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

As expected, theres a bunch of active safety features for the new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 package being basic across the board, which includes pre-collision caution with automatic emergency situation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The extra security features, such as the blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, are basic beginning with the Limited trim. The Platinum trim adds a 360-degree 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 new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reputable worth. The pricing 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, checks out at $63,939. At the leading 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.

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 rather 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 new Tundra will do simply fine to catch some who may have had a disappointment or wonder on how well the Tundra might impress them because its from an Americanized brand with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

In the past, Ive discussed often times how Toyotas systematic approach to updating their automobiles has actually succeeded for them considering how reliable and relied on the brand name has been for numerous 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 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 entirely 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 improvements over the V8 in simply about every area having a smooth shipment of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test automobile. Power is sent out through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does an excellent task of finding the proper gear without unnecessary moving.

Towing capability for the new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you decide for a base SR trim with the smaller double taxi, 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 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).

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

Fuel intake 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. Where things start to get even much better, at least during city driving, is in the hybrid trim Tundra models, which are presently designated for the two top trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

Toyota had to do something to upgrade the Tundra and it was previous time for a redesign. In recent years the Tundra rested on its dependability element however there were lots of areas in requirement of much improvement, which I think the brand new 2022 model has actually resolved with a couple of interesting surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper two trim levels along with the attractive large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as appearances, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct 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.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the availability of a rear load-leveling suspension system, which was geared up on my Tundra Platinum test vehicle. If you require additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches, youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches.

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

Toyotas tested and enduring dependability ought to equate well for the new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined bundle here without any rattles and a flawless construct quality inside and out. The trip of the brand-new Tundra is smoother partly thanks to adaptive dampers, and the cabin is surprisingly peaceful 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 grumble that Toyota managed to create from smart engineering.

For the most part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outgoing model and the braking feel is exceptional with a preliminary grab that inspired some self-confidence in controlling the truck and bringing it to a safe stop. When stopped, theres a brand-new start/stop function that shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, but you can briefly disable the feature (it will need disabling after a new preliminary vehicle startup). As a fast 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 pressing the lock button three times on your key fob (without the paid-service).

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competition pays off well with the new 14-inch infotainment system that now listens for more natural language commands starting with a prompt word of “Hey Toyota,” much like how other new systems from BMW and Mercedes-Benz prompt voice acknowledgment commands. The system is uncomplicated and very open for its settings and expected over-the-air updates to keep it running with new combinations.

Fuel consumption is much improved 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. Where things start 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. 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 start the Tundra by pushing the lock button three times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). At a starting rate of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the brand-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. 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.

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