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

Toyotas long-standing and tested dependability must equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and an impeccable build quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly quiet for a truck. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outgoing V8 but does have a cool roar that Toyota handled to conjure up from clever engineering.

Towing ability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select a base SR trim with the smaller sized double cab, which likewise 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 vehicle maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

To increase the Tundras location among the competition, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test automobile. The lowering and raising of the back does spend some time to complete through the dash button however proves to be very beneficial for hauling or transporting heavy products to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The overall look of my test vehicle appears to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular ride height. Youll want 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 also the availability of power tow mirrors discovered on my test vehicle that can be extended at the press of a button, which are currently very substantial and often develop a little blind area that you need to be mindful when maneuvering.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competition. Recently the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were lots of areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 design has resolved with a few intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the appropriate 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. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something additional for the tailgate that is otherwise “normal” but has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a quick power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Also, there are no tow hooks offered that I understand of in any trim level.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, specifically in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and much more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch locations for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the chauffeur is a new instrument cluster that can be had in a totally digital 12.3-inch display providing you all pertinent automobile info and a number of personalized parts of the screen. Theres also a new 10-inch color heads-up screen and a large 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all greater trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

Fuel intake is much enhanced 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 car. Where things start to get even better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim. As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). At a beginning cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a respected worth. At the top end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

In the past, Ive described sometimes how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their automobiles has actually done well for them considering how reputable and relied on the brand has been for many years. To reiterate such an idea, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second generation, and for the 2022 model 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 completely revamped 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that does away with 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in my Tundra Platinum trim test vehicle, touts enhancements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth delivery 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 a good task of discovering the correct gear without unneeded shifting.

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

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 lorry. If you select a two-wheel-drive design like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel intake figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Where things start to get back at better, a minimum of during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are currently designated for the 2 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and glamorous Capstone trim. The TRD Pro and Capstone trims get the hybrid powertrain with 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque and return 19 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the TRD Pro and the very same city mpg but 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim.

As anticipated, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automated emergency situation 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 standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree video camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
At a starting cost of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded worth. The pricing scale quickly captures up with 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, tests out at $63,939. At the leading end of the spectrum, the brand-new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outgoing 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 heated and ventilated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating locations have plentiful area, and the rear seat still feels like a large couch and has large storage areas below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat exceed some competitors settles well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands beginning with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” similar to how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice recognition commands. The brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a brief knowing curve. The system has a lot of covert functions that generally provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of a diversion if you enable it. The system is simple and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new integrations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works perfectly during my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that inspired some self-confidence in managing the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can briefly disable the feature (it will require disabling after a brand-new preliminary car start-up). As a quick note, the new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can also remote begin the Tundra by pushing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service).

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