2022 Toyota Tundra Platinum CrewMax 4×4 Review & Test Drive

In the past, Ive described often times how Toyotas methodical method to updating their lorries has succeeded for them thinking about how dependable and trusted the brand name has been for countless years. To restate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model year, it gets a full redesign marking the third generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to contend with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The completely redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that gets rid of the old V8 engine for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine (i-Force) and a new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test lorry, touts improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels mainly direct and does an excellent job of finding the proper gear without unnecessary moving.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose for a base SR trim with the smaller double cab, which also has a max payload of 1,940 pounds (5,095 curb weight/gross weight at 7,035 pounds). From there, towing is just a little down with trims like my test car maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

Fuel intake is much improved as you would anticipate with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg integrated in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test automobile. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected value. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyotas mission to match and rather go beyond some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a brief learning curve. The system has a lot of surprise features that typically provide themselves at random through pop-up notifications, which can be somewhat of a distraction if you enable it. The system is uncomplicated and very open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new combinations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works flawlessly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and rather pleased with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own newbies or rivals, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to record some who might have had a bad experience or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound model and there are additional subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the dashboard and seats, which are warmed and aerated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful area, and the rear seat still seems like a large sofa and has large storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Toyota had to do something to update the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its reliability element but there were lots of areas in requirement of much enhancement, which I believe the all-new 2022 design has attended to with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the brand-new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its distinct character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a revamped cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up display screen and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outbound model. I had the ability to make a few 0 to 60 mph tests and the very best time pertained to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never felt like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing design and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that influenced some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the best Ive experienced in this class of a truck. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can temporarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new preliminary automobile start-up). As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). The lorry shuts off when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

Fuel consumption is much improved as you would anticipate with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg integrated in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test lorry. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

To increase the Tundras place among the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. If you need extra ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

Toyotas long-standing and tested reliability must equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a flawless develop quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to create from clever engineering.

As expected, theres a bunch of active security functions for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being standard throughout the board, which includes pre-collision warning with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security functions, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree cam system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a beginning price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The rates scale rapidly catches up with the competition as you go higher into the trim levels where the Limited starts at $46,850 and my Tundra Platinum CrewMax 4 × 4 with the 6.5-foot bed, leveling suspension, the power running boards, and power tow mirrors, tests out at $63,939. At the leading end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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