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

Toyotas enduring and tested dependability ought to translate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined package here with no rattles and a remarkable construct 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. Some of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota managed to conjure up from creative engineering.

Toyotas quest to match and somewhat surpass some competition pays off well with the brand-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 system is really open and uncomplicated for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with brand-new combinations.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security functions for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being standard across the board, that includes pre-collision caution with automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional safety features, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are standard beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The prices scale rapidly overtakes 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, evaluates out at $63,939. On 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.

Power from the brand-new engine comes on strong with sufficient torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its a little lighter curb weight over the outbound design. I had the ability to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph 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 felt like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the a lot of part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is outstanding with an initial grab that motivated some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. Overall, 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 use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the feature (it will require disabling after a new initial car start-up). As a fast note, the new Tundra has offered 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). The lorry shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is odd.

Fuel usage is much enhanced 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 vehicle. If you go with a two-wheel-drive model like the Limited CrewMax youll surpass those fuel consumption figures to get 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg integrated. Where things begin to get even much better, a minimum of during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant 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 exact same city mpg however 1 mpg better for the highway in the Capstone trim.

The seating plans are more comfortable than I keep in mind in the outgoing design 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 numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a big sofa 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.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In current years the Tundra rested on its reliability aspect however there were lots of locations in requirement of much enhancement, which I think the all-new 2022 model has attended to with a couple of fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the captivating large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the proper part for having its special character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals up front and out back.

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 automobile. Where things start to get even better, at least throughout 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. As a quick note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial 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 reputable value. At the 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.

In the past, Ive explained sometimes how Toyotas methodical technique to upgrading their vehicles has succeeded for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand has been for countless 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 complete 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 does away with 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 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test car, promotes improvements over the V8 in almost every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mainly direct and does a good task of discovering the proper gear without unnecessary moving.

To increase the Tundras location amongst the competition, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test lorry. If you need additional ground clearance outside of the 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 remodelled cabin that takes things up a couple of notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test lorry, and even more in the luxurious Capstone trim. Theres likewise a brand-new 10-inch color heads-up display and a large 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.

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 delighted 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 fine to catch some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them since its from an Americanized brand with an unparalleled history of dependability.

Towing ability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select a base SR trim with the smaller 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 only slightly down with trims like my test lorry maxing out at 11,180 pounds and a max payload of 1,630 pounds (5,535 curb weight/gross weight at 7,165 pounds).

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