Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas is located on a gigantic plot of land outside San Antonio. I have been there and taken a tour of the entire plant and witnessed this non-stop production of Tundra and Tacoma trucks. Tacoma, of course, has the highest resale value of any vehicle in the country according to Kelley Blue Book. Tundra sits proudly at #3. The enormous TMMTX production facility that builds these truck giants is a huge city of its own.
This giant metropolis also sits on what was once the oldest working cattle ranch in Texas. Think J.R. Ewing driving up that long driveway to Southfork Ranch in his 2019 Toyota Tundra. Well, not really. But as fate would eventually have it, The JLC Ranch was established on this site in 1794. From this rich history comes one of the most unique, one-of-a-kind Tundra trucks ever built – the 1794.
How does the Tundra 1794 Editor drive?
Like most of its 2019 Toyota Tundra trim level counterparts, the 1794 Edition drives with a 5.7L V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque. This beast has what it takes to get you going strong and keep you going. I was surprised by how smooth it feels driving both at lower speeds in the city and at highway cruising speeds during the test drive portion of my review.
The 1794 Edition is available in both two-wheel drive and part-time four-wheel drive. You will find it configured exclusively as a CrewMax cab, which features two full-size front doors and two full-size rear doors, an extremely spacious back seat and a 5.5 foot bed.
How does it look?
First off, you will know it’s a 1794 Edition by the mere fact that you can see “1794 Edition” badging all over both the exterior and inside the truck. Even the floor mats proudly advertise its 1794 heritage.
I am always a fan of LED lighting, so I was thrilled to find 2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 comes equipped with LED Headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED fog lights. Not only does it look clean and polished and luxury, but LED lights give you greater visibility and they last longer.
Chrome accents can be found all over the exterior. The front grille and bumper are primarily accented in chrome. People know you mean business when you pull up. The 1794 Edition comes with 20” alloy wheels. You might choose to upgrade to 20” chrome clad alloy wheels, which is available for a very reasonable $110 cost.
Did you say Brown interior?
Inside the cabin you’ll find the trademark of 1794 – its exclusive brown leathers seats. Brown leather seats with suede accents, that is. At first glance, you might think it looks out of place. But it grows on you quickly and it works.
I appreciated the versatility of the 12-way power driver’s seat with memory settings, along with the 6-way power passenger seat. The seats feel comfortable and provide solid spine and lower back support.
Toyota equips the 1794 Edition with standard Entune Premium Audio with navigation. If you love crystal clear music, enjoy standard JBL sound with 12 speakers, including subwoofer and amplifier. At the JBL music festival last fall in Las Vegas, I learned that JBL takes immense price in delivering concert-like performance sound while you drive.
The final interior feature you will really like is the vertical power rear window. You can let the outside air in with the single touch of a button.
Safety. Safety. Safety.
One chief reason we stay loyal to Toyota is the long-standing reputation for quality, dependability and reliability. Another is safety. All Tundra’s come standard with Toyota Safety Sense, which helps you avoid and prevent potential distractions and accidents by giving you pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane departure alert with sway warning, and dynamic radar cruise control.
Other peace of mind safety benefits are 8 standard airbags, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and parking sonars in both the front and back.
A Final Thought…
My feeling is that Tundra 1794 has a look and feel, especially on the inside, which harkens back to yesteryear. Some might call it a little outdated. But that is also part of its charm. It has plenty of features that balance it out and bring it up to today’s times, including its many luxury features. My suggestion is that you look at the 2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition up close and in person and give it a good old-fashioned test drive. You may just be pleasantly surprised.
What do you think of the 2019 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition. Would you buy a full-size truck in 4x2 or 4x4? Overall feelings about the Tundra? Thanks for reading everyone! Enjoy your weekends and see you next story.
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Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter at @toyotajeff1 and tweet him tips for new stories. Jeff also shares Toyota news videos on his Youtube Channel at Toyotajeff.