Can the 2014 Toyota Tundra compete with the big boys? This is the year to see…

B.C. is truck country and there is a multitude of products to pick from, whether you are weekend oddjobber or need something to haul your tools to the job site.

Oh yeah, and many folks just like trucks!

As somebody who has spent his life around trucks you won’t get any argument from me on that count.

In the coming months, in my role as truck writer for Driveway, I will be testing most of what is available in your local dealerships and telling you about the pros and cons of each. I’ll also be telling you about the latest accessories and we’ll maybe do a little offroading together.

Today, I’ve just picked five trucks to give you some place to start your search for the truck that will suit you best in 2014.

The 2014 GMC/Chevy Silverado/Sierra ½ ton pickup has gone through some monumental changes this year. What an improvement over last year with a very comfortable and refined interior on all trim levels, and three engine choices, the Eco Tec 4.3L V6, 5.3l v8, and the 6.2l V8. With so many changes and enhancements to this vehicle you will really have to wait for my full review on this vehicle in the coming weeks to get the complete picture.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Chevrolet Silverado (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Chevrolet Silverado (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Chevrolet Silverado (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
2014 Chevrolet Silverado (Photo: Ian Harwood)

2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost: With more than 100,000 Eco Boost engines produced monthly, you can bet a majority of these are finding their way into the 2014 F150 pickup. This truck holds the record in Canada for highest pickup sales, and at 12.9/9.0 L/100 km (city/highway) it keeps the money in your wallet a little longer.

2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost Interior (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost
2014 Ford F150 Ecoboost (Photo: Ian Harwood)

2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel: This is a much-anticipated truck from RAM and is one I am anxious to see. With a 3.0 L V6 Diesel engine with a torqueflite eight-speed transmission. Not only will it give you 420 pound feet of torque and plenty of towing capabilities, it will also reduce co2 emissions and run on B20 Biodiesel. It’s a game changer.

2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel
2014 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel (Photo: Ian Harwood)

2014 Toyota Tundra: New body style this year, impressive hood and fender design. Toyota has also included a Western themed truck called 1794 Edition, which happens to be the founding year of a Texas ranch where the Tundra plant is now situated. This truck’s interior is covered with Saddle tan brown leather seats and rich maple wood grain panels throughout. The Tundra is powered by a 4.6 Litre or a 5.7 Litre engine.

Can it compete with the big boys? This is the year to see.

2014 Toyota Tundra
2014 Toyota Tundra Interior (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 Toyota Tundra (Photo: Ian Harwood)

2014 RAM ProMaster: After a long run with the Dodge full-size RAM van there was a void in the marketplace for a spacious cargo van, a void that was quickly gobbled up by Mercedes Sprinter, and the Nissan NV. Based on the Fiat Ducato, this van has some RAM branding of its own and is available in a wide range of wheelbase options and two roof heights. Engine choices will be the Penastar 3.6 Litre V6 or the turbocharged 3.0 litre EcoDiesel four cylinder engine. There is plenty of excitement around this vehicle.

If you want to talk trucks or chat about what might make your truck ‘purty’, please drop me a line. I would also like to see pictures of what you have done to your truck in the way of customization.

Email: ian [dot] harwood [at] drivewaybc [dot] ca

2014 RAM ProMaster (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM ProMaster (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM ProMaster (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM ProMaster (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM ProMaster (Photo: Ian Harwood)
2014 RAM ProMaster (Photo: Ian Harwood)

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