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

Toyotas enduring and tested dependability must equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here with no rattles and an impressive build quality inside and out. The trip of the new Tundra is smoother partially thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is remarkably quiet for a truck. Some of that quietness is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that doesnt sound anything like the outgoing V8 however does have a neat growl that Toyota handled to create from clever engineering.

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 vehicle, and a lot more in the elegant Capstone trim. Theres now a soft-touch dashboard and more soft-touch areas for the upper face of the dash. Bringing a central focus to the motorist is a brand-new instrument cluster that can be had in a completely digital 12.3-inch screen giving you all significant vehicle information and a couple of adjustable parts of the screen. Theres likewise a new 10-inch color heads-up display and a big 14-inch infotainment system that comes standard for the Limited trim and all higher trim levels in place of the standard 8-inch system in the lower trims.

In the past, Ive discussed lot of times how Toyotas methodical approach to updating their cars has succeeded for them thinking about how trusted and relied on the brand has actually been for countless years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually 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 completely upgraded 2022 Toyota Tundra is a more refined truck that eliminates 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 brand-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, promotes enhancements over the V8 in practically every location having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test vehicle. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automated transmission that feels primarily direct and does a great job of discovering the proper gear without unnecessary moving.

The seating arrangements are more comfy than I keep in mind in the outbound 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 and ventilated up front along with for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have abundant space, and the rear seat still feels like a big couch and has large storage areas listed below the folding bottoms that is otherwise taken up by the hybrid battery in the TRD Pro or Capstone trims.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was past 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 believe the all-new 2022 design has addressed with a couple of intriguing surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels along with the appealing large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, 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.

Fuel intake 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 automobile. 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 top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and luxurious Capstone trim.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you select 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 only slightly 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).

For the many part, the brand-new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound design and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that inspired some confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can momentarily disable the feature (it will need disabling after a brand-new preliminary vehicle startup). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has readily available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the feature you can also remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service).

Toyotas mission 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 beginning with a timely word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other brand-new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz timely voice acknowledgment commands. The system is simple and really open for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

At the end of the day, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra, proudly 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 newcomers or competitors, the brand-new Tundra will do simply great to record some who might have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra may impress them since its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of dependability.

To heighten the Tundras location among the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was equipped 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.

As expected, theres a bunch of active safety features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, that includes pre-collision warning with automatic 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 basic starting with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim includes a 360-degree video camera system and a trailer backup guide system.
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 value. The prices scale quickly 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, 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.

Fuel consumption 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 vehicle. 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 elegant Capstone trim. As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has available remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) however when you have the function you can likewise remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key fob (without the paid-service). 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 reputable 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.

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