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

Toyotas proven and enduring dependability should equate well for the brand-new 2022 Tundra as theres a more refined plan here without any rattles and an impeccable build 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. A few of that tranquility is thanks to the turbocharged V6 engine that does not sound anything like the outbound V8 however does have a neat roar that Toyota managed to conjure up from clever engineering.

Toyotas mission to match and rather surpass some competitors 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 brand-new infotainment system is extremely responsive and has a short knowing curve. Nevertheless, the system has a lot of covert functions that normally provide themselves at random through pop-up notices, which can be somewhat of an interruption if you allow it. The system is extremely open and straightforward for its settings and anticipated over-the-air updates to keep it keeping up brand-new integrations. Theres also cordless or USB-wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto combination that works effortlessly throughout my experience with my iPhone 13 Pro.

In the past, Ive described numerous times how Toyotas systematic approach to upgrading their cars has succeeded for them considering how trusted and trusted the brand has been for numerous years. To reiterate such a concept, the Toyota Tundra has actually gone 14 years in its second 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 complete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra, and RAM 1500.
The totally revamped 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 new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 discovered in my Tundra Platinum trim test automobile, touts enhancements over the V8 in practically every area having a smooth delivery of its 389 horse power and 479 lb-ft of torque in my test car. Power is sent through a new 10-speed automatic transmission that feels mostly direct and does a great job of finding the correct gear without unneeded shifting.

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 improvements, even if theres no longer a gas-guzzling V8. As far as winning over those who currently own competitors or newbies, the brand-new Tundra will do just great to capture some who might have had a disappointment or are curious on how well the Tundra might impress them due to the fact that its from an Americanized brand name with an unsurpassed history of reliability.

As expected, theres a bevy of active security features for the brand-new Tundra with Toyotas Safety Sense 2.5 bundle being basic across the board, which consists of pre-collision caution with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a lane-keeping system. The additional security functions, such as the blind-spot screen 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 starting price of $35,950 for the base Tundra SR Double Cab 4 × 2 trim, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a highly regarded value. The rates 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 brand-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 ample torque and gets the lorry moving well thanks to its slightly lighter curb weight over the outgoing model. I was able to make a couple of 0 to 60 mph tests and the finest time came to 6.9 seconds. The mid-range power was the sweet area for the turbo V6 and it never ever seemed like it was lacking for its pulling power. For the many part, the new Tundra felt a little lighter on its feet versus the outbound model and the braking feel is excellent with a preliminary grab that influenced some confidence in managing 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 shuts down the engine if you use enough brake pressure at the stop, however you can temporarily disable the function (it will require disabling after a new preliminary automobile start-up). As a fast note, the brand-new Tundra has offered remote start through the Toyota app (paid service) but when you have the function you can likewise remote start the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your crucial fob (without the paid-service). The lorry shuts off when you try to open the doors, which is odd.

The seating plans are more comfortable 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 control panel and seats, which are heated up and ventilated in advance in addition to for the back outboard seats. The seating areas have numerous space, and the rear seat still feels like a large sofa 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.

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 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 leading trims of the Tundra TRD Pro and elegant Capstone trim.

To heighten the Tundras location amongst the competitors, theres the accessibility 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 take a while to finish through the dash button however shows to be extremely advantageous for towing or transporting heavy items to avoid rear droop and potentially surpass stability at speed. The overall look of my test lorry seems to be a bit low even with the system set into the automated mode at the regular trip height. Youll want to step up to the TRD Pro to get 10.9 inches if you need additional ground clearance outside of the new Tundra Platinums 9.4 inches. Theres also the availability of power tow mirrors found on my test automobile that can be extended at journalism of a button, which are already very big and often create a small blind area that you need to be conscious when navigating.

Towing capability for the brand-new Tundra maxes out at 12,000 pounds if you choose 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 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 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 begin to get even much better, at least throughout 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 also remote begin the Tundra by pressing the lock button 3 times on your key 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 respected value. At the top end of the spectrum, the new Tundra TRD Pro starts at $66,805, and the Tundra Capstone at $73,530, which are both hybrids.

Inside of the new 2022 Toyota Tundra is a reworked cabin that takes things up a few notches for being more premium, especially in the upper trim levels like my Platinum test automobile, and even more in the glamorous Capstone trim. Theres likewise a brand-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.

Toyota had 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 competitors. In the last few years the Tundra rested on its dependability aspect but there were lots of areas in need of much enhancement, which I believe the brand new 2022 model has resolved with a few fascinating surprises like the offering of the hybrid powertrain in the upper 2 trim levels together with the eye-catching large-and-in-charge 14-inch infotainment screen. As far as looks, the new 2022 Tundra fits the correct part for having its distinct character with its auto-highbeam LED headlights, LED foglights, and sequentially lit LED turn signals in advance and out back. What is missing, in my opinion, is something extra for the tailgate that is otherwise “typical” however has a power-retractable footstep for easy access to the composite-lined truck bed and a fast power-release button on the drivers side taillight. There are no tow hooks readily available that I know of in any trim level.

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