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

Toyotas enduring and proven reliability need to equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here with no rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The flight of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably 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 neat roar that Toyota managed to summon from clever engineering.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the schedule of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you require 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.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test car, and even more in the elegant Capstone trim. 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 higher trim levels in location of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

The seating arrangements 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 dashboard and seats, which are heated up and aerated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have plentiful space, and the rear seat still seems like a large couch and has big storage locations below the folding bottoms that is otherwise used up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

In the past, Ive described sometimes how Toyotas systematic technique to upgrading their lorries has actually succeeded for them thinking about how dependable and relied on the brand has been for many years. To restate such a notion, 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 compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The entirely upgraded 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, touts enhancements over the V8 in almost every location having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent task of finding the correct equipment without unneeded shifting.

Power from the new engine comes on strong with adequate torque and gets the car moving well thanks to its somewhat lighter curb weight over the outbound model. I was able to make a few 0 to 60 miles per hour 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 seemed 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 outgoing model 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 new start/stop function that closes down the engine if you apply enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the function (it will require disabling after a brand-new initial car start-up). As a quick note, the new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your essential fob (without the paid-service). Though, the lorry shuts down when you attempt to unlock the doors, which is unusual.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select a base SR trim with the smaller 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 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 usage is much enhanced as you would expect 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 vehicle. Where things start to get even better, at least 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. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has offered 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 three times on your essential 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 respected worth. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro begins at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Toyota needed to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. After upwards of 14 years of the very same generation, the Tundra was old and fell back the competition. Over the last few years the Tundra rested on its reliability factor however there were many locations in need of much enhancement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has actually attended to with a few interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the brand-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 in advance and out back. What is missing out on, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” but has a power-retractable step for simple access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. Likewise, there are no tow hooks available that I understand of in any trim level.

Toyotas quest to match and rather exceed some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The brand-new infotainment system is really responsive and has a brief learning curve. The system has a lot of surprise features that generally present themselves at random through pop-up alerts, which can be rather of an interruption if you permit it. The system is extremely open and uncomplicated for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up new combinations. Theres usb-wired or likewise cordless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that works perfectly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

As expected, theres a bevy of active safety functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic throughout the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra safety features, such as the blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds 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 brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The rates scale quickly 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.

At the end of the day, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra, happily made in Texas, will continue to keep its fan base proud and quite delighted with all the improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own rivals or newcomers, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to catch some who may have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unmatched history of reliability.

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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 car. Where things begin to get even better, at least throughout city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra designs, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

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