Sweet and Simple Magazine: Travel * When Style Meets Kick-Butt Toyota Tundra

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Travel * When Style Meets Kick-Butt Toyota Tundra

This kick-butt beauty is from Toyota, the new 2014 Tundra. After living in the backwoods of Vermont this past year I learned how to "drive like a redneck" to make it up the slick icy slushy rock covered dirt roads in winter to the tire deep mud season roads, I now know what to look for in a serious kick butt truck.
I joined Toyota at the massive Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania to test out the newest design and features the 2014 edition of the Tundra has to offer.

The Nemacolin has a fun off-roading course where we were able to test out the Tundra's abilities to handle rough terrain. The day was rainy so we had some extra excitement on the test course.
  • Log course
  • Muddy Pond
  • Rocky Bolder Roads
  • Large Deep Ruts
  • Deep Muddy Rutted Hill
It was a thrill to challenge the Tundra  to what I think is the most difficult part of the course which is the deep muddy rutty hill. This was a real life situation for those who live in Vermont. Most roads off the main highway in Vermont are not paved so during mud season this is what Vermonters have to drive on. 
It was also funny to watch the other test drivers slip and slide because of lap of experience with this type of terrain. I on the other hand used these road conditions, used the Tundra's power and ability to drive right up the hill no problem. 
Features that allow for easy handling of rough road conditions are the high/low 4-wheel drive and independent coil-spring high-mounted double-wishbone front suspension plus, powerful engine options.

If you are buying a truck most likely you're planning to pull something with it. Great luxury hauling features of the new 2014 Toyota Tundra including the rear camera and hitch plugs located in the light of the license plate light to make them easy to see all times of the day.

Did I lose you yet? For the design savvy let's look at some of the slick design features that make you feel more like you're riding in a luxury automobile rather than a truck. This gorgeous instrument panel looks like a rugged TAG Heuer mens watch. 

Extras such as leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 4-spoke steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls, voice command controls, and center-console gated shift lever, premium perforated, leather-trimmed, heated and ventilated front bucket seats with grade-identified backrests; 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 2-position memory function and power thigh and lumbar support; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with power lumbar support keep the experience comfortable. A super extra is the new fold up back seat feature which allows for more space.

And for the question we all need to know for those latte, Dr Pepper drinking folks yes, there are four front cup holders AND four front bottle holders. Great to know and have! It even had a sweet feature I believe they put in just for a me, a kleenex holder!!!

Bonus: Keeping it local-Toyota Tundra is designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A. with 75 percent North American content.
As Toyota says, " Let's Go Places!"

by April A. founder & editor-in-chief