showing its luxurious abilities with the 1794 Edition Tundra. Named after the ranch in San Antonio, Texas where the Tundra’s assembly plant is located on, the Tundra has bragging rights on being the first and only pickup truck built in Texas.
A fully loaded Tundra has always been nice, but the 1794 Edition elevates the Tundra to a new level. The interior is exceptional with its western styling and use of premium materials along with its numerous attentions to details such as the “1794” floor mats, emblems and special leather and suede.
On the outside, the 1794 is typical Tundra, which means it’s big. The Tundra’s styling, while some say looks a bit exaggerated and puffy, makes the Tundra appear fresh and willing to take on any task thrown at it. Unique 20-inch chrome wheels and special badges separate the 1794 from lesser Tundras.
The 1794 comes only as the CrewMax – an extra-long crew cab, which translates into tons of interior room. Driver and all passengers are well-taken-of in the 1794s luxurious cabin which is very Lexus-like with plenty of amenities and features. Standard equipment on the 1794 are heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone climate control and a JBL audio system.
Offering one of the roomiest rear seats of any pickup truck, this Tundra is limo-like with its 44.5 inches of legroom. Along with generous room, the bench seat is made comfortable by being able to recline. A/C ducts can also be found in the rear of the CrewMax.
For 2020, the only change that the Tundra 1794 receives is that it is now Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. For the rest of the Tundra lineup, the base 4.6 liter V8 has been dropped, meaning every 2020 Tundra, from the base SR to the 1794 will be powered by the 5.7 liter V8.
About that V8 – referred to as the 5.7L i-FORCE, it’s capable of making 381 horsepower and 401 foot-pounds of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission, so power is plentiful. Toyota’s part-time electronically controlled four-wheel drive system is optional on all Tundra models.
On the road, the Tundra delivers a smooth and quiet ride. Steering is very Toyota-like, meaning it is light and sensitive. This turns out to be a big asset for the Tundra, making it easy to maneuver in tight situations.
I’m not sure who is going to put a truck like the Tundra 1794 to work, but if they do, they will be pleased to know that it can tow up to 10,200 pounds and it has a payload capacity of over 1730 pounds. The frame used on the Tundra is a steel ladder structure with fully boxed rails, making it extremely durable.
Pricing for the 2020 Tundra starts at $33,435 for a base double cab, while the Tundra Crew Max 1794 starts at $48,625. The Tundra Toyota provided for this review, a 4×4 1794 with the TRD Off-Road Package and other goodies like a TRD Performance Air Filter and dual exhaust, had a price tag of $57,222. When compared to the other manufactures and their top-of-the-line trucks, the Tundra comes in with the cheapest price.
With the Toyota Tundra 1794, it’s ready to handle anything you throw at it. From working on the jobsite, to taking the family on a vacation to going out on a dinner date, the Tundra 1794 takes the “Work hard, play hard” mantra to heart.
– Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2020 Toyota Tundra 1794 CrewMax 4×4
Base Price: $51,675.00
Price as Tested: $57,222.00
Layout: front-engine / rear-wheel drive
Engine: 5.7 liter 4-valve V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Horsepower: 381 horsepower
Torque: 401 ft/lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 13 city / 17 highway mpg
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