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

In the past, Ive described lot of times how Toyotas methodical technique to upgrading their vehicles has succeeded for them thinking about how trustworthy and relied on the brand name has been for many years. To reiterate such a notion, the Toyota Tundra has gone 14 years in its 2nd generation, and for the 2022 design year, it gets a full redesign marking the 3rd generation of the full-size truck that is more poised to take on the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally 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 brand-new hybrid V6 setup called the i-Force Max. The base engine, the brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, promotes enhancements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent out through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good job of finding the correct gear without unnecessary shifting.

Toyotas proven and enduring reliability need to equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and an impressive construct quality inside and out. The flight of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably peaceful for a truck. A few of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota handled to create from smart engineering.

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 quite happy with all the enhancements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who presently own beginners or competitors, the brand-new Tundra will do simply fine to catch some who might have had a bad experience or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of reliability.

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

Toyotas quest to match and rather exceed some competitors settles well with the brand-new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short learning curve. Nevertheless, the system has a great deal of concealed features that generally provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you permit it. The system is uncomplicated and extremely open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new integrations. Theres also wireless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose a base SR trim with the smaller sized double taxi, 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 somewhat down with trims like my test automobile maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

The seating plans are more comfortable than I remember in the outgoing model and there are extra subtle touches that make the interior feel premium, such as the accented stitching throughout the control panel and seats, which are heated and aerated up front in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has large storage locations listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with ample torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outgoing design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 miles per hour tests and the very best time concerned 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever felt like it was doing not have for its pulling power. For the most part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is exceptional with an initial grab that influenced some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. In general, the braking pedal feel is the very 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, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary lorry start-up). As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service). The lorry shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is unusual.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the accessibility of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the back does take a while to complete through the dash button but proves to be really helpful for hauling or carrying heavy items to prevent rear droop and possibly surpass stability at speed. The total appearance of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the normal trip height. Youll desire to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need additional ground clearance outside of the brand-new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres likewise the schedule of power tow mirrors found on my test lorry that can be extended at the press of a button, which are currently extremely big and typically develop a small blind area that you should be conscious when maneuvering.

Fuel consumption is much improved as you would expect 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 vehicle. If you select a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll enhance upon those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things begin to get back at much better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim. The TRD Pro and Capstone trims get the hybrid powertrain with 437 horse power and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the same city mpg however 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim.

Fuel usage is much improved as you would anticipate with the Tundra now getting 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined in the 4 × 4 setup of my Tundra Platinum CrewMax long-bed test lorry. Where things begin to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. 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.

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 however there were numerous areas in need of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 design has attended to with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its unique character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back.

As anticipated, theres a bunch of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 plan being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree video camera 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The rates scale rapidly overtakes the competitors 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, checks out at $63,939. On top end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

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