PickupTrucks.com Drives the 2014 Toyota Tundra


No new chassis, powertrain updates or major performance enhancements? So what exactly did Toyota change on the 2014 Toyota Tundra since the last generation debuted seven years ago? PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams says that, although obviously not a full-on redesign, the enhancements are welcome ones that bode well for future incarnations. Previously "bubbly" exterior styling has been sharpened for greater aggressiveness, while the gauge cluster has been simplified and center stack made more user-friendly, in addition to some suspension tuning. For a detailed rundown on the changes and some perspective on Toyota's surprisingly light touch, follow the link below.

2014 Toyota Tundra: First Drive
By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2013 | Comments (2)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013


Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

According to research, the biggest recalls affecting the U.S. market in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

PickupTrucks.com's 2013 Light-Duty Challenge threw its weight around for a second week to retain the No. 1 spot among our most-watched videos. Meanwhile, the lone newcomer to the list this week is the Cars.com sister site's introduction of the 2013 Ford F-150, which editor Mark Williams says is nearly identical to the previous model except for the new $50,000-plus Limited trim package. For those keeping score at home, four out of five of our most-watched videos are now pickup trucks. Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
2. 2013 Toyota Tundra
3. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (MotorWeek)
4. 2013 Infiniti FX37
5. 2013 Ford F-150
By Matt Schmitz | June 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The debut of PickupTrucks.com's 2013 Light Duty Challenge put up some heavy-duty numbers to seize the No. 1 spot on our list of most-watched videos. The video highlights this year's contest, featuring six trucks — all meeting minimum criteria of being four-door and four-wheel-drive, able to tow 8,500 pounds and costing no more than $45,000 — undergoing a battery of tests. Find out how the competing pickups fared and check out what else was popular:

1. 2013 Light Duty Challenge
2. 2014 Acura RLX
3. 2013 Toyota Tundra
4. 2013 Infiniti FX37
5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (MotorWeek)
By Matt Schmitz | June 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

PickupTrucks.com Light-Duty Challenge Puts Newest Trucks to the Test


Ram, Chevrolet and GMC recently redesigned their light-duty trucks, and Ford’s F-150 underwent a well-received overhaul prior to that heating up the extremely important segment. PickupTrucks.com teamed up with Popular Mechanics to test all six players in the segment to see which one claims bragging rights as the top truck.

PickupTrucks.com’s 2013 Light-Duty Challenge

By David Thomas | June 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Acura MDX managed to hang onto the No. 1 spot once again this week on our list of most-watched videos, despite a flurry of competition from entries new and old. The 2013 Honda Civic and 2013 Toyota Sienna landed at Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, in their debut week, while our popular three-month-old 2014 Toyota Tundra video muscled its way back to the No. 5 spot. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Acura MDX
2. 2013 Honda Civic
3. 2013 Land Rover Range Rover
4. 2013 Toyota Sienna
5. 2014 Toyota Tundra
By Matt Schmitz | May 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: Airbag Problem Affects Millions of Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda Vehicles


Four Japanese automakers — Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda — have announced a voluntary recall of 3 million vehicles worldwide because of possibly faulty airbags; more than a million of those vehicles are in the U.S.

According to the automakers, the problem lies in the front-passenger airbag inflator, which in affected vehicles could deploy with too much pressure due to improperly manufactured propellant wafers, causing the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injuries to passengers, though none have been reported. The airbags were manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of airbags.

According to Toyota, affected vehicles in the U.S. include 510,000 Toyota Corolla compact sedans, Matrix compact hatchbacks, Sequoia SUVs and Tundra pickup trucks, as well as Lexus SC 430 sport coupes, all manufactured between 2001 and 2003. According to news reports, Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota said it will notify owners by mail. Dealers will inspect the front-passenger airbag; if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a new one for free. Toyota owners can go to www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331; Lexus owners can go to www.lexus.com/recall or call Lexus customer service at 800-255-3987.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2013 | Comments (6)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams is no stranger to our most-watched videos list, though this week his presence is downright ubiquitous. Williams appears in four of the top five videos, including this week's No. 1, a newcomer showcasing a trio of Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty vehicles from The Work Truck Show 2013 in Indianapolis. Check out what was popular this week:

1. Mercedes-Benz Platform Works Like a Pickup
2. Road Test Review: 2013 Ram 1500 V-6
3. 2013 Toyota Avalon
4. 2014 Toyota Tundra
5. Ford Atlas Concept
By Matt Schmitz | March 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

PickupTrucks.com's tow testing of a pair of 2013 Ram 1500 pickup trucks hauled it to the top of this week's most-watched videos list. The video, narrated by PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams, puts the pickups' towing capabilities to a tough test near the Arizona-Nevada border on Highway 68's "infamous" Davis Dam section. Other newcomers to the list include our test drive of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, Ga., at No. 2, and Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek's critique of the 2013 Toyota Avalon at No. 5. Check out what was popular this week:

1. Road Test Review: 2013 Ram 1500 V-6
2. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 at Roebling Road Raceway
3. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
4. 2014 Toyota Tundra
5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
By Matt Schmitz | March 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Toyota Tundra felt the heat this week as our video of the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE burning up the racetrack broke the pickup's icy grip on the top spot after three weeks. The video features a surprisingly favorable critique of the track-tuned-yet-livable Camaro by Cars.com reviewer (and Ford Mustang Boss 302 admirer) Joe Wiesenfelder, who got behind the wheel of the 1LE at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Ga. Holdovers from the recent Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows round out the top five. Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
2. 2014 Toyota Tundra
3. Ford Atlas Concept
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Ram ProMaster
By Matt Schmitz | March 9, 2013 | Comments (2)

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